Andre Branch, Kevin Steele receive Rivals national honors

Branch's 11 tackles, 4 sacks earn player of week honors, Steele named coordinator of the week

Clemson defensive end Andre Branch (40) sacks Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (3) in the fourth quarter.  Branch had three sacks for a total loss of 25 yards, plus six solo tackles.

Clemson defensive end Andre Branch (40) sacks Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (3) in the fourth quarter. Branch had three sacks for a total loss of 25 yards, plus six solo tackles.

Clemson defensive end Andre Branch and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele have both been honored by Rivals.com.

Branch was named the ACC Player of the Week by the national website and Steele was named the National Coordinator of the Week.

It is the second time this year a Clemson coordinator was honored. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris won the honor when Clemson defeated Auburn earlier this year.

Steele’s defense held Virginia Tech to three points, the first time since 1995 the Hokies did not score a touchdown at home. Virginia Tech also had just 4.6 yards per pass attempt, 258 yards of total offense and converted just 4-16 on third downs.

The Clemson defense did a good job of not giving up big plays as the Hokies longest play was just 19 yards.

Clemson’s defense had four sacks for 31 yards in the game and all four sacks were credited to Branch, who finished with 11 total tackles, tying his career high. He also was credited with six total tackles for loss, tying a Clemson record. The four sacks also tied a Clemson single game record.

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