To the surprise of nobody, that went to UCF's Quincy McDuffie, who returned two kickoffs for touchdowns against Marshall.
It is the second time the Herd has been victimized by a player-of-the-week honor. Rice quarterback Taylor McHargue won for his 467 total yards on Sept. 22.
Conversely, Williams won special teams honors for his 50.8-yard average that day, and Tommy Shuler won offensive honors for his school-record 19 catches the next week at Purdue.
Sunday practices in the MU camp generally include watching film from the previous game, identifying mistakes and correcting them on the field. There were plenty of mistakes on the defensive side, as UCF's 568 total yards can attest.
The 75 gained by Latavius Murray on a backbreaking second-quarter run may have hurt the most.
As defensive end Jeremiah Taylor tells it, the Herd did little wrong except fail to tackle Murray for a loss when it had the chance
"It just hits you in your gut," Taylor said. "To know that you had everybody where they needed to be; it came down to 'get him on the ground.' "
For those sweating out the Herd's cornerback situation, there was one sign of relief Monday: Derrick Thomas showed up for player interviews.
Thomas went to the locker room late in the game, leaving a banged-up Keith Baxter and Monterius Lovett to finish the game. As you may remember, Herd coaches tried to fortify that position by moving Travon Van from running back, a move that was foiled by Van's own unspecified medical problems.
Thomas confirmed that Baxter finished the UCF game in a fair amount of pain, but did not elaborate on what put him on the sidelines.
"All of us should be good by Saturday," said Thomas, who had a spectacular interception on a first-play UCF bomb. "We don't have a lot of depth, but us three as corners, we know that. We stick together, all three stay as healthy as we can because we don't have much depth. You've got to stay healthy."
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