Cincinnati Football: Ivan Pace, Tyler Scott named AAC players of the week

Following the win over Indiana, the American Athletic Conference announced the weekly awards including a pair of Bearcats. Tyler Scott took home the Offensive Player of the Week and Ivan Pace earned the Defensive Player of the Week.

Scott was sensational on Saturday against the Hoosiers en route to becoming the first receiver in program history with three touchdowns in one half. The junior receiver finished with a career-high 185 yards, 10 catches and three touchdowns.

Pace was dominant on the defensive side, racking up a game-high 15 total tackles and 2.5 sacks to go with 4.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries. The Cincinnati native has been great this season with a team-best 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

The Bearcats have been well represented in the conference awards so far this season. In addition to Pace and Scott being recognized this week, quarterback Ben Bryant and punter Mason Fletcher were included earlier in the month.

Cincinnati Football: Ivan Pace, Tyler Scott named AAC players of the week

After taking down Indiana last week, the Bearcats begin conference play on the road at Tulsa on Saturday night. In order to keep the winning streak alive, Cincinnati will rely on Pace and Scott to continue to play at an elite level.

Both players have been very impressive to start this season and should have a chance to compete for the annual conference awards in December. Pace currently leads the country with 11 tackles for loss, while Scott has the sixth most receiving yards.

Not only has Pace been the conference’s best defensive player to this point but he should be in the conversation for All-American status. During the postgame press conference, Pace discussed his performance against Indiana per Cincinnati Athletics.

“I’m having a lot of fun, especially coming back to play with my brother. I’ve always been the underdog because I’m so small but I’m so explosive and quick. I just have to do what I do on the field and I’m going to show out no matter what. We still have work to do in practice and moving forward the rest of the season.”