Moss, Blades are BIG EAST Players of the Week

Nov. 6, 2000

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wide receivers Santana Moss of Miami and Antonio Bryant of Pittsburgh have been named BIG EAST Co-Offensive Players of the Week, the league announced. Hurricane safety Al Blades grabbed defensive honors, while West Virginia’s Shawn Terry captured Special Teams Player of the Week.

Moss (Miami, Fla.) led the Hurricanes’ offense in a 41-21 win over No. 2 Virginia Tech. The senior wideout had four catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He opened the scoring with a 42-yard catch before following with an 80-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. He had 38.5 yards per reception in the game and added two punt returns for 13 yards. In his career, he is averaging 49.1 yards per scoring play. He leads the team and is second in the BIG EAST in receiving to Pitt’s Bryant with 70.5 yards per contest.

Blades (Plantation, Fla.) posted a career-high 16 tackles in Miami’s victory over Virginia Tech. The senior strong safety had 12 solo stops, including a series of key tackles on short-yardage running plays. He also added one tackle for loss. Blades is second on the team with 65 tackles this season.

Bryant (Miami, Fla.) posted his fifth triple-digit receiving performance of the season in Pittsburgh’s 20-17 loss to North Carolina. The sophomore wideout finished with 212 yards on eight catches, the second time this season he has gone over the 200-yard mark. He finished with 26.5 yards per catch and added an 84-yard touchdown. It was the third-longest pass play in school history. A receiver has surpassed the 200-yard receiving mark eight times in BIG EAST history and Bryant has done it three times. He leads the nation in receiving with 148.9 yards per game.

Terry (Homestead, Fla.) became the fourth player in BIG EAST history to return a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Mountaineers’ 31-27 loss to Syracuse. The sophomore is just the third player in school history to accomplish the feat, following his brother Nate (two in 1997) and Kerry Marbury (1972). Terry had three returns for 134 yards and a 44.7-yard average. Of the six 100-yard kickoff returns for TDs in conference history, the Terry brothers have three.