Jabaree Tuani Named Independent Co-Defensive Player Of The Week
Nov. 14, 2011
FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION INDEPENDENT PLAYERS OF THE WEEK NAMED
Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees, Army defensive back Thomas Holloway, Navy defensive end Jabaree Tuani, and Notre Dame placekicker David Ruffer have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games through Nov. 12. Rees is honored on Offense, Holloway and Tuani share the award on Defense, while Ruffer is recognized on Special Teams. Rees is a two-time honoree, while Holloway, Tuani and Ruffer are all cited for the first time.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame QB Tommy Rees
A sophomore from Lake Forest, Ill., Rees set a season high for pass completions in leading Notre Dame to a 45-21 win over Maryland on a neutral field in Landover, Md. Rees completed 30-of-38 pass attempts for 296 yards and two touchdowns, his 18th and 19th passing TDs on the season. Rees’ 19 touchdown passes move him into a tie for fifth place on the Fighting Irish single-season list, while his 31 career TD passes are tied for sixth place on Notre Dame’s career scoring toss tally.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Navy DE Jabaree Tuani
A senior from Madison, Tenn., Tuani was a disruptive force in the SMU backfield as Navy defeated the Mustangs 24-17 on their home field in Dallas. All four of Tuani’s four tackles were solo efforts, and a quarterback sack was counted among his three tackles for loss. Tuani added a pass break-up as the Midshipmen kept alive their quest for postseason eligibility.
Army DB Thomas Holloway
A sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., Holloway set a career high with 14 tackles as Army dropped a 27-12 decision to Rutgers on a neutral field at Yankee Stadium. In addition to his game-high takedown total, Holloway recorded his first career interception and an additional pass break-up to aid the Black Knights’ defensive cause.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Notre Dame PK David Ruffer
A fifth-year senior from Oakton, Va., Ruffer’s career-long 52-yard field goal was among the highlights in Notre Dame’s 45-21 win over Maryland at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Ruffer’s personal record-setter gives him three career field goals of 50 yards or longer, making him only the second Irish kicker with three or more FGs of at least 50 yards. Ruffer has now connected on five consecutive three-point attempts; against the Terrapins, he was also a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs.
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The FBS Independent Players of the Week are selected by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions’ coverage markets.