Week 4 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. Clemson remained unbeaten with a victory against Boston College, NC State upset Florida State in Tallahassee, Virginia stunned Boise State on Friday night, while Duke, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest picked up key victories.
With the fourth 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 4:
ACC Week 4 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia
It’s a close call between Benkert, NC State’s Ryan Finley and Miami’s Mark Walton for ACC offensive player of the week honors. The nod here goes to Benkert after throwing for 273 yards and three touchdowns in Friday night’s win over Boise State.
Defensive Player of the Week: Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State
Chubb wreaked havoc against Florida State’s offensive line all afternoon in the 27-21 Wolfpack victory. The senior recorded seven tackles (two for a loss), one forced fumble and two sacks and was instrumental in helping to limit the Seminoles to just 104 rushing yards.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Robert Anae, Virginia
Boise State’s defense entered Friday night’s game against Virginia allowing just 4.2 yards per play. However, the Cavaliers had no trouble moving the ball against the Broncos. Anae’s offense generated 440 yards (6.4 ypp), converted 9 of 15 third-down attempts and scored two times on plays longer than 50 yards. In addition to the steady play from quarterback Kurt Benkert, Virginia has benefitted from more balance on offense in 2017.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Ted Roof, Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech’s defense gave up a 78-yard drive on five plays to Pitt to start the game, but Roof put the clamps on the Panthers over the final 13 possessions. The Yellow Jackets did not allow another drive to extend more than 45 yards following the initial success by Pitt, limited the Panthers to just 235 yards (4.3 ypp) and one third-down conversion on 13 attempts. Roof’s defense recorded three sacks, seven tackles for a loss and six pass breakups in the win.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): James Blackman, QB, Florida State
Even though Florida State fell short of a win against NC State on Saturday, Blackman performed admirably in his first start. The true freshman arrived on campus this summer and was pushed into the starting role after an injury to Deondre Francois against Alabama. Blackman impressed in his first start, connecting on 22 of 38 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Brenton Nelson, S, Virginia
Nelson earns this award for the second week in a row. The redshirt freshman recorded five stops (one for a loss) and broke up one pass in the win over Boise State. He also intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter, which was his second of the 2017 season.
Team of the Week: NC State
The Wolfpack picked up a signature win for coach Dave Doeren on Saturday. NC State used an efficient offense, and a defense that won the battle at the line of scrimmage to knock off Florida State 27-21. The Wolfpack seemed to have the right answers every time the Seminoles tried to take back the lead. NC State’s offense averaged 5.2 yards per play on offense but capitalized on all four red zone scoring opportunities, did not lose a turnover and generated a 71-yard scoring strike from quarterback Ryan Finley to receiver Jakobi Meyers. The Wolfpack gave up 382 yards on defense but limited Florida State to just 4 of 14 on third-down attempts, forced one turnover and generated four sacks.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Jaylen Samuels, TE, NC State
Samuels stuffed the box score in Saturday’s win over Florida State. The nation’s best all-purpose player completed one pass for 25 yards, rushed for 11 yards and a touchdown on five carries and caught 12 passes for 64 yards and a score.