Thursday, November 15, 2007

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK--Chris Turner, Maryland, Quarterback, 6-3, 214, So., West Hills, Calif. (He’s from California and he came to MD – that’s messed up.) In Maryland's 42-35 upset of No. 8 Boston College on Saturday night, Turner completed 21-of-27 pass attempts for 337 yards and three touchdowns. In just his fifth-ever start, Turner led the Terps to scores on seven of their first eight possessions, as they jumped out to a 42-21 lead that they would not relinquish.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Scott Burley, Maryland, Tackle, 6-5, 324, Jr., Baltimore, Md.
Burley (#77) played in 53 snaps against the eighth-ranked Eagles on Saturday, and graded out as the team's top lineman for the game. Behind the big offensive tackle, the Maryland offense accumulated 472 yards of total offense, including 109 rushing yards by running back Lance Ball. The Terps'42 points were the most scored by any Maryland team since 2005.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Phillip Merling, Clemson, Defensive End, 6-5, 280, Jr., St. Matthews, S.C. Merling (seen here sacking WF QB Riley Skinner) finished with an 88 percent grade in 47 snaps against Wake Forest on Saturday. In the Tigers' 44-10 win, he compiled seven total tackles, including three for loss and two sacks.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Durell Mapp, North Carolina, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Sr., Burlington, N.C. In a close loss to NC State on Saturday, Mapp led the North Carolina defense with 23 total tackles. UNC lost, so who gives a s&#%! (Hey, rivalry boys is that better?)

SPECIALIST--Mark Buchholz, Clemson, Place-kicker, 6-1, 205, RS-Jr., Alpharetta, Ga. Against Wake Forest on Saturday, Buchholz became the first player in Clemson history to make three field goals of at least 45 yards in one game. With field goals of 46, 48 and 52 yards, he also became the first Tiger kicker to make a make a field goal from at least 50 yards in over 10 years.

ROOKIE--Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech, Quarterback, 6-1, 206, Fr., Hampton, Va. Taylor was 10-for-15 for 204 yards and two touchdowns as the Hokies picked up their first win against Florida State since 1975 on Saturday. The true freshman also piled up 92 yards on the ground against the Seminoles, including a 38 yarder on third-and-31 to keep a Hokie drive alive.

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