OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Tyler Horn, Miami, OL, Jr., 6-4, 295, Memphis, Tenn. (University) Horn helped power the Miami offense to 33 points against a North Carolina unit that entered the game ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense. The `Canes center graded out at 97 percent and registered six pancake blocks against the Tar Heels. Miami racked up 442 yards of total offense in the game.
DEFENSIVE BACK - Antwine Perez, Maryland, DB, Sr., 6-1, 210, Westville Grove, N.J. (Woodrow Wilson/USC) Perez came up big defensively for Maryland in its 24-21 win over Boston College. The senior had a hand in all three BC turnovers, collecting two interceptions and recovering a fumble, as the Terps scored 14 points off those miscues. Perez helped the Terps take control of the game in the second quarter as the Eagles turned the ball over on three of their final four possessions of the half. Perez, who is tied for second in the ACC in passes defended (1.29 per game), also had four tackles, including a half of a tackle for loss.
ROOKIE - Danny O'Brien, Maryland, QB, Fr., 6-3, 215, Kernersville, N.C. (East Forsyth) Starting the fourth game of his collegiate career, O'Brien had an efficient and error-free performance in directing the Terps to their first road win in 11 tries. He completed a career-high 26 passes on 39 attempts (66.7 percent) for 179 yards against BC which ranked third in the ACC in total defense. He also matched a career high with three TD passes, but did not toss an interception. Most importantly, he led the Terps to scores when given the opportunity. Maryland was 3-for-3 (all TDs) in red-zone opportunities and converted two of BC's three turnovers into touchdowns. O'Brien ranks fifth nationally among FBS freshmen in passing efficiency (127.9).