ACC Offensive Back Of The Week: Matt Ryan, Boston College, Quarterback, 6-5, 218, Senior, Exton, Pa.-Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan has been chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference's first Offensive Back of the Week for the 2007 season. A senior from Exton, Pa., Ryan led the Eagles to a hard fought 38-28 win over the 2006 ACC Champion Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. He completed 32-of-52 passes for a career-best 408 yards and five touchdowns, becoming the first Boston College quarterback to throw five or more touchdown passes since Doug Flutie in 1984. With his performance, Ryan also passed the 5,000 yard passing mark for his career. He is one of only five Boston College signal callers to achieve the feat.
ACC Defensive Lineman Of The Week:Philip Merling, Clemson, Defensive End, 6-5, 270, Junior, Memphis, Tennessee-Clemson defensive end Philip Merling was chosen as the Atlantic Coast Conference's Defensive Lineman of the Week. Merling, a junior out of St. Matthews, S.C., helped the Tigers to a 24-18 victory against No. 19 Florida State on Monday night, coming up with several big plays throughout the evening. For the night, Merling registered eight total tackles, include five solo ones, one sack and two tackles for a loss. He also was credited with a forced fumble on the night.
The ever cocky Tommy Bowden talked about his win over FSU and player motivation for the game."They watched television on Saturday night and saw who picked who to win the game and they noticed that no one picked us. Florida State was favored.
As commentators made their comments about why Florida State was favored, the only reason they stated was because of their defense. Well, our defense gets a little chip on their shoulders. That always helps with motivation."
Starting North Carolina linebacker Chase Rice will be sidelined for the rest of the season because of ligament damage in his left ankle, coach Butch Davis said Tuesday.Rice, a 6 feet 3 junior from Asheville, sustained the injury during Saturday’s 37-14 victory over James Madison. He will have surgery Wednesday.