Wednesday, November 5, 2008

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK -- C.J. Spiller, Clemson, Running Back, 5-11, 190, Jr., Lake Butler, Fla. Spiller had 242 all-purpose yards to lead the way in Clemson's 27-21 win over Boston College. The junior had six receptions out of the backfield for 105 yards, a Clemson record for reception yards by a running back in a single game. Spiller also had 8 carries for 55 yards, a 64-yard kickoff return that changed the momentum of the game in the fourth period and led to Clemson's winning touchdown.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Thomas Austin, Clemson, OG/C, 6-3, 295, Jr. Camden, S.C.Austin graded 82 percent with five knockdowns and did not allow a sack in playing two different positions in Clemson's win over Boston College. Austin had started the first seven games at center, he moved to left guard for the Boston College game. Austin played all 69 snaps, 60 at guard and nine at center in the victory.

CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Boo Robinson, Wake Forest, DL, 6-2, 325, R-Jr., Monroe, La. Robinson led all of Wake's defensive linemen with nine tackles including two solos and seven assists in the Deacon's 33-30 overtime win over Duke. Robinson also recorded a tackle for loss of one yard. Wake's defensive front held the Blue Devils to 112 yards rushing in the win.

Michael Johnson #93, Georgia Tech, DE, 6-7, 260, Sr., Selma, Ala.Johnson sacked Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder for a loss of 10 yards and forced a fumble in the process in Georgia Tech's 31-28 win over 16th ranked Florida State. The Yellow Jackets recovered the fumble and went on to score a touchdown on the next possession.

DEFENSIVE BACK -- Alphonso Smith #2, Wake Forest, CB, 5-9, 190, R-Sr., Pahokee, Fla. Smith had two interceptions, a blocked punt and a pair of tackles in Wake Forest's 33-30 overtime win over Duke. Smith's first interception of the day came with 12:44 remaining in the third quarter and led to a touchdown that gave Wake Forest a 19-7 lead. His second interception came in overtime and sealed the Deacon win. Smith's blocked punt came with 1:59 to play in the first quarter and went out of the end zone for a safety to give Wake Forest a 9-7 lead. Smith is now second all-time in the ACC in career interceptions with 19, one shy of the league record.

SPECIALIST -- Shane Popham #14, Wake Forest, PK, 5-11, 192, R-Fr., Crestview Hills, Ky. Popham, a redshirt freshman, booted a career-high three field goals and scored 11 points in Wake Forest's 33-30 win over Duke. Popham hit from 24 and 44 yards in regulation and added a 28-yarder in overtime to provide Wake Forest's winning points.

ROOKIE -- Jacory Harris #12, Miami, Quarterback, 6-4, 185, Fr., Miami, FL. Harris rallied the Hurricanes on the road at Virginia throwing two touchdowns -- a game-tying TD in the final minutes of regulation and the go-head score in overtime as Miami defeated the Cavaliers, 24-17, in overtime. He completed 12-of-21 passes (57.1 percent) for 160 yards and two touchdowns.

(Spiller - AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, Johnson - LensEffects, Smith, Popham - Chuck Liddy/News & Observer, Harris – AP Photos)

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