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Mitch Trubisky, T.J. Watt named Players of the Week

10 September 2016: North Carolina Tar Heels helmets during the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Allio/ICON Sportswire)
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North Carolina quarterback Mitch Trubisky and Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt were named Walter Camp Players of the Week for their performances on Saturday. Both of their teams came out with wins, which they played vital roles in.

Trubisky had the best game of his collegiate career, going 35-for-46 through the air for 453 passing yards and five touchdowns, including a game-winning two-yard pass to wide receiver Bug Howard as time expired, to give the Tar Heels a 37-36 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers. The win moved North Carolina to 3-1 on the year and a gave the school a win in their first ACC game of 2016.

A junior quarterback from Mentor, Ohio, Trubisky has gotten his opportunity to take over the starting role after having sat behind Marquise Williams last season as North Carolina made it to the ACC Championship Game. In four games this season, he has completed 74.5 percent of his passes and has thrown 10 touchdowns without tossing an interception.

Wisconsin’s “Swiss Army knife” in Watt had 2.5 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss to aid the Badgers in their 30-6 dismantling of the No. 8 ranked Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. The younger brother of reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, J.J. Watt, T.J. has followed a similar path to that of his brother, having played tight end while also attending Wisconsin.

With a 6-5, 243-pound frame, Watt now has 4.5 sacks on the season, being unleashed as a linebacker in the Badgers’ new look defense that has propelled them inside the AP poll’s top 10 ranking. The Badgers are 4-0 and head to the “Big House” next weekend for a collision with the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines.

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