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ACC Weekly Awards: Sturdivant and Barth

This is a great weekly ritual isn't it.

Mike at Tar Heel Mania has dubbed him Quantavius the Magnificent.  When Sturdivant ran that INT back for a TD he shifted the whole momentum of the Notre Dame game so yeah, the name fits.  This week he is the ACC defensive back of the week:

DEFENSIVE BACK—Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina, OLB, 6-2, 230, So., Oakboro, N.C.
Sturdivant returned an interception 32-yards on the opening drive of the second half in North Carolina’s 29-24 victory over Notre Dame to change the momentum and bring the Tar Heels within one point of the Fighting Irish at 17-16. The interception was the third of his career and second this season. Sturdivant also added 10-tackles for the second consecutive game.

Casey Barth looked more like his older brother in making three of four FGs with the lone miss coming on the 52 yarder to end the half.  Hopefully the kicking game is coming around to a point of greater consistency.

SPECIALIST—Casey Barth, North Carolina, PK, 5-11, 170, Fr., Wilmington, N.C.
Barth booted three field goals, all in the first half, of Carolina’s 29-24 win over Notre Dame. He converted on efforts from 41, 24 and 42 yards. Barth tied the single-game school record for most field goals by a freshman with three. He was also honored as one of three Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicking Award “Stars of the Week.”

Also, UNC has had eight different players win weekly awards.  Four players for specialist, three players for defense and one offensive player.  The one aspect of this UNC team that is not discussed nearly enough is the fact they play like a team.  As much as we talk about the inviduals and two key injures, UNC has succeeded because there are different contributors every week.  It is also worth noting that the most recognized performances have been special teams and defense oriented which says volumes as to how UNC is winning games this season.