With the 10th weekend of the 2018 season in the books for the ACC, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the ACC's offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from Week 10.
ACC Week 10 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Darrin Hall, RB, Pitt
Hall rushed for 229 yards and three touchdowns in Pitt’s win over Virginia.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ryan Guthrie, LB, Syracuse
Guthrie recorded 11 tackles (two for a loss), one pass breakup and two sacks in Syracuse’s win over Wake Forest.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott, Clemson
Clemson posted 661 yards and 77 points in Saturday’s easy win over Louisville. The Tigers averaged a healthy 11.6 yards per play, scored on all seven trips to the red zone and gashed the Cardinals for 13.3 yards per carry.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Ben Albert and Matt Guerrieri, Duke
Duke’s defense made a handful of key plays to win at Miami on Saturday night. The Blue Devils limited the Hurricanes to 411 yards and 12 points and allowed just three third-down conversions on 14 attempts. Additionally, this unit recorded three sacks and eight tackles for a loss and forced two turnovers. Duke’s defense also made a late stand with the game on the line, keeping the Hurricanes out of the end zone as time expired to preserve the victory.
Team of the Week: Pitt
Friday night’s 23-13 victory over Virginia moved Pitt into the driver’s seat to win the Coastal Division title. With less-than-ideal weather conditions, coach Pat Narduzzi’s team leaned on a ground game that generated 254 yards and a standout defensive effort to move to 4-1 in league play. The Panthers held Virginia to 44 rushing yards and generated five sacks. Additionally, this unit limited the offense to eight or fewer yards on three out of their last four drives.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Tobias Oliver, QB, Georgia Tech
Oliver led the Georgia Tech ground game with 120 yards and two touchdowns and completed both of his passes for 104 yards and a score in Saturday’s win over North Carolina.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Brandon Sebastian, CB, Boston College
Sebastian recorded 10 tackles and an interception in Boston College’s win over Virginia Tech.