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ACC Football Players of the Week for September 1

Posted Monday, September 1, 2008

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Riley Skinner of Wake Forest and E.J. Wilson and Brandon Tate of UNC among group of honorees.

Greensboro, N.C.– With one of the most spectacular all-purpose nights in ACC history, North Carolina’s Brandon Tate racked up 397 yards on 11 plays to propel him to ACC Specialist of the Week honors. Joining Tate as league honorees for the first week of the season are Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner, Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Gardner, Miami defensive lineman Spencer Atkins, North Carolina defensive end E.J. Wilson, Virginia Tech cornerback Stephan Virgil and Miami quarterback Jacory Harris.

Skinner earned Offensive Back of the week honors by completing 27-of-36 passes for 220 yards. He also did not allow an interception and threw for a career-high three touchdowns in Wake’s 41-13 win over Baylor. Gardner earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors as he helped the Yellow Jackets tally a league-best 249 yards on the ground.

Miami’s Atkins and North Carolina’s Wilson also earned co-Defensive Linemen of the Week honors. Atkins tallied three solo tackles, two for loss as the Hurricane defense held Charleston Southern to 126 total yards. Wilson had eight tackles, three for loss, in the 35-27 Tar Heel victory. Virginia Tech’s Virgil was honored as defensive back of the Week as he scored eight points on returns in Virginia Tech’s loss to ECU. Virgil returned a fumble 30 yards early in the game and later ran back a defensive PAT 90 yards for two points.

Rounding out this week’s team is Miami’s Harris who earned Rookie of the Week honors. Harris was 16-for-26 through the air for 190 yards in his first collegiate game for the Hurricanes. He led Miami to a 52-7 win over Charleston Southern.

OFFENSIVE BACK–Riley Skinner, Wake Forest, QB, 6-1, 250, Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Skinner completed 27 of 36 passes (75%) for 220 yards, no interceptions and a career-high three touchdowns in leading the Deacons to a 41-13 season-opening win at Baylor last Thursday. He completed 12 of his first 13 pass attempts and distributed the ball to eight different receivers. Skinner also earned his 19th win as a starting quarterback for the Deacons, becoming the winningest QB in school history.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN–Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, G, 6-6, 297, Sr., Tyrone, Ga.
Georgia Tech rushed for a league-best 249 yards and produced 484 yards of total offense. The four-year senior was instrumental to the effort, making his 40th consecutive start after adjusting to head coach Paul Johnson’s new blocking schemes.

CO- DEFENSIVE LINEMAN–Spencer Adkins, Miami, ILB, 5-11, 235, Sr., Naples, Fla.
Adkins helped a Miami defense that held Charleston Southern to 126 total yards and 49 rushing yards. Adkins tallied three solo tackles - two tackles for loss and recorded two sacks from his middle linebacker position.

North Carolina DE E.J. Wilson,

E.J. Wilson, North Carolina, DE, 6-2, 280, Jr., Lawrenceville, Va.
Junior E.J. Wilson posted eight tackles, including three for loss in North Carolina’s 35-27 victory over McNeese State.

Virginia Tech CB Stephan Virgil

DEFENSIVE BACK–Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech, CB, 5-11, 177, Jr., Rocky Mount, N.C.
In Saturday’s loss to East Carolina, Virgil scored eight of the Hokies’ 22 points. Virgil opened the Virginia Tech scoring by snatching up a ECU fumble and rumbling 30 yards for a touchdown to put the Hokies up 7-0. In the third quarter, Virgil snatched up a blocked extra point and took it 90 yards for a defensive PAT.

UNC’s Brandon Tate

SPECIALIST–Brandon Tate, North Carolina, WR/KR, 6-1, 195, Sr., Burlington, N.C.
Tate posted a new UNC school record with 397 all-purpose yards on Saturday night against McNeese St. The Tar Heel senior achieved the feat with only 11 touches, averaging more than 36 yards per touch. Tate caught four passes for 93 yards and ran the ball three times for 106. He also tallied three punt returns for 142 yards and a 56 yard kickoff return. He scored two touchdowns in the second highest all-purpose day in ACC history, only 14 yards shy of John Leach’s mark of 411 yards.

ROOKIE–Jacory Harris, Miami, QB, 6-4, 175, Fr., Miami, Fla.
Harris started his first collegiate game and completed 16-of-26 passes for 190 yards while accounting for two touchdowns - one through the air and one on the ground — in leading Miami to a 52-7 win over Charleston Southern. The true freshman from Miami led the Hurricanes to touchdowns on four of their first five possessions. He scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 30-yard run on the seventh play of the game and finished with 212 yards of total offense.

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