Originally created 09/04/01

ACC announces players of the week

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Wake Forest had three players earn weekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday.

Junior tailback Tarence Williams earned the honor for offensive backs, senior guard Michael Collins for offensive lineman and redshirt freshman defensive back Marcus McGruder was named the ACC's Rookie of the Week.

Also earning recognition were Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson, Clemson cornerback Brian Mance and Maryland punter Brooks Barnard.

Williams rushed 35 times for a team-high 158 yards and one touchdown in a 21-19 victory against East Carolina on Saturday.

Collins cleared the path for Wake Forest to rush a conference-high 69 times for 290 yards. He provided many holes for the Wake Forest running backs, allowing the Deacons to maintain possession of the ball late in the fourth quarter.

McGruder recorded a 15-yard sack and his first collegiate interception in his first career start for Wake Forest. The 5-9, 180 pound defensive back finished the East Carolina game with two sacks and a pass breakup to go with his interception.

Henderson totaled a team-high 12 stops as Maryland opened up conference play with a win for the first time in 42 years. In the 23-7 victory over North Carolina, Henderson was the only Terrapin to play all 63 defensive snaps against the Tar Heels.

Mance had ten tackles, including one for loss, to help Clemson to a 21-13 victory over Central Florida. On special teams, Mance contributed 98 yards on three kickoff returns, as well as 21 punt return yards. The defensive back led Clemson in all-purpose yardage with 119.

Barnard averaged 50.4 yards per punt on eight punts to help Maryland win the field position against North Carolina.


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