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Maryland F Mitchell named ACC Rookie of the Week

Posted on 31 December 2012 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke’s Seth Curry has been named the ACC Player of the Week while Maryland’s Charles Mitchell has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week.


Curry scored a career-high 31 points in top-ranked Duke’s 90-77 win over Santa Clara on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Charlotte, N.C., senior went 12-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and 3-of-4 from the foul line in recording his first 30+ point game as a Blue Devil. He also added three rebounds and an assist in 36 minutes of action. Curry scored 18 second half points, including 12 points during a 21-3 Blue Devil run early in the half that turned a four-point deficit into a 62-48 lead with 9:13 remaining.


Mitchell led Maryland to its 11th straight victory by coming off the bench and setting season highs with 19 points and 14 rebounds in a 79-50 win over Delaware State Saturday afternoon. The Marietta, Ga., freshman connected on 8-of-12 field goals, while seven of his 14 boards were on the offensive end. Mitchell, who ranks first among ACC freshmen with 6.9 rebounds per game, recorded a double-double for the third time this season.

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Towson’s Benimon, Hairston honored by CAA

Posted on 31 December 2012 by WNST Staff

Jerrelle Benimon • Towson
Jr., F, 6-8, 245 – Warrenton, Va./Fauquier

Benimon scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed a career-high 21 rebounds in Towson’s 67-66 overtime victory at Oregon State on Saturday. It was the eighth double-double of the year for Benimon, who became the first Division I player with 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game this season. The junior forward was 8-of-16 from the floor and played all 45 minutes.

Jerome Hairston • Towson
Fr., G, 6-3, 190 – Cheyenne, Wyo./Christ School

Hairston contributed nine points, five rebounds and three assists in Towson’s 67-66 overtime win at Oregon State. The freshman point guard played a career-high 36 minutes and committed only one turnover. All nine of Hairston’s points came in the second half as the Tigers rallied from a 19-point deficit.


Towson Upsets Oregon State: Towson overcame a 19-point deficit with 16:06 remaining and defeated Oregon State 67-66 in overtime on Saturday. Junior Marcus Damas nailed a game-winning jumper with 0.8 seconds left in the extra session as the Tigers earned their first win over a team from a BCS conference since beating Louisville on Jan. 30, 1995 in the Towson Center. Junior forward Jerrelle Benimon led Towson with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, becoming the first Division I player to post 20+ points and 20+ rebounds in a game this season.

Conference Play Resumes On Wednesday: Conference play resumes in the CAA this week with nine games on the slate. On Wednesday, Old Dominion hosts James Madison, Drexel travels to Georgia State and UNCW entertains Towson. On Thursday, Northeastern meets George Mason in a game televised nationally on NBC Sports Network. There are five games on Saturday, with Delaware at Old Dominion and George Mason at William & Mary televised regionally on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Philadelphia and New England as well as CSS. William & Mary topped ODU 71-62 in the only December conference game on Dec. 1. Hofstra will be the final team to start CAA play on Jan. 7.

Drexel Closes In On Consecutive CAA Wins Record: Drexel enters its conference opener at Georgia State on Wednesday having won 16 consecutive CAA games. The streak is the third-longest in league history, trailing only George Mason (18 from Jan. 12, 2011-Jan. 8, 2012) and Richmond (17 from Feb. 1988-Feb. 1989). It was the Dragons who ended George Mason’s streak last season with a 60-53 victory in Philadelphia.

Three CAA Players Among Cousy Award Candidates: Drexel’s Frantz Massenat, James Madison’s Devon Moore and Georgia State’s Devonta White are among 85 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award, which is presented to the nation’s top collegiate point guard. The list of candidates will be trimmed to 20 in early January and the winner will be announced at the Final Four.

Doubling Up: Delaware senior Jamelle Hagins and Towson junior Jerrelle Benimon are among the nation’s leaders with eight double-doubles. Seven other CAA players have multiple double-doubles: UNCW’s Keith Rendleman (5), ODU’s DeShawn Painter (4), Towson’s Bilal Dixon (2), Northeastern’s Quincy Ford (2), JMU’s Rayshawn Goins (2), Northeastern’s Reggie Spencer (2) and UNCW’s Cedrick Williams (2). All 11 teams have had at least one player post a double-double this season.

Down To The Wire: Of the 131 non-conference games involving CAA teams this season, 57 of them (43.5%) have been decided by six points or less and 11 have gone to overtime. Nine of George Mason’s 12 games have had margins of five points or less. Towson has had seven games with margins of six points or less, Delaware has had five and Drexel has had four. Northeastern has had five games decided by three points or less. Georgia State has won three games by two points or less and dropped its last four by a total of 12 points and James Madison has been involved in three one-point decisions and a two-point contest.

UD’s Saddler, Hagins Moving Up Career Lists: Delaware guard Devon Saddler has the second-most career points (1,252) of any junior in Division I, trailing only Creighton’s Doug McDermott. Saddler, who is averaging a league-best 19.8 ppg this season, has also moved up to 15th on UD’s all-time scoring list. Blue Hens’ forward Jamelle Hagins has 871 career rebounds and is just 46 shy of UD’s all-time record. He ranks 7th in CAA history with 240 career blocked shots.

Youth Movement: There are just eight seniors among the top 30 scorers in the CAA through games of Dec. 30 and Northeastern’s Joel Smith and UNCW’s Keith Rendleman are the only seniors among the top 10. The top 30 also includes 12 juniors, six sophomores and four freshmen.

Freshmen Among Steals Leaders: JMU guard Andre Nation ranks second in the CAA with 2.0 steals per game and is among five freshmen among the league’s top 15 in steals. GSU’s R.J. Hunter is 4th (1.9 spg), ODU’s Keenan Palmore is tied for 6th (1.8 spg), Northeastern’s David Walker is 12th (1.5 spg) and Towson’s Jerome Hairston is 14th (1.5 spg).


• Have been off since an 83-60 win over Penn on Dec. 21. UD hosts Rider on Monday.

• Senior Jamelle Hagins had 18 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks in the Penn win. Hagins, who has a league-high 8 double-doubles this season, leads the CAA in rebounding (12.2 rpg) and ranks 2nd in FG% (57.4%) and blocks (2.3 bpg).

• Junior Devon Saddler, who leads the CAA in scoring with 19.8 ppg, contributed 12 points vs. Penn. Saddler has scored double digits in 18 straight games and has topped the 12-point mark in every game this season.

• Freshman Terrell Rogers scored 12 points vs. Penn while fellow rookie Marvin King-Davis tallied a career-high eight points.

• Sophomore Jarvis Threatt contributed a season-high 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists vs. Penn. Threatt is averaging 16.5 ppg over his past two contests.


• Have been off since defeating Davidson 69-58 on Dec. 22 for their first home win of the year. Drexel hosts St. Joseph’s on Monday.

• Sophomore Damion Lee led Drexel in scoring for the 5th straight game with 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Davidson. Lee has scored 15 or more points in each of his last eight games and ranks second in the CAA in scoring with 18.6 ppg.

• Junior Frantz Massenat contributed 14 points and six assists in the Davidson win. Massenat is 2nd in the CAA in assists (4.5 apg) and has scored double digits in seven of his last eight games.

• Senior Daryl McCoy grabbed 9 rebounds vs. Davidson and went over 700 rebounds (702) for his career. He ranks 12th all-time in rebounds at Drexel.

• Drexel outrebounded the Wildcats 40-14. The Dragons had more offensive rebounds (19) than Davidson had total caroms.

George Mason

• Fell 61-57 at South Florida on Saturday. All of five of the Patriots’ losses have been by seven points or less.

• Junior Sherrod Wright scored a team-high 22 points at USF. He has scored 20+ points in 4 straight games, becoming the first Mason player to do so since Jason Miskiri in January, 1999.

• Wright has been Mason’s top scorer in 10 of 12 games and ranks among the CAA’s top 5 in scoring, FG% and 3-point FG%.

• Sophomore Corey Edwards is averaging 10.0 ppg and 2.5 spg over his past two games

• Mason is 18-2 at home under coach Paul Hewitt, including 3-1 this season.

• Mason tops the CAA in scoring defense (61.1 ppg) and ranks 3rd in FG% defense (39.8%).

• Sophomore Erik Copes contributed seven points, six rebounds and two blocks at USF.

Georgia State

• Lost 68-64 in overtime at Ga. Southern on Saturday. The Panthers have dropped four straight games by a total of 12 points.

• Guard R.J. Hunter, who leads all CAA freshmen in scoring (15.5 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg), had 14 points and 3 steals at Ga. Southern. He’s scored double figures 10 times and has five 20-point outings.

• Junior guard Devonta White aIso scored 14 points at Ga. Southern. He’s reached double digits in 12 of 13 games. White leads the CAA in steals and ranks 8th in assists.

• Junior Manny Atkins had 11 points and 8 rebounds at Ga. Southern , which was his 9th straight game scoring in double figures. Atkins leads GSU in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and is 2nd in the CAA in 3-pt FG% (42.3%).

• GSU has 109 steals in 13 games after ranking 4th nationally (9.3 spg) last year.

• Senior James Vincent had 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks at Ga. Southern. He leads the CAA with 2.5 bpg.


• Have been off since falling 83-62 to Tulane in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Dec. 22. Will try to stop a 7-game slide at Florida Atlantic on New Year’s Day.

• Sophomore guard Taran Buie scored a team-high 15 points vs. Tulane. The Penn State transfer has tallied double figures in seven straight games and nine of his last 10 contests. He’s 9th in the CAA in scoring.

• Senior Stevie Mejia contributed nine points, eight rebounds and six assists vs. Tulane. Mejia ranks 3rd in the CAA with 4.2 apg and has also scored double digits six times.

• Freshman Jordan Allen scored a career-high 13 points on 5-of-6 FG shooting vs. Wright State and followed with eight points vs. Tulane.

• Senior Matt Grogan tied his career-high with seven points vs. Tulane and freshman Adam Savion established a new career-high with six points.

James Madison

• Have been off since defeating San Jose St. 77-68 and San Diego 62-59 in the Vegas Holiday Hoops event on Dec. 22-23. JMU has won five of its last six games after starting with a 1-5 mark.

• JMU shot 78.3% from the floor in the second half vs. SJSU, including a perfect 7-of-7 from 3-point range. The Dukes are among the top three in the CAA in scoring offense, FG percentage and 3-point FG percentage.

• Senior Devon Moore contributed 12 points and seven assists vs. SJSU and 13 second-half points vs. San Diego. Moore is averaging 16.5 ppg over the last four games and leads the CAA in assists (4.6 apg).

• Senior Rayshawn Goins had 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds at SJSU and scored a team-high 15 points vs. San Diego.

• Senior A.J. Davis scored a team-high 18 points in 22 minutes off the bench vs. SJSU and followed with 11 points and a season-high four steals in the San Diego win.


• Suffered a 72-60 setback at Campbell on Saturday. UNCW is 5-0 at home, but 0-7 on the road this season.

• Senior Keith Rendleman posted his 5th double-double with team-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds at Campbell. It was the 9th time he’s led UNCW in scoring. Rendleman ranks among the CAA’s top 6 in scoring, rebounding and FG percentage.

• Freshman Craig Ponder added 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists at Campbell. Ponder is averaging 15.5 ppg over his last 2 games.

• Guard Tyree Graham scored eight points in 14 minutes off the bench at Campbell. It was his most points since netting 12 in the season opener vs. UNC Asheville.

• Sophomore Freddie Jackson has made three or more steals four times and ranks 8th in the CAA with 1.7 spg.

• Sophomore Cedrick Williams has grabbed 10+ rebounds three times this season.


• Fell 83-63 at UAB on Saturday. It was the Huskies’ first loss in a true road game this season.

• Sophomore Quincy Ford posted his 2nd double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds at UAB. He’s scored double figures in 9 games and ranks among the top 20 in the CAA in scoring and rebounding.

• Senior Jonathan Lee added 11 points and 3 steals at UAB. Lee has scored double digits in all 3 games and is averaging 15.0 ppg since returning from a preseason foot injury.

• Sophomore Reggie Spencer chipped in 13 points at UAB, which was his 9th game in double figures this season. He leads the CAA in FG percentage (58.5%).

• Senior Joel Smith was held to 4 points at UAB, ending a streak of 9 straight games in double figures. Smith ranks 5th in the CAA in scoring (16.7 ppg) and leads the league with 32 three-pointers.

Old Dominion

• Fell 55-54 to Fairfield on Saturday. It was ODU’s seventh loss in eight home games.

• Senior DeShawn Painter had team-highs of 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks vs. Fairfield. It was his fourth double-double of the season. Painter is averaging 16.2 ppg and 8.8 rpg over his last five games.

• Sophomore Richard Ross scored a season-high 15 points on 6-of-8 FG shooting vs. Fairfield. He also had 5 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

• ODU has outrebounded 11 of its 13 opponents and was even on the glass in the other 2 games. The Monarchs lead the CAA in rebound margin (+6.7 rpg).

• Junior Donte Hill has scored double figures eight times this year. Hill is also 5th in the CAA in steals (1.8 spg).

• ODU shot 46.7% from the floor vs. Fairfield, including 52.4% in the first half.


• Rallied from a 19-point second-half deficit to upset Oregon State 67-66 in overtime on Saturday. It was the Tigers’ first win over a team from a BCS conference since 1995.

• Junior Jerrelle Benimon posted his eighth double-double in the past 11 games with 20 points and a career-high 21 rebounds at OSU. It was Benimon’s fifth game with 16+ rebounds and fourth game with 20+ points.

• Junior Marcus Damas added 16 points at OSU, including the game-winning shot with 0.8 seconds left in OT. It was his fifth double-digit effort of the season.

• The Tigers committed only eight turnovers at OSU – its 2nd-lowest total of the year.

• The Tigers are outrebounding opponents by 6.2 rpg and have beaten 11 of their last 12 opponents on the glass.

• Rafriel Guthrie had eight points and a career-high tying six rebounds at OSU.

William & Mary

• Lost 73-66 at Purdue on Saturday, ending a four-game winning streak.

• Sophomore Marcus Thornton had a team-high 21 points and a career-high six assists at Purdue. Thornton has tallied double digits in 13 straight games and ranks 3rd in the CAA in scoring (18.3 ppg) and 2nd in 3-pointers per game (2.5).

• Junior Kyle Gaillard added 12 points at Purdue. He’s averaging 12.2 ppg and shooting 73.7% over the last six games.

• Junior Tim Rusthoven had 16 points and a team-high 7 rebounds at Purdue. He’s scored double figures in 9 of 11 games and has grabbed 7 or more boards eight times.

• W&M shot 49.1% from the floor against Purdue’s 30th-ranked defense, which was the best by any opponent vs. PU this year.

• Junior guard Brandon Britt chipped in 11 points at Purdue, which was his eighth double-digit effort of the season.

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Coppin’s Cole, Murray honored by MEAC

Posted on 26 November 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State freshman Patrick Cole was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week, while junior teammate Michael Murray was named the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.

Cole earned his second MEAC Rookie of the Week honor after scoring 21 points in the Eagles 98-78 victory over Cheyney on Saturday. He was 6-of-10 from the floor, which included making 2-of-3 three-point attempts, and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. He also added three assists and a steal.

Murray earned his first Defensive Player of the Week award after posting 14 points and grabbing a career-high 15 rebounds against Cheyney. He also had two assists and a steal and reached double figures in rebounding for the fourth consecutive game.

Adrien Coleman of Bethune-Cookman was named the MEAC Player of the Week.

Coppin State returns to action on Wednesday as it hosts Loyola at 7:30 p.m. in the Physical Education Complex.

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Loyola G Hubbard named MAAC Freshman of the Week

Posted on 19 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Hubbard Earns MAAC Rookie Honors


EDISON, N.J. – Loyola University Maryland redshirt freshman guard Tyler Hubbard (Mitchelville, Md./Montrose Christian High School) was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday after helping the Greyhounds win three games and capture the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament title last week.


Hubbard averaged 10.3 points per game and scored a high of 17 last Wednesday in the Greyhounds’ victory over UMBC. He entered the the game against the Retrievers and sparked a first-half Loyola run with 14 points before the break. In all, he made 6-of-7 shots and 4-of-5 from behind the arc against UMBC.


On Saturday afternoon in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off, Hubbard went for 11 points against Norfolk State, making three from behind the arc. He then scored just three, but was a part of critical defensive stops down thestretch, in the win over Albany to secure the tournament title.


In all, Hubbard averaged 10.3 points and an assist per game in the Greyhounds’ wins. He shot .667 (12-of-15) from the field and the same (.667, 8-of-12) from 3-point range. Earlier this season, Hubbard became thefirst Loyola player to make his collegiate debut and score 10 or more points since 2005 when he tallied 11 in the season opener against Binghamton.


The award is the first of Hubbard’s career and the first of the season for a Loyola player. The Greyhounds, who are 4-1, after playing five games in 10 days, return to action on Friday, November 23, when they take on the University of Rhode Island on the Rams’ home floor in a 7 p.m. tip.

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Coppin freshman Cole honored by MEAC

Posted on 12 November 2012 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. — Coppin State’s Patrick Cole was named the Co-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week the league announced on Monday. Cole shared the award with Darryl Palmer of South Carolina State.

Cole scored 25 points against USC in his Coppin State debut. He finished the game 7-of-13 from the floor and made 3-of-4 three-point attempts to lead the Eagles in scoring against the Trojans. He also added a game-high six steals.

Cole scored the most points by a Coppin State player in a season opener since Jorge Cajigas had 28 points against UMBC on Nov. 19, 1999. It also was the most points scored by a CSU freshman in a season-opening game since the Eagles joined the MEAC in 1985-86.

Brandon Goode of Norfolk State was named the MEAC Player of the Week and Marques Oliver of Delaware State was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week.

Coppin State will face Texas tonight at 8 p.m. in the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational in Austin, Texas.

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Towson FB Holder named CAA Rookie of the Week

Posted on 05 November 2012 by WNST Staff

Freshman Fullback Scored First Two Collegiate Touchdowns In Win At Delaware
RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall H.S./Baltimore, Md.) of Towson University has been named as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week for the week ending Nov. 3, it has been announced by CAA officials.

Holder was honored for his role in Towson’s 34-27 overtime victory at Delaware on Saturday afternoon.

In the win at Delaware, Holder caught three passes for 36 yards and scored the first two touchdowns of his college career.

Holder, who had caught only two passes for 21 yards in the Tigers’ first eight games, gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead in the second quarter at Delaware when he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Grant Enders (Old Mill H.S./Millersville, Md.) on a fourth-and-one play. He caught a swing pass on the left side and followed a block by junior tight end James Oboh (Sherwood H.S./Olney, Md.) to score the first touchdown of his career.

With 44 seconds remaining in regulation, Holder caught a two-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, giving the Tigers a 27-24 lead. After the Blue Hens sent the game into overtime, Towson pulled out a 34-27 victory.

“I am so happy for Emmanuel,” said Towson Coach Rob Ambrose. “Playing in this league as a first-year freshman is a challenge in itself. But one can’t help but smile for him to have such an impact in such an important game. I feel very good about our future at the fullback position.”

Holder is the first Tiger football player to be named as the CAA Rookie of the Week this season. Last year, Terrance West (Northwestern H.S./Baltimore, Md.) was honored four times while cornerback Tye Smith (Wakefield H.S./Raleigh, N.C.) picked up the award once.

Ranked 17th in NCAA FCS this week, the Tigers put their two-game winning streak on the line on Saturday, Nov. 10 when they host the University of Rhode Island at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 3:30 p.m. Towson has a 5-4 overall record and is tied for fourth in the CAA with a 4-2 record.
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Vellano, Diggs honored by ACC

Posted on 29 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Vellano, Diggs Earn ACC Weekly Honors

Vellano named defensive lineman of the week; Diggs named Rookie of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s Joe Vellano and Stefon Diggs earned weekly honors from the ACC for their play against Boston College, the league announced Monday.

Vellano was named the defensive lineman of the week, while Diggs was named Rookie of the Week. It’s the first weekly honor for Vellano this season and the fourth for Diggs; he has earned Rookie of the Week honors three times and Specialist of the Week honors once.

Vellano was part of a defensive line that allowed Boston College to rush for just 8 net yards on 27 attempts. The senior recorded five tackles, including 2.5 sacks to total minus-22 yards, and also forced a fumble that the Terrapins recovered. Vellano leads the ACC and is tied for ninth nationally with 1.75 tackles for loss per game. He’s played a big role on a defense that ranks fourth nationally against the run, having surrendered just 77.6 yards per game.

Diggs, meanwhile, turned in his most productive receiving game this season, setting career marks with 152 receiving yards and 11 catches. The freshman caught a career-long 66-yard touchdown pass, marking the fourth time in the last five games he’s had a catch of at least 50 yards. It was the third 100-yard receiving game of the season for Diggs and vaulted him into 16th place on Maryland’s single-season receiving yards list with 666. That ranks second all-time among freshmen, trailing only Darrius Heyward-Bey’s 694 in 2006.

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SCHEDULING NOTE: The Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday announced ESPN has called for a 6-day option on the games of Nov.10. The game times and networks for all six games, including the Maryland-Clemson contest, will be announced no later than by noon on Sunday, Nov. 4

– Terps –

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Terps Hartsfield, Diggs honored by ACC

Posted on 08 October 2012 by WNST Staff

Hartsfield named Linebacker of the Week, Diggs named Rookie of the Week

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Demetrius Hartsfield and Stefon Diggs received player of the week honors from the ACC for their play in Maryland’s 19-14 win over Wake Forest, the league announced Monday.

Hartsfield was named the Linebacker of the Week while Diggs received Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season.

Hartsfield led a strong defensive effort as 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 Wake quarterback Tanner Price on fourth-and-15 with under a minute to play essentially sealed the victory for Maryland.

Diggs, who also received Rookie of the Week honors for his play at West Virginia, turned in his second straight 100-yard receiving game by hauling in five passes for 105. His 63-yard reception in the fourth quarter, the longest by a Terrapin this year, set up the game-winning one-yard touchdown run by Justus Pickett.

On that play, Diggs caught a pass over the middle six yards beyond the line of scrimmage, and then took it 57 yards after the catch. The freshman also had 20 punt return yards and seven rushing yards, and ranks second in the ACC with 154.8 all-purpose yards per game.

A Terrapin has won Rookie of the Week honors in three of Maryland’s last four games (Perry Hills vs. Temple, Diggs vs. West Virginia, Diggs vs. Wake Forest.

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Maryland WR Diggs named ACC Rookie of the Week

Posted on 24 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Diggs Named ACC Rookie of the Week

Freshman had 113 receiving yards, two touchdowns at No. 8 West Virginia

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland freshman Stefon Diggs has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for his performance against No. 8 West Virginia, the league announced Monday.


Diggs made the most of his three touches on offense, turning three receptions into 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Terrapins’ 31-21 loss to the Mountaineers. The freshman had a 42-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter on a highlight-reel play in which he raced down the sideline and dove into the end zone from four yards out.


In the fourth quarter, he had a 56-yard touchdown catch. Diggs also added 63 kickoff return yards and 25 punt return yards to total 201 all-purpose yards, his second straight game with 200-plus. The Gaithersburg, Md., native ranks 12th nationally and third among freshmen with 160.5 all-purpose yards per game.


A Terp has captured two of the past three Rookie of the Week honors; quarterback Perry Hills earned the award after going 11 of 21 for 190 yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown in a 36-27 win over Temple on Sept. 8.


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Maryland QB Hills named ACC Rookie of the Week

Posted on 10 September 2012 by WNST Staff

Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Football Players of the Week

Wake Forest’s Price, Campanaro, and Hazime headline honorees for performance against North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price, receiver Michael Campanaro, and defensive end Hasan Hazime headline a list of eight players named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Tuesday. Price threw for a career-high 327 yards, Campanaro caught a career-high 13 passes for 164 yards, and Hazime had five tackles in the Demon Deacons’ 28-27 win over North Carolina.

Freshman quarterback Perry Hills led the Terrapins to a 36-27 win at Temple and was recognized as the Rookie of the Week.

Two Virginia Cavaliers were recognized for their performance in the 17-16 victory over Penn State. Steve Greer tallied a career-high 15 tackles to be named the Linebacker of the Week, and senior Oday Aboushi, who had 12 knockdown blocks, was named the Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Clemson’s Spencer Benton connected on a 61-yard field goal to set a new ACC record and was named the Specialist of the Week. NC State’s Earl Wolff, the Defensive Back of the Week, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble to help the Wolfpack win at Connecticut.

OFFENSIVE BACK – Tanner Price, Wake Forest, Jr., QB, 6-2, 205, Austin, Tex.

Price completed 27 of 38 passes for 327 yards in Wake Forest’s 28-27 win over North Carolina on Sept. 8.  Price also carried seven times for 5 yards and rushed for a pair of touchdowns.  Price’s 327 yards represented a career-high in passing yards and the two rushing touchdowns were also a career-best.  Trailing 27-21 with 6:36 to play in the game, Price led Wake Forest on an 11-play, 93-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown.  On the drive, Price completed five of seven passes for 67 yards and carried three times for 5 yards including the game-winning 1-yard TD plunge.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Oday Aboushi, Virginia, Sr., OT, 6-6, 310, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Senior offensive tackle Oday Aboushi had another solid day, grading out at 92 percent on 65 plays. He had 12 knockdown blocks against the Penn State front seven.

RECEIVER – Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, Jr., WR, 5-11, 195, Clarksville, Md.

Campanaro caught a career-high 13 passes for a career-high 164 yards in Wake Forest’s 28-27 win over North Carolina on Saturday.  Campanaro had nine catches for 108 yards in the first half as Wake Forest built a 21-14 halftime lead.  He had four catches for 56 yards in the second half, including one 15-yard reception on the game-winning drive.  Campanaro’s 13 receptions were two shy of the school record and the most ever by a Deacon versus the Tar Heels.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Hasan Hazime, Wake Forest, Sr., DE, 6-5, 270, Pickering, Ontario

Hazime had five tackles including three solos and two assists versus North Carolina.  A fifth-year transfer from Akron, Hazime made his first career start for Wake Forest on Saturday, filling in for an injured DE Zach Thompson.  Hazime had a sack of North Carolina QB Bryn Renner, forcing a fumble which he then recovered, settingup Wake Forest’s go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter.  Hazime also broke up a team-high two pass attempts by the Tar Heels.

LINEBACKER – Steve Greer, Virginia, Sr., LB, 6-2, 230, Solon, Ohio

Greer had the best game of his career in Virginia’s 17-16 victory against Penn State. Greer registered a career-high 15 tackles and tied his career high with two sacks. He finished the game with 2.5 tackles for loss. Greer was part of a Cavalier defense that rose up and kept the Nittany Lions out of the end zone and forced them to attempt field goals, which they converted just 1 of 5. The Virginia defense held Penn State to just -14 total yards and 3 total points following four Cavalier turnovers during the game. Three of those turnovers came inside the Virginia 25-yard line and the fourth was at the 38-yard line. Penn State managed just 2.9 yards per play during the game.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Earl Wolff, NC State, Sr.,S, 6-0, 207, Raeford, N.C.

Wolff tallied seven stops (including five first hits or solos) in the 10-7 road win over UConn, even though he played just three quarters after leaving with an injury. He picked off the fifth pass of his career in the second half with UConn driving when Wolff caught the interception at midfield and returned it 16 yards. The senior made perhaps the biggest play of the game on defense in the third quarter when he recovered a fumble that Brandan Bishop forced with NC State leading 3-0. That gave the Pack the ball at the UConn 41 and three plays later, State scored its only touchdown of the afternoon.

SPECIALIST – Spencer Benton, Clemson, Sr., K, 6-1, 195, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Benton kicked an ACC record 61-yard field goal in Clemson’s 52-27 victory over Ball State.  The 61-yard field goal broke the previous Clemson record by four yards and broke the previous ACC record by a yard.  It was just the fourth field goal of 60 yards or more at the FBS level this century (The fifth was kicked later in the afternoon by Andrew Furney of Washington State against Eastern Washington, a 60-yarder). In addition to his record setting field goal, Benton kicked off five times with four resulting in touchbacks. He also had a 43-yard average on two punts, both of which pinned Ball State inside its own 20. He also held on Clemson place kicks, except for his 61-yard attempt.

ROOKIE – Perry Hills, Maryland, Fr., QB, 6-3, 205, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Hills, who last week became the first freshman to start a season opener for Maryland since Calvin McCall in 1999, had an excellent outing in the 36-27 win against Temple. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native went 11 of 21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a touchdown. He also made several momentum-changing plays on third down: he ran for an 11-yard TD on third-and-goal after a low snap that hit the ground; he hit Marcus Leak for a 39-yard gain on third-and-17 in the third quarter; and finally, hooked up with Stefon Diggs down the sideline for 38 yards on a third-and-11 with under 4:00 left and Maryland clinging to a 29-27 lead. In all, Hills led Maryland on six scoring drives (four touchdowns, two field goals) in its 36-27 win over Temple.

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