Players from ECU, Wake, Campbell earn weekly conference honors

Players from state schools earned Player of the Week awards by the American Athletic Conference, ACC and Big South

Jake Verity's 38-yard field goal in the final minute lifted ECU to a come-from-behind victory Saturday (Rob Goldberg Jr./ECU athletics photo)

  Players from North Carolina schools earned Player of the Week recognition in three different conferences Monday.

  East Carolina’s Jake Verity and Nate Harvey were honored by the American Athletic Conference for their roles in their team’s come-from-behind 37-35 victory against  Old Dominion on Saturday. Wake Forest’s Greg Dortch and Sam Hartman were named by the ACC for their play in a 56-24 rout of Rice while Campbell’s Jack Ryan was singled out by the Big South Conference for his contribution to the Camels’ 30-7 win against North Alabama.

  Verity, a junior placekicker, won the AAC’s Special Teams Player of the Week award by kicking a game-winning 38-yard field goal with 46 seconds remaining. He is now 8 for 8 on 3-pointers this season, ranking first nationally in field goal percentage based on his number of makes.

  Harvey, meanwhile, was the league’s Defensive Player of the Week after recording three of ECU’s nine sacks in the game. In all, the senior end recorded six tackles and 3.5 tackles for losses in the game. His 2.8 TFLs per game lead the nation.

  Dortch earned his second ACC Receiver of the Week accolade after tying his own school record with four touchdown catches.

  The sophomore playmaker finished with 11 receptions for 163 yards, including scores of 54, 10, 38 and four yards. He now has 14 touchdowns in 13 career games for the Deacons.

  Dortch’s quarterback, Hartman, became the second Wake player this season to be named ACC Rookie of the Week. The freshman completed 15 o f17 passes for 241 yards and four touchdowns with a quarterback efficiency rating of 284.96 that was the highest in school history. He joins receiver Sage Surratt, who earned rookie honors after a season-opening win at Tulane.

  Ryan, meanwhile, recorded a season-high 15 tackles, including three for a loss, a sack and a pass breakup, to become the Big South Defensive Player of the Week.

  The senior linebacker also became Campbell’s all-time leading tackler in the win, surpassing Milton Brown’s mark with his 276 career stops.