GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson left guard Taylor Hearn was named offensive lineman of the week by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Tuesday, while Kendall Joseph was named linebacker of the week.
Hearn was No. 2 Clemson’s top blocker for the first time in his young career with a 90 percent overall grade and a 98 percent score in pass blocking in Saturday night’s 19-13 road win at Auburn. The sophomore had four knockdown blocks, played all 81 offensive snaps and did not allow a sack. He also threw a key block on Wayne Gallman’s one-yard touchdown run.
Joseph led Clemson with 14 total and three tackles for loss in Saturday night’s win at Auburn. The sophomore, who grew up just 30 miles from Clemson, had one sack and a quarterback pressure among his 66 plays on defense.
He was the only player for either team in the defensive struggle to record three tackles for loss. Joseph was a big reason Clemson held Auburn to 87 yards rushing, 262 yards total of offense and just one touchdown.
Four student-athletes who played key roles in No. 4 Florida State’s come-from-behind win over No. 11 Ole Miss highlight the first group of Atlantic Coast Conference Players of the Week of the 2016 football season.
Seminole redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois was voted both ACC Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, while senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week recognition. Derwin James claimed Defensive Back of the Week honors, and freshman placekicker Ricky Aguayo received the nod as the Specialist of the Week. The four helped Florida State wipe out a 22-point first-half deficit and stage the biggest comeback victory in school history in Monday night’s 45-34 victory over the Rebels.
Other honorees include Clemson’s Taylor Hearn as Offensive Lineman of the Week and Kendall Joseph as Linebacker of the Week. Syracuse’s Amba Etta-Tawo was voted the ACC Receiver of the Week.