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Houston, Grant Earn ACC Honors

Nov. 8, 2004

ATLANTA–Georgia Tech cornerback Reuben Houston and tailback Rashaun Grant earned Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week honors following the Yellow Jackets’ 24-14 victory at NC State.

Houston, a junior from Peachtree City was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for the second time in his career after grabbing two interceptions in the game, both of them setting up Tech touchdowns.

In the second quarter, Houston intercepted Wolfpack quarterback Jay Davis and returned it 12 yards to the State 46. Three plays later, Tech scored on Reggie Ball’s 10-yard scoring pass to Jimmy Dixon. In the fourth quarter, the Jackets kicked a field goal to pull within 14-10 in the fourth quarter, and on NC State’s next play, Houston intercepted Davis again at the Wolfpack 49. Tech drove down the field for the go ahead score with seven minutes left.

Houston was part of a Tech defensive effort that held the Wolfpack to just 72 yards rushing and one offensive touchdown.

Houston, who also earned ACC honors last year against North Carolina, now has three interceptions on the season and seven in his career.

Grant, a redshirt freshman from Tampa, Fla., was named ACC Rookie of the Week after rushing for 122 yards on 20 carries against an NC State that was ranked third in the nation in total defense.

Starter P.J. Daniels, the all-ACC junior, missed the NC State game, and backup Chris Woods was injured in the first quarter, so Tech turned to Grant. His performance equalled the 11th-best single game rushing total by a Tech freshman and is the best rookie effort since teammate Ajenavi Eziemefe gained 136 in a win at North Carolina in 2002.

2004 ACC Player of the Week HonoreesCalvin Johnson, Rookie vs. ClemsonEric Henderson, Defensive Lineman vs. MarylandCalvin Johnson, Rookie vs. DukeRashaun Grant, Rookie vs. NC StateReuben Houston, Defensive Back vs. NC State

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