OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Brandon Washington, Miami, OL, So., 6-4, 330, Miami, Fla. (Northwestern/Milford Academy) Washington graded out at 98 percent for the Miami offensive line, which helped the `Canes post a season-high 262 rushing yards. Washington had seven pancake blocks and three lumberjacks. The work of the UM offensive line has led to 200-yard rushing games for Miami in five of the last six games.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB, So., 6-3, 235, Cincinnati, Ohio (Saint Xavier) Kuechly registered double-digit tackles for the 20th game in a row - the longest active streak in college football - in Boston College's 17-13 win over Virginia. The nation's leading tackler registered 15 tackles, including 10 solos and one TFL that resulted in an eight-yard loss for the Cavaliers. He also broke up one pass. The Eagle defense, stingiest against the run in college football entering Saturday's game, gave up 125 net yards rushing to Virginia.
CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - Mario Butler, Georgia Tech, CB, Sr., 6-1, 184, Jacksonville, Fla. (Nease) Butler, who played his final home game and made his 38th consecutive start, almost single-handedly turned Saturday's game around. With Georgia Tech trailing 13-9 mid-way through the third quarter, Butler tackled Duke's Donovan Varner for a six-yard loss on first down. On the next play, Butler intercepted a Brandon Connette pass and returned it 85 yards for a touchdown. The return tied for the longest by a Yellow Jacket in an ACC game. Tech never trailed after Butler's pick-six.
CO-DEFENSIVE BACK - Nick Moody, Florida State, S, r-So., 6-2, 226, Wyncote, Pa. (Roman Catholic) Moody turned in a career-high 13-tackle performance and returned the first interception of his career 96 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 36 seconds remaining. The first defensive touchdown of the season for the Seminoles was also the fourth-longest interception return for a score in Florida State history. A first-year starter, Moody's previous high for tackles was 10, set last season against Jacksonville State.
ROOKIE - Lamar Miller, Miami, RB, r-Fr., 5-11, 210, Miami, Fla. (Killian) Miller ran for a Miami season high 163 yards on just 15 carries against the 14th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies. Miller's output was a career high and included a touchdown. Miller averaged 10.9 yards per carry on a night when he posted five runs of 12 yards or more, including gains of 28 yards and 47 yards.