Virginia Tech was named the Football Writer's Association of America "National Team of the Week", for games played on the weekend of September 6th. From the press release:
The announcement came exclusively on SiriusXM Radio's "College Sports Today," hosted by Mark Packer and Houston Nutt.
The Hokies (2-0) became the first unranked non-conference opponent to win in Columbus since 1982, and did it in front of a stadium-record crowd of 107,517. The then-No. 8 Buckeyes are the highest-ranked team Virginia Tech has ever beaten on the road.
In the wake of the Hokies' 35-21 road upset of previously ranked #8 Ohio State this past Saturday, three members of the defense have taken home conference player of the week honors. Junior outside linebacker Deon Clarke, senior safety Kyshoen Jarrett, and redshirt junior Dadi Nicolas were among a host of conference players selected as the ACC finished the weekend with an impressive 11-0 record against their opponents.
#HokieNation RT to congratulate Deon Clarke & Dadi Nicolas on their National Player of the Week awards! pic.twitter.com/rGy6FbiEad— Beamer Ball (@Beamer_Ball) September 8, 2014
Defensive Lineman Of The Week: DE Dadi Nicolas
Is there anything this guy can't do? As perhaps one of the most prolific pass rushers the Hokies have had in the past decade, Nicolas has continued to impress throughout the early part of the 2014 season. Saturday in Columbus, Dadi finished with three tackles for loss, two of which were sacks, and two pass break-ups, as Hokie Fans throughout the stadium began chanting, "Who's your Dadi?" While he was only officially in the statbook three times, Nicolas was a disruptive force all night, causing Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett to become flustered and throw three interceptions, with two of which being picked off by....
Co-Defensive Back Of The Week: ROV Kyshoen Jarrett
With his family and friends in attendance sporting #34 "No Fly Zone" t-shirts, Jarrett had perhaps one of the best games of his career at Virginia Tech. He finished the game with five tackles, a pass break-up, and was the recipient of two abysmal throws by Ohio State rookie J.T. Barrett, which resulted in two interceptions. He was all over the field on Saturday night, silencing the road crowd and backing up the pressure forced by...
ACC Linebacker Of The Week And Walter Camp Foundation National Defensive Player Of The Week: OLB Deon Clarke
Clarke, like fellow linebacker Chase Williams, has played behind a host of talented players in his time in Blacksburg. As a junior, Clarke used the nationally televised game Saturday night to burst onto the college football scene. He finished the game with two pass break-ups, ten tackles, two of which were for a loss, and a sack which came in one of the game's biggest moments with just over a minute to play and the Hokies clinging to a 28-21 lead. Deon's constant pressure was a major reason why the Tech defense was able to force three Ohio State turnovers and upset the Buckeyes in a stout road test.
Stay with Gobblercountry as we continue to wrap-up our coverage of Tech's upset at the Horseshoe and begin to turn our eye towards East Carolina this Saturday.