Hall Garners Defensive Accolades
The Beat
November 3, 2003

Providence, R.I. - Pittsburgh wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced. Virginia Tech cornerback DeAngelo Hall earned defensive honors, while Pittsburgh's Andy Lee was chosen as Special Teams Player of the Week.

Fitzgerald (Minneapolis, Minn.) earns the offensive award for the third time this season after his performance in Pittsburgh's 24-13 win at Boston College. The sophomore wideout had seven receptions for 156 yards, finishing with 22.3 yards per catch. He also had a 35-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, sealing the win for the Panthers. It was his 14th straight game with a TD, an NCAA record. Fitzgerald leads the nation in receiving (146.75 ypg) and scoring (12.0 ppg). He has 16 touchdowns, more than any wideout in the country and is tied for the national lead (Marion Barber, RB, Minnesota) for players at any position.

Hall (Chesapeake, Va.) started the Hokie scoring with a key defensive play in a 31-7 Virginia Tech win over Miami. The junior cornerback stripped Miami wideout Roscoe Parrish of the ball, grabbing it out of the air and returning it 28 yards for a touchdown to give VT a 7-0 lead. It was the fourth different way he has scored this season. Hall was also credited with 11 tackles, including eight solo.

Lee (Westminster, S.C.) wins the honor for the second straight week after the Panthers' victory over Boston College. The senior punter kicked five times for 45.2 yards, including two inside the 20-yard line. One of those punts was downed at the BC eight-yard line. He had a long of 61 yards, his second-longest punt of the year. Lee has 16 kicks inside the 20-yard line in 2003 and 16 punts of 50 yards or more. He leads the BIG EAST and is sixth nationally with a 45.7-yard punting average.