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Nov. 8, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Two Virginia football players earned ACC Player of the Week accolades, the conference announced on Monday.

Senior Zac Yarbrough (Winter Park, Fla.) was named the Offensive Lineman of the Week, while sophomore Ahmad Brooks (Woodbridge, Va.) shared Defensive Lineman of the Week honors.

Yarbrough led Virginia’s charge with 409 yards of offense in Saturday’s 16-0 shutout of Maryland. The center played the best game of his UVa career, according to coach Al Groh. A Rimington Award candidate, Yarbrough has never given up a sack in his Cavalier career. The Cavaliers handed Maryland their worst loss of the season. UVa’s 295 yards rushing was 185 more than Maryland’s average coming in, while UVa also gained more than 100 yards of offense than the Terps’ average.

The ACC honor is the first of his career.

Brooks had a team-leading six tackles against the Terrapins. The sophomore also had two QB pressures and two crucial interceptions, the first of his career. Brooks is the first Cavalier linebacker with two interceptions in a game since 1992. The Virginia defense held Maryland to 51 yards rushing, the second lowest of the season by the Terrapins and more than 80 under its average. Maryland also gained just 214 yards of offense, more than 100 under its average.

The ACC honor is the first of his career.

The No. 10/11 Virginia Cavaliers (7-1, 4-1 ACC) host Miami (6-2, 3-2 ACC) on Nov. 13. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. on ABC.

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