Friday, September 7, 2007


Atlantic Coast Conference Announces ACC Football Players of the Week for September 4. Noticebly absent: Seminoles and Wahoos.

OFFENSIVE BACK - Matt Ryan, Boston College, Quarterback, 6-5, 218, Senior, Exton, Pa.
A senior from Exton, Pa., Ryan led the Eagles to a hard fought 38-28 win over the 2006 ACC Champion Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. He completed 32-of-52 passes for a career-best 408 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first Boston College quarterback to throw five or more touchdown passes since Doug Flutie in 1984. With his performance, Ryan also passed the 5,000 yard passing mark for his career.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 298, Junior, Tyrone, Ga.
Gardner, a junior from Tyrone, Ga., helped pave the way for Georgia Tech running backs to pile up 265 yards on the ground in Tech's 33-3 win at Notre Dame. Gardner played in 61 snaps during the game, registering 11 knockdowns and providing the blocking that allowed the Georgia Tech offense to accumulate 386 yards on the day.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Dejuan Tribble, Boston College, Cornerback, 5-9, 190, Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio. (pictured above). Tribble, a senior from Cincinnati, Ohio, picked off three Wake Forest passes, including one in the end zone that denied the Deacons a score. Tribble's three interceptions give him 14 for his career and tied his career-high, set last year at Miami. He also added seven tackles, including one for a loss an returned the three interceptions a total of 42 yards.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Philip Merling, Clemson, Defensive End, 6-5, 270, Junior, Memphis, Tennessee
Merling, a junior out of St. Matthews, S.C., helped the Tigers to a 24-18 victory against No. 19 Florida State registering eight total tackles, include five solo ones, one sack and two tackles for a loss. He also was credited with a forced fumble.

SPECIALIST - Travis Bell, Georgia Tech, Placekicker, 6-0, 220, Senior, Roswell, Ga. Bell connected on four field goals in five attempts, making three-pointers from 29, 32, 39 and 40 yards. He also was perfect on all three PAT attempts which extended his current string to 104 extra points without a miss.

ROOKIE - T. J. Yates, North Carolina, Quarterback, 6-3, 205, Freshman, Marietta, Ga.
Yates, from Marietta, Ga., led the Tar Heels to a 37-14 win over James Madison on Saturday, completing 13 of 18 passes for 218 yards and three touchdowns. With his first-ever pass attempt as a college quarterback, Yates hooked up with receiver Brooks Foster on a 65-yard pass play to give the Tar Heels a 7-0 lead. He also threw touchdown passes of 28 and eight yards. After the season's first week of games, Yates leads the ACC and ranks sixth in the nation with a 217.84 pass efficiency rating.

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