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Here are the ACC players of the week, as announced by the league office.
Offensive back: Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State. Thompson had one of the finest rushing performances in Florida State history against Wake Forest, running for a career-high 197 yards on nine carries (21.9 yards per carry), and a pair of touchdowns. The 10th highest rushing game in school history came in just one half against the Demon Deacons. Consider a year ago, he broke his back against Wake Forest and his career was in jeopardy. This time out, he had touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards on consecutive second quarter plays.
Offensive lineman: Will Jackson, OG/OT, Georgia Tech. Jackson, who has played guard the majority of his college career, made the move to tackle before the Virginia game and responded with one of his best performances. Jackson helped the Tech offense put up remarkable numbers against the Cavaliers: 56 points, 461 yards rushing, 9.2 yards per rushing attempt, and 594 yards of total offense.
Receiver: Romar Morris, TB, North Carolina. Morris posted a career-high 202 all-purpose yards in Carolina's 39-34 loss at No. 19 Louisville. He had 149 yards receiving, 23 yards rushing and 30 yards on kick returns. He also blocked a punt in the fourth quarter, which led to a touchdown on the next play. Morris is the first Tar Heel to block a punt since Bruce Carter blocked one at Rutgers in 2010. Morris became the first Tar Heel running back with a 100-yard receiving game since Anthony Elzy had 178 in 2010 against NC State. Morris caught five passes for 149 yards and scored on a 44-yard wheel route down the sideline and a 50-yard catch-and-run that pulled the Tar Heels to within five with 4:23 remaining.
Defensive line: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State. Carradine was once again a force for the defense as the Seminoles limited the Demon Deacons to 126 total yards and posted their second consecutive shutout of the season. FSU has yet to yield a touchdown in 2012, and Carradine gets some of the credit. He finished with three tackles, including a team-high 2.5 sacks, and added two quarterback pressures against Wake Forest. Through three games, he leads the team in tackles with 12.
Linebacker: Nick Clancy, LB, Boston College. Clancy had a career-high 24 tackles – 14 solo and 10 assisted tackles – in Boston College’s 22-13 loss at Northwestern, marking the second-most tackles in one game in school history and the highest single-game tackle total since Frank Chamberlain matched the school record with a 25-tackle performance against Syracuse in 1999. Chamberlain shares the school record with Stephen Boyd (1994) and Tom McManus (1991). Clancy, who entered the season with a career single-game high of seven tackles against Wake Forest in 2009, leads the ACC in tackles (43) and tackles per game (14.3) through three games in 2012.
Defensive back: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke. Cockrell led Duke to a 54-17 win over N.C. Central with six tackles, two interceptions and two pass breakups. Cockrell’s first interception set up a 20-yard field goal by Ross Martin, and he returned the second interception of the night 32 yards for a touchdown. Cockrell is currently tied for the national lead in both passes broken up (six) and total passes defended (nine) while ranking tied for third in interceptions (three).
Specialist: Kyshoen Jarrett, PR, Virginia Tech. Jarrett had a 94-yard punt return for a touchdown in Virginia Tech's loss at Pittsburgh. The return was the second-longest in school history behind Frank Loria's 95-yard return in 1967 against Miami and was the longest under head coach Frank Beamer. It is the fourth-longest scoring punt return in conference history and the longest since 1970, when South Carolina’s Dick Harris returned one 97 yards for a score against North Carolina.
Rookie: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami. Johnson accounted for 245 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns in Miami’s 38-10 home-opening win over Bethune-Cookman. The freshman rushed 14 times for a career-high 94 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson also posted three receptions for 57 yards and one touchdown and added 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter. Johnson became the first Miami player to score four TDs in a game since Tyrone Moss in 2005 against UNC.
Here are the ACC players of the week, as announced by the league office.Offensive back: Chris Thompson, RB, Florida State. Thompson had one of the finest rushing performances in Florida State history against Wake Forest, running for a career-high 197 yards on nine carries (21.