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Maryland QB Brown, LB Robinson pick up weekly ACC honors

Posted on 02 December 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three quarterbacks – Duke’s Anthony Boone, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Maryland’s C.J. Brown – were selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Backs of the Week in the final 2013 ACC Football Players of the Week announced on Monday.

The trio of quarterback evenly split the votes among the ACC’s media panel after leading their teams to road wins in last Saturday’s regular-season finales.  Boone threw for 274 yards and a pair of scores as Duke clinched the Coastal Division title with a win at North Carolina. Winston keyed Florida State’s victory at rival Florida by throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Brown passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more while accumulating 138 rushing yards in Maryland’s win at NC State.

Winston also shared ACC Rookie of the Week honors with Miami wide receiver Stacy Coley. Other ACC honorees include Virginia Tech’s Andrew Miller as Offensive Lineman of the Week, Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin as Receiver of the Week, Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu as Defensive Lineman of the Week, Maryland’s Matt Robinson as Linebacker of the Week, Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller as Defensive Back of the Week, and Miami’s Pat O’Donnell as Specialist of the Week.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK – Anthony Boone, Duke, Jr.-R, QB, 6-0, 230, Weddington, N.C.
Boone completed 23-of-34 passes (.677) for 274 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 20th-ranked Blue Devils’ 27-25 Coastal Division-clinching win over North Carolina. Boone engineered Duke’s game-winning drive in the fourth quarter – an 11-play, 66-yard march that resulted in Ross Martin’s 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left. On the afternoon, Boone directed a Duke offense that committed no turnovers and allowed no sacks while rolling up 27 first downs and 461 total yards (187 rushing and 274 passing). Duke entered the week converting an ACC-low 25.3 percent on third down, but Boone led the Blue Devils to an 8-of-15 conversion rate (.533) versus UNC.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK/CO-ROOKIE – Jameis Winston, Florida State, Fr.-R, QB, 6-4, 225, Bessemer, Ala.
Winston threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in leading Florida State to a 37-7 win at Florida on Saturday. Winston became the first opposing quarterback to pass for 300 yards in over three years – a 42-game stretch – against the Gators. Florida entered the game ranked third in the nation in passing defense, allowing 157.7 yards per game, and had given up a nation-low five passing touchdowns all season. By halftime, Winston had already totaled 208 yards passing – his eighth 200-yard first half of the season – and two scores. On the day, Winston set a new FSU single-season record for passing touchdowns (35), breaking the old mark of 33 set in 2000 by Chris Weinke, and recorded his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season as FSU’s 30-point victory was the largest by the Seminoles ever versus Florida in Gainesville.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK – C.J. Brown, Maryland, Jr.-R, QB, 6-3, 210, Cranberry Twp., Pa.
Brown accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing and two passing) for the second time this season in a 41-21 win over NC State. Brown rushed for a season-high 138 yards, which is the third-best rushing performance by a quarterback in school history, and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. His three touchdowns on the ground are the most by a Terrapin in a single game since 2010. He also passed for 259 yards, including a 53-yard scoring strike for Maryland’s first touchdown. It marked the third time this season Brown has passed for over 250 yards and rushed for over 100 yards.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, LB, 6-4, 293, Bassett, Va.
Playing in his final game against Virginia Tech’s in-state rival, Miller had perhaps the finest game of his career in Saturday’s 16-6 win at Virginia.  Miller played all 75 offensive snaps, grading out at 92 percent with a career-high 20 knockdown blocks as the Tech offensive line paved the way for nearly 150 yards on the ground by the running backs. He finished the regular season with an 86 percent grade and a team-high 115 knockdowns, 56 more than his closest teammate.

RECEIVER – Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, R-So.., WR, 6-5, 238, Belle Glade, Fla.
Benjamin became the first Seminole in 10 years to tally 200 yards receiving in a game and single handedly outgained the Gators’ entire offense in Saturday’s 37-7 win at Florida. Benjamin’s 212 receiving yards are the most in a game in the ACC in 2013, and the three touchdown receptions tied the ACC high for the season. Benjamin’s first touchdown put FSU ahead 10-0 in the second quarter when he broke three tackles en route to a 45-yard score. The Gators entered the game with the nation’s No. 3 pass defense, allowing just 157.7 per game, and had given up only five passing touchdowns all season, but were unable to slow down Benjamin, who had 108 yards and two scores before halftime.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, Sr. DE, 6-3, 242, Washington, D.C.. 
Attaochu recorded a career-high 4.0 sacks – the third-most single-game sacks in Georgia Tech history – in a double-overtime loss to Georgia on Saturday. Attaochu, who also had eight tackles and a pass break-up, tied the Yellow Jacket all-time career sack record of 31.0, which ranks fifth in ACC history.

LINEBACKER – Matt Robinson, Maryland, Jr, LB, 6-4, 230, Columbia, Md.
Robinson finished with a career-high 17 tackles, the second-highest total for a Terp this season, including a personal-best 3.5 tackles for loss in Saturday’s 41-21 road win at NC State. He also registered a half-sack and one pass break-up.

DEFENSIVE BACK –Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, Fr., CB, 5-11, 180, Baltimore, Md.
Fuller was a lockdown corner all day for the Hokies in shutting down the Virginia offense in Virginia Tech’s 16-6 win. He had a career-high eight tackles and four pass break-ups to go along with a half-sack and his team-leading and Tech freshman record sixth interception of the year.

SPECIALIST– Pat O’Donnell, Miami, Gr., 6-5, 220, P, Lake Worth, Fla.
O’Donnell booted four punts for a 44.2-yard average, including three kicks inside Pitt’s 20-yard line, in Miami’s 41-31 road win at Pitt. However, O’Donnell’s biggest play occurred on the opening kickoff ,when the graduate punter forced a Pitt fumble which was recovered by Miami’s Garrett Kidd. O’Donnell’s first career forced fumble resulted in the first of three Stacy Coley touchdowns in the Miami win.

CO-ROOKIE – Stacy Coley, Miami, Fr., WR, 6-1, 180, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Coley accumulated 171 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Miami’s 41-31 road win at Pitt. Coley hauled in two receiving touchdowns and later posted a rushing score  to his total. Coley now has touchdowns in three straight games. He finished with three catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, while rushing for a 73-yard TD in the second quarter. With his 73-yard touchdown run, Coley became the only FBS player in 2013 to record a touchdown via receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. He is the third Miami freshman in the past 20 years to record 10-plus touchdowns in his rookie campaign, joining Clinton Portis (1999) and Duke Johnson (2012).


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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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Terps Diggs, Drakeford honored by ACC

Posted on 15 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Diggs named Specialist of the Week, Drakeford named Linebacker of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Stefon Diggs earned weekly honors from the ACC for the third straight game, while Darin Drakeford was named Linebacker of the Week, the league announced Monday.


Diggs, the Rookie of the Week for his performances against West Virginia and Wake Forest, earned Specialist of the Week honors for his play at Virginia.


Diggs made his impact right from the start in Maryland’s 27-20 win over the Cavaliers by taking the opening kickoff 100 yards untouched for a touchdown. It was just the fourth 100-yard kickoff return in school history and gave Maryland a lead it wouldn’t surrender. On Maryland’s next drive, Diggs took a short pass 60 yards to setup another touchdown. He finished with 89 receiving yards on four catches and a season-high 239 all-purpose yards.


Drakeford, meanwhile, is the second Terp in a row to win the Linebacker of the Week award. Demetrius Hartsfield earned the honor a week ago. Drakeford played a key role on the Maryland defense by making seven tackles, five of them unassisted, three tackles for loss, and two sacks. He also forced a fumble by Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims midway through the fourth quarter, which the Terrapins recovered.


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