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Four Cavaliers Earn Weekly ACC Football Honors

Oct. 18, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Four University of Virginia football players earned weekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Conference this week for their roles in UVa's 47-26 win over N.C. State last Saturday (Oct. 16).

Tailback Thomas Jones shared the Offensive Back of the Week award with Clemson quarterback Woodrow Dantzler. Jones rushed 38 times for a career-high 221 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Wolfpack. Jones, the ACC's leading rusher with 1,109 yards, became the first player in ACC history to have four 200-yard games in his career. He is second in the nation in rushing this season, averaging 158.4 yards per game. This is the fourth time he has won this award this season, more than any other player this season.

Junior tackle Brad Barnes earned Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades as he helped pave the way for the Cavaliers' season-high 281 yards on the ground, including Jones' career-high total of 221 yards, in the win at N.C. State. Barnes graded out at 91 percent, the highest of all offensive linemen and made the key block on two of Jones' three touchdown runs.

Middle linebacker Yubrenal Isabelle, a 6-1, 237-pound junior from Bluefield, W. Va., was the conference's Defensive Lineman of the Week. He led the Cavalier defense in the N.C. State win with seven tackles, all solo. Isabelle had one tackle for a loss, recovered one fumble and intercepted a pass in the third quarter returning it 19 yards to set up Virginia's second touchdown of the third quarter. The interception was the first of his career. He has led the team in tackles in the last five games in which he has played this season.

Wide receiver Billy McMullen, a 6-4, 195-pound, freshman from Richmond, Va., was named the ACC Rookie of the Week this week. He had four receptions for a team season high 109 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win. He had a career-high 41-yard reception for a touchdown and another TD catch of 34 yards. McMullen also had two tackles on special teams. He is the first true freshman to catch two touchdown passes in a game since Germane Crowell in 1994.

Other weekly winners are-Tommy Polley (linebacker from Florida State) as the Defensive Back of the Week and North Carolina punter Brian Schmitz as the Specialist of the Week.


 

 

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