Four Cavaliers Earn Weekly ACC Football Honors
Oct. 18, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Four University of Virginia football players earnedweekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference this week for their rolesin UVa’s 47-26 win over N.C. State last Saturday (Oct. 16).
Tailback Thomas Jones shared the Offensive Back of the Week award withClemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler. Jones rushed 38 times for acareer-high 221 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Wolfpack.Jones, the ACC’s leading rusher with 1,109 yards, became the first playerin ACC history to have four 200-yard games in his career. He is second inthe nation in rushing this season, averaging 158.4 yards per game. This isthe fourth time he has won this award this season, more than any otherplayer this season.
Junior tackle Brad Barnes earned Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades ashe helped pave the way for the Cavaliers’ season-high 281 yards on theground, including Jones’ career-high total of 221 yards, in the win at N.C.State. Barnes graded out at 91 percent, the highest of all offensivelinemen and made the key block on two of Jones’ three touchdown runs.
Middle linebacker Yubrenal Isabelle, a 6-1, 237-pound junior fromBluefield, W. Va., was the conference’s Defensive Lineman of the Week. Heled the Cavalier defense in the N.C. State win with seven tackles, allsolo. Isabelle had one tackle for a loss, recovered one fumble andintercepted a pass in the third quarter returning it 19 yards to set upVirginia’s second touchdown of the third quarter. The interception was thefirst of his career. He has led the team in tackles in the last five gamesin which he has played this season.
Wide receiver Billy McMullen, a 6-4, 195-pound, freshman from Richmond,Va., was named the ACC Rookie of the Week this week. He had fourreceptions for a team season high 109 yards and two touchdowns inSaturday’s win. He had a career-high 41-yard reception for a touchdown andanother TD catch of 34 yards. McMullen also had two tackles on specialteams. He is the first true freshman to catch two touchdown passes in agame since Germane Crowell in 1994.
Other weekly winners are-Tommy Polley (linebacker from Florida State) asthe Defensive Back of the Week and North Carolina punter Brian Schmitz asthe Specialist of the Week.