Noel Earns BIG EAST Honor
The Beat
September 24, 2001

Providence, R.I. - Virginia Tech quarterback Grant Noel and West Virginia signal-caller Brad Lewis have been named BIG EAST Offensive Players of the Week, the league announced. Syracuse defensive end Dwight Freeney earned defensive honors, while Mountaineer kick returner Shawn Terry captured Special Teams Player of the Week.

Noel (Ridgeley, W.Va.) tied a team record with four touchdown passes in Virginia Tech's 50-0 victory at Rutgers. The junior quarterback connected on 17-of-22 (.773) passes for 164 yards and was not intercepted or sacked in the contest. He hit four different receivers on TD passes of five, 16, six and seven yards against the Scarlet Knights. Noel has eight touchdown passes in his first three starts.

Lewis (Shadyside, Ohio) led the WVU offense in a 34-14 victory over Kent State. The senior quarterback finished with a career-high 306 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. He completed a career-high 27 passes on 34 attempts for 286 yards and two TDs. It was the fifth 200-yard game of his career. He also had an eight-yard scoring run, the third rushing touchdown of his career.

Freeney (Bloomfield, Conn.) earns his second straight weekly award after leading SU to a 31-14 win over Auburn. The senior defensive end recorded two sacks (10 yards) for the sixth straight game. He also had two forced fumbles, one of which he recovered. Freeney finished with five tackles (4 solo) and three tackles for loss (12 yards), adding one quarterback hurry. He leads the BIG EAST with eight sacks this season.

Terry (Homestead, Fla.) averaged 40.5 yards per kick return in the Mountaineers' win over Kent State. The senior return specialist had two returns for 81 yards, with a long of 50 yards. He moved into third place on WVU's kickoff return yard list with 1,182. Terry also had four catches for 46 yards in the game.