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Fox, Butler Earn ACC Awards

Oct. 27, 2003

Georgia Tech defenders Keyaron Fox and James Butler were honored with Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week awards for their performances in Tech’s 7-3 victory over Maryland as they led a stellar defensive effort in the Yellow Jackets’ fourth straight victory.

Fox, a senior linebacker, was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week, while Butler earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week accolades after the Tech defense held Maryland to its lowest point total since the 2002 season opener and limited the Terps to 253 yards of total offense while forcing four turnovers.

Butler grabbed two interceptions and had 12 tackles in the game. He intercepted Maryland quarterback Scott McBrien on the Terps first possession. He then sealed the victory by intercepting backup quarterback Joel Statham with 3:28 left.

The Climax, Ga., native leads the ACC and ranks ninth in the nation with five interceptions.

Fox, from Atlanta, had 15 tackles, two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. He was involved in the key play of the game when he sacked Maryland quarterback Joel Statham and forced him to fumble. Tech’s Jonathan Cox eventually recovered the fumble and returned it to Terps’ 18-yard line to set up the game’s only touchdown.

The ACC’s leading tackler, Fox helped Tech hold the Terps to just 96 yards rushing, the fifth time in eight games that the Jackets have held their opponent below the 100-yard mark.

The Yellow Jackets, now 5-3 overall, 3-2 in the ACC, are off this week before playing at Duke on Saturday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in Durham, N.C.

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