Atlantic Coast Conference Announces ACC Football Players of the Week for October 27
Oct. 27, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks and Florida State Defensive End Everette Brown headline the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week for the games of Oct. 25. Nicks scored four touchdowns in the Tar Heels’ 45-24 win over Boston College while Brown had three sacks, all in the second quarter, to help Florida State to a 30-20 win over Virginia Tech. Joining them this week are Virginia Tackle Will Barker, North Carolina Cornerback Kendric Burney, Florida State Kicker Graham Gano and Miami Quarterback Robert Marve.
North Carolina’s Nicks caught eight passes for 139 yards to claim the Offensive Back of the Week award. He caught passes of 26, 40 and 43 yards for touchdowns and had a 12-yard run for pay-dirt. Brown was named Defensive Lineman of the Week with five tackles, four for loss and three sacks. His four tackles for loss cost the Hokies 15 yards and moved him into sixth place all-time at Florida State with 36.5 career TFL.
Barker claimed Offensive Lineman of the Week honors as he helped the Cavalier offense gain 396 yards in the 24-17 win over No. 21 ranked Georgia Tech. He did not allow a sack and held the Yellow Jacket defensive ends to only five tackles. Burney made two interceptions to claim Defensive Back of the Week honors. Both set up Tar Heel touchdowns, and his 37-yard return on the opening drive of the second half gave North Carolina the ball on the Boston College 1-yard line. He also had eight tackles in the win over the Eagles.
Gano took Specialist of the Week honors for the second consecutive week as he made three field goals from 50, 46 and 29 yards to help Florida State to a 30-20 win over Virginia Tech. Gano now has twice as many 50+ yard field goals than anyone in the nation, making a 50+ yarder in four consecutive games. He also has made a school record 13 consecutive field goals. Marve secured his second Rookie of the Week honor of the season this week by accounting for 209 of Miami’s 296 yards in the Hurricanes’ 16-10 win over Wake Forest. He was 11-for-20 through the air for 153 yards and rushed nine-times for 56 yards, including his first career rushing touchdown.
OFFENSIVE BACK—Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina, WR, 6-1, 210, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Will Barker, Virginia, Tackle, 6-7, 315, Jr., Bryn Mawr, Pa.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN—Everette Brown, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 246, Jr., Stantonsburg, N.C.
DEFENSIVE BACK—Kendric Burney, North Carolina, CB, 5-9, 185, So., Jacksonville, N.C.
SPECIALIST—Graham Gano, Florida State, PK/P, 6-1, 197, Sr., Pensacola, Fla.
ROOKIE— Robert Marve, Miami, Quarterback, 6-1, 210, R-Fr., Tampa, Fla.