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Tech Named National Team of the Week

Nov. 21, 2005

ATLANTA – Coming off a 14-10 upset at third-ranked Miami, the Georgia Tech football team has earned national recognition, and Tech players and coaches have also been honored.

Outside linebacker KaMichael Hall and punter Ben Arndt were honored with Atlantic Coast Conference weekly awards.

Hall, a junior from Houston, Texas, was named ACC Outside Linebacker of the Week. He had four tackles for loss, including two sacks, a pass breakup and the key fourth down stop at the 12-yard line in the fourth quarter.

Arndt, a senior from Young Harris, Ga., also made two key plays. With Tech trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter, he boomed a 78-yard punt to pin Miami at its 11-yard line. Earlier he made a tackle to prevent a potential touchdown return by the Hurricanes. For the game, Arndt put four punts inside the 20 and had two kicks over 50 yards.

Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta earned two awards. He was named the Coordinator of the Week by Rivals.com and the Defensive Coordinator of the Week by the Master Coaches Survey, an advisory poll comprised of 16 former college football coaches.

The Tech defense held the Hurricanes to 237 total yards, including just 30 yards rushing, collected seven sacks and seven pass breakups and allowed Miami to convert just one of 14 third-down opportunities.

The Master Coaches Survey also tabbed Ardnt as its Special Teams Player of the Week.

Georgia Tech was selected as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl “National Team of the Week,” which is announced each week by the Football Writers’ Association of America.

Tech was also named national team of the week on SI.com. “Inside College Football” column posted online at SI.com.

Georgia Tech sophomore linebacker Philip Wheeler is one of five nominees for college football player of the week at USATODAY.com.

Voting will occur through the day on Monday and the winner will be announced on Tuesday. Fans are encouraged to support him by voting online.

Wheeler had a game-high eight tackles against the Hurricanes with three tackles for loss, including two sacks.

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