Two Players Earn Weekly ACC Football Honors
Sept. 27, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Two University of Virginia football players havereceived weekly Atlantic Coast Conference recognition for their play in theCavaliers’ 45-40 win over #17 Brigham Young on Saturday.
Tailback Thomas Jones was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for thesecond consecutive week and third time this season. A 5-10, 207-poundsenior out of Big Stone Gap, Va., Jones rushed for a career-high 210 yards,the seventh-highest single game total in Virginia history, in Virginia’swin over the homestanding Cougars. This was Jones’ third 200-yard game ofhis career, tying an ACC record. Jones rushed a career-high 35 timesagainst the nation’s seventh-ranked defense that was allowing just 55.0yards rushing per game coming into the contest. Jones scored on touchdownruns of 23 and 45 yards. He also had one reception for seven yards.
Safety Jerton Evans, a 5-11, 186-pound true freshman from Forest, Va., wasnamed the ACC Rookie of the Week. Making just the second start of his youngcollegiate career against one of the nation’s most heralded aerial attacks,Evans had two key interceptions and was also in on two tackles. His firstinterception came late in the first quarter and helped set up Virginia’sthird touchdown of the game as the Cavaliers jumped to a 21-0 lead. Hissecond interception came on BYU’s final drive of the game which thwartedthe Cougars’ comeback bid with 1:37 left to play. Evans is the firstVirginia true freshman to have at least two interceptions in a game sinceKevin Cook in 1986.
Other players honored by the ACC this week are Wake Forest’s BrianWolverton as Offensive Lineman of the Week and Bryan Ray as DefensiveLineman of the Week, Clemson’s Robert Carswell as Defensive Back of theWeek, and Florida State’s Peter Warrick as Specialist of the Week.