Yawin Smallwood, Nick Williams named Big East Players of the Week

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 26: Yawin Smallwood #33 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates after he recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 26, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Connecticut Huskies defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 40-22. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Big East released its weekly football award and UConn linebacker Yawin Smallwood and returner Nick Williams were both recognized for their accomplishments against Maryland.

Smallwood was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week, posting 14 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. This is the second time he's won the award this season, picking up his first honors after the Week One victory over UMass.

Williams got the nod for his crucial punt return touchdown. He had 112 all-purpose yards on special teams, with 52 coming on kickoffs and 60 coming on punts.

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