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Terps LB Goree honored by ACC

Posted on 14 October 2013 by WNST Staff

Duke leads way with two honorees in QB Boone, OL Simmons

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke led Atlantic Coast Conference football honors for Week 7, as Blue Devil redshirt junior quarterback Anthony Boone was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week and redshirt senior tackle Perry Simmons was recognized as the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Boone, playing in his first game since being sidelined by a collarbone injury on Sept. 7, completed 31 of 38 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ 35-7 win over Navy. In addition to providing protection for Boone up front, Simmons led the blocking for a balanced Duke attack that amassed 435 total yards, scored five touchdowns and dominated time of possession.

Clemson end Vic Beasley was honored for the third time this season as the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his play in the third-ranked Tigers 24-14 win over Boston College. Beasley also received the honor last week and was named the ACC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 23.

Other Week 7 honorees are Boston College wideout Alex Amidon as ACC Receiver of the Week, Maryland’s L.A. Goree as ACC Linebacker of the Week, Syracuse free safety Durell Eskridge as ACC Defensive Back of the Week, Virginia Tech placekicker Cody Journell as ACC Specialist of the Week, and NC State cornerback Jack Tocho as ACC Rookie of the Week.


OFFENSIVE BACK – Anthony Boone, Jr.-R, QB, Duke, 6-0, 230, Weddington, N.C.
After missing the previous three games due to a fractured collarbone suffered in Week 2 at Memphis, Boone led Duke to a 35-7 win over Navy by completing 31 of 38 (.816) passes for 295 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. The completion percentage marks the sixth-highest single-game mark in Duke history. Boone set career single-game highs for completions, attempts and passing yardage, even though he did not receive the starting nod until 30 minutes prior to kickoff, when Brandon Connette was scratched due to an ankle injury. Boone directed a Duke offense that amassed 435 yards (301 passing, 134 rushing) and 24 first downs (10 rushing, 14 passing) while converting 10 of 16 third downs and holding possession for 34:49 of the game. The performance came against a Navy defense that entered the game ranked 31st among NCAA FBS teams in passing defense (205.5 ypg) and 22nd in scoring defense (17.8 ppg).

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Perry Simmons, Duke, Sr.-R, OT, 6-5, 300, Raleigh, N.C.
Simmons posted a team-best offensive line grade of 83 percent in the Blue Devils’ win over Navy and also led the line in “intimidation blocks.” Simmons helped protect QB Anthony Boone, the ACC Offensive Player of the Week, during his career passing day and also opened holes for a rushing attack that featured four running backs that averaged over five yards per carry and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. Duke’s offense held the ball for nearly 35 minutes on Saturday and did not commit a turnover.

RECEIVER – Alex Amidon, Boston College, Sr., WR, 6-0, 182, Greenfield, Mass.
Amidon caught six passes for a game-high 121 yards and one touchdown – a career-long 69 yard reception in the third quarter, in Boston College’s 24-14 loss at No. 3 Clemson. It marked his third 100-plus yard receiving effort of the season and the school-record 10th of his 39-game collegiate career. In the last two seasons, Amidon has caught 14 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns against the nationally-ranked Tigers. Amidon, who also registered two rushing attempts for 12 yards, finished Saturday’s game with a game-high 133 all-purpose yards.  Amidon previously surpassed former Eagle record holders Rich Gunnell (2006-09) and Brian Brennan (1980-83), who each recorded eight 100-plus yard receiving games in their respective careers.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Vic Beasley, Clemson, Jr-R, DE, 6-3, 225, Adairsville, Ga.
Beasley became the first defensive player to win the Leather Helmet Award presented for the seventh year by the Boston College Girdiron Club to the Most Valuable Player of the winning school in the Clemson-BC game. Beasley was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week by Athlon as well for his performance in the Tigers’ 24-14 win. Beasley scored the first touchdown of his career on a 13-yard fumble return in the fourth period that gave Clemson a 10-point lead.  He also had a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass deflection and five total tackles as he helped hold Boston College to just 94 yards rushing.

LINEBACKER – L.A. Goree, Maryland, Jr-R, LB, 6-2, 240, Bowie, Md.
Goree tallied a career-high and Maryland season-high 15 tackles in Saturday’s 27-26 ACC win over Virginia, including a season-high nine solo tackles, one for a loss of two yards. Goree’s previous career best of 14 tackles came at North Carolina on Nov. 24, 2012.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, Jr., FS, 6-3, 202, Miami, Fla.
Eskridge recorded a career-high 13 tackles (seven solo and six assists, both personal bests) in a 24-10 ACC road win at NC State. He stopped one potential scoring drive with an interception at the Syracuse 14-yard line and returned it 32 yards. He also assisted on a tackle for loss on third-and-2 that forced a punt which started the Orange’s first scoring drive of the game. Eskridge later made another stop on third down to force a punt that led to SU’s go-ahead touchdown drive in the middle of the fourth quarter. He leads the Syracuse defense in total tackles with 41 on the season, 24 solo.

SPECIALIST – Cody Journell, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, PK, 6-0, 194, Ripplemead, Va.
Journell paced the Hokies with 13 points in Saturday’s 19-9 win over ACC Coastal Division opponent Pitt while kicking a career-high four field goals. Journell opened the game with a career-long 48-yard field goal and later added successful kicks of 37, 42 and 23 yards.

ROOKIE – Jack Tocho, NC State, Fr., CB, 6-1, 195, Charlotte, N.C.
The first Wolfpack rookie to start a game on defense this season, Tocho got the nod at corner and played 24 snaps before leaving with an injury.  However, in those 24 snaps, Tocho picked off two passes, returning one 26 yards and the other 24.  He also broke up another pass and had three tackles. Tocho’s two interceptions were one shy of the NC State single-game record.

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Maryland DC Stewart thinks Goree ready to step up in Hartsfield absence

Posted on 07 November 2012 by WNST Staff

University of Maryland Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Mike Locksley

On how backup quarterback Shawn Petty has been progressing:

“I think he’ll continue to get better with each practice. As we talked about last week he’s only two or three months removed from being a quarterback. He’s done it his whole life so he has some natural quarterback mechanic things that he does. But for us, we’re still trying to figure out and make sure we go in and do the things he’s capable of getting executed. That’s always the important part. It starts with doing what your quarterback is capable of doing. We’ve tried to do that with each guy that’s been back there and we’ll continue to do that with Shawn.”


On how he thought Shawn performed in his first game:

“For his first start and his first game, I commend him for his effort. It takes a lot of a true freshman to go out there under limited practice time and take in the game plan to try and win the game. Obviously we didn’t get that accomplished and there were a lot of mistakes made, not just by Shawn. The big thing that we’ve talked about with our quarterbacks is protecting the football. We didn’t feel like he did that very well and that was something we wanted to come out of that game, if at all anything, limited turnovers. We knew with that team and a limited offense we would be limited with the amount of opportunities we would get. I thought the first half he played like a freshman like a lot of the other freshmen who have started this year have done for us at all positions. I thought he got better as the game went along and in the second half I thought the game kind of slowed down. I think he’ll continue to get better not just with his performance, but as we’ve seen him under fire we have a better understanding of the things we can get executed in game situations.”


On Shawn playing in front of a loud environment at Clemson:

“Well again, we have to do what we can to prepare him for that situation. That’s where Randy [Edsall] comes into play and the things we do in practice and how we go about practicing. All we can do is simulate it, he’s a freshman it’s his first opportunity to play in an environment like that, and that’s where sometimes youth serves you well. You really don’t know and it’s not a big deal whereas a guy that’s played in that situation has some preconceived thoughts of how it may be. So, we’ll prepare him for that situation it’s a great venue to play ball in. We have to give him a plan to go out and execute and I think the better he can execute the better it’ll be on him down there in Death Valley.”


On the play of Brandon Ross last week:

“That’s what we feel Brandon is capable of doing. It’s just a matter of getting some consistency out of him. Out of all of our runners the consistency up front of putting a hat on a hat. I think our offensive line took some steps forward last week being on the right people and making sure we’re covering guys up giving him a chance. I also think having a guy like Shawn being a runner also helps open up some of the inside run game stuff for our backs.”




Defensive Coordinator Brian Stewart


On losing Demetrius Hartsfield:

“Losing Demetrius, unfortunately for him you don’t want something like that to happen to a kid in his senior year so late in the season. But, we just have to keep on going. You have to prepare like you always have the opportunity to play and I think that’s what L.A [Goree] has done for us. He’s done a great job at practice this week, but again I feel sorry and my heart goes out to Demetrius, because you just hate for that to happen to him.”


On if this situation is similar to when the team was facing West Virginia:

“There are so many different variables in this situation than West Virginia. Every game presents its own good and bad, so I couldn’t even approach it that same way.”


On how you prevent the defense from getting overwhelmed on the road:

“You just have to stick to your basics, stick to your fundamentals. I truly feel our vision, what we want to do defensively, and who we want to be defensively, we still have an opportunity to control that vision. I think to do that, you just stick to what you’re doing, stick to what your base defense is, and everybody does that. That’s what the coaches preach, and that’s what I preach.”


On what happened vs. Georgia Tech:

“You know I don’t if you can say what went wrong, it’s just we didn’t make any plays. I think they got us unsettled, I think that both of those things as a coordinator are up to me to get us to be settled in and get things right. I shoulder the responsibility for that.”


On the players saying they just want to forget about a game like Georgia Tech:

“I believe to get on to the next game, you have get rid of the last game. We always talk about that. Whether it’s a win or a loss, you have to flush that last game and start preparing for the next game and gave your full focus on that next game.”


On what L.A Goree brings to the table:

“L.A Goree is a tough kid and a tough player. He’s a downhill, mean son of a gun that’s just good. The thing is we have to remember is he’s young. Last year I think he was thrust into playing and he wasn’t a starter in the beginning of the season. It’s the same thing this year, and I think he’s done a good job of preparing. I’m excited to see how he’s going to do Saturday.”


– Terps –

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