I must admit to being a tad annoyed that Clemson's Tajh Boyd continues to upstage Boston College's Andre Williams while playing bad teams which also wear orange. Despite Williams rushing for 166 yards and two touchdowns in a victory over Virginia Tech this weekend, Boyd threw for 377 yards and three TDs in a 59-10 blowout win over Virginia to claim this week's ACC offensive back of the week honors.
Boston College wouldn't be completely shut out of the weekly awards, however, as senior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis earned ACC Linebacker of the Week honors and senior tackle Ian White has earned Offensive Lineman of the Week recognition, according to a league announcement made on Monday.
Pierre-Louis recorded a game-high eight solo tackles and picked off a Virginia Tech pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to lift Boston College to a 27-20 lead with seven minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Saturday's eventual 34-27 ACC win. The interception marked the first of Pierre-Louis' 39-game career. Pierre-Louis matched a single-game season high with his eight solo tackles. The senior linebacker currently ranks second in the ACC with 73 total tackles (9.1 per game).
White was a key component of an offensive line that did not allow a sack and allowed Boston College to rush 42 times for 196 yards in a 34-27 home win over Virginia Tech on Saturday. White helped block and seal the right side for running back Andre Williams on his season-long 62-yard touchdown run that lifted the Eagles to a two-touchdown lead - at 34-20 - with 4:35 left in the game. The team's 196 yards on the ground marked the highest rushing total by any opponent against Virginia Tech this season. White and the offensive line allowed a net loss of only five rushing yards in the game.
KPL and Ian White join Tajh Boyd (offensive back), Clemson's Sammy Watkins (receiver), Pitt's Aaron Donald (defensive lineman), Georgia Tech's Jemea Thomas (defensive back), Virginia Tech's Cody Journell (kicker) and Florida State's Jameis Winston (rookie*) as this week's honorees.
* At this point we can probably stop handing out weekly rookie of the week honors and just assume that the award goes to Jameis for the rest of the year, yes?