Virginia duo collect ACC honors

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Sports,Campus Confidential,Kevin Dunleavy

The first two starting assignments of the career of Virginia cornerback Maurice Canady have produced two awards from the ACC. On Monday, Canady was named co-defensive back of the week. The Richmond resident, a freshman, had nine tackles and forced a fumble which he recovered at the Cavaliers’ 2-yard-line in Virginia’s 41-40 victory over Miami.

Junior quarterback Rocco was named offensive back of the week, completing 29 of 37 passes for 300 yards and four touchdowns, including the game winner with 6 seconds left, a 10-yarder to tight end Jake McGee. During the drive, Rocco accounted for all 87 yards, and converted a pair of fourth downs. The Lynchburg resident also set a program record completing 18 straight passes.

After losing six straight games, Virginia (4-6, 2-4) has won two in a row and is thinking bowl eligibility. The Cavaliers would qualify for a bowl berth with wins over North Carolina (Thursday) and at Virginia Tech (Nov. 24).

Kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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