The American Athletic Conference has announced the winners of the league’s weekly football honors for the week-ending Nov. 26.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Tyjae Spears • Jr. • RB • Tulane
Spears led Tulane to a 27-24 win at No. 24 Cincinnati, ending the Bearcats’ 32-game winning streak at Nippert Stadium and sending the Green Wave to the American Athletic Conference Championship Game for the first time. Spears rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, turning in his sixth consecutive 100-yard game and surpassing the 1,000-yard mark for the season (1,177). Spears was not stopped behind the line of scrimmage on any of his 35 attempts as Tulane became the first team to win at Cincinnati since 2017.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brandon Crossley • Sr. • S • SMU
Crossley delivered the key defensive play to preserve SMU’s 34-31 win against Memphis as he intercepted a pass in the end zone with two seconds remaining and the Tigers threatening on the Mustang 9-yard line. Crossley’s interception capped a day in which he also finished with five tackles and had two pass breakups, helping the Mustangs improve to 7-5 entering Bowl Season.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jsi Hatfield • Jr. • WR • East Carolina
Hatfield was a difference-maker in East Carolina’s 49-46 win at Temple as he finished with a career-high 174 all-purpose yards, including a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Hatfield had 140 yards on two kickoff returns and had two receptions for 34 yards against the Owls.
John Rhys Plumlee • Sr. • QB • UCF
Rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns and completed 9 of 9 passes for 73 yards and a TD in a 46-39 win at South Florida.
Keaton Mitchell • So. • RB • East Carolina
Matched his career highs with 222 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns to go with a touchdown reception in a 49-46 win at Temple. Registered his sixth consecutive 100-yard game.
Rashee Rice • Sr. • WR • SMU
Had 13 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown in a 34-31 win against Memphis
E.J. Warner • Fr. • QB • Temple
Completed 45 of 63 passes for a school-record 527 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-46 loss to East Carolina.
Braylon Braxton • RF. • RB • Tulsa
Completed 25 of 43 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns and added 51 rushing yards and a rushing TD in a 37-30 win at Houston.