Week 7 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. The Week 7 action started on Friday night in the ACC, as Syracuse knocked Clemson from the ranks of the unbeaten. NC State, Florida State and Virginia picked up road wins in conference play on Saturday, with Boston College pulling off a 45-42 upset victory over Louisville. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 25-24 on a last-second field goal to remain unbeaten and strengthen its hold at the top of the Coastal Division.
With the seventh 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 7:
ACC Week 7 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse
Dungey was the catalyst behind Syracuse’s upset victory over Clemson. The junior gave one of the nation’s top defenses plenty of headaches on Friday night, as Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns on 20 completions and rushed for 61 yards on 21 carries. Of Syracuse’s 440 total yards, Dungey accounted for 339 yards and his eight-yard scramble on third down deep in the fourth quarter clinched the victory for coach Dino Babers.
Defensive Player of the Week: Darian Roseboro, DE, NC State
Roseboro capped an emotional week with a standout performance in NC State’s 35-17 victory over Pitt. The junior lost his father a week ago, and the entire team wore helmet decals to honor his memory. Roseboro recorded five tackles (three for a loss), one quarterback hurry, one sack and one forced fumble versus the Panthers.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Manny Diaz, Miami
Georgia Tech entered Saturday’s game averaging 36.5 points and 479.3 yards per game, but Diaz pushed the right buttons to keep this offense in check on Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets were held to 281 total yards (4.6 per play) and 226 on the ground – down from their 396 yards per game average. Diaz’s defense also limited the Yellow Jackets to 30 or less yards on each of their final five drives, picked up seven tackles for a loss, two sacks and forced one fumble.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College
Dillon pounded Louisville’s defense for 272 yards and four touchdowns on 39 attempts, as Boston College scored a road upset victory 45-42 over the Cardinals. Dillon’s 272 yards were the third-most for a single game and was the highest mark by a freshman in program history.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Brenton Nelson, S, Virginia
Nelson picked up four tackles (two solo), one interception and one pass breakup in Virginia’s 20-14 victory over North Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Team of the Week: Syracuse
For the second year in a row, Dino Babers’ team pulled off a huge upset at home. After defeating Virginia Tech in mid-October last fall, Syracuse knocked off Clemson – the No. 2 ranked team prior to Week 7 – on Friday night. The Orange utilized tempo to keep the Tigers’ talented defensive front off balance and attacked the secondary for all four quarters. As a result, quarterback Eric Dungey had a huge night (278 passing yards), with Steve Ishmael (six catches) and Ervin Phillips (four grabs) working as the preferred targets. Syracuse’s defense is making strides under coordinator Brian Ward and limited Clemson’s high-powered offense to just 317 yards (5.6 per play). This unit allowed only two touchdowns and limited the Tigers’ passing attack to just 204 yards. At 4-3 through seven games, Syracuse has a good chance to go to a bowl game in Babers’ second year at the helm.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Travis Homer, RB, Miami
Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech was Miami’s first without standout running back Mark Walton leading the way in the backfield. The junior suffered a season-ending injury against Florida State, which forced Homer into the starting role. The sophomore thrived in his first start, posting 170 yards and a touchdown on 20 attempts against the Yellow Jackets.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
In addition to Hines’ strong performance on the ground (135 yards and one touchdown), he also returned a punt 92 yards for a score in Saturday’s win over Pitt.