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Graham Named Special Teams Player of the Week

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 10/29/2012
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GREENSBORO, N.C., October 29, 2012 - D'Vonte Graham, the Aggies exciting return specialist and cornerback, was named MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.  Graham (5-9, 180, JR, Tallahassee, Fla.) made one of the most pivotal plays in A&T's 30-9 homecoming win over Norfolk State on Saturday.

The Aggies were sputtering after four first-half turnovers led to a 6-0 Spartans lead. NSU field goal kicker Everett Goldberg lined up for his third attempt, a 47-yarder, with a little more than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter. Goldberg's kick was not as successful as his first two. Once in the air, the ball got caught in the wind and fell into the hands of Graham, who was waiting for it eight yards deep in the end zone.

Graham ran about 30 yards before he even ran into any opposition. He remedied those circumstances by knifing through a seam created by his blockers, cutting back and weaving through traffic on his way to a 100-yard missed field goal return for a touchdown. It was the first such return in A&T history.

Graham is fifth in the nation and first in the MEAC in punt return average at 14.6 yards per return. He has one punt return for touchdown this season, and he also handles the Aggies kickoff returns.

As a defensive back, he is just as vital. He is tied for the league-lead in interceptions with four and ranks eighth nationally. Graham and the Aggies will host Florida A&M, 1:30 p.m., Saturday, November 3 at Aggie Stadium.

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