ACC's Players of the Week
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Guys, once again, these are from the league office, voted by members of the media, not a list I make up every week. It does say something, though, that Duke and North Carolina are represented here and Florida State and Miami are not. (I know, the Hurricanes had a bye week, but you get what I'm sayin').
Here they are:
OFFENSIVE BACK -- Thaddeus Lewis, Duke, QB, 6-2, 200, Jr., Opa-Locka, Fla.
Lewis accounted for a total of 358 yards in the Blue Devil's 41-31 victory over Navy. He completed 25-of-35 (.714) passes for 317 yards and 3 touchdowns and led Duke in rushing with a career-high 41 yards on 12 carries. He extended his school record and national leading total of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 206. Lewis put Duke ahead for good with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Eron Riley midway through the third quarter. He later helped seal the victory in the fourth period by connecting with Riley on a 49-yard scoring strike to give Duke a 10-point cushion.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Thomas Austin, Clemson, C, 6-3, 315, Jr., Camden, SC
Austin graded 85 percent and had 12 knockdown blocks in Clemson's win over NC State as the Tigers gained 428 yards of offense. The leader of an offensive line that started three red-shirt freshmen for the first time since 1943, Austin did not allow a sack and had four knockdown blocks on Clemson's last drive of the game, a 96-yard drive that took 8:07 off the clock. Austin played all 59 snaps at center in the 91-degree heat.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Brett Warren, Virginia Tech, ILB, 6-1, 223, r-Sr., Warrenton, Va.
Warren recorded a career-high 15 tackles (five solo) with a half a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in Virginia Tech's 20-17 ACC win over Georgia Tech.
DEFENSIVE BACK -- Vincent Rey, Duke, OLB, 6-0, 240, Jr., Far Rockaway, N.Y.
Rey made 12 tackles in Duke's 41-31 victory over Navy. The Blue Devils held the Midshipmen to 207 yards on the ground, half of their NCAA-leading season average of 452 yards per game. Rey also tallied four tackles for loss, a sack and a 37-yard fumble return for a touchdown.
SPECIALIST -- Jay Wooten, North Carolina, PK, 6-3, 185, Fr., Laurinburg, N.C.
Wooten kicked three field goals and pinned Rutgers deep on kickoffs several times in the 44-12 win in Piscataway. Wooten's first career attempt was a 43-yarder in the second quarter which tied the game at 3. He later converted kicks of 29 and 27 yards. He tied the school freshman record for most field goals made in a game with three.
ROOKIE -- Rookie - Darren Evans, Virginia Tech, RB, 6-0, 215, r-Fr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Evans ran for a career-high 94 yards on 19 carries in Tech's win over Georgia Tech. He scored a touchdown for the third-straight game, taking it in from 8-yards out and had a long run of 24 yards on Tech's game-winning drive.