After strong showings in Miami’s 27-19 win over Syracuse on Saturday, several Canes players earned weekly awards.
On the heels of a 26-43 for 344 yards with 2 TDs and 0 INTs, Miami Hurricanes QB Malik Rosier was named Athlon Sports’ Offensive Player of the Week
The accolades didn’t stop there for the Hurricanes.
Sophomore Linebacker Michael Pinckney was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week
Pinckney was named the ACC’s Linebacker of the week. Here’s more on that award from the ACC’s official website:
LINEBACKER – Michael Pinckney, Miami, Sr., MLB, 6-1, 228, Jacksonville, Fla.
Pinckney was a force in the middle of Miami’s defense Saturday, helping lead the Hurricanes to a 27-19 victory over Syracuse at Hard Rock Stadium. Pinckney led all Hurricanes with nine tackles (six solo) and added career-best marks in both tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.5). Pinckney had two solo sacks in the victory – marking the first multi-sack performance of his career – and helped the Miami defense become the first ACC unit to hold Syracuse without a first-half touchdown. He was also named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.
But wait. There’s more.
On the strength of a career-high 10 catches which went for 96 yards and a TD, Senior Tight End Christopher Herndon IV was named the ACC Receiver of the Week.
RECEIVER – Christopher Herndon IV, Miami, Sr., TE, 6-4, 252, Norcross, Ga.
Herndon caught a career-high 10 passes and totaled a career-best 96 yards with one touchdown in a 27-19 victory over Syracuse. Herndon bested his previous career high of eight catches set earlier this year against Toledo, and had already set a career mark for receiving yards by the time the first half concluded. Herndon, who came just two catches shy of tying Miami’s single-game all-time reception mark, has already matched his last season’s reception total (28) and touchdown total (two).
It’s crazy TO ME that Junior CB Michael Jackson wasn’t mentioned anywhere for his stellar play vs Syracuse (3 tackles, 1 PBU, and 2 interceptions). But, we value his performance to this elite level, just like the others.
Oh, and one more “Miami players had great games last week” note: Malek Young was singled out by Pro Football Focus for his stellar play limiting Syracuse WR Steve Ishmael, who entered the game as the Nation’s leading receiver, well below his averages.
Congrats to Malik Rosier, Michael Pinckney, and Christopher Herndon IV on their awards, and to Michael Jackson and Malek Young on their also-noteworthy play.