Oct. 12, 1998
CLEMSON, S.C. – Florida State and Clemson, two teams who will clash this Saturday night in Tallahassee, had two recipients each in the weekly ACC Player-of-the-Week voting by a panel of news media representing the Atlantic Coast Sportswriters Association. Selections from Duke and Georgia Tech rounded out the voting.
Peter Warrick of the Seminoles was selected as the Offensive Back-of-the-Week and Jason Whitaker came ups as the Offensive Lineman-of-the -Week. The Tigers had Chris Jones chosen as the top defensive lineman, while running back Travis Zachery was the top rookie. Placekicker Sims Lenhardt of Duke grabbed the Specialist -of-the-Week award, while Jason Bostic of the Yellow Jackets was chosen the top defensive back.
Warrick, a junior from Bradenton, FL, caught seven passes for 190 yards, including a 62-yard touchdown reception, in leading the Seminoles to a 26-14 victory over Miami (FL). This was Warrick’s sixth 100-yard receiving game at Florida State and the second most yards of his career. It was also the ninth best receiving yardage performance in Florida State history. The effort against Miami put him over 2,000 yards receiving for his career, just the eighth player in Florida State history to do so.
Whitaker provided perfect pass protection, with no sacks or pressures as quarterback Chris Weinke recorded his first 300-yard passing game, the first Florida State signal caller to throw for 300 yards in the Orange Bowl during the Bobby Bowden era (since 1976). The offensive guard from Panama City, FL played every offensive snap and contributed five intimidations and three cut blocks. He graded 95 percent without a penalty.
Jones and Zachery, two state of Georgia products, were keys to Clemson’s 23-0 win over Maryland. Jones, of Monroe, GA, led the Tiger defensive with 13 tackles. The senior had two sacks and three total tackles for loss, the first multiple sack game of his career. He was a prime reason Maryland crossed midfield just once in the entire game and had just 172 yards of total offense.
Zachery, a red-shirt freshman from Marietta, GA, had a team best and season high 93 yards rushing in 16 attempts. He paced a Clemson ground attack that gained 201 yards, most against Maryland all season. Zachery scored on a 26-yard run and also had 25 yards in punt returns, giving him 118 yards of all-purpose running.
Bostic, a senior cornerback, scored two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 47-24 win at 23rd ranked NC State. The Lauderhill, FL native scored his first six-pointer when he recovered a blocked punt and returned it two yards for a score. Less than eight minutes later, he scooped up a fumble and returned it 21 yards for a score. Tech has tied the NCAA record with four touchdowns on fumble returns in a season. Bostic also had a tackle and a pass broken up.
Lenhardt, a native of Charleston, SC, equalled his career high with four field goals, including the second game-winning effort of his career, in the victory over Wake Forest. Lenhardt connected on field goals of 48, 41, 26and 32 yards. The 32-yarder was the game-winner with just 1:48 remaining in the game. His 48-yarder was the ninth of his career over 45 yards
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