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Sept. 20, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State redshirt-junior quarterback Russell Wilson, Florida State senior offensive guard Rodney Hudson and Georgia Tech sophomore defensive end Izaan Cross headline a list of six players recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced Monday by the ACC. Wilson threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, his sixth career 300-yard game, as the Wolfpack topped Cincinnati, 30-19. Hudson helped the Seminoles accumulate 427 yards of total offense and tallied 10 knockdown blocks as FSU defeated BYU, 34-10. Cross recorded five tackles, forced a fumble and was part of a defensive line that held North Carolina scoreless in the fourth quarter, earning the Yellow Jackets their first conference victory of the season, 30-24.
Joining Russell as an honoree was teammate Mustafa Greene, who was named rookie of the week. Cross and Scott Blair, this week's specialist of the week, represented Georgia Tech, while Virginia Tech's Rashad Carmichael was tabbed defensive back of the week.
OFFENSIVE BACK - Russell Wilson, NC State, QB, r-Jr., 5-11, 201, Richmond, Va. (Collegiate) Wilson completed 26 of 40 passes against Cincinnati for 333 yards and three touchdowns. Seventeen of his completions resulted in first downs. He completed passes to 11 different receivers and did not throw an interception. It marked the sixth time in his career that Wilson has thrown for 300 yards or more, and the ninth time he has had three or more touchdown passes.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Rodney Hudson, Florida State, OG, Sr., 6-2, 282, Mobile, Ala. (B.C. Rain) Hudson played extremely well at the point of attack, posting a season-high grade of 94 percent from demanding line coach Rick Trickett as the Seminoles piled up 427 yards in total offense, including 278 on the ground. The 2009 ACC Jacobs Awards winning left guard out of Mobile, Ala., matched a career high with 10 knockdown blocks in a virtually perfect performance. Hudson did not have a missed assignment and was penalty-free on the day against BYU's huge defensive front. He graded out 95 percent on running plays with 39 plus grades on 41 snaps, and 92 percent on pass plays (22 plus plays out of 24 pass plays).
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Izaan Cross, Georgia Tech, DE, So., 6-4, 292, Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowery Branch) Cross, who was instrumental in stopping North Carolina's potential game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, had five tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a pass break-up against the Tar Heels. Cross' sack of Yates on fourth down late in the fourth quarter was a key play for the Tech defense that blanked UNC in the final quarter.
DEFENSIVE BACK - Rashad Carmichael, Virginia Tech, CB, r-Sr., 5-11, 186, Clinton, Md. (Gwynn Park) Carmichael overcame a rocky start to help shut down the East Carolina offense in the second half, as the Hokies allowed just 83 yards after intermission. He stretched the lead in the fourth quarter with a 68-yard interception return for a touchdown and then intercepted his second pass of the game on the next drive.
SPECIALIST - Scott Blair, Georgia Tech, K, Sr., 6-0, 172, Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun) Blair provided the winning margin with two fourth-quarter field goals and scored 12 points on the day to lead Georgia Tech past North Carolina on Saturday. Blair was 3-of-3 on PATs and 3-of-3 on field goal attempts, booting kicks of 22, 46 and 36 yards. Blair passed Calvin Johnson on Tech's all-time career scoring list and now ranks fourth all-time in scoring among Tech kickers.
ROOKIE - Mustafa Greene, NC State, RB, Fr., 6-0, 201, Irmo, S.C. (Irmo) Greene was NC State's leading rusher and receiver in the victory over Cincinnati. Greene carried the ball 16 times for 84 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 54 yards. Greene became the first Wolfpack freshman running back since Joe McIntosh in 1981 to rush for a touchdown in each of his first three games.