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Florida State's Dustin Hopkins, Bjoern Werner named ACC Players of the Week

Coley Harvey | Orlando Sentinel FSU reporter

1:50 PM EST, November 26, 2012

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TALLAHASSEE -- Florida State may have lost to Florida on Saturday, but two Seminoles still were honored by the ACC on Monday afternoon for their efforts in the ballgame.

The Seminoles were beaten at home by the Gators, 37-26.

Despite the defeat, kicker Dustin Hopkins and defensive end Bjoern Werner were named ACC Players of the Week. Hopkins claimed Co-Specialist of the Week honors. Werner was the Defensive Lineman of the Week. Maryland kick returner Stefon Diggs, who had a 99-yard return for a touchdown, shared the co-specialist accolades.

Against Florida on Saturday, Hopkins kicked two field goals, both from beyond 50 yards. One traveled 53 yards. The kicks were the 86th and 87th of his career, tying him with former Georgia kicker Billy Bennett for first place on the NCAA's all-time list.

Werner had 3.5 sacks in the game. He also had six total tackles. Early in the third quarter, he had one of the game's more memorable plays when he caught a fumble that jumped right into his hands. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel had trouble holding onto the ball when he was faking a handoff on a zone read with tailback Mike Gillislee. When the ball squirted loose, it jumped into Werner's hands. The recovery set up an FSU score.

Here are the blurbs on the duo provided by the ACC:

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Bjoern Werner, Florida State, Junior, DE, 6-4, 255, Berlin, Germany

Werner matched his career high with 3.5 sacks and recovered a fumble in Florida State’s 37-26 loss to No. 6 Florida. He finished the game with six tackles, including four solo stops, while sacking Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel twice in the first and 1.5 more times in the second half. His recovery of a Driskel fumble and 9-yard return set up Florida State’s go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter as the Seminoles rallied from a 13-3 deficit with 17 unanswered points. His play earned him National Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards.

CO-SPECIALIST – Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, Senior, K, 6-2, 190, Houston, Texas

Hopkins continued his memorable senior season with another career first against Florida – connecting on two field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game. The Houston, Texas, native closed out the first half with a 50-yard field goal on the final play to get the Seminoles on the scoreboard after falling behind 13-0. He then added 53-yard field goal to Florida State’s run of 17 unanswered points in the third quarter as the Seminoles built a 20-13 lead. Hopkins was named National Placekicker of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. He is the first FSU player to kick two field goals of 50 yards or longer in the same game since Derek Schmidt in 1985. Hopkins is now 9-of-14 all-time from 50 yards or longer with his total field goals from that range ranking second among active kickers. With 87 career field goals, Hopkins now shares the NCAA FBS all-time lead with Georgia’s Billy Bennett. Already the all-time NCAA FBS leader in kick scoring, he pushed his all-time point total to 456 points. He currently ranks third all-time in FBS All-Player Scoring, trailing only Montee Ball (476 points) and Travis Prentice (468).

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