Two Tigers Named ACC Player of the Week
OFFENSIVE BACK - Chris Weinke, QB, Florida State OFFENSIVE LINEMEN - Chris Brown, LT, Georgia Tech DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Chad Carson, LB, Clemson DEFENSIVE BACK - Alex Ardley, CB, Clemson SPECIALIST - Ronnie Hamilton, CB, Duke ROOKIE - Philip Rivers, QB, NC State
Weinke, a 6-5, 229-poured senior from St. Paul, Minn-, set the Florida state single
game passing record with 563 yards against Duke on Saturday. Weinke completed
37 of 47 passes for five touchdowns and became the ACC's all-time leader in TD
passes with 66. Weinke leads the nation in passing yardage (2,510) arid touchdown-passes
(20) and moved up to sixth place on the ACC in career passing yards with 8,182
Brown was Georgia Tech's top-performing offensive lineman in the Yellow Jackets'
52-20 victory over Wake Forest. A 6-6, 215-pound red-shirt senior from Augusta,
Ga., Brown helped pave the way for the jackets to gain 578 yards of total offense,
the seventh best total in school history. Georgia Tech also recorded season-highs
for passing yards (333) and rushing yards (245). Brown graded 90 percent with
four domination blocks against the Demon Deacons as he helped Tech record its
third-highest point total in an ACC game.
Carson, a 6-3, 235-pound junior from Newnan, Ca., led the Clemson defense with
16 tackles in the win over Maryland. Carson had 11 primary hits and five assists
to tie his career high. Clemson's defense held the Terps to just 82 rushing
yards and 179 passing yards in the 35-19 victory. Carson had two tackles for
losses, a sack and a quarterback pressure in recording his top game of the season.
Ardley tied a Clemson record with three interceptions in the 35-14 win over
Maryland. The 5-10, 170-pound junior from Tallahassee, Fla., had returns of
29, 32 and no yards on his three thefts. He became just the fourth player in
Clemson history to record three interceptions in one game. He also helped in
other areas, as he had six tackles and three passes broken up and was a key
factor in Maryland completing only 8-of-22 pass attempts.
Hamilton, a 5-8, 175-pound junior from Oxford, N.C., returned a Florida State
punt 84 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter, putting the Blue Devils'
first points of the game on the scoreboard. Hamilton currently ranks third in
the ACC and 12th in the nation in punt returns, averaging 14.1 yards per return.
Rivers, a true freshman quarterback from Athens, Ala., got the Wolfpack off
to a 7-O lead in the first quarter when he caught Bryan Pererson's 19-yard,
double-reverse flanker pass for a touchdown. In the second quarter, Rivers and
Peterson hooked up again, this time with Rivers passing to Peterson for a 10-yard
TD that gave the Wolfpack a 17-7 lead. Rivers completed 13 of 25 passes for
202 yards and one TD against the Tar Heels and has now thrown for at least 200
yards and one touchdown in all six games this season. It was Rivers' sixth Rookie
of the Week honor for the 2000 season.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN - Chris Brown, LT, Georgia Tech
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Chad Carson, LB, Clemson
DEFENSIVE BACK - Alex Ardley, CB, Clemson
SPECIALIST - Ronnie Hamilton, CB, Duke
ROOKIE - Philip Rivers, QB, NC State