Minor Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week
Freshman honored for two-interception game at Georgia Tech
November 1, 2004

Virginia Tech cornerback Roland Minor was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week Monday, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference Office. Minor, a redshirt freshman from Washington, D.C., keyed a Hokie defense that held Georgia Tech to three second-half points in Thursday's 34-20 victory over the Yellow Jackets. Minor intercepted two key passes in the game's final minutes, returning the second interception 64 yards for a game-sealing touchdown and his first collegiate score.

The award is the second for the Hokies' secondary this year as Vincent Fuller earned the same award following Tech's win over No. 6 West Virginia.

OFFENSIVE BACK

Making his first career start, North Carolina tailback Chad Scott rushed for a career-high 175 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Tar Heels' 31-28 victory over No. 4 and previously unbeaten Miami Saturday. The Plant City, Fla., senior scored on a 14-yard run in the first half to tie the score at 14-all. In the third quarter, he had to be taken to the locker room with a hip pointer injury, but came back to score his second touchdown of the game on a 9-yard run to give North Carolina a 28-21 advantage.

OFFENSIVE LINE

North Carolina center Jason Brown and Maryland tackle Stephon Heyer were tabbed as Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week. Brown, a 6-3, 328-pound senior from Henderson, N.C., anchored an offensive line that paved the way for 279 yards rushing and 545 total offensive yards in North Carolina's 31-28 victory over Miami. Brown graded out at 92 percent overall, including 100 percent in the passing game, had 11 knockdowns and did not allow a sack. Despite playing with a sprained right knee, Heyer, a 6-6, 295-pound junior from Lawrenceville, Ga., earned the highest grade by a Terrapin offensive lineman in the Terps' 20-17 win over fifth-ranked Florida State Saturday. Heyer was in on a total of 74 plays and finished with two pancake blocks as the Terps totaled 378 yards of offense in the win.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Maryland inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson had a team-high 11 tackles in Saturday's 20-17 victory over Florida State. In earning the award for the second straight week and third time this season, Jackson, a junior from Largo, Fla., and the ACC's leading tackler, also shared in a quarterback sack and had one pass breakup.

SPECIAL TEAMS

North Carolina's Connor Barth kicked a game-winning 42-yard field goal as time expired to give North Carolina a 31-28 victory over No. 4 Miami Saturday. On the last possession of the game, Carolina drove the ball 55 yards on nine plays to the Miami 25-yard line to set up the field goal. Barth also converted all four extra point attempts as the Tar Heels evened their record at 4-4.

ROOKIE

Wake Forest linebacker Jonathan Abbate had 17 tackles, including 10 solo stops and seven assisted tackles in Saturday's 24-22 victory Duke. In earning the award for the third time this season, the 6-0, 247-pound freshman from Powder Springs, Ga., was starting just his second career game and his first at outside linebacker in place of the injured Brad White.