North Carolina's Kareem Martin and Ryan Switzer have been named ACC Players of the Week for their performances in the Tar Heels' 34-27 win at Pitt.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Kareem Martin, North Carolina, Sr., DE, 6-6, 265, Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
Martin recorded eight tackles, 3.5 sacks for 34 yards, forced two fumbles, recovered a fumble, broke up a pass and had two quarterback hurries in North Carolina's 34-27 win at Pitt. In the first half alone, he had six tackles, three sacks and forced a fumble that was recovered by UNC linebacker Travis Hughes. Martin and the Tar Heels held Pitt to just 148 yards in the first half, including a mere three yards rushing.
SPECIALIST & CO-ROOKIE - Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, Fr., PR, 5-10, 175, Charleston, W.Va.
Switzer returned two punts for touchdowns in North Carolina's 34-27 win at Pitt. He had a 65-yarder in the second quarter and a 61-yarder in the fourth quarter to break a 27-all tie with 4:46 remaining. The only other player in UNC history to score twice on punt returns in the same game was defensive tackle Andre Purvis, who recovered two blocked punts in the end zone against Tulane in 1993. Including his 85-yard punt return Nov. 9 against Virginia, Switzer now holds the UNC single-season record for most punt return touchdowns with three. The previous record of two was held by six other players - Johnny Branch in 1930, Charlie Justice in 1948, Norris Davis in 1987, Purvis in 1993, Bosley Allen in 2000 and Giovani Bernard in 2012.