— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) October 23, 2023
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia’s James Jackson was named the ACC Linebacker of the Week and Malik Washington earned the ACC Receiver of the Week Award as announced by the league office on Monday (Oct. 23).
Jackson intercepted a Drake Maye pass with 26 seconds on the clock to seal the victory in UVA’s 31-27 upset at No. 10 North Carolina. He finished the game with six tackles and two quarterback hurries. Jackson has started all seven games at linebacker for UVA this season and has compiled 49 total tackles, including 27 solo efforts. It marks the second-straight year a UVA linebacker has picked up the weekly ACC honor after Nick Jackson won it on Oct. 31, 2022.
Washington claims the ACC’s top wide receiver weekly honor for the second time this season. Washington scored UVA’s go-ahead touchdown with 8:51 remaining in the game at UNC. He caught 12 passes for 115 yards in the contest, his fifth 100-yard receiving effort in seven games this season. The 12 catches were the most by an ACC receiver in week eight and the second most in single game this season by an ACC receiver.
Washington leads the ACC in receiving yards (783), receptions (56) and receptions per game (8.0). Washington is ranked in the top-5 in FBS in all three categories. Dating back to his time at Northwestern, he has now caught a pass in 32-consecutive games, tied for the 10th-longest streak in FBS.
Hands of Gold! 🙌
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) October 22, 2023
East West Shrine Bowl Breakout Offensive Player of the Week
Washington was also recognized as the East West Shrine Bowl Breakout Offensive Player of the Week by the game’s representatives on Monday (Oct. 23). The honor goes to an all-star game eligible offensive player that displayed the most NFL traits that week.