Three Virginia Tech players were honored by the ACC for their impressive play
against UVA on Saturday. One was given an even more prestigious award for his
play all year. The ACC also announced the 2011 All-Conference team, and several
Hokies headlined the list.
James Gayle was named Defensive Lineman of the Week after racking up five
tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks against the Hoos. Danny Coale was
named Co-Specialist of the week along with BC punter Ryan Quigley. Coale didn’t
find out that he was punting until pregame warm-ups, but he averaged 47.5 yards
per punt, including two that went for 52 yards.
Offensive tackle Blake DeChristopher earned two honors this week. He was
named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the week for grading out at 90% with 15
knockdowns. On Sunday, he was named the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner as the
ACC’s top offensive lineman for the 2011 season. He is the first Virginia Tech
player to win that prestigious award.
For the season, DeChristopher has graded out at 91% and has 117 knockdown
blocks. He will make his 50th career start this Saturday against Clemson.
All-ACC Teams Announced
Virginia Tech placed eight players on the ACC First or Second Teams, and five
more players recognized as Honorable Mention All-ACC.
Tech’s All-ACC Players
David Wilson was the only offensive player in the ACC to be a unanimous
selection. BC linebacker Luke Kuechly was the only unanimous selection on the
defensive side of the ball.
The Hokies had three offensive linemen named either first team, second team
or honorable mention, while three members of the defensive secondary earned
second team honors.