The ACC announced their players of the week on Monday, and for the second week in a row, a Syracuse player was among them. After Daivon Ellison was named co-defensive back of the week for his performance against South Florida, Zaire Franklin picked up the linebacker of the week designation from the conference.
From the ACC release:
Franklin made a career-high 14 tackles, including a season-best 2.5 tackles for loss, in Syracuse's 31-24 victory at Connecticut. He also had one pass breakup. Franklin was involved in two of the game's most pivotal plays. With the score tied up at 17 late in the third quarter, Franklin tipped UConn quarterback Bryant Shirreffs' pass into the waiting arms of cornerback Cordell Hudson, who returned the ball 22 yards for a touchdown to give Syracuse a 24-17 lead.
Then, midway through the fourth quarter and the Huskies down seven, Franklin stopped Shireffs for a gain of just one yard on fourth-and-goal from the SU 2-yard line. The Orange offense took over after the defensive stand put together a 99-yard scoring drive to put the game out of reach.
Also recognized by the ACC were North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky (offensive back), Florida State's Roderick Johnson (offensive lineman), North Carolina's Ryan Switzer (receiver), Virginia Tech's Ken Ekanem (defensive lineman), Wake Forest's Jessie Bates (defensive back), Duke's Shaun Wilson (specialist) and Duke's Daniel Jones (rookie).
Strangely, Amba Etta-Tawo was not named wide receiver of the week despite a record setting 270-yard, two touchdown performance. Switzer put up 206 yards on 16 catches with one score for UNC against Pittsburgh.
Syracuse faces Notre Dame on Saturday at MetLife Stadium with a 12:00pm kickoff.