ACC Announces Players of the Week
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State quarterback Mike Glennon, safety Brandan Bishop, and defensive end Art Norman headline a list of eight players named as the ACC Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Glennon, the Offensive Back of the Week, threw for 253 yards in the Wolfpack's 37-13 win over No. 7 Clemson. Defensive Back of the Week Brandan Bishop recorded 10 tackles and an interception in the win, and Art Norman was named the Rookie of the Week for his performance in the victory over the Tigers.
Virginia Tech's Blake DeChristopher was named the Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in a Thursday night 24-21 win over North Carolina. Wake Forest's Chris Givens was named the Receiver of the Week for the fourth time this year after recording a league-high 191 yards this season in the 31-10 win over Maryland. Florida State's Brandon Jenkins, the Defensive Lineman of the Week, tallied six tackles and 2.5 sacks in the 14-13 loss to Virginia.
Virginia's Steve Greer was named the Linebacker of the Week for his eight-tackle, two-sack performance against FSU. Finally, Boston College's Ryan Quigley picks up honors as the Specialist of the Week after downing five punts inside the 9- yard line in a 16-14 loss to Notre Dame.
OFFENSIVE BACK - Mike Glennon, NC State, Sr., QB, 6-6, 232, Centreville, Va. Glennon completed 19 of 29 pass attempts for 253 yards and three touchdowns and did not throw an interception. Glennon got more and more prolific as the game went along, completing 8 of 10 pass attempts for 84 yards and two touchdowns in the second quarter as the Wolfpack scored 27 points in the period, then completing 6 of 9 attempts for 138 yards in the third quarter, including a 43-yard touchdown pass to Tobias Palmer and three other passes of 19 yards or longer.
RECEIVER - Chris Givens, Wake Forest, Jr., WR, 6-0, 195, Wylie, Tex. Givens tied his career-high with eight receptions and set a career-high with 191 receiving yards in Wake Forest's 31-10 win over Maryland. Givens added a 35-yard touchdown catch from QB Tanner Price. In the process, Givens set the school record for receiving yards in a season with 1,207. That also ranks as the sixth-best season receiving total in ACC history.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, Sr., OT, 6-5, 311, Midlothian, Va. Playing in his last game at Lane Stadium, DeChristopher played all 74 offensive snaps, grading out at 86 percent with a team-high seven knockdown blocks. He had a key push on Logan Thomas on a 4th-and-1 sneak for a first down and sprung David Wilson for several big runs. He has graded out at 91 percent for the season with a team-high 100 knockdown blocks.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Brandon Jenkins, Florida State, Jr., DE, 6-3, 265, Tallahassee, Fla. Jenkins matched his season-high with six tackles including 2.5 sacks of Virginia QB Michael Rocco. The 2.5 sacks matched a career high for the junior and pushed his season total to a team-leading seven. The preseason All-American and All-ACC candidate now has 10 tackles for loss on the season. In addition to applying pressure on the quarterback, Jenkins was instrumental in the Seminoles' limiting the Cavaliers to a season-low 78 rushing yards - more than 100 under their per-game average - and 316 total yards. FSU's rushing defense now ranks third nationally and the Seminoles are sixth nationally in sacks per game. Jenkins now ranks seventh in FSU history with 34.5 career tackles for loss and with 20.5 career sacks. He is 10th all-time for the Seminoles.
LINEBACKER - Steve Greer, Virginia, Jr., ILB, 6-2, 225, Solon, Ohio Greer led the Virginia defense with eight tackles and recorded two sacks and another QB hurry in UVa's 14-13 upset win at Florida State. Greer came up with a key sack in the fourth quarter. With FSU leading 13-7 and at the Cavaliers' 30-yard line, Greer sacked FSU quarterback EJ Manuel for a 14-yard loss, forcing the Seminoles to punt. UVa scored the winning touchdown on its next drive. The Cavalier defense held FSU to just three points in the second half. Florida State entered the game averaging 34.6 points per game. Only Oklahoma (also with 13 points) has held FSU to less than 14 points this year.
DEFENSIVE BACK - Brandan Bishop, NC State, Jr., S, 6-2, 210, Boca Raton, Fla. Bishop led the Wolfpack with 10 total tackles, including nine first hits, one tackle for a two-yard loss, and his fifth interception of the season.
SPECIALIST - Ryan Quigley, Boston College, Sr., P, 6-3, 188, Little River, S.C. Downed six (of nine punts in total) inside Notre Dame's 12-yard line, including five punts inside the 9. Of his six punts inside the 12, three were downed (at the 5, 3 and 12-yard lines) and three were fair caught (at the 6, 8 and 9-yard lines). Quigley finished the game with a season-high nine punts for 369 yards, an average of 41.0 yards per punt, and matched a season-long with a 52-yard punt in the first quarter.
ROOKIE - Art Norman, NC State, Fr., DE, 6-1, 242, Stone Mountain, Ga. A redshirt freshman defensive end from Stone Mountain, Ga., Norman had four total tackles, including three sacks for 16 yards. He also caused a fumble.