Week 12 ACC Football Players of the Week
GREENSBORO, North Carolina (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Player of the Week was recognized for their outstanding performances in last weekend’s games.
The selections are determined by a vote of a panel of selected media. Here are this week’s winners:
QUARTER-BACK – Malik Cunningham, Louisville, Jr., QB, Montgomery, Alabama.
Passed for 303 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 224 yards and two more scores in Thursday night’s 62-22 win over Duke Tuiasosopo over Stanford on October 30, 1999 • Cunningham (303/224) finished with higher totals than Tuiasosopo (302/207) in both categories • Cunningham’s 527-yard total marks the fourth-highest total in a game by a Louisville player • Second player in Louisville history to be responsible for seven touchdowns in a game (Lamar Jackson has had three such games) • The 224 rushing yards dropped to just two yards off Jackson’s record for rushing yards by a UofL quarterback wearing in a play by a player with at least 10 attempts, with an average of 20.4 over just 11 races.
RUNNING BACK – Kobe Pace, Clemson, So., RB, Cedartown, Georgia.
Rushed for a career-high 191 yards on 24 carries with two touchdowns in Saturday’s 48-27 win over No.10 Wake Forest • Rush tally scored highest by a Clemson player since the 212 Travis Etienne’s yards against Wofford in 2019 • Pace joined Will Shipley (112 yards) will give Clemson several 100-yard rushers in a single game for the first time since 2018 • Second ACC Honorary Weekly of the 2021 season .
RECEIVER – Jordan Addison, Pitt, So., WR, Frederick, Md.
Led the way in Saturday’s 48-38 victory over Virginia that saw the Panthers win the Coastal Division title and a berth in the Subway ACC Football Championship game. left • Totaled 202 receiving yards on 14 catches • Became the first Pitt player to reach 200 receiving yards since Larry Fitzgerald in 2003 • Four touchdown catches tied the Pitt record in a game set by Julius Dawkins in 1981 and tied by Billy Davis in 1994 • Leading the country with 15 touchdown receptions • According to Pro Football Focus, Addison leads the country with 18 catches over 20 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINE – Jordan McFadden, Clemson, Jr., OT, Spartanburg, SC
Rated 92 percent with three knockdowns in Saturday’s 48-27 win over Wake Forest • Helped Clemson’s offense reach season highs in total yards (543) and rushing yards (333) • McFadden and Tigers have not allowed a sack despite starting their seventh different offensive line combination of the season.
DEFENSIVE LINE – Keir Thomas, FL State, Sr., DE, Miami, FL.
Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time after setting a career-high with 3.0 tackles for loss and tying a career-high with 2.0 sacks in the 26-23 win over FSU at Boston College • Led the country with 11 QB presses in week 12 • Sixth in the conference with 12.0 tackles for loss, including 7.5 TFL and 5.5 sacks over four Recent Games • Led Seminole defense to a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss against BC FSU least allowed in a road game since 2017.
LINEBACKER – Drake Thomas, State of North Carolina, So., LB, Wake Forest, North Carolina
Led the Wolfpack in tackles in Saturday’s 41-17 win over Syracuse, helping NC State maintain an unbeaten home record and keep their Atlantic Division title hopes alive • NC State kept Syracuse to just 236 yards total attack and only 66 passing yards • Intercepted his third pass of the year (tied for fourth in the ACC) and sent him back for 38 yards for a touchdown • While playing 60 snaps in the center linebacker, racked up eight tackles • Made 2.5 saves behind the line of scrimmage and 2.0 sacks • Earned a 91.7 rating from Pro Football Focus, leading all Power Five linebackers during the week 12 • Honored as ACC Linebacker of the Week for the second time this season.
BACK DEFENSIVE – Akeem Dent, State of Florida, Fr., S, Pahokee, Florida.
Recorded three tackles, a broken pass and his first career interception in Saturday’s 26-23 win at Boston College. third longest active streak in the country and longest for FSU since 2007 • Leads FSU with 12 assists this season.
SPECIALIST – Israel Abanikanda, Pitt, So., KR, Brooklyn, NY
Delivered one of the most crucial plays in Saturday’s 48-38 win over Virginia when he returned a 98-yard kickoff for a touchdown • TD broke a 14-14 tie in the second quarter , and Pitt never hung around again • It was the Panthers’ first kickoff comeback for a touchdown since 2018.
CO-RECRUIT – Will Shipley, Clemson, Fr., RB, Weddington, NC
Recorded 112 rushing yards on 19 carries with two rushing touchdowns and also pitched for a touchdown in Saturday’s 48-27 win over Wake Forest. with several rushing touchdowns by a true Clemson freshman since 2000 • Thrown a two-yard touchdown pass, the first by a Clemson non-quarterback since Sammy Watkins’ 52-yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington at Florida State in 2012 • Became the first Clemson non-quarterback to both rush for a touchdown and pitch for a touchdown in a game since CJ Spiller – Shipley’s post coach – took it made at NC State in 2009 • Third ACC Rookie of the Week in 2021.
CO-RECRUIT – Tyler Van Dyke, Miami, Fr., QB, Glastonbury, Conn.
The CCA’s fourth Rookie of the Week honor in five weeks for Van Dyke, who continued his stellar first year with an outstanding performance in Miami’s 38-26 win over Virginia Tech • Finished with 357 yards and three touchdowns without interceptions, completing 19 of 33 attempted passes • Became the only quarterback in the ACC in the past 15 seasons with five consecutive games of at least 300 passing yards and at least three touchdowns.