Wednesday, October 1, 2008

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

North Carolina Quarterback Cameron Sexton and Duke Linebacker Michael Tauiliili headline the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the week for the games of Sept. 27. Sexton came off the bench to lead the Tar Heel offense back from a 14-point deficit to beat Miami, 28-24.

Tauiliili was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation with 16-tackles en route to snapping Duke’s 25-game ACC losing streak. Joining them this week are Virginia Tech Center Ryan Shuman, North Carolina Safety Trimane Goddard, Maryland Punter Travis Baltz, Florida State Kick Returner Michael Ray Garvin and Boston College running back Montel Harris.

Sexton earned Offensive Back of the Week as he completed 11-of-19 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns in the victory over Miami. He also commanded the Tar Heel offense on a game-winning seven-play, 56-yard drive that culminated in a 14-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds remaining. Tauiliili took Defensive Lineman of the Week accolades with 16 tackles and had a hand in creating three of the six Virginia turnovers, recovering a fumble, causing a fumble and intercepting a pass.
Tech’s Shuman was named Offensive Lineman of the Week honors by posting seven knockdown blocks and opening massive holes to allow the Hokies to rush for 206 yards and gain 377 yards overall on the road at Nebraska. Goddard claimed Defensive Back of the Week honors with an eight-tackle, two interception day, capped off by one of the top plays of the week, an interception in the end zone to seal the Tar Heel win.

Baltz and Garvin share Co-Specialists of the Week honors. Baltz averaged 43.9 yards per punt on Saturday. He pinned the Tigers deep three times and allowed only two return attempts on the seven punts for only 11 yards. Garvin took a kickoff back 94 yards for his first career return touchdown and FSU’s first since 2002.

Harris captured Rookie of the Week honors by rushing 18 times for 143 yards in Boston College’s rain-soaked victory over Rhode Island on Saturday. Harris rushed for over 100 yards for the second consecutive game.

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