Oct. 1, 2001
Offensive Back – Woodrow Dantzler, QB, Clemson Woodrow Dantzler, a quarterback from Orangeburg, S.C., gained 418 yards of Clemson’s 502 total offensive yards and accounted for four touchdowns, as No. 25 Clemson nipped No. 9 Georgia Tech in overtime 47-44. In Clemson’s highest ranked road win in 20 years, the graduate student rushed for 164 yards and passed for 254 yards to accumulate the second-highest offensive output in Clemson history. Dantzler holds the previous mark at 435 yards versus Maryland in 1999. The quarterback passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more, including the game winning score in overtime on an 11-yard scamper into the end zone.
Offensive Lineman – Akil Smith, OT, Clemson Akil Smith, a junior offensive tackle from Richmond, Va., graded at 91% for his 86 snaps of action in Clemson’s 47-44 overtime victory over ACC foe Georgia Tech. Smith grade and his 17 knockdown blocks were both career-highs, and he made a crucial block on both of Woodrow Dantzler touchdown runs. Smith was on the field for all seven of Clemson’s touchdowns.
Defensive Lineman – E.J. Henderson, LB, Maryland E.J. Henderson, a 6’2″, 243 pounder from Aberdeen, Md., matched a season-high with 18 tackles in Maryland’s 32-20 win over West Virginia. Out of his 14 unassisted tackles, 3 were for loss, and one was a quarterback sack. Additionally, the junior linebacker was credited with one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. Henderson has led the Terps in total tackles in all four games this season.
Defensive Back – Kendyll Pope, OLB, Florida State Kendyll Pope, a sophomore outside linebacker, totaled a career-high 14 tackles, ten of which were unassisted, in the Seminoles’ 48-24 victory over Wake Forest. The Ft. White, Fla., native picked off two Demon Deacon passes, also a career-high, and each of his interceptions led to second quarter touchdowns for Florida State. The team leader with 43 tackles, Pope stopped a two-point conversion with a tackle at the one-yard line.
Specialist – John Stone, WR, Wake Forest John Stone, a senior wide receiver from Somers Point, N.J., produced 233 all-purpose yards, leading Wake Forest in rushing with 70 yards, receiving with 57 yards, and returns with 106 yards. Stone rushed 11 times for 70 yards to average 6.4 yards per rush, and his 57 receiving yards came on two receptions. His four kickoff returns accumulated 106 yards, with a long return of 37 yards.
Rookie – Darian Durant, QB, North Carolina Darian Durant, a freshman from Florence, S.C., went 10 of 14 for 128 passing yards and two touchdowns in leading the Tar Heels past intrastate rival NC State 17-9. Durant managed to rush nine times for 46 yards without being sacked, and he quarterbacked North Carolina on all three of its scoring drives. Durant’s two touchdown passes both went to wide receiver Kory Bailey
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