With the eighth weekend of the 2018 season in the books for the ACC, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the ACC's offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from Week 8.
ACC Week 8 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia
Perkins completed 20 of 32 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown, caught a pass for nine yards and recorded 61 rushing yards and two scores in Virginia’s win over Duke.
Defensive Player of the Week: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
Burns recorded four tackles (two for a loss) and two sacks in Florida State’s victory over Wake Forest.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jeff Scott/Tony Elliott, Clemson
The Tigers scored 41 points and averaged 5.9 yards per play in a 41-7 win over NC State. The Wolfpack aimed to shut down Clemson’s ground attack, which opened the passing game for quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The freshman responded by throwing for 308 yards and a touchdown, with the ground game supplying four scores on 32 carries.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Brent Venables, Clemson
Clemson’s defense held NC State to 297 yards and seven points in Saturday’s 41-7 victory. The Wolfpack averaged only 4.4 yards a play, while the Tigers recorded 10 tackles for a loss and forced three turnovers.
Team of the Week: Clemson
Clemson is the clear favorite to win the ACC title, and Saturday’s win over NC State only extended the program’s edge over the rest of the conference. The Tigers got a huge performance from quarterback Trevor Lawrence, with running back Travis Etienne scoring three times to help secure a 41-7 victory. Clemson’s defense dominated held NC State to only 297 yards (4.4 per play) and generated 10 tackles for a loss.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Lawrence completed 26 of 39 throws for 308 yards and a touchdown in Clemson’s 41-7 win over NC State.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
Melifonwu stepped up with injuries taking a toll on Syracuse’s secondary in Saturday’s win over North Carolina. The freshman recorded four tackles and four pass breakups versus the Tar Heels.