The good news continues to pile up for Duke football, as placekicker Ross Martin and linebacker Kelby Brown both received ACC Player of the Week honors for their performance in the Blue Devils’ 13-10 victory in Blacksburg over the then-14th-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies.
Martin, a sophomore, was named the ACC specialist of the week after he lifted Duke to a 6-0 lead at halftime with two 50+ field goals, including a career long 53-yarder as time expired in the second quarter. His first field goal, a 51-yarder, was equally impressive.
The performance was a highly-welcomed one for the Blue Devils, as Martin has been in a bit of a sophomore slump following a remarkable freshman campaign. Interestingly enough, the two 50+ attempts were Martin’s first from beyond 39 yards this season.
Brown, a redshirt-junior, was named the ACC linebacker of the week. He finished with 14.0 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and a huge interception off a tipped-pass late in the 4th quarter; following the pick, Virginia Tech would never get the ball back. It was the second recognition for the linebacker, as he was named the Walter Camp Foundation National Player of the Week yesterday. Brown has been one of the more consistent contributors for a Duke defense that has been the best unit Cutcliffe has had during his time in Durham.
Duke has now received eight player-of-the-week recognitions during their 2013 campaign, a season which has seen the Blue Devils rise to the very edge of the AP Top 25 poll (they received two votes in the most recent poll).
If they can manage a convincing win against North Carolina State, Cutcliffe’s squad could find themselves with a shiny little number next to their name when they host #7 Miami (FL) on November 16th.