Burns, Jim Davis Honored By Conference
The Beat
September 2, 2002

Providence, R.I. - West Virginia quarterback RASHEED MARSHALL has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced. Defensive back SHAWNTAE SPENCER of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech defensive end Jim Davis shared defensive honors, while Hokie punter Vinnie Burns captured Special Teams Player of the Week.

Marshall (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made his first career start in West Virginia's 56-7 win over Chattanooga. The sophomore quarterback completed 14-of-23 passes (63.6 percent) for 163 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a career-best 42 yards rushing on 12 carries. The three scoring tosses were also a career-high and the most by a Mountaineer signal-caller since the 2000 Music City Bowl. Marshall finished with 11.6 yards per completion, connecting with nine different WVU receivers in just two and a half quarters of play.

Spencer (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tied a BIG EAST and school record with three interceptions in Pittsburgh's 27-14 win over Ohio. The junior defensive back, who had just three career pickoffs entering the game, returned the three in this game for 49 yards. The final interception set up the game-clinching touchdown. Spencer also had four tackles, six pass break-ups and one forced fumble.

Davis (Highland Springs, Va.) recorded three quarterback sacks (14 yards) in the Hokies' 26-8 win over LSU. The junior defensive end led a Tech defense that held the Tigers to 214 yards of total offense. His sack total was a career high, as he finished with five tackles (four solo) and three tackles for loss. He also had a forced fumble.

Burns (New Orleans, La.) had his best career game against a team from his home state in the win versus LSU. The sophomore had nine punts for 402 yards, a 44.7-yard average. Included in the totals were four punts of more than 50 yards, with a long of 58. He also helped by placing four punts inside the 20-yard line.