Xavier Brewer honored as ACC defensive back of the week

Clemson free safety Xavier Brewer intercepts a ball near South Carolina's Nick Jones during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

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Clemson free safety Xavier Brewer intercepts a ball near South Carolina's Nick Jones during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

— In his final home game, Clemson senior cornerback Xavier Brewer had the best game of his college career.

Brewer came up with a career-high 12 tackles, a sack and an interception in Clemson’s 27-17 loss to South Carolina Saturday, and he was rewarded Monday.

Brewer was named the ACC’s defensive back of the week in the final weekly awards of the 2012 season.

The Jacksonville, Fla., native had more tackles than any player on the field Saturday, including nine individual tackles. Although he missed on a pair of interceptions, the one he grabbed in the end zone stopped a Gamecock drive and kept the Tigers’ hopes alive. He also had two tackles for loss and three passes defended.

He became the first Clemson player to record a sack and an interception in the same game since Rashard Hall did it against Boston College in 2009.

Brewer led a thin secondary; with sophomore Bashaud Breeland out with a groin injury, he was one of only three original scholarship cornerbacks on the field, alongside sophomore Garry Peters and freshman Cortez Davis.

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