Sept. 7, 2004
ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Back Wake Forest junior tailback Chris Barclay ran for a game-high 179 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries in Saturday’s 37-30 double overtime loss to 20th-ranked Clemson. A second-team All-ACC selection in 2003, Barclay had a 50-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter giving the Demon Deacons a 27-19 lead. The Louisville, Ky., native ran for 126 yards in the second half alone and averaged 6.2 yards per carry.
Offensive Lineman North Carolina center Jason Brown keyed an offensive line effort that paved the way for the Tar Heels to amass 575 yards in total offense, including 341 yards rushing, Saturday’s 49-38 win over William & Mary. The Henderson, N.C. senior played 69 snaps in the game and graded out at 94 percent, finishing with 28 knockdown blocks, including 12 pancake blocks.
Defensive Lineman Maryland inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson had two key interceptions in the Terps’ 23-20 win over Northern Illinois. The 6-0, 231-pound Largo, Fla., junior was also second on the team with nine tackles, including eight solo efforts as the Maryland defense held NIU to just 337 yards in total offense.
Defensive Back Clemson junior Justin Miller had nine tackles to lead the Tiger defense in Saturday’s 37-30 double overtime victory over ACC foe Wake Forest. The 5-11, 200-pound Owensboro, Ky., product had eight first hits and one assist and recovered a fumble. In addition, Miller had a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown in the season opening victory.
Co-Specialists of the Week Maryland senior place kicker Nick Novak and Virginia’s Alvin Pearman were tabbed as co-specialists of the week. Novak, a Charlottesville, Va., senior became the ACC’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing Florida State’s Scott Bentley’s 326 career points, by making all three of his field goal attempts and a pair of extra points in the Terps’ 23-20 win over Northern Illinois. Pearman, a Charlotte, N.C., senior, returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown and totaled 146 yards in all-purpose yardage in Saturday’s 44-14 win over Temple.
Rookie Wake Forest middle linebacker Jonathan Abbate led the Deacons in tackles in his first college game. The 6-0, 247-pound, Powder Springs, Ga., freshman had nine tackles, including six solo efforts in a 37-30 double overtime loss at 20th-ranked Clemson.
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