Week 3 ACC Football Players of the Week
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their outstanding performances in games over the weekend.
Selections are determined by a vote of a select media panel. Here are this week’s winners:
QUARTERBACK – Sam Howell, NC, Jr., QB, Indian Trail, NC
Racked up 419 total yards on offense with 307 passing yards and a career-high 112 rushing yards in Saturday night’s 59-39 win over Virginia • Passed Russell Wilson and sits sixth in all-time in the ACC with 77 career touchdown passes • Passed 14 of 21 and threw for five touchdowns • Became the fourth FBS quarterback to record consecutive games with 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards and joined 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville as the only other Power 5 quarterback to do so.
RUNNING BACK – Ty Chandler, NC, Gr., RB, Nashville, Tenn.
Rushed for a career-high 198 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in the 59-39 win over Virginia • Ranked third among ACC rushers with 107.3 yards per game through three contests • In addition to 5- and 7-yard touchdown passes against the Cavaliers, helped set the tone for the second half with a 60-yard run on the second play from scrimmage.
RECEIVER – Josh Downs, NC, So., WR, Suwanee, Ga.
Led the Tar Heels with eight catches for 203 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 59-39 win over Virginia • The 203 receiving yards are the eighth in program history in a single game • Became the first Tar Heel since 2011 in catching a touchdown pass in each of the first three games of a season.
CO-OFFENSIVE LINER – Marcus McKethan, NC, Gr., RG, Barnwell, SC
Ranked top offensive lineman in UNC’s 59-39 win over Virginia • The Tar Heels racked up 699 total rushing yards, the sixth-best single-game yardage in program history • McKethan got 87% with five blocks knocked down and two pins.
CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Chandler Zavala, NC State, Gr., LG, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Had 10 pancake blocks from left guard in Saturday night’s 45-7 win over Furman • Made the big blocks despite just 45 snaps • Helped lead the Pack offense to 505 total yards, including 218 yards rushing.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – DeWayne Carter, Duke, So., DT, Pickerington, Ohio
Recorded a tackle for loss, a quarterback sack and caused two fumbles in addition to a pass breakup and quarterback pressure in Saturday’s 30-23 win over visiting Northwestern • With Duke ahead 30-20 late in the third quarter and the Wildcats at the Blue Devils’ 34-yard line, his sack from the quarterback resulted in a 10-yard loss and eventual punt from the North West • Forced the second fumble early in the fourth quarter with Duke up 30-23, and the Blue Devils clawed back to their 26 to stop the North West threat His pass breakup came on third down with 7:48 left in the game, forcing another Wildcats punt.
LINEBACKER — LaVonta Bentley, Clemson, So., LB, Birmingham, Ala.
Led the Tigers with 13 tackles, including a team-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a sack, in Saturday’s 14-8 win over Georgia Tech • Helped Clemson hold off a third straight no-touchdown opponent offense, the first time the Tigers have done so at any time in a season since 1990 and their first time in the first three games of a season since 1950.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Lummie Young IV, Duke, Sr., S, Anderson, SC
Recorded seven tackles, including a tackle for loss and a sack, in addition to causing a fumble and intercepting a pass in Saturday’s 30-23 win over Northwestern the sack and forced the fumble (recovered by teammate Ben Frye) to stop the scoring threat • His interception in the first minute of the second quarter allowed Charlie Ham to put in a 23-yard field goal that gave the Blue Devils a 24-0 lead.
SPECIALIST – Grant Carlson, Boston College, Gr., P, Missouri City, Texas
Played a pivotal role in turning the field around all day as the Eagles held Temple to 239 rushing yards – the second-lowest total in the Jeff Hafley era – in Saturday’s 28-3 win • Kicked five times for an average of 51.4 yards, including a long 62 • Four punts went over 50 yards and two were downed inside the 20-yard line.
RECRUIT – Will Shipley, Clemson, Fr., RB, Weddington, NC
Recorded career highs in rushing attempts (21) and rushing yards (88) and tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns in Saturday’s 14-8 win over Georgia Tech • Joined Travis Etienne (three in 2017) and Deshaun Watson (two in 2014) as the only true freshman to rush for multiple touchdowns in multiple games as a true freshman in the Dabo Swinney era • Became the first a true Clemson freshman with multiple rushing touchdowns in consecutive games since Etienne accomplished the feat against Florida State and The Citadel in 2017.