WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Three Demon Deacons - running back Chris Barclay, linebacker Kellen Brantley and center Blake Lingruen - were named ACC Players of the Week for their performances in WFU's 42-13 win at Duke last Saturday.
Barclay was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week after tallying a career-best 163 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries, all of which came in the first half. Barclay carried the ball seven times for 71 yards on the Deacs' opening drive of the game, and notched his second-straight 100-yard game in the first minute of the second quarter. He added to his total with a career-long 47-yard TD run just before halftime. It was the highest rushing total by a Deacon back since Morgan Kane had 224 against Georgia Tech in 1998. It was also the second time in Barclay's career that he scored three touchdowns in a game (also at Purdue last season). He now ranks third in the ACC in rushing (169.4 ypg) and second in touchdowns scored (6) on the season.
Lingruen, the Deacs' starting center, was named Offensive Lineman of the Week. He in on 50 of WFU's 60 snaps on Saturday, grading out at a team-best 92 percent. Lingruen surpassed his knockdown goal of 10 by recording a team-best 13 stops.
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Brantley was all over the field on Saturday at Duke en route to earning Defensive Back of the Week honors. In the first quarter, Brantley forced a Blue Devil fumble, which was recovered by WFU's Eric King and returned to the Duke 1, setting up WFU's second touchdown of the game. In the second quarter, Brantley picked off QB Mike Schneider and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown. It was the sixth-longest interception return in school history and the second year in a row Brantley has scored on the INT return versus Duke. Brantley also sacked Schneider later in that quarter for a 12-yard loss, in addition to breaking up two passes. Brantley finished the game with six tackles (four solo), a sack, FF, interception for TD and two PBU.
These three players are all receiving the honor for the first time in their careers. They join four other Deacs - Warren Braxton, Willie Idlette, Ryan Plackemeier and Cory Randolph - who have also been honored this season.
Wake Forest returns to action Saturday, Oct. 25 when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla. to face sixth-ranked Florida State. The game, which kicks off at 3:30 p.m., will be televised regionally by ABC Sports.