Wilford Earns Conference Honors
The Beat
November 11, 2002

Providence, R.I. - Virginia Tech's Ernest Wilford has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced. Pittsburgh's Brian Beinecke earned defensive honors, while James Davis of West Virginia won Special Teams Player of the Week.

Wilford (Richmond, Va.) had the most proficient receiving day in BIG EAST history in the Hokies' 50-42 triple-overtime loss at Syracuse. The junior flanker had a conference and school-record 279 receiving yards (all in regulation), surpassing the old league mark by 54 yards (Dietrich Jells, Pittsburgh, 225 yards, 1994). He had a career-high eight catches, including four touchdown receptions. The scores went for 75, 34, 87 and six yards, as he tied the BIG EAST mark for TD receptions held by Pittsburgh's Billy Davis (1994) and Chris Brantley of Rutgers (1992).

Beinecke (Youngstown, Ohio) is the third Panther this year to earn defensive accolades after a standout performance in Pittsburgh's 29-22 victory over Temple. The senior linebacker finished with 19 tackles, including 16 solo. He had seven tackles for losses of 32 yards, with two sacks for 16 yards. He also forced a fumble that gave the Panthers possession at the TU 16-yard line, setting up the go-ahead touchdown.

Davis (Stuart, Fla.) was a key reason the Mountaineers posted a 24-14 victory over Boston College. The senior linebacker blocked two field goals, both from behind the center of the line. The first deflection came on a 48-yard attempt in the first quarter, with the second on a 22-yard try just before the end of the half. It marked the first blocked field goal for a WVU player since 1998 (Kevin Landolt vs. Navy). Davis also finished with seven tackles (one tackle for loss) on defense.