Wolfpack Dominates Weekly ACC Awards

The Atlantic Coast Conference handed out its weekly awards and three Wolfpack players were honored.

OFFENSIVE BACK
NC State tailback Andre Brown ran for 179 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in the Wolfpack's 20-15 win over then-No. 9 Florida State on Saturday. Named the Co-National Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation for his performance against FSU, Brown averaged 6.9 yards per carry against the Seminoles. The true freshman from Greenville, N.C., set the tone for the afternoon on the game's second play from scrimmage when he broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run. Brown also garnered ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Miami center Anthony Wollschlager had eight pancake blocks and 14 metrorails (staying with his man through the play) as the Hurricanes topped then-No. 3 Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday. Both numbers put up by the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., junior are season highs for any Miami lineman.

DEFENSIVE LINE
NC State defensive end Manny Lawson and Florida State nose guard Brodrick Bunkley share defensive line honors this week. Lawson, a senior from Goldsboro, N.C., helped the Wolfpack limit Florida State to 227 total offensive yards, including just 184 yards passing from the ACC's leading passing offense, in NC State's 20-15 win on Saturday. Lawson was on the field for 58 of FSU's 68 snaps from scrimmage, and had seven tackles, three of which were for losses, and one quarterback sack. Bunkley, a senior from Tampa, Fla., recorded a career-high 10 tackles in the Seminoles' 20-15 loss to NC State, including three tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks. Bunkley now leads the league with 14 tackles for loss, good for the eighth-best single-season total in school history. He also played the entire fourth quarter on a sprained right ankle when FSU's defense limited NC State to 28 total yards and two first downs.

DEFENSIVE BACK
NC State cornerback A.J. Davis led the Wolfpack with nine tackles and recorded a pair of crucial interceptions in the team's win over then-No. 9 Florida State on Saturday. A redshirt junior from Durham, N.C., Davis recorded eight solo hits, notched one tackle for a two-yard loss and had one pass-breakup. Davis' first interception came late in the third quarter, with NC State hanging onto a 13-10 lead and Florida State driving at midfield. He returned the ball 43 yards to the FSU 29, setting up the Pack's final scoring drive of the game. With NC State leading 20-13, Florida State blocked its second NC State punt in as many tries, giving the Seminoles the ball at the Wolfpack five-yard line with 2:44 to play in the game. On second-and-goal from the 12 following a seven-yard loss, Davis stepped in front of an FSU pass at the goal line and returned the ball three yards to stop the potential tying drive for FSU.

SPECIAL TEAMS
North Carolina kickoff returner Wallace Wright returned the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown in North Carolina's 16-14 win over then-No. 19 Boston College on Saturday, giving the Tar Heels two opening kickoff returns for scores in the same season for the first time in school history. Wright, a senior from Fayetteville, N.C., initially bobbled the ball, but then picked it up at the 10 and raced around the right side for the score.

ROOKIE
NC State tailback Andre Brown ran for 179 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in the Wolfpack's 20-15 win over then-No. 9 Florida State on Saturday. Named the Co-National Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation for his performance against FSU, Brown averaged 6.9 yards per carry against the Seminoles. The true freshman from Greenville, N.C., set the tone for the afternoon on the game's second play from scrimmage when he broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run. Brown, who also claimed ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors, earns his second straight Rookie of the Week selection. After carrying the ball just 13 times for 42 yards in the Wolfpack's first six games, Brown has carried the ball 58 times for 427 yards and three touchdowns in NC State's last two contests. He has averaged 7.4 yards per carry and 213.5 yards per game in those two Wolfpack wins.


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