Tuesday, September 27, 2011

ACC Football Players Of The Week

BOYD (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
OFFENSIVE BACK - Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, So., 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va. Boyd completed 22-35 passes for 344 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Clemson offense to 35 points and 455 yards of total offense against the nation's fifth ranked defense. Boyd's passing yardage total was the fourth highest in Clemson history, the second consecutive week he has had a top four total. He had 31 yards rushing, giving him 375 yards of total offense, the seventh highest total in Clemson history.

RECEIVER - Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR, Fr., 6-1, 200, Fort Myers, Fla. Watkins had seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson's 35-28 win over 11th ranked Florida State. He scored on a 62-yard reception and a 24-yard reception, giving him six touchdown receptions in just four games this year. The six TD receptions are a Clemson freshman record and he is the first freshman in Clemson history to score at least one touchdown in four straight games. Watkins now has had at least 140 receiving yards in consecutive games and he joined Rod Gardner as the only Clemson receivers in school history to accomplish that. Watkins was named the National Freshman of the Week by Rivals.com for the second consecutive week. Watkins also had 13 yards rushing and 21 kickoff return yards, giving him 175 all-purpose yards for the game.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech, OG, Jr., 6-3, 300, Lithonia, Ga. Uzzi and the Yellow Jacket offensive line helped Georgia Tech accumulate 312 rushing yards against a North Carolina defense that entered the game allowing just 77 yards rushing per offense. Tech did not allow a sack on Saturday en route to producing 496 yards of total offense. Uzzi had nearly 20 knockdowns on Saturday.

GAYLE (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - James Gayle, Virginia Tech, DE, So., 6-4, 257, Hampton, Va. Gayle had a big game as the Virginia Tech defense smothered the Marshall running game, limiting the Herd to just six yards rushing. Gayle had seven tackles, including 3.0 for loss and 1.5 sacks, to go along with three quarterback hurries to lead the defensive line in the postgame coaches' grading system.

LINEBACKER - Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, LB, So., 6-3, 235, Washington, D.C. Attaochu recorded a career-high nine tackles and three sacks in the win over North Carolina. Attaochu also forced a fumble as well as tipping a pass that was eventually intercepted by teammate Isaiah Johnson. Attaochu ended North Carolina's last gasp when he sacked UNC quarterback Bryn Renner on the final play of the game.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Isaiah Johnson, Georgia Tech, S, So., 6-2, 205, Tyrone, Ga. Johnson ranked second on the team with seven tackles (four solos) and recorded his second interception of the season on Saturday in Tech's 35-28 conference opener against North Carolina.

TRICKETT (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ROOKIE - Clint Trickett, Florida State, QB, Fr., 6-2, 180, Tallahassee, Fla. Trickett made his first career start at No. 21 Clemson and delivered the best performance by a first-time starting quarterback for the Seminoles since Danny Kanell (1993 at Maryland). The redshirt freshman completed 24 of 38 attempts for 336 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was intercepted once. The son of FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett tossed a pair of second half touchdown passes and threw for 203 yards after intermission.  Overall, Trickett's first start numbers (336 yards) were the best by a Seminole quarterback since Kanell passed for 341 yards and 5 touchdowns at Maryland on Nov. 6, 1993 in a 49-20 win while filling in for eventual Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.

SPECIALIST - T.J. Graham, N.C. State, WR, Sr., 6-0, 180, Raleigh, N.C. Graham returned seven kickoffs for 160 yards against Cincinnati in addition to seven catches for 176 yards and two touchdown receptions of 87 and 49 yards. Graham leads the nation in all-purpose yardage with 920, an average of 230 per game. For his career, he has 4,212 all-purpose yards, which ranks ninth in school history. The 336 yards of all-purpose yardage against Cincinnati was the fifth best total in ACC history.

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