Week 6 of the 2016 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. Florida State extended its winning streak against Miami to seven, Clemson easily defeated Boston College on Friday night, NC State beat Notre Dame in a rain-soak atmosphere, while Virginia Tech scored a huge victory over North Carolina.
With the sixth weekend of games 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 6:
ACC Week 6 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook delivered another huge performance against Miami and helped the Seminoles extend their dominance over their in-state rival to seven in a row. Cook rushed for 150 yards on 27 carries and caught a 59-yard pass for a touchdown.
Defensive Player of the Week: Marquel Lee, LB, Wake Forest
Lee recorded 15 tackles (5.5 for a loss) and two sacks in Wake Forest’s 28-9 victory over Syracuse.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Matt Canada, Pitt
Canada utilized a balanced attack (215 rushing to 192 passing), as Pitt’s offense recorded 407 total yards (6.6 yards per play) in the 37-34 victory over Georgia Tech. The Panthers scored on seven of their nine drives against the Yellow Jackets.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Bud Foster, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech’s defense was dominant in Saturday’s 34-3 win over North Carolina. The Hokies limited the Tar Heels to just 131 total yards, forced four turnovers and allowed only two conversions on 14 third-down attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State
Francois completed 20 of 31 throws for 234 yards and two scores and added 21 rushing yards to help Florida State win its seventh in a row over Miami.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State
McFadden recorded a critical (and potentially game-saving) interception in the third quarter of Florida State’s 20-19 victory over Miami.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Pharoah McKever, TE, NC State
The weather conditions in Saturday’s Notre Dame-NC State game were less than ideal due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew. With both offenses struggling to get on track, a key play on special teams decided this game. McKever blocked a punt in the third quarter, which safety Dexter Wright returned 16 yards for the game-winning touchdown.
Team of the Week: Virginia Tech
The Hokies turned in a dominant all-around performance in Saturday’s 34-3 win over North Carolina. The weather conditions were less than ideal, but Virginia Tech’s offense outgained the Tar Heels 264 to 131, while the defense forced four turnovers and never allowed a North Carolina drive to go longer than 41 yards.