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Atlantic Coast Conference announces ACC Football Players of the Week

Posted Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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Greensboro, NC - Boston College running back Rolandan Finch and Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas headline a list of eight players named as the ACC Football Players of the Week, announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday. Finch, the Offensive Back of the Week, compiled 243 rushing yards - the most by an ACC back since 2009 - on 39 carries in Boston College's 28-17 win over Maryland. Thomas, the Defensive Back of the Week, intercepted two passes in his first career start to help Georgia Tech beat previously undefeated Clemson 31-17.

Two North Carolina players were recognized for their performances in the Tar Heels' 49-24 win over Wake Forest. Zach Brown, the Linebacker of the Week, tallied nine tackles, an interception, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to earn his second award this season. Giovani Beranard was named the Rookie of the Week for the second time this season after rushing for 154 yards and two scores and catching a third touchdown.

Florida State's Timmy Jernigan and Shawn Powell were named the Defensive Lineman of the Week and the Specialist of the Week for their play in the Seminoles' 34-0 win over NC State. Miami's Tommy Streeter, the Receiver of the Week, and Virginia's Oday Aboushi, the Offensive Lineman of the Week, round out the award-winners.

OFFENSIVE BACK - Rolandan Finch, Boston College, So., RB, 5-10, 209, New Albany, Ind. Finch rushed for 243 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries in Boston College's 28-17 win at Maryland, establishing career highs for yards, carries and touchdowns and achieving the most yardage by a running back in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season. Finch's rushing yardage ranks third on the school's single-game list behind Montel Harris, who rushed for a BC-record 264 yards against NC State in 2009, and Phil Bennett who totaled 259 yards against Temple in 1972.

RECEIVER - Tommy Streeter, Miami, Jr., WR, 6-5, 215, Miami, Fla. Streeter ended the game with 176 yards on seven receptions and two touchdowns in the loss to Virginia on Thursday night. Entering the game, the Miami native ranked fifth nationally with a 20.4 yards per reception average. Of Streeter's 28 receptions on the season, 12 have gone for 25-yards or more, including catches of 57, 51 and 26 yards against Virginia. Streeter's 176 yards were a career-game high and his first 100-yard receiving game. The total was also good enough to rank ninth among Miami single-game performances.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Oday Aboushi, Virginia, Jr., OT, 6-6, 310, Staten Island, N.Y. Aboushi graded out 89 percent on 64 plays and had 11 knockdown blocks to lead the UVa offensive line as it controlled the line of scrimmage in the Cavaliers' 28-21 victory at Miami. Virginia managed to rush for 207 yards, pass for 263 yards and pile up 470 yards of total offense against the Hurricanes. Aboushi and his line mates did not allow a sack as the Cavaliers attempted 21 pass plays. Miami entered the game ranked No. 3 in the ACC, averaging 2.71 sacks per game.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, Fr., DT, 6-3, 297, Lake City, Fla. Continuing his impressive true freshman campaign, Jernigan was once again a force in the middle from his defensive tackle position. Jernigan finished with a season-high five tackles (3 solos, 2 assists), including two tackles for loss and one sack for minus-9 yards. He also scooped up a Mike Glennon fumble and returned it 12 yards to set up a score as the `Noles forced a season-high three turnovers against NC State. FSU's defensive front was instrumental in limiting NC State to 36 rushing yards on 28 attempts and a season-low 166 total yards.

LINEBACKER - Zach Brown, North Carolina, Sr., LB, 6-2, 230, Columbia, Md. Senior linebacker Zach Brown finished with nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery, in North Carolina's 49-24 win over Wake Forest. UNC scored on both of the possessions following Brown's turnovers. Brown now has a team-high 62 tackles this season with team-highs of 5.5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE BACK - Jemea Thomas, Georgia Tech, So., DB, 5-10, 190, Fitzgerald, Ga. Thomas, who made his first career start, recorded the first two interceptions of his career en route to arguably Georgia Tech's top individual defensive performance of the season. Thomas had five tackles, a tackle for loss, forced a fumble, broke up two passes and was the first Tech player in more than a year to pick off two passes in a game. Both of his INTs came in the fourth quarter - the first one in the end zone that foiled Clemson's chance to pull within a touchdown.

SPECIALIST - Shawn Powell, Florida State, Sr., P, 6-4, 235, Rome, Ga. Powell punted only three times for a 41.3 yard average, but his contributions far exceeded the numbers. Two of his punts were of the rugby variety, aimed at neutralizing NC State return sensation T.J. Graham, and proved quite successful. Graham managed just one punt return for 1 yard, thanks to Powell's directional punting and his teammates' exceptional coverage work. His 41.0 net punting average for the game matches FSU's net punting average on the season, which ranks sixth among all FBS schools. Powell continues to lead the ACC with a 45.2 punting average and is currently the top-ranked punter, by average, in Florida State history.

ROOKIE - Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, Fr., TB, 5-10, 205, Davie, Fla. Redshirt freshman tailback Giovani Bernard had 27 carries for 154 yards and two rushing touchdowns in North Carolina's 49-24 victory over Wake Forest. Bernard also had his first touchdown reception, a 7-yard scoring catch-and-run to the pylon in the first quarter. He is the first Tar Heel to score three times in a game since tailback Shaun Draughn had three rushing touchdowns against East Carolina in 2010. Bernard's 154 rushing yards were the most by a Tar Heel against Wake Forest since Ronnie McGill rushed for 244 yards in 2003. It was the most rushing yards allowed by the Deacons this year (previous was 136 by Virginia Tech's David Wilson). Bernard has rushed 168 times for 965 yards and 11 touchdowns this year, an average of 5.7 yards per carry and 107.2 yards per game. His 11 rushing touchdowns are the most by a Tar Heel since Leon Johnson scored 12 times in 1995. Bernard rushed for 100-plus yards for the sixth time this season, tying the UNC record for 100-yard games by a freshman with Amos Lawrence (1977).

 
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Atlantic Coast Conference announces ACC Football Players of the Week
North Carolina's redshirt freshman tailback Giovani Bernard had 27 carries for 154 yards and two rushing touchdowns in North Carolina's 49-24 victory over Wake Forest.
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