Southwest Ranches, Fla., native is first UM offensive lineman honored since 2011
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami Hurricanes senior right guard Brandon Linder was named ACC Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week by the league office Tuesday. Linder shared the honor with Clemson sophomore center Ryan Norton.
It’s Linder’s second ACC weekly honor. The Southwest Ranches, Fla., native was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Nov. 15, 2010, as a freshman.
Linder is the first Miami Hurricane offensive lineman to earn an ACC weekly honor since Nov. 7, 2011, when center Tyler Horn was named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week.
A Preseason All-ACC Selection, he anchored Miami’s offensive line that paved the way for 303 yards rushing (on 8.0 yards per carry) and three rushing touchdowns in the Hurricanes’ 34-6 win over Florida Atlantic. Linder led an offensive line that produced 503 yards of total offense – Miami’s third consecutive game with 500+ yards of total offense dating back to the 2012 season. He graded out at 94 percent with five cut blocks, three pancakes and no sacks allowed.
Miami (1-0), who is ranked No. 24 in this week’s USA TODAY Coaches Top 25, hosts in-state rival Florida (No. 12 AP / No. 9 USA TODAY) at noon ET Saturday on ESPN. Miami and Florida are meeting for the first time since 2008 and the first time on the Canes’ home field since 2003, with UM holding a 28-26 all-time series lead.
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