Warren honored by conference
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October 15, 2007

GREENSBORO - Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Gardner, North Carolina outside linebacker Durell Mapp and Wake Forest red shirt freshman running back Josh Adams all earned their second honors of the year in the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week Awards announced Monday by the ACC.

Gardner, a key figure in Tech's 17-14 win over Miami, was named Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second time this year. He had been previously honored on Sept. 4 for his play against Notre Dame. Mapp, who keyed the Tar Heels defense against 7th-ranked South Carolina last week, was previously honored as Defensive Back of the Week on Sept. 10 for his efforts against East Carolina. Adams earned prior ACC Rookie of the Week accolades on Sept. 24 for his play against Maryland.

Joining them as honorees this week are Georgia Tech tailback Tashard Choice, the ACC's leading rusher, named Offensive Back of the Week after rushing for a career-high 204 yards against Miami; Virginia Tech linebacker Brett Warren, named Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading the Hokies' defense in his first career start against Duke; and Wake Forest place kicker/punter Sam Swank, named Specialist of the Week after making a 48-yard, fourth quarter field goal which proved to be the winning points and punting for a 40.7 average in Wake Forest's 24-21 win over Florida State last Thursday night.

OFFENSIVE BACK-Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech, Running Back, 6-1, 205, RS-Sr, Riverdale, Ga.
In his team's 17-14 win at Miami on Saturday, Choice racked up 204 yards rushing on 37 carries. He has now run for 100 yards or more in three straight games, giving him five 100-yard performances this year and 15 for his career with the Yellow Jackets. Choice currently places sixth on the Georgia Tech all-time career rushing list, and leads the ACC with 840 yards on the ground in 2007.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN-Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, Tackle, 6-6, 298, RS-Jr., Tyrone, Ga.
At Miami on Saturday, Gardner had three knockdown blocks, helping to keep the Hurricane defensive line at bay in the Yellow Jackets' 17-14 win. Gardner threw a key block on Georgia Tech's second touchdown of the day, springing quarterback Taylor Bennett for a three-yard run into the endzone to give the Jackets a 14-7 lead. With Gardner blocking for him, Tech running back Tashard Choice ran for 204 yards, the highest total for any running back in the league this year.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN-Brett Warren, Virginia Tech, Inside Linebacker, 6-1, 238, RS-Jr., Clifton, Va.
Starting for the first time in his career at Duke on Saturday, Warren compiled 11 total tackles, including three for loss and one quarterback sack. In the 43-14 win over the Blue Devils, the Virginia Tech defense allowed only 194 total yards and forced three turnovers, including an interception that Warren returned 24 yards for the Hokies.

DEFENSIVE BACK-Durell Mapp, North Carolina, Outside Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Sr., Burlington, N.C.
In the Tar Heels' close loss to No. 7 South Carolina on Saturday, Mapp registered a game-high 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He added 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and one forced fumble as the North Carolina defense shut out the Gamecocks in the second half, giving up only 62 yards over the final 30 minutes of play. Mapp currently ranks third in the ACC with an average of 10.9 tackles per game.

SPECIALIST-Sam Swank, Wake Forest, Placekicker, 6-2, 206, RS-Jr., Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Swank, the ACC's third leading scorer a year ago, booted a season-best 48-yard field goal with 1:40 to play to give the Demon Deacons a 24-14 lead over Florida State on Thursday night. Swank also connected on all three of his PATs and punted seven times for 285 yards, averaging 40.7 yards per kick. For the year, Swank is 5 for 5 on field goal attempts and is tied atop the league rankings for field goal percentage.

ROOKIE-Josh Adams, Wake Forest, Running Back, 6-0, 180, RS-Fr., Cary, N.C.
In Thursday night's nationally-televised 24-21 win over Florida State, Adams carried 18 times for a career-best 140 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also caught a team-high six passes for 29 yards and a score, giving him 169 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on the night. Adams' 83-yard scoring run in the second quarter was the longest rush of his career and the longest by any Wake Forest player since 1968. With an average of 72.8 rushing yards per game, Adams currently leads the Deacons and ranks seventh among all ACC running backs.