Virginia Tech sweeps defensive honors with three players recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three Virginia Tech student-athletes – including brothers Tremaine Edmunds and Terrell Edmunds – have been recognized as ACC Football Players of the Week as the Hokies swept the defensive awards.
Tremaine Edmunds earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors for his play in the Hokies’ 37-16 win over Miami, while Terrell Edmunds was voted the Defensive Back of the Week. They are the first brothers to be recognized as ACC Football Players of the Week during the same week of a season. Virginia Tech’s Woody Baron was named the Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Syracuse had two players honored following its 28-20 win over Boston College as quarterback Eric Dungey repeated as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week and Amba Etta-Tawo was named the Receiver of the Week. Etta-Tawo joined Dungey in being recognized for the second time this season.
North Carolina’s Tommy Hatton was named the Offensive Lineman and Co-Rookie of the Week for his play in the Tar Heels’ 35-14 win at Virginia. Louisville placekicker Blanton Creque is the ACC Specialist of the Week and shares Rookie of the Week honors with Hatton following his performance in the Cardinals’ 54-13 win over NC State.
The ACC Football Player of the Week selections are determined by a vote of a 14-member media panel. Selections are announced via Facebook.com/theACC Mondays at noon by the ACC Digital Network. Be sure to like Facebook.com/theACC and opt in for live alerts to be the first to be notified.
OFFENSIVE BACK – Eric Dungey, Syracuse, So., QB, 6-3, 207, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Dungey was 32-of-38 (.842) passing for a career-high 434 yards and three touchdowns in Syracuse’s 28-20 victory at Boston College. He was also the team’s leading rusher with 54 yards on 17 carries. Dungey’s passing total was the second-highest single-game mark in school history. His 488 yards of offense also rank second in Syracuse’s single-game record book. It was Dungey’s sixth 300-yard passing game of 2016, matching the Syracuse single-season record, and the second time this year he has completed better than 80 percent of his passes. Through just eight games, Dungey already ranks third in Syracuse single-season history for most completions (224), second in yards (2,631) and is tied for 10th in touchdown passes (15).
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN/CO-ROOKIE – Tommy Hatton, North Carolina, Fr.-r, G, 6-3, 290, Glen Rock, N.J.
Hatton, filling in for injured starter Caleb Peterson, graded out at 90 percent and did not allow a sack or a hit on the quarterback in the Tar Heels' 35-14 win at Virginia. Hatton led an offensive line unit that paved the way for Elijah Hood to rush for 107 yards on 16 carries (6.7 yards per carry) and T.J. Logan 61 yards on 10 carries (a 6.1 yards per carry average). The Tar Heels posted 488 yards of total offense against the Cavaliers.
Etta-Tawo became the fastest player in school history to reach 1,000 yards receiving with a 10-catch, 144-yard effort in Syracuse’s victory at Boston College. That included a one-handed grab that went for a 68-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to help secure the win. Etta-Tawo is the fourth player in Orange history to post a 1,000-yard receiving season. He has 1,074 yards through eight games and needs 57 more yards to set a new Syracuse single-season record for receiving yardage. The Boston College game was Etta-Tawo’s sixth 100-yard receiving game of 2016, equaling the Orange season record shared by Rob Moore (1989) and Marvin Harrison (1995). Etta-Tawo now has 66 catches, six away from tying Alec Lemon’s Syracuse season record of 72 established in 2012. Etta-Tawo is currently second in the nation in receiving yards (1,074), third in receiving yards per game (134.3) and sixth in receptions per game (8.3).
DEFENSIVE LINE – Woody Baron, Virginia Tech, Sr., DT, 6-1, 275, Nashville, Tenn.
Baron posted a team-high 2.5 quarterback sacks to lead a season-best effort of eight total sacks by the Hokies’ defense in last Thursday night’s key 37-16 Coastal Division win over visiting Miami. Baron finished with 4.5 tackles for loss and six total tackles as Virginia Tech limited Miami to 16 points and a 3-of 17 showing on third- and fourth-down conversions.
Edmunds led Virginia Tech with 10 tackles in the win over Miami. His efforts included seven solo tackles, a quarterback sack, one quarterback hurry and two tackles for loss as the Hokies limited Miami to 42 net yards rushing and 15 first downs. Edmunds currently ranks second on the team with 54 total tackles, and his 11 tackles for loss leads the squad.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech, So.-r, DB, 6-1, 205, Danville, Va.
In addition to an acrobatic interception in the second quarter that thwarted a Miami drive, Edmunds recorded seven tackles in last Thursday night’s 37-16 Virginia Tech win. Edmunds ranks fourth among Hokie defenders this season with 37 tackles, and his three interceptions ties for the team lead.
Creque set a Louisville school record for points scored by a kicker with 18 in Saturday’s 54-13 win over visiting NC State. Creque connected on four field goals and went 6-of-6 on his extra-point attempts. He tied a school record by connecting on four field goals from distances of 37, 33, 24 and 27 yards. He improved to 8-of-9 for the season on field goal attempts.