Aboushi, Johnson and Randolph Earn ACC Weekly Honors
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Following Virginia’s come-from-behind win at Indiana on Saturday, UVa’s junior left tackle Oday Aboushi was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, senior defensive end Cam Johnson was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week and senior placekicker Robert Randolph was named ACC Specialist of the Week, as announced the league announced today.
Just three days after attending a reception at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., to honor Muslim-American athletes, Aboushi came up big for UVa’s offensive line in its 34-31 victory at Indiana. The Staten Island, N.Y., native graded out at 89 percent for the 72 plays he was in on for the Cavaliers. He had 13 knockdown blocks and helped Virginia roll up 360 yards of total offense. The honor is Aboushi’s second of his career, he also earned the honor following UVa’s season-opening win against Richmond in 2010.
Johnson made the key play in UVa’s 34-31 win at Indiana. After Virginia battled back to tie the game at 31, the Washington, D.C., native sacked IU quarterback Edward Wright-Baker with 1:13 to play, stripping the ball away and recovering the fumble, to give the Cavaliers possession at the Hoosiers’ 14-yard line. That set up Randolph’s game-winning field goal as time expired. Johnson finished the game with three tackles, two for losses, one sack, one knocked down pass, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three quarterback pressures. The honor is the first of Johnson’s career.
Randolph tied his career high with four field goals including the game winner as time expired from 23 yards. He also connected from 42, 44 and 23 yards. Randolph is now 8-8 this season (which leads the NCAA in accuracy and FGs made) and has been named the national placekicker of the week for the second-consecutive week. Randolph has converted 18 of his last 19 kicks dating back to last season. The honor is Randolph’s second of his career. He also earned the honor on Oct. 5, 2009, after making three field goals in a 16-3 triumph at North Carolina.
Terrence Fells-Danzer was the last UVa player to be named specialist of the week when he earned the honor on Oct. 25, 2010, following the Cavaliers’ win over Eastern Michigan. Aboushi becomes the second UVa offensive lineman in a row to be recognized after Anthony Mihota took home honors last week. Johnson is the first UVa defensive lineman to earn accolade since Nate Collins did so on Oct. 19, 2009, following Virginia’s road victory at Maryland.