O’Donnell, Coley Pick Up ACC Weekly Honors

Justin K. Aller

O’Donnell gets first honor, Coley his second

Courtesy UM

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Miami Hurricanes graduate P Pat O’Donnell and freshman WR Stacy Coley were named the Atlantic Coast Conference Specialist and Co-Rookie of the Week, the league announced Monday.

It is O’Donnell’s first ACC honor, while Coley collected his second Co-Rookie of the Week selection this season. O’Donnell is the ninth different Miami Hurricane to earn an ACC weekly honor this season.

O’Donnell booted four punts for a 44.2-yard average, including three kicks inside Pitt’s 20-yard line, in Miami’s 41-31 road win at Pitt. However, O’Donnell’s biggest play occurred on the opening kickoff, when the graduate punter forced a Pitt fumble which was recovered by Miami’s Garrett Kidd. O’Donnell’s career-first forced fumble resulted in the first of three Coley touchdowns in the Miami win.

Coley accumulated 171 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Miami’s 41-31 road win at Pitt. He finished with three catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, while rushing for a 73-yard TD in the second quarter. With his 73-yard touchdown run, Coley became the only FBS player in 2013 to record a touchdown via receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. He is the third Miami freshman in the past 20 years to record 10-plus touchdowns in his rookie campaign, joining Clinton Portis (1999) and Duke Johnson (2012). Coley now has touchdowns in three straight games.

Miami (9-3, 5-3 ACC) finished the regular season with nine wins – the most by a Hurricanes team since 2009. The Canes will play in a bowl game this season and await their postseason destination later this week.

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

DATE PLAYER AWARD

Sept. 3                  Brandon Linder, OL                             Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week

Sept. 9                  Denzel Perryman, LB                           Linebacker of the Week

Sept. 9                  Anthony Chickillo, DL                          Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week

Sept. 30               Stacy Coley, WR                                      Co-Rookie of the Week

Oct. 7                    Ladarius Gunter, DB                            Defensive Back of the Week

Oct. 7                      Duke Johnson, RB                             Specialist of the Week

Oct. 21                  Ladarius Gunter, DB                            Specialist of the Week

Oct. 28                   Duke Johnson, RB                             Offensive Back of the Week

Nov. 11                  Allen Hurns, WR                                Co-Receiver of the Week

Nov. 25                  Tracy Howard, DB                             Co-Defensive Back of the Week

Dec. 2                     Pat O’Donnell, P                              Specialist of the Week

Dec. 2                     Stacy Coley, WR                             Co-Rookie of the Week

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