Jones Earns Offensive Honors, Baaqee Shares Defense
The Beat
September 16, 2002

Providence, R.I. - Running back Kevin Jones of Virginia Tech has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced. Defensive back SHAWN SEABROOKS of Rutgers and Virginia Tech linebacker Mikal Baaqee shared defensive honors, while Pittsburgh return specialist TORRIE COX captured Special Teams Player of the Week.

Jones (Chester, Pa.) rushed for 171 yards on 24 carries in a 47-21 victory over No. 16 Marshall on Thursday night. The sophomore running back scored three touchdowns, including two in the first half that helped Virginia Tech build a 20-0 lead. He finished with 7.1 yards per carry. Jones is averaging 90.7 yards and 6.5 per carry this season.

Seabrooks (Paterson, N.J.) was a leader on the Rutgers defense that recorded a 44-0 shutout of Army. The senior defensive back had a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown in the first quarter to give the Knights a 10-0 lead. It was the first RU return for a score since Nov. 17, 2001 (Nathan Jones vs. Boston College). Seabrooks also contributed two solo tackles and one pass break-up.

Baaqee (Columbia, Md.) led a Hokie defense that held Marshall scoreless for three quarters in the victory. The sophomore linebacker set up Tech's second touchdown of the game with an interception at the MU 47-yard line. He returned the pickoff 25 yards. Baaqee, in his first season as a starter, also contributed eight tackles (three solo) and one pass break-up.

Cox (Miami, Fla.) averaged 30.8 kickoff return yards in the Panthers' 26-20 victory at UAB. The senior had five returns for 154 yards, the second-highest single-game total of his career. He recorded a long of 50 yards. Cox also added three solo tackles on special teams, recording nine overall in the game. He leads the BIG EAST in kickoff returns with a 31.67-yard average.