ACC Honor Roll: Week 12
Another record-setting shootout, two teams reach their 10th victories
and another nonconference embarrassment mark the 12th weekend of the
college football season for the ACC.
Florida State clinched a
spot in the ACC title game while a bunch of Clemson Tigers set records
in a 62-48 home win over North Carolina State. Wake Forest continued a
nasty national trend for the league by getting blown out at new No. 1
With respect to Clemson WRs Sammy Watkins and
Brandon Ford, RB Andre Ellington, DE Vic Beasely, North Carolina WR
Quinshad Davis, CB Tre Boston, N.C. State RB Shadrach Thornton, FSU RB
Devonta Freeman, Miami QB Stephen Morris, WRs Herb Waters, Phillip
Dorsett, and Clive Walford, and DB Rayshawn Jenkins, Duke LBs C.J.
France and Kyler Brown, Virginia Tech LBs Bruce Taylor and Alonzo
Tweedy, Virginia safety Anthony Harris, and BC RB Rolandan Finch, here
are this week’s Big Men on Campus:
Big Men On Campus
Tobias Palmer, N.C. State
– The senior caught seven passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns and
registered 277 kickoff return yards in setting an ACC single-game
record with 496 all-purpose yards in a 62-48 loss at Clemson.
Nick Clancy, Boston College –
Clancy, a senior linebacker, was in on 20 tackles, including three for a
loss of yardage, and he broke up a pair of passes in the Eagles’
overtime loss at home to Virginia Tech.
Mike Glennon, N.C. State –
Glennon once again posted amazing numbers, though in defeat, which has
become too common for N.C. State. He completed 29 of 53 pass attempts
for 493 yards and five touchdowns. Glennon could have closed in on 600
yards passing if not for more dropped passes, a Wolfpack problem that
simply won’t go away. This was his third 400-yard game this season (also
at Miami and UNC), though each were in losing efforts.
Quinshad Davis, North Carolina
– The true freshman wide receiver tied an ACC record by hauling in 16
passes for 178 yards in the Tar Heels’ road rout of Virginia in the
oldest rivalry in the South. Wake’s Michael Campanaro caught 16 balls in
a game last month.
Bryn Renner, North Carolina – The
junior quarterback passed for 300-plus yards for a third consecutive
game in leading the Tar Heels to a 37-13 rout of Virginia in
Charlottesville. Renner completed 29 of 36 pass attempts for 315 yards
and three scores.
Disappointment of the Week
– Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien said before the season this was his best
team in six years at the helm, and that his club could win 10 games,
something N.C. State has done just once in its history. He also noted
just how good his secondary was, but after Clemson’s Tajh Boyd got in a
long line of QBs that have blitzed the 6-5 Pack, one has to wonder about
the future of State’s program. Losing 62-48, as State did this weekend,
doesn’t help the coach.
Player of the Week
Tajh Boyd, Clemson
– The numbers just keep piling up for Boyd, who may have secured the
ACC Player of the Year honor this past weekend. Boyd completed 30 of 44
pass attempts for 426 yards and five touchdowns, plus he ran for 105
yards and three scores to lead Clemson to a 62-48 victory over visiting
NC Stare. The combined eight scores are the most by a player in ACC
Coach of the Week
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
– When he got the job several years ago, Swinney set out to change the
culture of the program. He wanted to layer success, knowing that’s how
you build a program. The Tigers won a share of the Atlantic Division
title for the third out of four seasons and captured a 10th victory for
the second straight year after beating NC State, 62-48 over the weekend.
Swinney’s vision is coming to fruition.