Two Cavaliers Receive Weekly ACC Football Honors
Dec. 3, 2001
Charlottesville, Va. – Two University of Virginia football players were named Atlantic Coast Conference Players of the Week for their play in the Cavaliers’ come-from-behind 20-14 win over Penn State in the season finale last Saturday (Dec. 1).
Abrams, a senior from Aiken, S.C., averaged 41.8 yards on his five punts against the Nittany Lions. He had two punts over 50 yards, including one 54-yarder he dropped at the one-yard line. He also did a good job of negating returns as Penn State returned just one of his five boots.
Duckett, a senior from Lexington Park, Md., played a key role in his last college game. He was in on a team-leading 13 tackles, nine of them unassisted, as the defense kept an explosive Penn State offense in check. He also had one quarterback sack and caused a fumble that proved to be the game’s key play.
Looking to build on a 14-6 lead midway through the third quarter, the visitors from Pennsylvania were in a third-and-six situation at the UVa 8-yard line. Duckett caused quarterback Zack Mills to fumble. Defensive back Art Thomas picked up the fumble and raced 92 yards for a touchdown to narrow the Nittany Lions’ lead.
Other ACC Players of the Week for this week are: Offensive Back – Woodrow Dantzler, QB, Clemson, Offensive Lineman – Kyle Young, C, Clemson, Defensive Lineman – Darnell Dockett, DT, Florida State, Rookie – Roscoe Crosby, WR, Clemson.