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Local college roundup: UConn's Cochran named AAC Offensive Player of the Week

Published December 10. 2013 4:00AM

Providence - UConn quarterback Casey Cochran, a redshirt freshman who formerly played at New London High School, was named the American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Cochran threw for a school-record 461 yards with four touchdowns in the Huskies' 45-10 win against Memphis to close the regular season. He completed 36 of 54 passes and broke the previous school record of 445 yards, set by Dan Orlovsky against Syracuse in 2004.

Cochran went 3-1 as UConn's starting quarterback, throwing for 1,293 yards and 11 touchdowns to help the Huskies end the season on a three-game winning streak.

UConn senior kicker Chad Christen was also honored as the AAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Christen hit a season-long 46-yard field goal in the third quarter to give the Huskies a 28-point lead and was 6-for-6 on PATs, finishing as UConn's leading scorer this season with 57 points.

UConn wide receiver Geremy Davis was named to the weekly honor roll, catching a school-record 15 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown.

Other college honors were:

• Mitchell College senior forward Joshua Ford was named the New England Collegiate Conference Player of the Week for men's basketball for the second time this season and the sixth time in his career.

Ford led the Mariners to a 2-0 week in league play and averaged a team-high 27.5 points, 15.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. He had 32 points and 16 rebounds in an 82-77 overtime win against Newbury College, scoring the first six points of the extra period and 11 of the last 12 in regulation. He then finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds and six assists in an 84-80 win at Lesley University.

He currently leads the NECC in scoring (24.9 ppg) and rebounding (13.1 rpg) and ranks among the league's top five in field goal percentage (.571), assists (3.7 per game), blocks (1.1 per game) and free throws made (6.6 per game).

• Fredrick Hewett of New London, a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, was named Little East Conference Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.

At the season-opening UMass Boston Invitational, Hewett placed second in the 400-meter dash (48.98 seconds) in a field of 49 runners, sixth in a field of 105 in the 200 (23.03) and ran a leg of the 4x400 relay (3:29.40) which placed fifth among 25 teams. Hewett qualified for the New England Open Championships in the 400.

• Connecticut College senior forward Olivia Farrell was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Hockey Player of the Week.

The senior captain helped lead the Camels (4-2-2) to a 3-0 week. On Tuesday night, Farrell had a goal and an assist in a 2-1 victory against Holy Cross. On Saturday afternoon, Farrell registered a hat trick to help Connecticut College complete a two-game sweep of Stevenson University.

Farrell has registered four goals and two assists to lead the Camels. She has amassed 56 points in her career and is ranked second on the program's all-time list with 38 assists.

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