Atlantic Coast Conference Announces ACC Football Players of the Week for December 1
Dec. 1, 2008
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Georgia Tech A-Back Roddy Jones and NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson headline the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week for the games of Nov. 29. Jones ran for 214 yards and two scores on Saturday to lead the Yellow Jackets past arch-rival Georgia. Wilson threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns in NC State's regular season finale against Miami. Joining them this week are Virginia Tech offensive lineman Ryan Shuman, Duke linebacker Michael Tauiliili, Boston College linebacker Robert Francois and Boston College holder Billy Flutie.
Jones averaged 16.5 yards per carry in the win over the Bulldogs to claim Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Yellow Jacket freshman also scored two touchdowns. Wilson was 11-of-23 through the air to earn Rookie of the Week honors, accounting for three scores. The Wolfpack redshirt freshman extended his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception to 226.
Virginia Tech's Shuman earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors as he posted five knockdown blocks to help give Virginia Tech the Commonwealth Cup and a bid to the ACC Championship Game. He played all 80 snaps on offense, helping Virginia Tech to gain 392 yards of total offense. Duke's Michael Tauiliili was named Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after making 20 tackles in his final collegiate game on Saturday against North Carolina. His 20 tackles are the most in the league this season. He also made his fourth interception of the season in the game.
Boston College linebacker Robert Francois led the Eagles with 10 tackles (9 solo) to earn Defensive Back of the Week accolades. Francois also returned an interception 36 yards to help put the game out of reach and send Boston College to the ACC Football Championship Game. Boston College holder Billy Flutie completed his first collegiate pass for a touchdown on a fake field goal to earn Specialist of the Week honors. Flutie rolled out on the fake field goal and completed the pass, which helped cement the Eagles' place in Tampa.
OFFENSIVE BACK--Roddy Jones, Georgia Tech, A-Back, 5-9, 240, R-Fr., Stone Mountain, Ga.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Ryan Shuman, Virginia Tech, Center, 6-3, 313, r-Sr., Fork Union, Va.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN-- Michael Tauiliili, Duke, MLB, 5-11, 235, Sr., Houston, Texas
DEFENSIVE BACK--Robert Francois, Boston College, LB, 6-2, 253, Sr., Highlands, Texas
SPECIALIST-- Billy Flutie, Boston College, QB/H, 6-2, 186, So. Natick, Mass.
ROOKIE-- Russell Wilson, NC State, QB, 5-11, 191, R-Fr., Richmond, Va.