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Charlottesville, VA – The ACC announced today senior defensive end Nate Collins (Port Chester, N.Y.) has been named co-Defensive Lineman of the Week following Virginia’s game against Georgia Tech Saturday. He shared the honor with Duke’s Vincent Rey.

Collins had a career high with 16 tackles, including 10 solo stops, against the Yellow Jackets’ run-oriented offense. A defensive end this season, he played nose tackle against Georgia Tech as UVa reworked its defensive line for the contest. Collins also had two tackles for loss in the game. Collins was particularly effective stopping the Tech inside running game. On 11 of his 16 tackles, the Yellow Jackets managed to gain three yards or fewer on the play.

It marks the second straight week he earned All-ACC honors. He was selected the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after UVa downed Maryland 20-9 on Oct. 17.

It is the fourth consecutive week a UVa defensive player has been tabbed an ACC player of the week. Cornerback Ras-I Dowling was the defensive back of the week after UVa’s 47-7 victory against Indiana and defensive end Matt Conrath was the defensive lineman of the week following the Cavaliers’ 16-3 win at North Carolina.

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