Fuller Honored by Conference
Senior becomes first Hokie football player honored by ACC
October 4, 2004

After helping lead his team to a 19-13 win over No. 6 West Virginia last weekend, Virginia Tech senior free safety Vincent Fuller has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Back of the Week, as announced Monday afternoon by the league office. Fuller becomes the first Tech football player in school history to be honored by the ACC.

Fuller, from Baltimore, Md., intercepted his third pass in as many games to seal Saturday's win for the Black Diamond Trophy. On the game's final drive, Fuller intercepted a Rasheed Marshall pass to seal the win. In addition, Fuller had five tackles and a forced fumble and scored the lone Virginia Tech touchdown of the game, picking up a blocked field goal and returning it 74 yards for a score.

Also honored by the ACC were:

OFFENSIVE BACK

N.C. State tailback T.A. McLendon ran for a season-high 139 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in Saturday's 27-21 come-from-behind win in overtime against Wake Forest. McLendon's final carry of the game was a game-winning eight-yard jaunt in overtime. In earning the award for the second time in his career, the 5-11, 225-pound Albemarle, N.C., junior carried the ball on all four of NC State's offensive snaps in the overtime period.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Florida State tackle Alex Barron turned in one of the best performances in his career Saturday in the Seminoles' 38-16 win over North Carolina. The 6-6, 308-pound senior out of Orangeburg, S.C., was credited with a career-high nine intimidations (pancakes) and six cut blocks and led the offensive linemen with a grade of 92% and didn't give up a sack or pressure and didn't have a penalty as the Seminoles averaged 6.7 yards per carry en route to rushing for 249 yards for the game.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Miami middle linebacker Leon Williams earned ACC defensive lineman of the week honors after leading the fourth-ranked Hurricanes with a standout performance in Saturday's 27-3 win at Georgia Tech. The 6-4, 237-pound from Brooklyn, N.Y., junior, returned to the lineup after missing two games with a broken hand and responded by making seven tackles, including two-and-a-half quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Florida State placekicker Xavier Beitia converted on his only field goal attempt from 44 yards and was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra point attempts in Saturday win over North Carolina. With the eight points, Beitia, a 5-10, 198-pound senior from Tampa, Fla., passed Sebastian Janikowski for second place on the Florida State all-time scoring list with 331 career points and needs only 62 points to catch Derek Schmidt for the Seminole career scoring record.

ROOKIE

Florida State freshman Jae Thaxton blocked his second punt of the season in Saturday's 38-22 win over North Carolina. In addition, the 6-3 225-pound freshman out of Hartwell, Ga., recorded three tackles on special teams and in reserve duty at linebacker and was credited with a team-high three blocks on returns.