Wednesday, September 5, 2012

ACC Players Of The Week

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OFFENSIVE BACK - Andre Ellington, Clemson, Sr., RB, 5-9, 195, Moncks Corner, S.C. Ellington gained 228 yards rushing in 25 carries to lead Clemson to victory over Auburn. Ellington's total was the most in the nation this weekend, the most by a Clemson running back against an SEC team in history, and the most in a season opener. Ellington had 80 yards rushing in eight carries in the fourth quarter when he set up two scores with long runs. The 228 yards ranks as the fifth-best effort by an ACC back against a ranked opponent. Ellington was named the National Running Back of the Week by College Football Performers and is one of four candidates for the National Player of the Week by ESPN.  

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OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Dalton Freeman, Clemson, Sr., C, 6-5, 285, Pelion, S.C. Freeman played every snap (87) at center and graded a team-best 94 percent in the win over Auburn. Freeman had five knockdown blocks to lead the team in that category as well. The senior directed the Clemson offense from a pace standpoint, as the Tigers ran 87 plays for 528 yards, including 320 rushing yards. It was the most rushing yards in a game for Clemson in three years.   

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RECEIVER - Conner Vernon, Duke, Sr., WR, 6-1, 200, Miami, Fla. In Duke's season-opening 46-26 win over FIU, Vernon caught 10 passes for 180 yards and one 28-yard touchdown. He averaged 18.0 yards per reception with five catches resulting in first downs as he became Duke's all-time leader in pass receptions with 208, eclipsing the previous mark of 207 held by former high school and collegiate teammate Donovan Varner. In the ACC's record book, he moved into fourth place on the career receptions list (208; passed NC State's Jerricho Cotchery, Duke's Donovan Varner & FSU's Peter Warrick) and into 12th place on the career receiving yardage chart. Vernon extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 36 games, the nation's longest active streak.  

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DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Bjoern Werner, Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-4, 255, Berlin, Germany  In just over one half of play, Werner registered five solo tackles - all of which came behind the line of scrimmage for minus-30 yards. Four of the tackles were quarterback sacks, accounting for minus-28 yards and matching the most by an FSU player since Alonzo Jackson recorded four at Louisville in 2002. In addition to his tackles, Werner forced a fumble and broke up a pass. His performance earned him National Defensive Performer and National Defensive Lineman of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards, and the national Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.

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LINEBACKER - Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, Jr., LB, 6-1, 236, Oakton, Va. Tyler had a huge game against Georgia Tech's tough spread option attack, registering a career-high 17 tackles (seven solo) in Virginia Tech's 20-17 overtime win. He also had a tackle for loss as the Hokies held GT to just 288 yards of total offense.  

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DEFENSIVE BACK - A.J. Marshall, Wake Forest, Jr., CB, 6-0, 190, Durham, N.C. Marshall was instrumental in Wake Forest's 20-17 win over Liberty. Marshall had six total tackles including two solos and four assists. He led the team with 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups. His biggest contribution was an interception and 39-yard return for a touchdown late in the third quarter that pulled the Deacons into a 14-14 tie. The interception was the first of his career.  

SPECIALIST - Cody Journell, Virginia Tech, Jr., K, 6-0, 195, Ripplemead, Va. Journell tied the game at the end of regulation with a 41-yard field goal and then won the game for the Hokies in overtime with a 17-yard field goal to help Virginia Tech defeat Georgia Tech, 20-17.

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ROOKIE - Duke Johnson, Miami, Fr., RB, 5-9, 188, Miami, Fla. Johnson was one of two true freshmen (Ereck Flowers, T) to start in Miami's 41-32 win at Boston College as he totaled 135 rushing yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, the most rushing yards by a UM true freshman since Javarris James racked up 148 against Houston in 2006. He scored his career-first touchdown on a 54-yard scamper in the second quarter and added a 56-yard score in the third quarter. Johnson tallied team-high 214 all-purpose yards (135 rush, 10 receiving, 69 kick return). jared wickerham getty

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