GREENSBORO, North Carolina (theACC.com) – Virginia senior forward Philip Horton was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Football Offensive Player of the Week, while UVA sophomore Holden Brown and Syracuse senior guard Russell Shealy shared ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Horton recorded a career-high five points with two goals and an assist in Virginia’s 3-1 win over No. 10 Pitt, the team’s second consecutive win on the road against a top-10 opponent after knocking out No. 3 Syracuse on Sept. 24. A native of New Albany, Ohio, Horton was involved in all three of Virginia’s goals. He helped Virginia take the lead as soon as he scored his first goal in the first minute of play. After the score was leveled, Horton’s pass set up Reese Miller’s game-winning goal with less than 30 minutes left. to play. The pressing style of Horton and his attacking partner Leo Afonso paid off late, as heavy pressure from Afonso forced a poor back pass from Pitt. Horton collected the ball and drove it home to record the first brace of his career.
Shealy earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in the last three weeks. Friday against Virginia Tech, he picked up his sixth clean sheet of the season, which is tied for the national lead, as Syracuse cruised to a 1-0 win. The Cartersville, Georgia native recorded four saves and faced 11 shots as seventh-seeded Orange improved to 8-1-1 on the season.
A native of Zionsville, Indiana, Brown recorded a season-high six saves in Virginia’s road win over No. 10 Pitt as the Cavaliers earned their first victory in their last six games against the Panthers. In addition to his saves, Brown regularly came off his line to block Pitt’s attempts and stifle potential scoring chances.
There are six non-conference games scheduled for Tuesday, including Virginia entertaining No. 13 Denver at 6 p.m. Notre Dame also plays Indian rival Indiana at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a rescheduled game. Five league games are scheduled for Friday, including a top-20 game between No. 17 Clemson and No. 10 Pitt at 8 p.m., with the ACC network televised. In Saturday’s only game, Louisville visits Notre Dame at 7 p.m.
2022 ACC Men’s Football Offensive Player of the Week
Aug. 30 – Ousmane Sylla, Jr., F, Clemson; Bertin Jacquesson, Jr., F, Pitt
Sept. 6 – Conor Kelly, Gr., M, NC State
Sept. 13 – Shakur Mohammed, So., F/M, Duke; Roald Mitchell, So., F, Wake Forest
Sept. 20 – Levonte Johnson, Sr., F, Syracuse
September 27 – Aboubacar Camara, Jr., F, Louisville
October 4 – Philip Horton, Sr., F, Virginia
2022 ACC Men’s Football Defensive Player of the Week
Aug. 30 — Christian Curti, Sr., D, Syracuse
Sept. 6 – Prince Amponsah, Jr., D, Wake Forest
September 13 – Jackson Gilman, Fr., D, Pitt; Garrison Tubbs, Jr., D, Wake Forest
Sept. 20 – Russell Shealy, R-Sr., GK, Syracuse
September 27 – Andreas Ueland, Sr., D, Virginia
October 4 – Holden Brown, So., GK, Virginia; Russell Shealy, R-Sr., GK, Syracuse