JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Southern Miss middle linebacker Gerald McRath has been named the Conference USA defensive player of the week for his performance in Saturday's 28-21 win at East Carolina.
McRath had 14 tackles, half a sack and a tackle for loss in the crucial game against the Golden Eagles' East Division rival.
The sophomore has 40 tackles this season and has had more than 10 tackles in each game. That pushes his streak to five straight games in the double digits and six of the last seven.
Tulsa quarterback Paul Smith was named offensive player of the week on Monday and UAB kicker Swayze Waters was named special teams player of the week.
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