- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done in Week 8:
Duke tight end Braxton Deaver. When the Blue Devils needed a big play against Virginia, it was Deaver who responded. Twice. Trailing 22-17 in the fourth quarter, Deaver turned a flip pass from Brandon Connette on fourth down into the 47-yard, game-winning touchdown. He added a 24-yard touchdown pass from Anthony Boone later in the quarter to help Duke reel off 35 straight points and beat the Hoos 35-22. Deaver finished with a career-high 96 yards receiving.
Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner. The man most responsible for helping Florida State build an early lead in the big 51-14 win over No. 3 Clemson. Joyner forced three first-half turnovers that led to 17 Seminoles points. It all started with the first play of the game, when he stripped Stanton Seckinger of the ball. Later in the quarter, Joyner forced Tajh Boyd to fumble. Joyner picked up an interception in the second quarter, as well.
Georgia Tech linebacker Quayshawn Nealy. It was tough to narrow this down to just one. Georgia Tech ran for 394 yards in its 56-0 win over Syracuse, but the run game was spread out among 14 different players -- including four with 10 or more carries. So we are going with Nealy, who had an interception, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up as the defense pitched a shutout. The last time Georgia Tech pitched two shutouts in the same season came in 1985, when defensive coordinator Ted Roof was team captain. Saturday's win also was Tech’s largest margin of victory in an ACC game.
Miami running back Dallas Crawford. With starting running back Duke Johnson out because of a head injury, Crawford picked up the slack for the Canes' running game and scored the winning touchdown on a 3-yard run in the 27-23 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night. Crawford ran for a career-high 137 yards on 33 carries, and scored twice in the decisive fourth quarter. On the game-winning drive, Crawford had eight carries for 29 yards. He has now rushed for a touchdown in four straight games.
North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. We usually do not give out stickers to players on losing teams, but Ebron deserves one for his performance Thursday night against Miami. Ebron was the biggest reason why the Tar Heels had any shot at the upset victory, with a career-high eight catches for a career-high 199 yards and a touchdown. The 199 yards are a single-game UNC record for receiving yards by a tight end. The previous mark was 144, set by Tony Blanchard against Wake Forest in 1968. Ebron is now second in the country among tight ends with 88.7 yards per game.
Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro. Campanaro had 11 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown, and also threw a scoring pass in a 34-10 domination of Maryland. He now has seven 100 yard games in his career. What's more, Campanaro set the school career record for receptions, breaking the mark Desmond Clark set from 1995-98.
How about a few helmet stickers for a job well done in Week 8:Duke tight end Braxton Deaver. When the Blue Devils needed a big play against Virginia, it was Deaver who responded.