Adibi honored by ACC
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November 6, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Virginia Tech redshirt junior Xavier Adibi was one of six players honored by the ACC Monday afternoon, earning ACC Defensive Linemen of the Week honors.

Georgia Tech's Calvin Johnson was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the fourth time in 2006 as he led the Yellow Jackets to a 31-23 win over NC State in Raleigh. The junior wide receiver caught nine passes for a career-best 168 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson caught touchdown passes of 25 and 43 yards in the first quarter to stake Georgia Tech to an early 14-3 lead. With the Jackets trailing 23-21 in the fourth quarter, the Tyrone, Ga., native then made a diving catch on a third and seven to keep the drive alive. On the same drive, Johnson had an eight-yard run and a 10-yard reception which all resulted in the go-ahead field goal.

Wake Forest center Steve Justice was tabbed ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for his play in the Demon Deacons' 21-14 win over Boston College. The junior from Port Orange, Fla., played every snap for the Deacs grading out at 96 percent. Justice recorded six knockdown blocks and no missed assignments. Saturday's performance marked Justice's sixth 90-percent day of the season. Wake Forest grounded out 160 yards in the win over the Eagles. This is the second time this season that Justice has been recognized as Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Adibi was honored as the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week. Adibi was credited with nine tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries in the Hokies 17-10 win over Miami in the Orange Bowl. The junior inside linebacker also had a key fourth-quarter interception that set up Branden Ore's game-winning touchdown with under two minutes to play.

Erin Henderson of Maryland was credited with a career-high 18 tackles in the Terps 13-12 come-from-behind victory at Clemson on Saturday. Henderson, an outside linebacker, earned nine solo tackles and nine unassisted tackles in leading the Maryland defense that held Clemson without a touchdown and just 143 yards rushing yards on the afternoon. The 18 tackles are the most by a Terrapin this season and gave the Aberdeen, Md., native the team lead in tackles with three games remaining. The sophomore has recorded four straight games with double figure tackles.

Maryland placekicker Dan Ennis hit a 31-yard field goal with no time remaining to lift the Terrapins to a 13-12 victory over Clemson in Death Valley. It was the second 31-yarder the senior connected on in the game hitting from the same distance with 7:18 left in the third quarter. With his 2-for-2 effort on the afternoon, Ennis is now 15-for-19 on the season and has hit eight straight and 11 of his last 12 field goal attempts. The Sykesville, Md., native ranks fifth in the nation in field goals per game. Ennis has won ACC Specialist of the Week twice in 2006.

North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks set the Tar Heel single-game freshman record with 171 receiving yards on six catches in a 45-26 loss at Notre Dame this past weekend. Nicks caught touchdown passes of 13 and 72 yards against the Irish. The 72-yarder was the Tar Heels' longest play from scrimmage this year. The Charlotte, N.C., native ranks second in the league with 507 receiving yards, while averaging 63.4 yards per game.