For the second time this season, a pair of players from the ACC have claimed national weekly honors.
Boston College running back Andre Williams and North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced, have been named the National Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for their performances in Week 12.
In BC’s win over North Carolina State Saturday, Williams ran for 339 yards on 42 carries. The total is the most ever in ACC history and breaks the school record of 295 yards Williams set a week ago. His 634 yards the past two weeks is second in FBS history in back-to-back games, surpassed only by Texas’ Ricky Williams‘ 668 in 1998.
In the process, Williams broke BC’s single-season rushing record of 1,726 yards set by Mike Cloud in 1998. Williams, who leads the nation in rushing, now has 1,810 yards on the season, and has two regular season games plus a bowl game to pad his record.
Martin, on the other hand, was a stat-stuffing force in UNC’s win over Pittsburgh. All told, Martin was credited with eight tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The performance pushed Martin to tied for 12th in the country and fifth in the ACC in sacks.
Martin becomes just the second Tar Heel to earn weekly Camp honors, joining defensive back Kendric Burney in November of 2009.
Following Week 4, players from ACC members Pittsburgh and Maryland claimed the weekly Camp honors. Williams and Martin were the eight and ninth ACC players who have been honored this season, easily the most of any conference. The SEC (four), Big Ten (three) and Mountain West (two) are the only other league with more than one Camp Player of the Week.
Below is the year-to-date list of weekly 2013 Camp honorees:
WEEK 1: Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones, Virginia safety Anthony Harris
WEEK 2: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun
WEEK 3: Ohio State quarterback Kenny Guiton, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr
WEEK 4: Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage, Maryland safety A.J. Hendy
Week 5: Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, TCU safety Sam Carter
Week 6: Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy
Week 7: Army running back Terry Baggett, Louisiana-Monroe safety Isaiah Newsome
Week 8: NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch, Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner
Week 9: SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert, Duke linebacker Kelby Brown
Week 10: Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, Michigan State linebacker Denicos Allen
Week 11: Colorado State running back Kapri Bibbs, Duke defensive back Devon Edwards
Week 12: Boston College running back Andre Williams, North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin