ROOKIE – Quinshad Davis, North Carolina, Freshman, WR, 6-4, 185, Gaffney, S.C.
Davis helped lead Carolina to a 37-13 win at Virginia with 16 catches, tying the ACC record for all players, and 178 yards. Davis is one of six ACC players with 16 receptions in a game. He also set the single-game freshman records, which previously were nine catches (Octavus Barnes vs. Texas, 1994 Sun Bowl) and 171 yards (Hakeem Nicks at Notre Dame, 2006). Davis also established a new school record for receptions in a season by a freshman with 52. Davis ranks tied for fifth in ACC history for catches by a freshman and seventh in receiving yards by a freshman.
DEFENSIVE BACK – Tre Boston, North Carolina, Junior, S, 6-1, 190, Ft. Myers, Fla.
Boston posted 13 tackles and scored his first career touchdown on a 36-yard interception return in the second quarter against Virginia. Boston caught the ball near the right hash and ran diagonally across the field before running over a would-be tackler at the goal line. The interception was Boston’s fourth of the season and the eighth of his career. Prior to Virginia’s last two drives, which ended on turnovers on downs, North Carolina limited the Cavaliers to 279 total yards of offense.
CO-DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, Senior, DT, 6-3, 305, Jefferson City, Mo.
Williams posted a season-high eight tackles, had two tackles for losses and a sack in North Carolina’s 37-13 win at Virginia. Williams led a defensive front that put pressure on Virginia’s quarterbacks all game. Prior to Virginia’s last two drives, which ended on turnovers on downs, Carolina limited the Cavaliers to 279 total yards of offense.
I don't want to undersell Tre Boston here after all 13 tackles and a pick six are nice stats but I think the other aspects of his game make this sort of thing hard to swallow.
Davis and Williams were both huge factors in UNC's win and rightly recognized. I am guessing we will see more of Davis' name in the weekly awards in the coming seasons.