Tuesday, November 29, 2011

ACC Football Players Of The Week

GLENNON (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
OFFENSIVE BACK – Mike Glennon, NC State, Sr., QB, 6-6, 232, Centreville, Va. Glennon completed 26 of 55 passes for 306 yards, five touchdowns and just one interception in N.C. State’s historic come-from-behind victory over Maryland. Glennon tied the school record for touchdown responsibility by passing for five touchdowns and running for a sixth, tying the mark Philip Rivers set in 2002 vs. Navy. Also, Glennon’s five touchdown passes against the Terps made him the fifth NC State player to pass for five TDs in a game, the last being Russell Wilson against Florida State in 2009.

Glennon set personal career highs with his 55 pass attempts (sixth in NC State history) and 36 completions (fifth). Glennon now has 28 touchdown passes on the season, moving him into a tie for third place with Wilson (28 in 2008) on the N.C. State single-season list for TD passes. Only Philip Rivers (34 in 2003) and Wilson (31 in 2009) have thrown for more touchdowns in a single season than Glennon has so far in 2011. 

JONES (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
RECEIVER – Dwight Jones, North Carolina, Sr., WR, 6-4, 225, Burlington, N.C. Jones had 10 catches for 101 yards in Carolina's 37-21 win over Duke. He eclipsed the previous UNC single-season record for receptions and finished the game with 79 catches on the year. The previous mark of 74 was set by Hakeem Nicks in 2007. It was his fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season, tying the school record set by Nicks in 2008. Jones had touchdown catches of 6, 18 and 8 yards and became the first Tar Heel to catch three scoring receptions in a game since Nicks vs. Boston College in 2008. Jones has 11 touchdown catches this season, the second-highest single-season total in school history, just one shy of Nicks’ record of 12 in 2008. 

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, Sr., OT, 6-5, 311, Midlothian, Va. The Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner continued his strong season by grading out at 90 percent on 61 snaps with 15 knockdowns as the Hokies blanked Virginia 38-0 on the road to clinch the ACC's Coastal Division. 

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – James Gayle, Virginia Tech, So., DE, 6-4, 257, Hampton, Va. Gayle had a big hand in Tech's 38-0 shutout of Virginia, posting five solo tackles, three of which were for loss and two of which were sacks. He also had three quarterback hurries. 

MANNING (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
LINEBACKER – Terrell Manning, N.C. State, Jr., LB, 6-3, 233, Laurinburg, N.C. Manning helped to keep Maryland off the scoreboard the final 25-plus minutes of the game and give the offense a chance to pull off the comeback victory. He had seven total tackles, two of which were tackles for losses totalling 11 yards, and one of those was a quarterback sack for an eight-yard loss. He also caused a pair of Maryland fumbles, and recovered another. Manning recovered a blocked field-goal attempt early in the second quarter and returned it 21 yards. 

DEFENSIVE BACK – Terrance Parks, Florida State, Sr., S, 6-2, 215, Fairburn, Ga.Parks saved the finest performance of his career for his final regular season game – against arch-rival Florida. The second-year starter matched his career-high with 6 tackles – all solo stops – including the first two tackles for loss (-17 yards) of his career. Parks was an integral part in both the run support efforts that limited the host Gators to 54 rushing yards, and the coverage unit which yielded only 130 through the air and came away with four interceptions. Parks came away with the Seminoles’ fourth and final interception of the night – the first of his career – and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead. 

QUIGLEY (Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire)
CO-SPECIALIST – Ryan Quigley, Boston College, Sr., P, 6-3, 188, Little River, S.C. Playing his final game in a Boston College uniform, Quigley affected Miami’s field position all day long, booming six punts for 240 yards (average of 40 yards per kick) and downing five of those kicks inside the 20-yard-line. Four of Quigley’s punts came in the fourth quarter. Boston College entered the quarter with a 24-14 lead and held the Hurricanes to three points to preserve the win. Quigley played a major role in that defensive effort, pinning the Canes on their 13, 15, 10 and 2-yard-lines on consecutive punts in the quarter. 

CO-SPECIALIST – Danny Coale, Virginia Tech, Sr., WR/P, 6-0, 200, Lexington, Va. Coale, punting for just the second time this season, had four punts for an average of 47.5 yards with two punts of 52 yards in Tech's win over Virginia. He found out he was punting in pregame warm-ups.

COALE (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
CO-SPECIALIST – Shawn Powell, Florida State, Sr., P, 6-4, 235, Rome, Ga. One week after taking over the FBS lead in overall and net punting, Powell solidified his standing. Cranking out a career-high 9 punts in a conservatively called, field position game, Powell averaged 44.0 yards. More importantly he kept Florida’s laboring offense backed up all day, pinning five of those nine punts inside the 20-yard line, pushing his season total to 21. Impressively enough, three of those were inside the Florida 10-yard line (he has 12 inside the 10 this season). Three of Powell’s punts covered 50 or more yards (he has 11 of those in his last 3 games), including a 62-yarder that marked the sixth over 60 yards this season. On the year Powell is averaging 47.0 yards a punt and boasts a net average of 42.0, both of which lead the nation. He’s nailed 43 percent of his punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line this season, and 63 percent of his punts have gone unreturned. 

BERNARD (Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)
ROOKIE – Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, Fr., RB, 5-10, 205, Davie, Fla. Bernard had his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season with 165 yards on 30 carries, both career highs, in North Carolina's 37-21 win over Duke. His seven 100-yard rushing games are a UNC freshman single-season record, breaking the previous mark of six set in 1977 by Amos Lawrence. Bernard now has 1,222 rushing yards this season, the most ever by a UNC freshman. He now ranks sixth on the school’s single-season rushing chart. Bernard scored his 13th rushing touchdown of the season on a 48-yard run up the middle of the field in the second quarter. His 13 rushing scores equals the fifth-highest single-season total in school history, tied with Natrone Means in 1992. The last player to rush for more than 13 touchdowns in a season was Leon Johnson who had 14 in 1993. Bernard had 222 all-purpose yards against Duke, 165 rushing and 57 receiving. His previous high was 202 vs. Georgia Tech.

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