Week 6 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. NC State delivered another statement win, beating Louisville 39-25 on Thursday night. Miami ended a seven-game losing streak to Florida State with a 24-20 thriller in Tallahassee, Virginia beat Duke 28-21, and Clemson remained unbeaten with a 28-14 victory over Wake Forest.
With the sixth 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 6:
ACC Week 6 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Ryan Finley, QB, NC State
Finley was cool under pressure and delivered another standout performance for NC State in Thursday night’s win over Louisville. The junior completed 20 of 31 throws for 367 yards and a touchdown. Through six games, Finley has yet to throw an interception and is completing 70.9 percent of his passes.
Defensive Player of the Week: Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Virginia’s defense was instrumental in Saturday’s 28-21 victory over Duke. The Cavaliers held the Blue Devils to just 255 total yards, forced two turnovers and registered two sacks. Blanding recorded eight stops and one pass breakup in the win and returned an interception for a score for the game’s first score.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Eliah Drinkwitz, NC State
Drinkwitz seemed to push all of the right buttons in NC State’s win over Louisville. The Wolfpack offense generated 520 total yards (7.3 ypp), had only one three-and-out and scored on three out of their first five possessions. NC State also scored two key touchdowns in the second half to seal the victory against the Cardinals.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Bud Foster, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech’s defense limited Boston College to just 10 points and 344 total yards in Saturday night’s 23-10 victory. The Hokies allowed the Eagles to convert only two of 15 third-down appearances, registered five tackles for a loss and forced six three-and-outs. A good chunk of the yardage allowed by Virginia Tech (164) came on Boston College’s final three drives when the outcome was already decided.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Sean Savoy, WR, Virginia Tech
With Cam Phillips sidelined for a portion of Saturday’s game against Boston College due to injury, quarterback Josh Jackson needed another receiver to emerge. Savoy stepped up in a big way, catching nine passes for 139 yards and a touchdown.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Rashad Weaver, DL, Pitt
Weaver continues to emerge as a key contributor for coach Pat Narduzzi’s defense over the course of the 2017 season. He recorded eight stops against Syracuse on Saturday, pushing his season total to 12.
Team of the Week: NC State
NC State crossed off another big hurdle in its quest to win the ACC’s Atlantic Division in Week 6. The Wolfpack defeated Louisville 39-25 on Thursday night, as coach Dave Doeren’s team improved to 5-1 overall and have won five straight since losing the opener to South Carolina. Both sides of the ball delivered key performances against the Cardinals. The offense generated 520 total yards and averaged 7.3 yards per play. While the defense gave up some yardage to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, this unit made stops when it mattered and held Jackson’s supporting cast in check.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Offense): Darrell Langham, WR, Miami
Coming into Saturday’s game against Florida State, Langham had just three catches in three previous appearances in 2017. However, the junior delivered in the clutch for the Hurricanes and helped coach Mark Richt’s team snap a seven-game losing streak to their in-state rivals. With less than 10 seconds left, Langham outdueled Florida State cornerback Tarvarus McFadden for a 23-yard touchdown pass. That was Langham’s only reception of the day, but the little-used junior’s catch lifted Miami to a 24-20 victory.
Unsung Hero of the Week (Defense): Paris Bennett, LB, Syracuse
Bennett was all over the field in Syracuse’s win over Pitt. The senior led the defense with 14 stops (one for a loss).