Nov. 22, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia wide receiver Billy McMullen was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the second week in a row for his role in UVa's dramatic 34-30 win over Maryland on Saturday.
McMullen, a 6-4, 195-pound freshman wide receiver from Richmond, Va., caught the winning touchdown pass with 26 seconds remaining in the Cavaliers' rousing come-from-behind win over the Terps to clinch their 13th consecutive season with seven wins or more. For the game, McMullen caught a career-high six passes for 78 yards. His 20-yard grab from Dan Ellis for the winning score was his longest reception of the day. On UVa's game-winning drive in the final minute, McMullen also hauled in a 15-yard reception from Ellis on a pass that looked like it would surely be overthrown.
McMullen leads the team in receiving yards (483) and yards per reception (17.2), and tied Kevin Coffey for the team lead with 28 receptions and finished second to Coffey with six touchdown catches. His 28 receptions are the most in school history by a freshman, breaking Herman Moore's record of 24 catches in 1988.
This marks the third time McMullen has won the league's weekly rookie award, the most of any rookie this season.
Other winners announced by the conference are: Offensive Back of the Week-LaMont Jordan (Maryland), Offensive Lineman of the Week-Brett Williams (Florida State), Defensive Lineman of the Week-Keith Adams (Clemson), Defensive Back of the Week-Adrian Duncan (Wake Forest), Specialist of the Week-Josh McGee (North Carolina).
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