Week 10 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. The Week 10 slate provided clarity for the league's division races and which teams will be in Charlotte for the ACC Championship in early December. The Atlantic Division title is once again in Clemson's grasp after a 38-31 victory over NC State. On the Coastal side, Miami defeated Virginia Tech 28-10 to move closer to earning its first trip to the conference title game since joining the ACC. Elsewhere around the league, Florida State defeated Syracuse, Virginia is bowl eligible after beating Georgia Tech and Wake Forest lost at Notre Dame.
With the 10th weekend of 2017 in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances from the ACC. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, freshman and unsung hero from Week 10:
ACC Week 10 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Malik Rosier, QB, Miami
Rosier made a couple of mistakes (three picks), but he connected on 10 of 21 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns. He also added 84 yards and a score on the ground and caught a 17-yard pass from receiver Braxton Berrios.
Defensive Player of the Week: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Ferrell dominated the line of scrimmage in Saturday’s win over NC State. He recorded 12 tackles (five for a loss) and one sack.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Robert Anae, Virginia
The Cavaliers hit the six-win mark and bowl eligibility with Saturday’s 40-36 victory over Georgia Tech. Anae’s offense recorded 357 overall yards on 68 snaps but delivered with the game on the line in the fourth quarter. Virginia went 64 yards over five plays in just under two minutes to score the game-winning touchdown.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Manny Diaz, Miami
The turnover chain had plenty of air time in Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night. Miami’s defense held Virginia Tech to 299 total yards (4.0 per play) and just 10 points. Additionally, Diaz’s group forced four turnovers, generated four sacks and limited the Hokies to just three third-down conversions on 14 attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Cam Akers, RB, Florida State
Akers led the way for Florida State’s offense in Saturday’s win over Syracuse. The true freshman recorded 199 rushing yards and two scores on 22 carries. He also added 18 receiving yards on three catches.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Bruce Jordan-Swilling, LB, Georgia Tech
Jordan-Swilling collected 11 tackles (six solo and one for a loss) and one interception in Saturday’s loss to Georgia Tech.
Team of the Week: Miami
After sluggish victories over Syracuse and North Carolina, there were plenty of doubts or question marks about where Miami stacked up in the CFB Playoff picture. But after Saturday night’s win over Virginia Tech, those doubts should fade away. The Hurricanes controlled this game from the first quarter, jumping out to a 14-3 lead and eventually claiming a 28-10 victory. Miami’s defense held Virginia Tech to just 299 yards, forced four turnovers and recorded four sacks. The Hokies came into Saturday night’s game as one of the ACC’s top defenses, but the Hurricanes generated 429 yards (7.4 per play) and averaged 19.1 yards on 10 pass completions. The win over Virginia Tech moved coach Mark Richt’s team one step closer to the Coastal Division title and adds to the intrigue surrounding next Saturday’s showdown versus Notre Dame.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Ray-Ray McCloud, WR/DB, Clemson
With injuries sidelining cornerbacks Marcus Edmond and Mark Fields, McCloud (usually a receiver) was pressed into snaps on defense. He recorded one stop on the stat sheet in limited snaps, but his biggest impact in Saturday’s game against NC State came on special teams. McCloud returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown to put Clemson on the scoreboard in the first quarter.