NC State redshirt junior linebacker Audie Cole had a career game against Central Florida Saturday night, and on Monday he was awarded by the ACC and honored as the conference's Defensive Back of the Week.
"Cole was front and center in the aggressive defensive schemes that NC State unveiled in its victory over Central Florida," the ACC release detailed. "With the Wolfpack blitzing early and often, Cole made plays all over the field. He led both teams with 12 tackles, twice as many as anyone on either squad, and made tackles on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He had a sack for a 10-yard loss, and was credited with 3.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for combined losses of 19 yards. He also made his tackles on the Wolfpack's side of the line count.
"Three times, twice in the first quarter, Cole made stops on third down to force the Knights to punt. He also intercepted a pass from wide receiver Nico Flores on a reverse play in the third quarter, his first career interception, to stop another UCF drive at midfield as the Knights were attempting to rally."
Cole is the first Wolfpacker to be honored by the ACC this year. Also honored were Wake Forest fifth year senior receiver Marshall Williams as Offensive Back, Virginia senior tight end Joe Torchia as Offensive Lineman, Boston College sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly as Defensive Lineman, Miami junior receiver Travis Benjamin as Specialist and Wake Forest freshman quarterback Tanner Price as Rookie.