GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson redshirt-sophomore running back Andre Ellington and Miami senior defensive lineman Allen Bailey headline a list of six players recognized as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced Monday by the ACC. Ellington rushed for a career-best 166 yards and added three scores as the Tigers topped Georgia Tech, 27-13. He finished the game with 257 all-purpose yards, which marked a career high. Bailey registered 3.5 sacks, which accounted for a total loss of 13 yards, as the Hurricanes defeated North Carolina, 33-10. He also tallied six tackles, good for second-most on the team.
Bailey’s teammate, junior Tyler Horn, was honored as this week’s offensive lineman selection. Maryland also had two selections as Antwine Perez was named defensive back of the week, and quarterback Danny O’Brien was recognized as the rookie of the week. Virginia’s Terence Fells-Danzer was tabbed the specialist of the week and also earned national kickoff returner of the week honors from CollegeFootballPerformance.com.
OFFENSIVE BACK – Andre Ellington, Clemson, RB, r-So., 5-10, 190, Moncks Corner, S.C. (Berkeley)
Ellington had a career-high 166 yards rushing in 20 attempts for two touchdowns, along with one scoring reception, to lead Clemson to a 27-13 win over Georgia Tech. He scored first on a 55-yard run in Clemson’s first possession, and then on a 42-yard run in the second period. Ellington caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Kyle Parker for his third touchdown of the day. He also had 79 yards on kickoff returns to finish with 257 all-purpose running yards, also a career best.
Horn helped power the Miami offense to 33 points against a North Carolina unit that entered the game ranked second in the ACC in scoring defense. The ‘Canes center graded out at 97 percent and registered six pancake blocks against the Tar Heels. Miami racked up 442 yards of total offense in the game.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Allen Bailey, Miami, DL, Sr., 6-4, 285, Sapelo, Ga. (McIntosh County Academy)
Bailey had a career evening with a game-high 3.5 sacks for a total loss of 13 yards in the ‘Canes 33-10 win over North Carolina. Miami sacked UNC quarterback T.J. Yates five times, the most by an opposing defense versus the Tar Heels this season. He was also second on the team with six tackles in the game.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Antwine Perez, Maryland, DB, Sr., 6-1, 210, Westville Grove, N.J. (Woodrow Wilson/USC)
Perez came up big defensively for Maryland in its 24-21 win over Boston College. The senior had a hand in all three BC turnovers, collecting two interceptions and recovering a fumble, as the Terps scored 14 points off those miscues. Perez helped the Terps take control of the game in the second quarter as the Eagles turned the ball over on three of their final four possessions of the half. Perez, the first Terp to record multiple interceptions in a game since Cameron Chism had two against MTSU (9/19/09), set up Maryland’s second and third TDs of the game. He recovered a Montel Harris fumble on the BC 38 and picked off Chase Rettig pass on the Eagles’ next offensive play. He also stopped a potential BC scoring drive, intercepting Rettig at the Maryland 26 with less than 30 seconds to go in the opening half. Perez, who is tied for second in the ACC in passes defended (1.29 per game), also had four tackles, including a half of a tackle for loss.
Fells-Danzer made up for a fumbled kickoff return to open the game in a big way in Virginia's 48-21 victory against Eastern Michigan. In the third quarter, after EMU had scored on a 53-yard run to close the score to 24-21, the Eagles decided to short kick to keep the ball away from the ACC’s leading kickoff returner. The short kick came to Fells-Danzer, and he returned it 70 yards for a score that started a 24-0 run by the Cavaliers. It was the second-shortest kickoff return for a TD in Virginia history. Earlier in the game Fells-Danzer, who played linebacker his first two years at Virginia, recorded the first receiving touchdown of his career. Fells-Danzer has already been honored as the CollegeFootballPerformance.com national kickoff returner of the week.
Starting the fourth game of his collegiate career, O’Brien had an efficient and error-free performance in directing the Terps to their first road win in 11 tries. He completed a career-high 26 passes on 39 attempts (66.7 percent) for 179 yards against BC which ranked third in the ACC in total defense. He also matched a career high with three TD passes, but did not toss an interception. Most importantly, he led the Terps to scores when given the opportunity. Maryland was 3-for-3 (all TDs) in red-zone opportunities and converted two of BC’s three turnovers into touchdowns. O’Brien ranks fifth nationally among FBS freshmen in passing efficiency (127.9).