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Nov. 22, 2004

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

Linebacker Darryl Blackstock (Newport News, Va.) earned Defensive Back honors, while placekicker Connor Hughes (Williamsburg, Va.) shared Special Team honors.

Blackstock had a season-high six tackles, including four for a loss, in the 30-10 win at Georgia Tech. The junior also recorded a team-best three sacks, upping his career total to 27 to stand second in the ACC by a linebacker. It was his fourth multi-sack game of the season and third in a row. The Virginia defense held Georgia Tech to 86 yards rushing, half of Tech’s average. Blackstock also had one pressure as the defense made QB Reggie Ball’s life difficult all game.

The ACC honor is the third in Blackstock’s UVa career and first this season.

Hughes had a flawless performance against the Yellow Jackets. The junior nailed three field goals, including a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter. He also connected on three extra points. Hughes helped the Cavaliers to a perfect 4-for-4 scoring opportunities inside the red zone. Two of his field goals helped give UVa a little breathing room in an otherwise tight contest as UVa built a 20-3 lead late in the third quarter.

The ACC honor is the third in Hughes’ UVa career and first this season.

Virginia travels to intra-state rival Virginia Tech for the final game of the regular season on Nov. 27. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on ABC.

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