Week 5 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. Clemson remained unbeaten with a road win against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech dominated North Carolina, NC State held off Syracuse's upset bid, Miami blasted Duke 31-6 and Florida State scored a late touchdown to beat Wake Forest in Winston-Salem.
With the fifth 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 5:
ACC Week 5 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson
Bryant continues to ace every test in his first season as the starter and delivered another steady performance during Saturday night's win over Virginia Tech. The junior connected on 12 of 21 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown and effectively guided the offense to an average of 5.2 yards per play. Additionally, Bryant led the offense with 94 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Clemson
A couple of defenders can stake a claim for this honor, but O’Daniel gets the nod after collecting 10 tackles (one for a loss), one sack, one fumble recovery and one interception against Virginia Tech. O’Daniel’s interception in the fourth quarter was returned 22 yards for a touchdown.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Tony Elliott/Jeff Scott, Clemson
Clemson’s offense delivered a handful of timely plays in Saturday night’s win over Virginia Tech. The Tigers jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter and tacked on a key touchdown early in the second half to open up a 24-3 total on the scoreboard. Elliott and Scott have been instrumental in quarterback Kelly Bryant’s development, and this unit has passed all of its tough tests to start the 2017 season. The Tigers are averaging 36.4 points per game after the first month of action.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Manny Diaz, Miami
After giving up 30 points to Toledo last Saturday, Diaz’s defense wasn’t going to allow a repeat effort on the scoreboard at Duke. Instead, the Hurricanes dominated on Friday night, limiting the Blue Devils to just 4.0 yards per play, forcing five sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and two turnovers. Duke recorded four drives of 30 or more yards in the first half but was held to just two over the final two quarters.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
Wake Forest’s upset bid against Florida State fell short, but Dortch turned in a strong performance against a standout secondary. The freshman caught 10 passes for 110 yards, accumulated 31 yards on kickoff returns and returned two punts for 31 yards.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): John Lamot, LB, Boston College
Injuries have wreaked havoc on Boston College’s linebacker depth chart this year, forcing Lamot into significant action as a redshirt freshman. He recorded 10 tackles (three solo) and one quarterback hurry in the win over Central Michigan on Saturday.
Team of the Week: Clemson
The Tigers dispatched another top 25 opponent on Saturday night. Coach Dabo Swinney’s team used a standout effort on both sides of the ball to defeat Virginia Tech 31-17 in Blacksburg and improve to 5-0 after the first month of the season. Clemson’s offense ran for 146 yards against a tough defensive front, with quarterback Kelly Bryant completing 12 of 21 throws for 186 yards. The Tigers limited the Hokies to 4.7 yards per play and only three points through the first three quarters. Clemson has won eight in a row against top 25 teams and is entrenched as the favorite to win the ACC once again.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Offense): Max Browne, QB, Pitt
Browne was flawless in Saturday's easy win over Rice. The USC transfer completed 28 of 32 throws for 410 yards and four touchdowns.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Defense): A.J. Gray, S, Georgia Tech
Gray recorded four tackles and intercepted two passes in Georgia Tech’s dominant defensive effort against North Carolina.