Friday, October 26, 2007

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK--Mikell Simpson, Virginia, Running Back, 6-1, 197, So, Harrisburg, Pa. In his first major action of his career, Simpson exploded for 271 all-purpose yards against Maryland. Simpson picked up two touchdowns and 119 yards rushing on just 16 carries and caught 13 passes for 152 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Thomas Austin, Clemson, Center, 6-3, 315, So., Camden, S.C. Against Central Michigan on Saturday, Austin played 69 snaps, grading out at 84 percent and leading the Tigers offense to 656 yards and 70 points.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Chris Long, Virginia, Defensive End, 6-4, 284, Sr., Ivy, Va. In the win at Maryland, Long had 10 tackles, including five for loss and two sacks. He also brokeup two Maryland passes and recorded a safety as the Cavalier defense held the Terps to 233 total yards on offense. With the two sacks on Saturday, Long now leads the ACC with 10 for the year.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Colin McCarthy, Miami, Outside Linebacker, 6-3, 223, So., Clearwater, Fla. McCarthy racked up 10 tackles on Saturday as the Hurricanes pulled out a tough win at Florida State.

SPECIALIST--Gary Cismesia, Florida State, Placekicker, 5-11, 205, Sr., Parrish, Fla.
In a tough loss to the Hurricanes, Cismesia came up big for the Seminoles, nailing five field goals and two PATs to keep the game close to the very end. With the five field goals, Cismesia tied his own career-high and the Florida State single-game record. He is now 13-for-16 this year, and is the league's second-leading scorer in 2007.

ROOKIE--Josh Adams, Wake Forest, Running Back, 6-0, 180, RS-Fr., Cary, N.C.
At Navy on Saturday, Adams rushed for 131 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries as the Demon Deacons picked up their fifth-straight victory. Adams has now posted back-to-back 100 yard rushing performances to push his season total to 495 yards on the ground, a new school record for rushing yards by a redshirt freshman. With an average of 82.5 yards per game, he now places fifth in the ACC in rushing.

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