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Jones, Williams Garner ACC Weekly Honors

Nov. 8, 1999

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Two University of Virginia football players earned weekly honors from the Atlantic Coast Coference for their play in the Cavaliers' 45-38 win over then No. 7 Georgia Tech last Saturday in Charlottesville.

Tailback Thomas Jones was honored as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the fifth time this season. Jones, a senior from Big Stone Gap, Va., paced a balanced offensive attack by rushing for 213 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries (a school record) against the Yellow Jackets. The 213-yard performance was his third 200-yard game of the season, making Jones the first player in ACC history to post three 200-yard games in a season. Jones leads the nation in rushing, averaging 165.1 yards per game. He has also rushed for 1486 yards this season, breaking Tiki Barber's record of 1397 yards in 1995.

Defensive back Chris Williams was named the league's Rookie of the Week. A red-shirt freshman from Newport News, Va., Williams was in on seven tackles against the top offense in the nation. He helped hold the potent Yellow Jacket offense to 233 yards passing and a season-low 447 yards of total offense.

Other players winning weekly awards this week are N.C. State tackle Todd Boyle as the Offensive Lineman of the Week, Clemson inside linebacker Keith Adams as the Defensive Lineman of the Week, Clemson cornerback Robert Carswell as the Defensive Back of the Week and Wake Forest placekicker Matthew Burdick as the Specialist of the Week.


 

 

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