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

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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.