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Watson wins ACC Player of the Week honor

Nov 26, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) drops back to pass during the second quarter against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Clemson junior quarterback Deshaun Watson was voted the ACC Offensive Back of the Week following his play in the Tigers’ 56-7 rout of rival South Carolina in their regular-season finale.

Watson completed 26-of-32 passes for 347 yards and six touchdowns in Clemson’s rout over rival South Carolina. The six touchdown passes tied an ACC record, one Watson previously owned from his performance as a freshman against North Carolina in 2014. On Saturday, the junior established a school record for touchdown passes in the rivalry game and the most passing yards ever by a Clemson quarterback against South Carolina.  Watson added 19 yards on the ground, giving him 366 yards of total offense. Watson and the Tigers carry an 11-1 record into this Saturday’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game against Virginia Tech (9-3) in Orlando.

NC State’s Joe Scelfo earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after helping the Wolfpack win on the road at North Carolina. Syracuse’s Amba Etta-Tawo earned ACC Receiver of the Week following a stellar showing in his final college game.

Boston College’s Harold Landry is the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week after leading the Eagles’ win at Wake Forest, while Virginia Tech’s Andrew Motuapuaka took Linebacker of the Week honors for his play in a victory over visiting rival Virginia. Georgia Tech’s Lance Austin picked up Defensive Back of the Week honors for the second week in a row after making a key play in the Yellow Jackets’ comeback win at Georgia.

Pitt’s Quadree Henderson repeated as the ACC Specialist of the Week following the Panthers’ high-scoring win at Syracuse, and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones closed his freshman season with another ACC Rookie of the Week honor.

The ACC weekly award is the fifth of the season for Pitt’s Henderson and his third in four weeks. Duke’s Jones was recognized for the fourth time, and Syracuse Etta-Tawo for the third time this year. Clemson’s Watson, Boston College’s Landry and Georgia Tech’s Austin each earned their second ACC weekly honors of the 2016 season.

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