Sophomore LG Parker Braun was named ACC OL of the Week following his dominant performance against Pittsburgh on Saturday. Braun took defenders to the ground on a whopping 22 of 74 offensive snaps, leading an offensive line that paved the way for 436 rushing yards. Through the first four weeks of the season, the Yellow Jackets lead the nation in rushing offense with 393.7 yards per game and have largely kept QB TaQuon Marshall on his feet in passing situations, two signs of an offensive line getting the job done. This is Braun’s second career ACC OL of the Week honor. He received his first following Tech’s upset of Virginia Tech last season.
Braun led the way in Georgia Tech’s internal team awards, winning offensive player of the week honors. Also recognized were senior DE Antonio Simmons and senior LB Terrell Lewis who were, respectively, named defensive and special teams players of the week. Simmons recorded the first multi-sack game of his career, putting the Panthers’ signal-caller on the ground twice while pressuring the QB on several other occasions. Lewis collected a pair of tackles on kickoff coverage and played a significant role on punt coverage after the Yellow Jackets gave up a return touchdown to Pitt’s Quadree Henderson.
Turning our attention ahead to this weekend, the North Carolina Tar Heels will come to The Flats a battered and bruised team. Already beset by a rash of season ending or long term injuries, UNC got more bad news last Saturday when leading receiver Austin Proehl broke his clavicle against Duke. Proehl, whose 270 yards from scrimmage is second on the team behind RB Jordon Brown, will definitely be out this week and is likely done for the season. Additionally, DL Tyler Powell and WR Rontavius Groves both suffered nasty looking knee injuries against the Blue Devils. Powell, a senior, missed the first two games due to a suspension but started against Old Dominion and Duke. Groves was making his collegiate debut Saturday. There is currently no word on how long either will be out.