The Clemson quarterback-receiver duo of Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins has earned Atlantic Coast Conference football weekly honors, and Boston College offensive tackle Ian White and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis were also among the eight student-athletes cited by the league on Monday.
Boyd was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week after throwing for 377 yards with three touchdowns and running for another in Clemson’s conference road win at Virginia. Watkins, who hauled in eight catches for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns, was cited as the ACC Receiver of the Week.
White, whose blocking helped pave the way for a strong rushing attack in Boston College’s win over Virginia Tech, was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week. Pierre-Louis, who recorded eight tackles and returned an interception for a tie-breaking touchdown, earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors.
Other honorees included Pitt’s Aaron Donald as ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, Georgia Tech’s Jemea Thomas as ACC Defensive Back of the Week, Virginia Tech’s Cody Journell as ACC Specialist of the Week and Florida State’s Jameis Winston as ACC Rookie of the Week.
The Rookie of the Week honor is the sixth of the season for Winston, matching former North Carolina quarterback Darian Durant (2001) for third-most all-time. Former NC State quarterback Philip Rivers (2000) and Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams (2009) were each named seven times, the most since the award began in 1970.
Clemson’s Watkins was named ACC Receiver of the Week for the second consecutive week and for the third time this season. Boyd also received his third ACC Offensive Back of the Week honor of the year.
Georgia Tech’s Thomas was recognized for the second straight week after being named ACC Co-Defensive Back of the Week seven days ago. Boston College’s Pierre-Louis and Virginia Tech’s Journell were also honored for the second time each this season.