The touchdown makers of FIU's 24-17 win against Louisville, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and linebacker Winston Fraser, will be named the Sun Belt Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week this morning.
For Hilton, the repeat of an opening week honor came via a school record 201 receiving yards and two touchdowns. A few more times and Hilton will retire the award. Or they'll rename it "The Goodbye."
Fraser had eight tackles, the biggest being a no gain stop on Jeremy Wright on 3rd and 1 from the FIU 7 in the fourth quarter. His most important play, arguably the most important one of the game, was the 71-yard interception return that gave FIU a 7-0 lead after Loiusville's opening drive.
FIU left the Special Teams part of the award for its Sun Belt bretheren.
Both Hilton and Fraser, after the not-unusual pre-interview private chat with head coach Mario Cristobal, humbly complimented their teammates and coaches. Hilton dismissed the idea that the offense relied too much on him, with the understatement
"The plays that I make help us out."
He did say later he didn't think there was a secondary that could cover FIU's receivers one-on-one.
I know football and basketball drive the traffic to this blog, but I hate that I haven't had much on volleyball (two home wins over the weekend) or soccer (tough weekend) in the blog the last few days. We'll try to rectify that soon, even with FIU vs. UCF nigh.