Tuesday, September 22, 2009

WEEK 3: ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK -- Jacory Harris, Miami, QB, So., 6-4, 190, Miami, Fla. (Northwestern) - For the second time in three weeks, Miami sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris was selected as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week. Both of Harris’ selections in 2009 have come after performances in prime-time games -- after a 38-34 win at No. 18 Florida State (Sept. 5) and a stellar game in a 33-17 win against 14th-ranked Georgia Tech Thursday night (Sept. 17) on ESPN. Harris helped Miami to its second straight conference win by completing 20 of 25 passes -- a career-high 80 percent completion rate -- for 270 yards and three touchdowns.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Rodney Hudson, Florida State, G, Jr., 6-2, 283, Mobile, Ala. (BC Rain) - Florida State guard Rodney Hudson became the second Seminole in as many weeks to be named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week in helping the Seminole offense rack up 54 points against seventh-ranked Brigham Young. The graded out at 88 percent and helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for 313 rushing yards, the most for Florida State since a 397-yard output against Virginia in 2002.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Ricky Sapp, Clemson, DE, Sr., 6-4, 245, Bamberg, S.C. (Bamberg-Ehrhardt) - Clemson senior defensive end Ricky Sapp became the second Tiger to take home ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors for helping the Clemson defense post numbers that the program has not seen in 20 years in a 25-7 win against Boston College. Sapp had four tackles, including three for losses of 18 yards, and two sacks. He also forced a fumble and tallied two quarterback hurries.

DEFENSIVE BACK -- Greg Reid. Florida State, CB, Fr., 5-9, 175, Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes) - Florida State true freshman cornerback Greg Reid kept the Seminoles’ first-half momentum in its favor by beginning the second half with a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 54-28 upset win against seventh-ranked Brigham Young.

SPECIALIST -- Richard Jackson, Clemson, PK, Jr., 5-11, 190, Greer, S.C., (Riverside) - Clemson junior place-kicker Richard Jackson is the second Clemson specialist this season to earn ACC Specialist of the Week honors after tying an ACC single-game record with six field goals and tying a school record with 19 total points in a 25-7 win against Boston College. Despite all-day rain and two lightning delays, Jackson was a perfect 6-for-6 on field goal tries and converted attempts from 23, 33, 32, 52, 42, and 35 yards.

ROOKIE -- Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr., 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) - For the second time in three weeks, Virginia Tech freshman running back Ryan Williams had the best performance of all first-year players in the league by posting 100 rushing yards for the second-straight game in a 16-15, come-from-behind win against No. 19 Nebraska. Williams gained 107 yards on 21 carries (5.1 ypc) and scored his sixth touchdown of the season, giving him an average of two scores per game over his first three collegiate games. Williams currently leads the league with 114.0 rushing yards per game.

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