ACC's players of the week

September, 19, 2011
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Here are the ACC's players of the week, as announced by the league offices in Greensboro, N.C.:

OFFENSIVE BACK -- Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB

Boyd completed 30 of 42 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns without an interception in Clemson’s 38-24 victory that ended Auburn’s 17-game winning streak. Boyd led the Clemson offense to 624 yards of total offense, the third-highest total in Clemson history. Boyd’s 386 yards passing were the second most in Clemson history. He also rushed for 30 yards giving him 416 yards of total offense, fourth most in Clemson history.

RECEIVER and ROOKIE -- Sammy Watkins, Clemson, WR

Watkins caught 10 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Clemson’s 38-24 victory over Auburn. He also established Clemson freshman records for receptions, reception yards and touchdown receptions in a game with the performance. He also had 44 yards rushing on seven attempts, giving him 199 yards from scrimmage, the most by a Clemson player since the 2009 ACC championship game when C.J. Spiller had 238 against Georgia Tech. Watkins had a 65-yard touchdown reception on Clemson’s first drive of the second half that gave the Tigers the lead for the first time at 28-21.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech, OG

Uzzi and the Yellow Jackets' offensive line dominated the line of scrimmage in Georgia Tech’s 66-24 win over Kansas. The Jackets broke an NCAA record for yards per rushing attempt (12.1), broke an ACC record for rushing yards (604) and smashed a school record for total offense (768). Tech allowed only one sack on the day.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE

Werner was a pivotal performer from his left end position as the Seminoles held the Sooners to 310 total yards, their lowest output since the 2009 season. A first-year starter, Werner posted a career-high six tackles (5 solos, 1 assist), which included two tackles for loss and a sack of OU quarterback Landry Jones. He was also credited with one quarterback hurry. Werner leads FSU with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks this season.

LINEBACKER -- Luke Kuechly, Boston College, LB

Junior LB Luke Kuechly recorded 23 tackles in Boston College’s 20-19 loss to Duke, marking a career high and tying Stephen Boyd for second on the school’s all-time single-game list. Boyd recorded 23 tackles against Virginia Tech in 1993. The 23 tackles ties for fourth most tackles in a BC game (three players recorded 25). Saturday’s game marked the third game of Kuechly’s career with 20 or more tackles. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native previously recorded 21 tackles at Duke (2010) and 20 tackles at NC State (2010). Kuechly now has 399 career tackles. He is positioned to become the fifth Eagle and 32nd player from the ACC to ever record 400 career tackles.

DEFENSIVE BACK -- Matt Merletti, North Carolina, S

Senior Matt Merletti made seven tackles and intercepted two passes in Carolina's 28-17 win over Virginia. Merletti's two interceptions came on Virginia's final two possessions to help the Tar Heels secure the victory.

SPECIALIST -- Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, K

Hopkins extended his streak of consecutive field goal conversions to 13, connecting from 53 and 46 yards against Oklahoma. Hopkins’ 53-yarder was the second-longest of his career. He also helped keep the Sooners bottled off by continuing his kickoff prowess. Hopkins kicked off four times and registered two touchbacks. Oklahoma’s longest return was 18 yards and they never began a series following a kickoff beyond its own 20-yard line. Hopkins is 6-of-6 on field goal attempts this season and has converted all 13 of his PAT attempts. In addition to his streak of 13 consecutive successful field goals, Hopkins has now converted 99 consecutive PATs and is just nine shy of tying the Florida State record held by Derek Schmidt since 1986.

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