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Three Hokies Earn ACC Player Of Week Awards

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Three Virginia Tech Hokies earned recognition for their performances in the 41-20 win over Duke. Marcus Davis, the Receiver of the Week, caught five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns. James Gayle posted a team-high nine tackles to earn Defensive Lineman of the Week honors, and J.C. Coleman was named the Rookie of the Week after rushing for a career-high 183 yards.
Florida State's EJ Manuel, the Offensive Back of the Week, set a new career best with 439 yards passing in the Seminoles' 51-7 win over Boston College.
Maryland's Darin Drakeford made seven tackles in the Terrapins' 27-20 win over Virginia and was named the Linebacker of the Week. Teammate Stefon Diggs, the Specialist of the Week, returned the game's opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown to earn his third weekly award this year.
Manuel passed for a career-high 439 yards and matched his career-high with four touchdown passes as the No. 12 Seminoles defeated Boston College, 51-7. The senior from Virginia Beach, Va., authored the 10th-best single-game passing yardage performance in program history by completing 27 of 34 attempts. He also established a new career best with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Shaw to put the Seminoles on the scoreboard first. He connected with tailback James Wilder, Jr. on two scores, and as well as wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for one. The Seminoles converted all seven trips into the red zone as they moved to 6-1 on the year and 3-1 in ACC play.
Senior offensive guard Jonathan Cooper played all 85 offensive snaps, graded a team-best 93 percent, had 14 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack in Carolina's 18-14 win at Miami. Cooper helped pave the way for Carolina's 272 rushing yards, which included 177 from Giovani Bernard, 77 from Romar Morris and 14 from A.J. Blue. Both of North Carolina's touchdowns came on the ground. On the first scoring drive, Cooper had key blocks on three plays that went for 10-or-more yards, including the 10-yard touchdown run by Bernard.
Davis had a big game as the Hokies rallied to beat Duke, 41-20. The senior hauled in five passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns to spark the comeback, scoring on passes of 42 yards and 47 yards.
Gayle was all over the field in helping shut down the Duke offense after a big first quarter en route to a 41-20 Hokie win. The senior tallied a team-high nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack to go along with three quarterback hurries as the Hokies held the Blue Devils to just 22 yards rushing for the game.
Drakeford played a key role on the Maryland defense as the Terrapins held on to defeat Virginia, 27-20. The senior made seven tackles, five of them unassisted, three tackles for loss, and two sacks. He also forced a fumble by Virginia quarterback Phillip Sims midway through the fourth quarter, which the Terrapins recovered.
Boston posted six tackles, broke up a pass and intercepted another in an 18-14 victory at Miami. A native of Ft. Myers, Fla., Boston led a Tar Heel defense that held Miami to 235 yards passing, 60 yards less than its season average.
Diggs made his impact right from the start in Maryland's 27-20 win over Virginia by taking the opening kickoff 100 yards untouched for a touchdown. It was just the fourth 100-yard kickoff return in school history and gave Maryland a lead it wouldn't surrender. On Maryland's next drive, Diggs took a short pass 60 yards to setup another touchdown. He finished with 89 receiving yards on four catches and a season-high 239 all-purpose yards. This is the third weekly award for Diggs in his freshman campaign after previously earning Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 24 and Oct. 8.
Coleman moved into the starting lineup and made the most of his opportunity, rushing for a career-high 183 yards on just 13 carries (14.1 yards per carry) with two long touchdown runs. The 183 yards rushing are the most by a true freshman under head coach Frank Beamer. Coleman scored on runs of 45 yards and 86 yards as the Hokies downed Duke, 41-20.
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