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C-USA Players Of The Week: Thompson And Smith

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North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson led the Mean Green to a big comeback win over Ball State. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.
North Texas quarterback Derek Thompson led the Mean Green to a big comeback win over Ball State. Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images.

Who were some of the individual standouts in Week 3 of C-USA action? Last week, the offenses put on a show. This time around the defenses produced some impressive studs.

And the nominees are ...

Offense

Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall: 30/45, 366 yds., 1 TD, 1 INT, 30 rush yds., 1 TD vs. Ohio

Derek Thompson, QB, North Texas: 31/47, 274 pass yds., 1 TD, 72 rush yds., 1 TD vs. Ball State

Charles Ross, RB, Rice: 27 carries, 157 yds., 1 TD vs. Kansas

T.J. Lowder, WR, FIU: 6 rec, 125 yds, 1 TD vs. Bethune-Cookman

Defense

D’joun Smith, DB, FAU: 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD vs. USF

Dashone Smith, CB, UTEP: 5 tackles, 2 INTs vs. New Mexico State

Michael Kutzler, LB, Rice: 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 TD vs. Kansas

Alan Howze, LB, Southern Miss: 16 tackles vs. Arkansas

Offensive Player Of The Week

As much as I wanted to give this to Cato, I couldn’t give this honor to a losing team two weeks in a row. Derek Thompson is deserving as he totaled 346 yards and two scores. Plus, they made an amazing comeback to score 25 unanswered points against a good Ball State team.

Defensive Player Of The Week

D’joun Smith was a beast against in-state rival South Florida. The Miami native’s 65-yard interception return for a touchdown sealed the deal late in the fourth quarter. The pick-six was even sweeter because it was in his hometown. Smith’s performance is a big reason FAU got their first victory of the season. Alan Howze’s performance was also a tremendous effort versus Arkansas.