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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
ACC announces Players of the Week

By Andrea Adelson

Here are the ACC Players of the Week, as announced by the league Tuesday.

Offensive back: Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson. Ellington gained 228 yards rushing on 25 carries to lead Clemson to a 26-19 victory over Auburn. His total was the most in the nation this weekend, the most by a Clemson running back against an SEC team in history, and the most in a season opener.

Offensive lineman: Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson. Freeman played all 87 snaps at center and graded a team-best 94 percent in the win over Auburn. Freeman had five knockdown blocks to lead the team in that category as well.

Receiver: Conner Vernon, Duke. In the season-opening win over FIU, Vernon caught 10 passes for 180 yards and one 28-yard touchdown. He became the school's all-time leader in pass receptions with 208, eclipsing the previous mark of 207 held by former high school and collegiate teammate Donovan Varner. Vernon matched a school record with his fourth 10-reception game (Roger Boone), and extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one reception to 36 -- the nation’s longest active streak.

Defensive lineman: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State. Werner turned in one of the top defensive individual performances in Florida State history as the Seminoles defeated Murray State. In just over one half of play, Werner had five solo tackles -- all of which came behind the line of scrimmage for minus-30 yards. Four of the tackles were sacks, matching the most by an FSU player since Alonzo Jackson recorded four at Louisville in 2002. In addition, Werner forced a fumble and broke up a pass.

Linebacker: Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech. Tyler had a huge game against Georgia Tech's tough spread option attack, registering a career-high 17 tackles (seven solo) in Virginia Tech's 20-17 overtime win. He also had a tackle for loss.

Defensive back: A.J. Marshall, Wake Forest. Marshall had six total tackles, including two solos and four assists, in the win over Liberty. He led the team with 1.5 tackles for loss and two pass break-ups. His biggest contribution was an interception and 39-yard return for a touchdown late in the third quarter that pulled the Deacons into a 14-14 tie. The interception was the first of his career.

Specialist: Cody Journell, K, Virginia Tech. Journell tied the game at the end of regulation with a 41-yard field goal and then won the game for the Hokies in overtime with a 17-yard field goal to help Virginia Tech defeat Georgia Tech, 20-17.

Rookie: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami. Johnson had 135 yards rushing and two touchdowns on seven carries, the most rushing yards by a Miami true freshman since Javarris James racked up 148 against Houston in 2006. Johnson scored his first-career touchdown on a 54-yard run in the second quarter and added a 56-yard score in the third quarter. Johnson tallied a team-high 214 all-purpose yards (135 rush, 10 receiving, 69 kick return).