Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WEEK 7: ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK - Montel Harris, Boston College, RB, So., 5-10, 200, Jacksonville, Fla. (Trinity Christian)Boston College sophomore running back Montel Harris carried the ball 27 times for 264 yards--a Boston College single-game record and the ninth-highest mark in ACC history--and scored five rushing touchdowns for another Eagle single-game record in Boston College's 52-20 win over NC State. Additionally, Harris' 264 yards is the most of any player in the nation this season, while his five touchdowns and 30 points also tied national season highs.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN - Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech, C, Jr., 6-1, 267, Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz) Georgia Tech junior center Sean Bedford was honored for the second time this season after a standout performance on an offensive line that helped the Yellow Jackets produce 309 rushing yards in a 28-23 upset win over then fourth-ranked Virginia Tech.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Nate Collins, Virginia, DE, Sr., 6-2, 290, Port Chester, N.Y. (King & Low-Heywood Thomas) Virginia senior defensive end Nate Collins provided the big play to propel the Cavaliers to their third win with a 20-9 victory over Maryland. Trailing 9-6 with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter, Collins grabbed a Maryland pass tipped by teammate Darren Childs and raced 32 yards for the go-ahead touchdown to give Virginia a 13-9 lead. Later in the fourth quarter on a third down-and-10 from the Maryland nine-yard line, Collins sacked Terrapin quarterback Chris Turner for a loss of seven yards to set up the Cavaliers' final score. Collins finished the game with a team-high nine tackles, including two for losses, and a sack.

DEFENSIVE BACK - DeAndre McDaniel #2, Clemson, S, Jr., 6-1, 210, Tallahassee, Fla. (Amos P. Godby) Clemson junior safety DeAndre McDaniel recorded five tackles and returned his ACC-leading fifth interception of the season 26 yards in the Tigers' 38-3 win over visiting Wake Forest. This season McDaniel leads the ACC with five interceptions and is fourth with 50 tackles.

SPECIALIST - Matt Bosher, Miami, K/P, Jr., 6-5, 205, Jupiter, Fla. (Jupiter)
Miami junior kicker/punter Matt Bosher converted all three of his point-after-touchdown attempts and connected on two field goals in the Hurricanes' 27-7 win against UCF. He also extended his streak to 62 straight PATs.

ROOKIE (AGAIN!) - Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr. 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) Virginia Tech freshman running back Ryan Williams rushed for 100 yards for the fifth time this season – a Hokie freshman record. Despite limited practice time during the week due to illness, Williams amassed an even 100 yards on 14 carries (7.1 yards per carry) and scored on a season-high 66-yard run in the third quarter to bring the Hokies to within four points. Williams later caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor that again put the Hokies within striking distance of the Jackets. In the process, Williams also scored his 10th and 11th touchdowns of the season, also tying a Virginia Tech record for first-year players.

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