Tuesday, October 9, 2012

ACC Players Of The Week

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Offensive back: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina. Bernard rushed for a career-high 262 yards on 23 carries and scored a touchdown in a 48-34 victory over Virginia Tech. The 262-yard performance is the fifth-highest single-game rushing total in North Carolina history and the most ever gained against Virginia Tech in any game. Bernard became the first Tar Heel to rush for 200 yards in a game since Ronnie McGill totaled 244 against Wake Forest in 2003. His 11.4 yards per carry is a single-game school record.

Offensive lineman: Tyler Shatley, OG, Clemson. Shatley played 91 of 93 snaps and helped Clemson to 601 yards of total offense in the 47-31 victory over Georgia Tech. Shatley had five knockdown blocks and graded a career-high 91 percent. He did not allow a sack and provided many key blocks in the fourth period when Clemson ran for 114 yards to put the game away. 

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Receiver: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson. Hopkins had seven receptions for 173 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson’s 47-31 win over Georgia Tech. The 173 receiving yards rank as the fourth most in a game in Clemson history. He set the school record with 197 yards Sept. 29 at Boston College. Hopkins had touchdown catches of 58 and 35 yards, the second of which put the Tigers up 36-31. He then threw a 2-point conversion pass to quarterback Tajh Boyd to put the Tigers up 38-31. 

Defensive lineman: Thomas Teal, DT, NC State. Teal notched six tackles in the Wolfpack’s 17-16 win over No. 3 Florida State. He had two tackles for loss as the Wolfpack held the Seminoles scoreless in the second half. Teal helped the defense hold Florida State to 3-for-15 on third-down conversions. NC State also recorded four sacks against the Seminoles, a team that had yielded only six sacks in its previous five games. 

CANTY #4 (Chris Seward/Raleigh News & Observer)
Linebacker: Demetrius Hartsfield, LB, Maryland. Hartsfield led a strong defensive effort as Maryland beat Wake Forest 19-14 in its ACC opener. The Terrapins held the Demon Deacons to 241 yards of total offense, including just 45 in the second half and four in the fourth quarter. Hartsfield finished with 10 tackles, seven of them solo, one pass breakup and a sack. His sack of quarterback Tanner Price on fourth-and-15 with under a minute to play essentially sealed the victory for Maryland. 

Defensive back: Walt Canty, S, Duke. Canty spearheaded Duke’s defensive effort in the 42-17 win over Virginia with a game-high 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, and one quarterback pressure. With Duke nursing a 21-17 advantage early in the third period, Canty made three tackles in a four-play span that helped turn the momentum of the game. Canty helped Duke limit the Cavaliers to a combined 4-for-19 (21 percent) on third and fourth down after the Cavaliers entered the week at 46 percent (40-of-87) as Duke become the first team in 2012 to hold Virginia scoreless in the second half. 

TAPLEY (Robert Willett/raleigh News & Observer)
Specialist: Sean Tapley, WR, North Carolina. Tapley returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter in North Carolina’s 48-34 win over Virginia Tech. He finished with four kickoff returns for 152 yards. The touchdown was the first allowed by Virginia Tech on a kickoff since 1993, spanning an FBS-record 237 consecutive games. It was the first of Tapley’s career and the first for North Carolina since T.J. Thorpe had a 100-yard return last year at Clemson. Tapley also caught two passes for 43 yards and a touchdown in the win. 

Rookie: Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland. Diggs turned in his second straight 100-yard receiving game by hauling in five passes for 105 yards in Maryland’s 19-14 win over Wake Forest. His 63-yard reception in the fourth quarter, the longest by a Terrapin this year, set up the game-winning 1-yard touchdown run by Justus Pickett. He also had 20 punt return yards and 7 yards rushing, and ranks second in the ACC with 154.8 all-purpose yards per game.

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