Friday, November 2, 2007

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Co-OFFENSIVE BACK--Matt Ryan, Boston College, Quarterback, 6-5, 220, Sr., Exton, Pa. In possibly the biggest game of his career, Ryan led a furious Boston College comeback in the last two minutes of play to down Virginia Tech 14-10. Playing in a driving rain for much of the evening, the senior Heisman-candidate overcame a stingy Hokie defense late in the game for two scores and the win.

Co-OFFENSIVE BACK--Donald Bowens, NC State, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 200, So., St. Petersburg, Fla. Against No. 18 Virginia on Saturday evening, Bowens had the best game of his career with the Wolfpack, catching 11 passes for a total of 202 yards and two touchdowns as NC State upset the Cavaliers 29-24. His total of 202 yards receiving is the fifth-best single-game total ever for a Wolfpack receiver. .

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Barry Richardson, Clemson, Tackle, 6-7, 330, Sr., Mt. Pleasant, S.C. In Clemson's 30-17 win over Maryland, Richardson (right) played in 86 snaps, registering a 93 percent grade for his play along the line. Blocking for running backs James Davis and CJ Spiller, Richardson recorded eight knockdown blocks, including three intimidation blocks, as the Tigers piled up 249 yards on the ground and 428 overall.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, Linebacker, 6-3, 240, Jr., Fayetteville, N.C. Curry, an inside linebacker for the Demon Deacons, set the tone for his team on Saturday, intercepting a North Carolina pass on the game's first play from scrimmage. Later, he would add another interception, which he returned 77 yards for a touchdown. Nice Aaron, NICE!

DEFENSIVE BACK--DaJuan Morgan (left), NC State, Safety, 6-1, 200, Jr., Riviera Beach, Fla. Playing against one of the hottest teams in the league on Saturday, Morgan and the Wolfpack defense came up big, allowing only 94 yards rushing and forcing two turnovers against UVa. In the contest, Morgan led the Wolfpack with 13 tackles and had two pass breakups and one interception.

SPECIALIST--Kevin Marion, Wake Forest, Wide Receiver, 5-10,
168, Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla. In the Demon Deacons' 37-10 win, Marion had two huge returns for a total of 181 yards and one touchdown. In the first half, he returned one 98 yards for a touchdown. Marion currently leads the ACC, and the nation, with an average of 33.9 yards per return for the No. 21 Demon Deacons.

ROOKIE--Jake Vermiglio, NC State, Offensive Tackle, 6-4, 297, Fr., Rochester, Mich. Vermiglio (right), a true freshman for the Wolfpack, played 77 offensive snaps at left tackle on Saturday against Virginia. Going up against All-American candidate Chris Long for much of the day, he earned a grade of 85, limiting Long to five tackles and one sack on the day.

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