Monday, September 10, 2012
ACC players of the week
By Andrea Adelson
Here are the ACC players of the week, as announced by the league office Monday.
Offensive back: Tanner Price, QB, Wake Forest. Price went 27-of-38 for a career-high 327 yards in Wake Forest’s 28-27 win over North Carolina on Sept. 8. Price also carried seven times for 5 yards and rushed for a career-high two touchdowns. Trailing 27-21 with 6:36 to play, Price led Wake Forest on an 11-play, 93-yard drive for the game-winning touchdown. On the drive, Price went 5-of-7 for 67 yards and had the game-winning 1-yard touchdown run.
Offensive lineman: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia. Aboushi had another solid day, grading out at 92 percent on 65 plays. He had 12 knockdown blocks against the Penn State front seven.
Receiver: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest. Campanaro caught a career-high 13 passes for a career-high 164 yards in Wake Forest’s 28-27 win over North Carolina. Campanaro had nine catches for 108 yards in the first half as Wake Forest built a 21-14 halftime lead. He had four catches for 56 yards in the second half, including one 15-yard reception on the game-winning drive. Campanaro’s 13 receptions were two shy of the school record and the most ever by a Deacon versus the Tar Heels.
Defensive lineman: Hasan Hazime, DE, Wake Forest. Hazime had five tackles, including three solos and two assists, against North Carolina. A fifth-year transfer from Akron, Hazime made his first career start for Wake Forest, filling in for injured end Zach Thompson. Hazime had a sack and forced a fumble which he then recovered, setting up Wake Forest’s go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter. Hazime also broke up a team-high two pass attempts.
Linebacker: Steve Greer, Virginia. Greer had the best game of his career in Virginia's 17-16 victory against Penn State. Greer registered a career-high 15 tackles and tied his career high with two sacks. He finished the game with 2.5 tackles for loss. Greer was part of a Cavalier defense that rose up and kept the Nittany Lions out of the end zone and forced them to attempt field goals, which they converted just once in five attempts.
Defensive back: Earl Wolff, S, NC State. Wolff had seven stops (including five first hits or solos) in the 10-7 win over UConn, even though he played just three quarters after leaving with an injury. He intercepted the fifth pass of his career in the second half with UConn driving. The senior made perhaps the biggest play of the game on defense in the third quarter when he recovered a fumble that Brandan Bishop forced with NC State leading 3-0. That gave the Pack the ball at the UConn 41 and three plays later, State scored its only touchdown of the afternoon.
Specialist: Spencer Benton, K, Clemson. Benton kicked an ACC record 61-yard field goal in Clemson’s 52-27 victory over Ball State. The 61-yard field goal broke the previous Clemson record by 4 yards and broke the previous ACC record by 1 yard. It was just the fourth field goal of 60 yards or more at the FBS level this century (The fifth was kicked later in the afternoon by Andrew Furney of Washington State against Eastern Washington, a 60 yarder). In addition to his record-setting field goal, Benton kicked off five times with four resulting in touchbacks. He also had a 43-yard average on two punts, both of which pinned Ball State inside its own 20.
Rookie: Perry Hills, QB, Maryland. Hills had an excellent outing in a 36-27 win against Temple, going 11-of-21 for 190 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a touchdown. He also made several momentum-changing plays on third down: he ran for an 11-yard touchdown on third-and-goal after a low snap that hit the ground; he hit Marcus Leak for a 39-yard gain on third-and-17 in the third quarter; and finally, hooked up with Stefon Diggs down the sideline for 38 yards on a third-and-11 with under 4 minutes left and Maryland clinging to a 29-27 lead. In all, Hills led Maryland on six scoring drives (four touchdowns, two field goals).