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Oct. 2, 2006

Charlottesville, VA – Virginia senior cornerback Marcus Hamilton (Centreville) has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Back of the Week for his play in the Cavaliers’ 37-0 victory against Duke. It marks the first time in Hamilton’s career he has been named an ACC player of the week.

Hamilton intercepted two passes (the first interceptions Duke has thrown all season) and now leads the ACC with three interceptions. In addition, he had a big hit on Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis to force an interception late in the third quarter that Virginia turned into a touchdown three plays later. Hamilton leads all active ACC players and is second nationally with 13 career interceptions.

Other ACC players of the week include:

Offensive Back – Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech Johnson was selected for the second straight week and third time this season as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week. The junior had six catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 38-27 road victory at 10th-ranked Virginia Tech. Johnson caught touchdowns on the Jackets’ first two possessions to help stake Georgia Tech to an early 21-0 lead.

Offensive Line – Dustin Fry, ClemsonThe Clemson center was the Tigers’ highest rated lineman in a 51-0 victory over visiting Louisiana Tech. The senior graded out at 93 percent and helped Clemson rush for 393 yards, the fifth highest team total in the nation so far this year.

Defensive Line – Philip Wheeler, Georgia Tech The Tech middle linebacker led the defensive effort in the Yellow Jackets’ 38-27 road victory at 10th-ranked Virginia Tech. The junior had eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks for minus-22 yards and a forced fumble, which resulted in a touchdown to give Georgia Tech a 31-13 lead.

Special Teams – Sam Swank, Wake ForestThe Wake Forest place kicker booted field goals of 52 and 37 yards in Saturday’s 34-14 win over visiting Liberty. The 52-yarder tied for a career-long and was the third-longest in Wake Forest history. Swank also punted three times for an average of 46.3 yards per punt with a net of 44.0.

Rookie – Javarris James, MiamiIn his first collegiate start, Miami running back Javarris James rushed 18 times for 148 yards and one touchdown in Saturday’s 14-13 win over previously unbeaten Houston. In addition to averaging 8.2 yards per carry he set a school record for rushing yards by a freshman.

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