Oct. 12, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. –
Georgia Tech senior guard Cord Howard was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
Howard was credited with 13 knockdowns and was the top performer on an offensive line that paved the way for Georgia Tech to amass 532 yards of total offense, including 401 on the ground, the fourth-highest and second-highest totals in the ACC this season, respectively, in a 49-44 win against Florida State.
Despite a 78-minute delay due to lightning, the Yellow Jacket offense operated like a well-oiled machine throughout the evening, as the punt team was not asked to take the field in the game.
Howard and the Tech offensive line have helped the Jackets to a conference-leading 277.0 rushing yards per game, the fourth best average in the nation. The team also leads the conference in total offense with 426.67 yards per game.
This the third straight week a Tech player has been named to the weekly team as Howard becomes the sixth Yellow Jacket to earn conference honors this season.
Duke senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis was named the Offensive Back of the Week while Virginia Tech freshman running back Ryan Williams captured Rookie of the Week honors for the third time in the last four weeks, and fourth time overall. ACC defenses were highlighted by Wake Forest senior defensive tackle John Russell and Virginia junior cornerback Ras-I Dowling, as the Defensive Lineman and Defensive Back of the Week, respectively. Maryland sophomore wide receiver/return specialist Torrey Smith continued to leave his mark on ACC record books in taking Specialist of the Week honors.