Harris threw the game-tying and game-winning TD passes in Miami's 24-17 overtime win over Virginia, completing 12 of 21 passes for 160 yards, to claim his third ACC Rookie-of-the-Week honor. Spiller had 242 all-purpose yards in Clemson¹s 27-21 win over Boston College while Smith had two interceptions, two tackles and a punt block for a safety in Wake Forest¹s 33-30 overtime win over Duke.
Joining them this week are Clemson Offensive Lineman Thomas Austin, Wake
Forest Defensive Lineman Boo Robinson, Georgia Tech Defensive Lineman
Michael Johnson and Wake Forest Placekicker Shane Popham.
Clemson's Spiller caught six passes for 105 yards to claim the Offensive
Back of the Week award. He also had a 64-yard kickoff return and an 18-yard
punt return to go with 55 yards rushing on the day. Smith was named
Defensive Back of the Week after his interception in overtime preserved
Wake¹s victory. He was also responsible for a safety, blocking a punt which
went out of the endzone for two points.
Austin claimed Offensive Lineman of the Week honors as he anchored the
Clemson offensive line at Guard and Center in the Tigers¹ win over Boston
College. He did not allow a sack as the Tigers¹ rushing attack ran for five
yards per rush on 21 attempts. Robinson had nine tackles to claim
Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. He also had a tackle for loss in
the win. Georgia Tech¹s Johnson was also named Co-Defensive Lineman of the
Week. His sack and forced fumble of Florida State quarterback Christian
Ponder set the table for a Yellow Jacket touchdown drive in the Jackets
31-28 win over the 16th ranked Seminoles.
Wake Forest's Popham was named Specialist of the Week as he went 3-for-3 on
field goals in Wake Forest¹s 33-30 overtime win over Duke. Popham¹s
28-yarder on the first possession of overtime proved to be the game winner
when a turnover ended the Blue Devil threat
OFFENSIVE BACK: C.J. Spiller, Clemson, Running Back, 5-11, 190, Jr., Lake
Spiller had 242 all-purpose yards to lead the way in Clemson¹s 27-21 win
over Boston College. The junior had six receptions out of the backfield for
105 yards, a Clemson record for reception yards by a running back in a
single game. Spiller also had 8 carries for 55 yards, a 64-yard kickoff
return that changed the momentum of the game in the fourth period and led to
Clemson¹s winning touchdown. He also added an 18-yard punt return. His 242
all-purpose running yards were the 11th most in Clemson history and the
fourth most by a Clemson player in the 21st century.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Thomas Austin, Clemson, OG/C, 6-3, 295, Jr. Camden, S.C.
Austin graded 82 percent with five knockdowns and did not allow a sack in
playing two different positions in Clemson¹s win over Boston College.
Austin had started the first seven games at center, he moved to left guard
for the Boston College game. Austin played all 69 snaps, 60 at guard and
nine at center in the victory. Clemson running backs James Davis and C.J.
Spiller both combined to average five yards a rush on 21 carries, and the
Tigers had three different drives of at least 70 yards in claiming the
victory, the program¹s first against Boston College in 50 years.
CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMANBoo Robinson, Wake Forest, DL, 6-2, 325, R-Jr., Monroe,
Robinson led all of Wake's defensive linemen with nine tackles including two
solos and seven assists in the Deacon¹s 33-30 overtime win over Duke.
Robinson also recorded a tackle for loss of one yard. Wake's defensive
front held the Blue Devils to 112 yards rushing in the win.
Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech, DE, 6-7, 260, Sr., Selma, Ala.
Johnson sacked Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder for a loss of 10
yards and forced a fumble in the process in Georgia Tech¹s 31-28 win over
16th ranked Florida State. The Yellow Jackets recovered the fumble and went
on to score a touchdown on the next possession. He also added a solo
tackles in the game. Johnson's effort put him in the top 10 in the ACC in
sacks and tackles-for-loss.
DEFENSIVE BACK: Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, CB, 5-9, 190, R-Sr., Pahokee,
Smith had two interceptions, a blocked punt and a pair of tackles in Wake
Forest¹s 33-30 overtime win over Duke. Smith¹s first interception of the
day came with 12:44 remaining in the third quarter and led to a touchdown
that gave Wake Forest a 19-7 lead. His second interception came in overtime
and sealed the Deacon win. Smith¹s blocked punt came with 1:59 to play in
the first quarter and went out of the end zone for a safety to give Wake
Forest a 9-7 lead. Smith is now second all-time in the ACC in career
interceptions with 19, one shy of the league record.
SPECIALIST: Shane Popham, Wake Forest, PK, 5-11, 192, R-Fr., Crestview Hills,
Popham, a redshirt freshman, booted a career-high three field goals and
scored 11 points in Wake Forest¹s 33-30 win over Duke. Popham hit from 24
and 44 yards in regulation and added a 28-yarder in overtime to provide Wake
Forest¹s winning points. Popham was a perfect 3-for-3 on the day in field
goal attempts after going 3-for-8 in field goal attempts in three games
since replacing the injured Sam Swank.
ROOKIE: Jacory Harris, Miami, Quarterback, 6-4, 185, Fr., Miami, Fla.
Harris rallied the Hurricanes on the road at Virginia throwing two
touchdowns a game-tying TD in the final minutes of regulation and the
go-head score in overtime as Miami defeated the Cavaliers, 24-17, in
overtime. He completed 12-of-21 passes (57.1 percent) for 160 yards and two
touchdowns. It was the second time in three weeks that Harris rallied the
Hurricanes on the road in helping push their winning streak to four games. A
Miami quarterback has captured the Rookie of the Week Award in each of the
past three weeks with Harris winning it twice and Robert Marve taking the
award last week.
Spiller, Austin Garner ACC Honors
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