The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their standout performances in last weekend’s games.
The selections are determined by a vote of a select media panel. The following are this week’s honorees:
QUARTERBACK – Sam Hartman, Wake Forest, So., QB, Charlotte, N.C.
Finished with career highs of 458 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-29 passing in Saturday’s 70-56 win at Army • Also scrambled for 22 yards and another score • Sixth-most passing yards in Wake Forest single-game history and ranks second in the Dave Clawson era, trailing only John Wolford’s 461-yard performance against Louisville in 2017 • The five passing touchdowns tied the program record • Through seven games, Hartman ranks 11th in the nation with 2,073 passing yards and 10th nationally with 19 passing touchdowns.
RUNNING BACK – Jaylan Knighton, Miami, Fr., RB, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Totaled a career-high 166 all-purpose yards in Saturday night’s 31-30 win over NC State, including 83 receiving yards and a 53-yard touchdown catch, along with a career-best 21 carries for 83 rushing yards • His six receptions versus the Wolfpack were also a career high.
RECEIVER – Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia, So., WR, Plaquemine, La.
Earned ACC Receiver of the Week accolades for the second week in a row • Finished UVA’s 48-40 victory over Georgia Tech with six receptions for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns • Averaged 28 yards per catch on the day • His first touchdown grab came when he high-pointed the ball between two Georgia Tech defenders in the end zone on a 13-yard play • His second TD came on a catch-and-run that he turned into a 77-yard scoring play that put the Cavaliers in front to stay.
CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Caleb Chandler, Louisville, Jr., OG, Jefferson, Ga.
Didn’t allow a sack for the second-straight game in Louisville’s 28-14 win over Boston College • Graded out at 90 percent in the win • Helped a Louisville offensive attack that averaged 7.0 yards per carry while amassing 331 yards and four rushing touchdowns.
CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Carter Warren, Pitt, Sr., OT, Paterson, N.J.
Pitt’s highest-graded offensive lineman in Saturday’s 27-17 win over Clemson • Did not allow a sack and was frequently at the point of attack for a rushing game that churned out 162 yards • The Panthers totaled 464 total yards, the first time this season Clemson has yielded more than 400 yards in a game.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Rondell Bothroyd, Wake Forest, So., DE, Manchester, Conn.
Recorded a game-high 10 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack, in Wake Forest’s 70-56 win over Army • Helped anchor a pass rush that has forced 16 turnovers on the season, tied for 10th in the country.
CO-LINEBACKER – SirVocea Dennis, Pitt, Jr., LB, Syracuse, N.Y.
Came up with perhaps the game’s most crucial play in Saturday’s 27-17 win over Clemson • With the Panthers ahead 14-7 early in the third quarter, Dennis intercepted a shovel pass at midfield and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown to give Pitt a 21-7 advantage at the 11:30 mark • Pitt’s lead did not fall below double-digits for the remainder of the game • First career touchdown for Dennis and the third defensive touchdown scored by Pitt this season, all via interceptions.
CO-LINEBACKER – James Skalski, Clemson, Sr., LB, Sharpsburg, Ga.
Registered a career-high 18 tackles in the Tigers’ loss at Pitt, tied for the third most by an FBS player in a single game this season • Fell one tackle shy of Clemson’s season high set by teammate Baylon Spector (19) at NC State in late September.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Traveon Redd, Wake Forest, Sr., SS, Martinsville, Va.
Returned an interception 83 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of Saturday’s 70-56 win at Army • The interception return was the seventh-longest in Wake Forest program history and gave the Demon Deacons a two-score lead they never relinquished • Also registered seven tackles.
SPECIALIST – Jude Kelley, Georgia Tech, Fr., PK, Acworth, Ga.
Put Georgia Tech in position to nearly rally from a 21-point deficit with less than four minutes remaining by converting two perfectly executed onside kicks in the final two minutes of the Yellow Jackets’ 48-40 loss to Virginia • Also had a perfectly executed sky kick earlier in the second half that pinned UVA inside its own 10 yard line • Kelley is now a perfect 3-for-3 on onside kick attempts this year.
ROOKIE – Tyler Van Dyke, Miami, Fr., QB, Glastonbury, Conn.
Registered the best performance of his young career in Saturday night’s 31-30 win over No. 18 NC State • Set career marks in nearly every category, including passing yards (325), completions (25-for-33) and touchdowns (4), connecting on 75.8% of his passes and throwing zero interceptions in the upset of the Wolfpack at Hard Rock Stadium.
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