Sunday, November 15, 2009
ACC helmet stickers: Week 11
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Here are the ACC's top five performers for Week 11:
Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher: Not only did Fisher recruit rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel, but he put him in position to succeed, and he had the players around Manuel prepared in the Seminoles' 41-28 win over Wake Forest. Manuel threw for a touchdown and ran for another in his first career start, but Jermaine Thomas helped take some of the pressure off of him with 149 rushing yards and a touchdown. It was smart playcalling on Fisher's part, and the offensive line paved the way for everyone, and Manuel outplayed veteran quarterback Riley Skinner to boost the Seminoles' chances of a bowl appearance.
UNC cornerback Kendric Burney: He intercepted three passes and returned them for an ACC single-game record 170 yards, including one for a 77-yard touchdown, in Carolina’s 33-24 win over No. 12 Miami. The 170 yards also broke the UNC record for interception return yardage in an entire season. The 170 yards increased Burney’s career interception return yardage to 317 to break the UNC career record held previously by Kareen Taylor (206) from 2003-06. Burney's 77-yard return was the seventh-longest in school history, and Burney now has two of Carolina’s eight longest interception returns. Burney became the first Tar Heel with three interceptions in a game since Dre’ Bly against Georgia Tech in 1996. On his third interception, Burney returned it 46 yards, then pitched the ball to teammate Melvin Williams for the final 44 yards and a touchdown.
Georgia Tech B-back Jonathan Dwyer: He had his fourth consecutive 100-yard game, as the Yellow Jackets clinched the Coastal Division with a 49-10 drubbing of Duke on Saturday. Dwyer finished with 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns of three and 13 yards.
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller: There wasn't much he didn't do in the Tigers' 43-23 win over NC State. He ran for a touchdown. He caught a touchdown reception. And he threw a touchdown pass. Nobody else in Clemson history had ever done that. Spiller rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries and made three catches for 48 yards to help the Tigers keep the lead in the Atlantic Division.
Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor: He threw for 268 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the Hokies' 36-9 win at Maryland on Saturday. He helped build a 24-point lead against the Terps, and threw each of his touchdown passes in the opening 23 minutes to help Virginia Tech go up 27-3. He finished 13 for 23 and also ran for 81 yards on eight carries.