Thursday, September 10, 2009

WEEK 1: ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK – Jacory Harris, Miami, QB, So., 6-4, 190, Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) Harris threw for a career-high 386 yards and completed 21-of-34 passes for two touchdowns and ran for another score in leading Miami to a 38-34 upset win at No. 18 Florida State. Harris capped the night by leading Miami on a six-play and 59-yard scoring drive for the eventual game-winning touchdown.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Alan Pelc, North Carolina, G, Jr., 6-6, 325, Houston, Texas (Pearland) North Carolina junior offensive guard Alan Pelc graded out at 90 percent and had seven knockdown blocks in No. 21 North Carolina’s 40-6 win over The Citadel. Pelc anchored an offensive line that led the Tar Heels to 261 rushing yards.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Brandon Maye, Clemson, LB, So., 6-2, 230, Mobile, Ala. (Davidson) Maye tallied a game-high 13 tackles, including five solo stops, in the Tigers’ 37-14 win against Middle Tennessee. He also had one tackle for a loss of 14 yards, forced a fumble, and hauled in his first career interception.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Brandon Harris, Miami, DB, So., 5-11, 195, Miami, Fla. (Booker T. Washington) Miami sophomore defensive back Brandon Harris had a game- and career-high nine tackles (three solo) and broke up two passes against Florida State.

SPECIALIST – C.J. Spiller, Clemson, RB/KR, Sr., 5-11, 195, Lake Butler, Fla. (Union County) Spiller made the most of his first touch of the 2009 season by returning the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, an ACC-record fourth kick return of his career, against Middle Tennessee. Spiller added two punt returns for a total of 63 yards, including a career-long 50-yarder that led to another Tiger score. All this was done in the first half, as the Heisman candidate sat out the second half.

ROOKIE – Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr., 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) Freshman running back Ryan Williams totaled 113 all-purpose yards in his collegiate debut as he rushed for a team-high 71 yards and two touchdowns, including a 32-yard scamper down the sideline for a score in Virginia Tech’s 34-24 loss to No. 5 Alabama. He also caught two passes for a team-high 42 yards.

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