Crawford Named Defensive Player of the Week
The Beat
September 22, 2003

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Syracuse running back Walter Reyes has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced. Virginia Tech's Michael Crawford earned defensive honors, while Roscoe Parrish of Miami garnered Special Teams Player of the Week.

Reyes (Struthers, Ohio) wins the award for the second time this season after rushing for a career-best 241 yards and four touchdowns in Syracuse's 38-14 victory over UCF. The junior running back had 7.8 yards per carry en route to posting the second-highest rushing total in school history. The 241 yards was also the sixth-best effort in the BIG EAST record book. He ran for scores of 25, one, three and 58 yards, becoming the eighth player in conference history to rush for at least four TDs in one game. Reyes has 519 yards this season, the second-best three game start in BIG EAST history. He also has run for a touchdown in eight straight games and leads the nation with 173.0 rushing yards per game.

Crawford (Baltimore, Md.) turned in a career game in Virginia Tech's 35-19 win over Texas A&M. The senior rover had a career-high 18 tackles, including 11 unassisted. He had four tackles for loss (six yards) and recorded a pass breakup. Crawford led a defense that held the Aggies to just 56 yards of total offense in the second half to help assure the victory. He leads the Hokies with 32 tackles and five tackles for loss this season.

Parrish (Miami, Fla.) set a school record in Miami's 33-14 win at Boston College. The sophomore wideout had a 92-yard punt return for a touchdown on the Hurricanes' first possession to give UM an early 7-0 lead. The return was also the second-best in BIG EAST history, just two yards short of the record held by Marvin Harrison of Syracuse (94 yards vs. Minnesota; Sept. 23, 1995). Parrish finished the game with four returns for 106 yards (26.5 avg.). He is second in the BIG EAST and fifth nationally in punt returns with a 20.1-yard average.