GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami quarterback Stephen Morris, linebacker Gionni Paul, and linebacker Eddie Johnson headline a list of eight players named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Morris set a new conference single-game record with 566 passing yards, Paul accumulated a team-high 11 tackles, and Johnson had seven tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles, and a pass breakup in the Hurricanes’ 44-37 win over NC State.
Florida State’s Bryan Stork, the Offensive Lineman of the Week, helped the Seminole offense tally 424 yards of total offense in the 30-17 win at South Florida. Teammates Cornellius Carradine, who registered a team-high nine tackles to earn Defensive Lineman of the Week for the second time this year, and Dustin Hopkins, who moved into second on the all-time ACC scoring list, also garnered weekly accolades.
Boston College’s Alex Amidon is the Receiver of the Week after his 193-yard performance in a 45-31 loss to No. 17 Clemson. The Defensive Back of the Week, Jordon Byas of Duke, had a career-high 11 tackles in the Blue Devils’ 34-27 win at Wake Forest.
OFFENSIVE BACK – Stephen Morris, Miami, Junior, QB, 6-2, 214, Miami, Fla.
Morris threw for a Miami and ACC record 566 yards to lead the Hurricanes to a 44-37 win over NC State. The junior quarterback completed 26 of 49 passes for a 21.8 yards-per-completion average, and recorded five TDs, tying five other Miami quarterbacks for the most in a single game and the first since Kyle Wright at Wake Forest in 2005. His fifth touchdown pass of the day was the eventual game-winner, a 62-yard pass to Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds remaining, his second scoring throw of more than 60 yards on the day. Morris registered 271 passing yards in the first quarter, becoming the fourth FBS player to throw for that many in a quarter since 2004. In his last two games, he has thrown for 1,002 yards.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Bryan Stork, Florida State, R-Junior, OL, 6-4, 312, Vero Beach, Fla.
Stork, the most experienced player on the Seminoles’ offensive front, posted his second consecutive outstanding performance of the season in the 30-17 win at South Florida. The Vero Beach, Fla., native graded out at 77 percent and had just one missed assignment while triggering all 67 snaps for the Florida State offense. He was not penalized and did not yield a sack in a performance which came on the heels of a career-best 95-percent grade against Clemson. The Seminoles rolled up 424 yards of total offense (242 pass, 182 rush) in their road debut of the season.
RECEIVER – Alex Amidon, Boston College, Junior, WR, 5-11, 186, Greenfield, Mass.
Amidon caught eight passes for a career-high 193 yards and two touchdowns in Boston College’s 45-31 loss to No. 17 Clemson, accounting for 52 percent of the team’s receiving yardage (193 of 369) and 39 percent of its points. Additionally, the total marked the most receiving yards in a game for a Boston College player since Gerard Phelan had 226 receiving yards against Miami on Nov. 23, 1984. Saturday’s Boston College-Clemson game featured the top two single-game ACC receiving performances so far this fall; Amidon’s total was just four yards behind Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins’ 197-yard effort. Amidon has eclipsed 100 receiving yards in three games this fall, and ranks fourth among all FBS players in receiving yards per game (139.8).
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, Senior, DE, 6-5, 265, Cincinnati, Ohio
Carradine registered a team-high nine tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks and a forced fumble, as the defeated South Florida. The Seminoles limited USF to 124 total yards after the first quarter en route to moving to 5-0 on the season, 30-17. Carradine’s late third quarter sack of USF back-up quarterback Matt Floyd resulted in a fumble, which teammate Christian Jones scooped up and raced 12 yards into the end zone for the Seminoles’ final score of the game. Through five games, Carradine leads the Seminoles with 28 tackles and 7 sacks, while his eight tackles for loss trail teammate Bjoern Werner by one. It is the second weekly honor of the season for Carradine.
LINEBACKER – Gionni Paul, Miami, Sophomore, LB, 6-0, 230, Lakeland, Fla.
Paul, making his career-first start at middle linebacker, tallied a forced fumble and career- and team-high 11 tackles, including eight solo stops, in Miami’s 44-37 win over NC State. Paul’s 11 tackles match his total in his first 11 career games (11 tackles entering NC State game).
DEFENSIVE BACK – Jordon Byas, Duke, R-Senior, S, 6-1, 220, Lynn Haven, Fla.
Byas led Duke to a 34-27 road win over Wake Forest by recording a team-best & career-high 11 tackles. He also added one interception and one-half quarterback sack – both firsts of his career. The redshirt senior spearheaded Duke’s defensive effort that forced four Demon Deacon turnovers from a Wake Forest offense that entered the game having committed an ACC-low two total turnovers through the first four weeks of the year. Byas has helped Duke to a 4-1 start to the season, marking the best five-game opening to a season since the 1994 squad started 5-0 while matching the third-best five-game opening to a season since 1966 (5-0 in both 1988 & 1994; 4-1 in 1971, 1974 & 2012).
SPECIALIST – Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Senior, K, 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas
Hopkins got off the deck after an early missed field goal from 48 yards to his final three attempts in the 30-17 win at South Florida. By converting from 26, 43 and 23 yards, Hopkins pushed his career field goal total to 69, which ranks second in Florida State and fourth in Atlantic Coast Conference history. With 12 points on the day, Hopkins also moved into sole possession of second place on the Florida State and ACC career scoring charts, with 377 points. He trails Florida State record holder Derek Schmidt and ACC record holder Nick Novak of Maryland by 16 points – they both finished with 393 – to become the all-time leader. Hopkins is also just eight points shy of moving into 10th place on the NCAA all-time scoring list.
ROOKIE – Eddie Johnson, Miami, R-Freshman, LB, 6-1, 238, Atlanta, Ga.
Tallied seven tackles (six solo stops), 1.0 sack, 1.0 tackles-for-loss, two forced fumbles and one pass breakup in Miami’s 44-37 win over NC State. The reigning ACC Linebacker of the Week recorded one of Miami’s two sacks and a tackle-for-loss. His six solo stops were second amongMiami players and the seven tackles were third on the team.