GREENSBORO, N.C. — Maryland Offensive Lineman Edwin Williams and Miami Defensive Lineman Marcus Robinson headline the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week for the games of Nov. 13 and 15. Williams anchored the Maryland line that held North Carolina’s defensive rush to just one sack on 31 passing attempts. Robinson was a force off the end in his second career start, sacking Virginia Tech’s quarterback three times in the win. Joining them this week are Clemson Running Back C.J. Spiller, Boston College Defensive Back Marcellus Bowman and Miami Kicker Matt Bosher and NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson.
Williams claimed Offensive Lineman of the Week honors as he anchored the Maryland line in the Terrapins’ 17-15 win over North Carolina. The senior center played in all 85 snaps and helped open holes for the Terrapin running backs Da’Rel Scott (129) and Davin Meggett (86) to rush for a combined 215 yards. Robinson was named Defensive Lineman of the Week as the Hurricane defense held Virginia Tech to 77 yards on the ground in their 16-14 win on Thursday night. He recorded a career-high three sacks in only his second career start.
Clemson’s Spiller also gained 71 yards on the ground off 10 rushes to claim Offensive Back of the Week honors. He added a pair of punt returns for 22 yards to give him 201 all-purpose yards on 19 touches. His 83-yard reception was the longest pass reception by a Clemson rusher and the fourth-longest touchdown reception in Clemson history. Boston College’s Bowman secured Defensive Back of the Week honors after he scored an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Eagles’ win over Florida State. The junior also notched a sack to force the Seminoles to kick a field goal in the second quarter.
Miami’s Matt Bosher earned Specialist of the Week honors by averaging 42.0 yards on five punts in the Hurricane’s 16-14 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. He was also a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts with kicks from 21, 31 and 23 yards, including the eventual game winning field goal. NC State’s Wilson was 16-of-33 through the air without an interception to take Rookie of the Week honors. He now has 175 consecutive completions without an interception, the second-longest streak in school history and only four shy of the NC State record.
OFFENSIVE BACK—C.J. Spiller, Clemson, Running Back, 5-11, 190, Jr., Lake Butler, Fla.
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller established a Clemson record for reception yardage by a Tigers running back in the victory over Duke. Spiller had seven receptions for 108 yards, breaking the record held by himself (105 vs. BC two weeks ago), and Ray Mathews, who had 105 receiving yards against Mississippi State in 1948. Spiller also had 10 rushes for 71 yards and two punt returns for 22 yards. That gave him 19 touches for 201 all-purpose yards. His seven pass receptions also tied a Clemson record for a running back. His 83-yard reception was the longest in Clemson history by a running back (breaking his own record of 82 yards against Boston College in 2006), and it was the fourth longest scoring pass in Clemson history overall.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN—Edwin Williams, Maryland, Center, 6-3, 315, Sr., Washington, D.C.
Williams graded out as the Terps’ top offensive linemen in Saturday’s win over North Carolina. The senior saw action in all 85 offensive plays and was credited with five big blocks. He helped open holes for running backs Da’Rel Scott (129) and Davin Meggett (86), who combined for 215 rushing yards (5.1 ypc) in less than ideal playing conditions. Williams and the offensive line also allowed just one sack of quarterback Chris Turner in his 31 pass attempts.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN— Marcus Robinson, Miami, DE, 6-1, 231, Fr., Homestead, Fla.
Robinson led a Miami defense that held Virginia Tech to 77 yards rushing on Thursday night. He recorded a career-best three sacks in his second career start and finished the game with a team-high seven tackles which included four tackles for loss. He had a sack just before halftime which knocked Virginia Tech out of good field position and resulted in a missed 51-yard field goal. He added two sacks in the third quarter as Virginia Tech had minus-11 yards of total offense in the quarter.
DEFENSIVE BACK—Marcellus Bowman, Boston College, Safety, 6-2, 217, Jr., Girard, Ohio
Bowman returned an interception 87 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Boston College’s 27-17 win over Florida State. It was the Eagles’ third interception return for a touchdown of the season and marked the sixth consecutive game in which Boston College defense or special teams have scored a touchdown. Bowman also recorded a sack for a nine-yard loss in the second quarter to force a FSU field goal.
SPECIALIST— Matt Bosher, Miami, P/PK, 6-0, 202, So., Jupiter, Fla.
Bosher averaged 42.0 yards on five punts, which included a long of 45 yards in Miami’s 16-14 win over Virginia Tech on Thursday night. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist also was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goals. He made kicks from 21 yards, 31 yards and 23 yards. His 23-yarder with 11:58 left in the fourth was the eventual game-winner. He is now 16-of-18 in field goal attempts this season.
ROOKIE— Russell Wilson, NC State, Quarterback, 5-11, 191, R-Fr., Richmond, Va.
Wilson passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions, in NC State’s upset win over Wake Forest. He completed 16 of 33 pass attempts and also carried the ball 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown. He was NC State’s leading rusher for the game. Wilson was responsible for all three of the Wolfpack’s touchdowns and 221 yards of total offense. He ran for 69 yards on 14 carries including a four-yard scamper for a touchdown. In attempting 33 passes without an interception against the Demon Deacons, Wilson extended his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 175, second-longest in school history, four short of the school record.