Conrath and Randolph Named ACC Players of the Week
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia players Matt Conrath and Robert Randolph were honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference as Players of the Week for the games of Oct. 3. Conrath was selected as a co-defensive lineman of the week while Randolph shared specialists of the week honors.
Conrath, a sophomore defensive end, spearheaded a Cavalier defense that allowed only 175 total yards in a 16-3 win against North Carolina. Conrath helped the defensive front hold the Tar Heels’ rushing attack to just 39 yards, the fewest allowed by Virginia since giving up 19 to Richmond last season. Conrath recorded four tackles and knocked down three passes at the line of scrimmage, and helped the defense limit the Tar Heels to just nine first downs, the fewest allowed by Virginia since 2007.
Randolph, a sophomore kicker, set a career-high by converting all three of his field goal attempts in the win at North Carolina, a game that did not see a touchdown scored until the 5:49 mark of the fourth quarter. Randolph made a 36-yarder to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead early in the second quarter, then extended UVa’s lead to 6-0 on the last play of the first half with a 38-yarder. After North Carolina cut the lead in half at 6-3, Randolph again extended Virginia’s lead to six points with a career-long 43-yard field goal.
The other ACC Players of the Week were:
OFFENSIVE BACK – Riley Skinner, Wake Forest, QB
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN – Jason Fox, Miami, OT
CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Brad Jefferson, Georgia Tech, ILB
DEFENSIVE BACK – Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech, OLB
CO-SPECIALIST – Nick Ferarra, Maryland, P/PK
ROOKIE – Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland, OLB