N.C. State cornerback David Amerson has been named the recipient of the Jack Tatum Award, which is given annually to the top defensive back in college football. A first-team All-ACC performer and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, Amerson is the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in interceptions with 11, setting a school record and tying the ACC season mark.
Past winners of the Tatum Award include Charles Woodson (Michigan), the late Sean Taylor (Miami), and last year's winner, Patrick Peterson (Louisiana State).
The award will be presented during the 57th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards Banquet on Feb. 11.
Chelsea Gray voted ACC Player of the Week: Duke sophomore guard Chelsea Gray was named the ACC Player of the Week after posting the fourth triple-double in school history Sunday with 14 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds.
Gray had a school-record 13 assists as the seventh-ranked Blue Devils downed Pittsburgh 92-43. She hit five of seven field-goal attempts and was 2-for-2 on 3-pointers, . Gray also added six steals.
The triple-double by Gray is just the 14th in ACC history.
For the week, Gray averaged 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 1.5 blocks.
St. Augustine's senior ties high jump mark: Christopher Copeland opened the indoor track and field season by leaping 7 feet, 1.75 inches to tie the facility record Sunday at the CNU Holiday Open in Newport News, Va.
Copeland shares the Freeman Center mark with Jermichael Watts of N.C. A&T, who cleared the same height in 2000. The leap is a personal indoor best for Copeland, topping the 7 feet, 1/2 mark he set twice during his college career - including the 2010 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, when he won the national title.
The Falcons won five events at the Christopher Newport meet, including Copeland's victory in the men's high jump. Nicketa Bernard won the women's 400-meter dash in 57.74 seconds, and Jameel Walcott won the men's 800-meter run in 1 minute, 58.77 seconds. Josh Edmonds, James Quarles, Jason Boyd and Kelly Fisher won the men's 1,600-meter relay in 3:20.35, and Walcott, Anthony Boone, Dahmyir Owens and Aaron Dudley won the men's distance medley relay in 10:57.82.