Stewart named AAC top defender
Wed, 2013-10-30 14:43
Houston’s Trevon Stewart was named The American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week Monday after his performance in the Cougar’s 49-14 win against Rutgers.
In addition to Stewart’s honor, Houston quarterback John O’Korn was named the to the league’s weekly honor roll.
Stewart, a former Patterson High standout, tied teammate Steven Taylor for a game-high 10 tackles at Rutgers, but Stewart also was responsible for two of Houston’s six turnovers.
He snuffed out Rutgers’ third drive of the game with an interception at Houston’s 47-yard line with the ensuing drive resulting in Houston’s first of seven touchdowns.
Stewart also forced and recovered a fumble in the second quarter, a turnover that resulted in Houston’s fourth touchdown and a 28-14 halftime lead.
Stewart leads the American and is second nationally with four fumble recoveries this season.
O’Korn connected on 80 percent of his passes (24-of-30) for a career-high 364 yards and a career high five touchdowns in Houston’s win.
O’Korn now has at least three passing touchdowns in five games this season and leads all true freshmen nationally with 19 passing touchdowns and in passing efficiency with a rating of 159.0.
Stewart, O’Korn and the rest of the Cougars return to action Thursday at 6 p.m. as they host the University of South Florida at Reliant Stadium in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPN.
The Houston program, on Sunday, unveiled alternate black uniforms for the Halloween game, one of several promotions planned for the game.