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Collins wins another award

Nate Collins won co-defensive lineman of the week, which was the second consecutive week that Collins was awarded by the ACC. Collins had had 10 solo stops and recorded two tackles in a loss against Georgia Tech while filling in for Nick Jenkins.

Here are this week's winners:

OFFENSIVE BACK – Christian Ponder, Florida State , QB, Jr., 6-2, 219, Colleyville , Tex.

Ponder completed 33 of 40 passes for a career-high 395 yards and three second-half touchdowns as the Seminoles erased an 18-point second half deficit en route to a 30-27 victory at North Carolina last Thursday night. The Colleyville, Tex., junior completed an ACC record-tying 98-yard touchdown pass to Rod Owens late in the third quarter and his game-winning toss, an 18-yard scoring strike to tight end Beau Reliford with 6:20 remaining, came during a game-ending stretch of 16 consecutive completions. Ponder, ranked 4 th nationally this week in total offense, has now attempted 237 passes without an interception and, over his last three games, has completed 88-of-118 passes (74.6) for 1,094 yards and eight touchdowns.

OFFENSIVE LINE – Andrew Datko, Florida State , OT, So., 6-6, 291, Weston , Fla.

A second-year starter, Datko was honored for the first time this season for his play in last Thursday’s 30-27 win at North Carolina . In the win, which snapped a three-game Seminole losing streak, the Weston, Fla. , native earned an overall grade of 83 percent. Datko had one knockdown block, did not allow a pressure or sack and had just one missed assignment in 69 plays as the Seminoles rolled up 438 total yards against the nation’s third-ranked defense.


Vincent Rey, Duke, MLB, Sr., 6-0, 245, Far Rockaway, N.Y.

Rey had eight tackles and came up with a fourth quarter interception as Duke defeated visiting Maryland Saturday 17-13 for its third win in four games. The Far Rockaway, N.Y., senior keyed a Blue Devil defense that limited the Terrapins to 249 total yards - 87.6 yards under the Terps' season average.

Nate Collins, Virginia, NT, Sr., 6-2, 280, Port Chester , N.Y.

In Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech, Collins, normally a defensive end, started at nose tackle and recorded a career-high 16 tackles in a 34-9 loss to the 11th-ranked Yellow Jackets. The Port Chester , N.Y., senior had 10 solo stops and recorded two tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE BACK – DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson, S, Jr., 6-1, 210, Tallahassee , Fla.

In earning ACC Defensive Back honors for the second week in a row, McDaniel had seven tackles and came up with two interceptions, including one returned 23 yards for a touchdown, in the Tigers’ 40-37 overtime win at eighth-ranked Miami Saturday. With three interceptions in his last two games, the Tallahassee , Fla. , junior is now tied with UCLA’s Rahim Moore for the nation’s lead with seven interceptions in seven games (1.00 per game).

ROOKIE – Kyle Parker, Clemson, QB, Fr., 6-0, 210, Jacksonville , Fla.

In becoming the first Clemson freshman quarterback to defeat a top 10 team, Parker completed 25-of-37 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday’s 40-37 overtime win over No. 8 Miami. The 326 yards were the most ever by a Tiger freshman quarterback. The Jacksonville, Fla., product teamed with Jacoby Ford on a 26-yard game-winning touchdown pass in the first overtime as Clemson improved to 4-3 overall and 3-2 in league play with its second straight conference victory.

SPECIALIST – C.J. Spiller, Clemson, RB, Sr., 5-11, 195, Lake Butler , Fla.

In earning ACC Specialist honors for the second time this season for his performance in Saturday’s overtime win at eighth-ranked Miami, Spiller set a Clemson single game record for all-purpose yardage with 310 yards as he returned three kickoffs for 125 yards against the Hurricanes, including a 90-yard return for a touchdown in the second quarter that gave the Tigers a 14-10 lead at the intermission. Spiller also topped the 100-yard mark in pass receiving, carrying six receptions for 104 yards and he also rushed for 81 yards on 14 carries. In addition to being the ACC’s all-time all-purpose yardage leader with 6,363 yards, Spiller now holds the ACC career records for career kickoff returns for touchdowns (6) and total kick returns for a touchdown (7).

By Zach Berman  |  October 26, 2009; 1:11 PM ET
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