Pile Tackles Defensive Honors
The Beat
September 23, 2002

Providence, R.I. - Miami running back Willis McGahee has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced. Virginia Tech safety Willie Pile earned defensive honors, while Pittsburgh punter Andy Lee captured Special Teams Player of the Week.

McGahee (Miami, Fla.) had 221 all-purpose yards in No. 1 Miami's 38-6 victory over Boston College. The sophomore running back rushed for a team-best 135 yards on 17 carries, a 7.9-yard average. He also ran for two touchdowns. McGahee added three receptions for 86 yards (26.7 avg.), leading the Hurricanes in receiving yards as well. This is the second time McGahee has won weekly offensive honors in 2002.

Pile (Alexandria, Va.) led a Hokie defense that stopped No. 19 Texas A&M in a 13-3 victory at Kyle Field. The senior safety had 10 tackles, including five solo. He was also part of two turnovers, recording a interception and fumble recovery. He had 48 return yards, bringing back the pickoff 17 yards and the fumble 31 yards. The interception, the 11th of his career, set up the go-ahead field goal for Tech as the Hokies became the first non-conference opponent to win at College Station versus Aggie head coach R.C. Slocum.

Lee (Westminster, S.C.) kept Rutgers deep in its own end of the field in Pittsburgh's 23-3 win over the Scarlet Knights. The junior kicked seven times, averaging 41.1 yards. He had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line. Two of his kicks were placed inside the five-yard line, including a long kick of 51 yards. Lee leads the BIG EAST with a 44.1-yard punting average, a mark that ranks ninth nationally.