Courtesy of Conference USA
IRVING, Texas – A pair of Tulane student-athletes have been honored as C-USA Players of the Week following the Green Wave’s 17-14 win at Rutgers. Junior DE Dezman Moses has been named Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman P Jonathan Ginsburgh picks up the Special Teams award. SMU sophomore QB Kyle Padron has a unanimous selection by the league’s media as the Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Mustangs to a win at Rice.
Playing in his home state of New Jersey for the first time in his career and in just his second game as a Green Wave player, Moses led Tulane to one of its biggest wins in the last 10 years with TU’s 17-14 road victory over Big East Conference member Rutgers. Moses started and recorded six tackles (two solo) from his defensive end position, but more importantly recorded a team-high 2.5 tackles for loss (minus 10 yards) and tied for a team-best 1.5 sacks for minus 8 yards. He also was responsible for two quarterback hurries on the day. Moses led a defensive unit that not only held Rutgers to just 14 points on its home field, but notched 7.0 TFLs, including four sacks.
Ginsburgh turned out to be one of the Green Wave’s biggest weapons in its win at Rutgers. Ginsburgh punted nine times for 382 yards for a 42.4 average. He tied the school record for the seventh-longest punt in school history with a 73-yard effort in the second quarter and also placed a pair of punts inside Rutgers’ 20-yard line. Ginsburgh came up with two plays that ultimately helped pave the way for the Wave win. With his back to the goal line and Tulane trailing by seven points, he corralled a high snap, ran to his right with a Rutgers defender in pursuit and kicked a 46-yard effort to turn away a potential disastrous play. In the final minute and half of the game, Tulane was facing a fourth and nine from its own 37-yard line and Rutgers placed 10 men on the line of scrimmage and came with an all out effort to block the punt. However, Ginsburgh saved the Wave once again with a punt that pinned Rutgers on its side of the field.
Padron completed 24-of-32 for 371 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions as SMU won at Rice (42-31) for the first time since 1986, posting its largest margin of victory in a road game since 1999. Padron's 395 yards of total offense (371 passing, 24 rushing) ranks 11th all-time in a game for SMU. He was also named one of the Manning Award’s five national Stars of the Week for his performance against the Owls.