DURHAM, N.C. – Duke senior linebacker Michael Tauiliili garnered ACC Player of the Week honors after registering a career-high 20 tackles and his team-leading fourth interception in the Blue Devils’ 28-20 loss to North Carolina this past Saturday.
The league accolade is the second this season for Tauiliili, who also was honored following his 16-tackle, one-interception outing versus Virginia.
A native of Houston, Texas, Tauiliili posted the most tackles in a game since Terrell Smith had 22 hits versus Rice in 2003 and his 20 tackles are the most by an ACC player this year. Also against the Tar Heels, Tauiliili added 2.5 tackles for loss to push his season total to 13.0.
Tauiliili closed the regular season as the ACC’s leading tackler with 140 stops, a total that matches the eighth-highest single-season total in Duke history.
The conference’s complete list of weekly honorees includes Tauiliili (Defensive Lineman), N.C. State’s Russell Wilson (Rookie), Georgia Tech’s Roddy Jones (Offensive Back), Virginia Tech’s Ryan Shuman (Offensive Lineman), Boston College’s Robert Francois (Defensive Back) and Boston College’s Billy Flutie (Specialist).