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ACC Weekly Awards: Nicks and Burney

No brainers on both.

Via the ACC:

OFFENSIVE BACK—Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina, WR, 6-1, 210, Jr., Charlotte, N.C.
In North Carolina’s 45-24 victory over No. 23 Boston College, Nicks became the first Tar Heel to score four touchdowns in a game since 2006. He had a career-high three touchdown receptions (26, 40 and 43 yards) in the second quarter and scored on a 12-yard run in the fourth quarter. Nicks finished with eight catches for 139 yards receiving and three carries for 31 yards. It was his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and the ninth of his career.

DEFENSIVE BACK—Kendric Burney, North Carolina, CB, 5-9, 185, So., Jacksonville, N.C.
Burney intercepted two passes, broke up a pass and posted eight tackles, including one for a 2-yard loss, in UNC’s 45-24 win over No. 23 Boston College. With 3:45 remaining in the first half, Burney intercepted a Chris Crane pass on the boundary to give the Tar Heels possession on the Eagle 44-yard line, eventually leading to a North Carolina touchdown. On Boston College’s first possession of the second half, Burney stepped in front of the receiver and weaved his way 37 yards to the Eagles’ 1-yard line to set up a Tar Heel touchdown.

This is the Hakeem Nicks we had been waiting for, especially with the loss of Brandon Tate.  UNC will need more of this kind of play going into the final four games of the season.  Burney has been doing this all season and he was very close to scoring a TD on that runback which was one of the more impressive returns I have seen considering how many times he was almost tacked.  UNC now has 17 INTs on the season, four returned for a TD and a few others returned deep in the opposing team's territory.