Week 9 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the ACC. The Week 9 slate started with Boston College's 35-3 blowout win against Florida State, as the Eagles earned their third consecutive victory in impressive fashion. On Saturday, Miami avoided an upset at the hands of North Carolina, with the Hurricanes holding on for a 24-19 victory. Wake Forest knocked off Louisville, Pitt beat Virginia, Virginia Tech dominated Duke, and Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 24-10 to round out ACC play. NC State suffered its second loss of the year by falling 35-14 at Notre Dame.
With the ninth 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 9:
ACC Week 9 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: John Wolford, QB, Wake Forest
Louisville’s defense had no answer for Wolford and the Wake Forest passing attack in Saturday’s 42-32 victory by the Demon Deacons. Wolford completed 28 of 34 passes for 461 yards and five touchdowns and added 14 rushing yards and one score on the ground.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ty Schwab, LB, Boston College
Schwab led the way for Boston College’s standout defensive effort on Friday night. He led the Eagles with 12 tackles (two solo and 2.5 for a loss), registered one sack and an interception. Schwab’s play is also a big reason why Florida State managed just 64 rushing yards.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Scot Loeffler, Boston College
Boston College added to Florida State’s disappointing 2017 season with a 35-3 victory in Chestnut Hill on Friday night. Loeffler’s offense continued its recent uptick in performance by scoring 35 points against the Seminoles, with the ground game churning out 241 yards. Additionally, Boston College had only one three-and-out and went four-for-four in red zone trips.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Brent Venables, Clemson
After giving up 27 points (a season high) in Week 7 against Syracuse, Clemson’s defense returned to form against Georgia Tech. The Tigers limited the Yellow Jackets to just 230 yards (4.1 per play and 10 points) and allowed only three third-down conversions on 15 attempts. Venables’ group also recorded four sacks, 11 tackles for a loss and forced one turnover.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
Dortch was quarterback John Wolford’s favorite target in Saturday’s win over Louisville, as the freshman grabbed 10 receptions for 167 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdown catches set a new single-game school record.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): John Lamot, LB, Boston College
Lamot recorded 10 tackles (five solo and two for a loss) and one sack in Friday night’s 35-3 win over Florida State.
Team of the Week: Boston College
After a 2-4 start, it seemed unlikely Boston College would finish 2017 with a winning record. However, the Eagles have reeled off three impressive victories in a row, including Friday night’s dominant 35-3 victory over Florida State. The offense only had 88 passing yards, but the ground attack pounded the Seminoles for 241 yards and scored on three of their first five possessions. Boston College’s defense held Florida State’s offense to just three points and 213 total yards. Friday night's game continued the standout play from the Eagles' defense, as this unit has held five out of their last six opponents to 10 points or less. After a slow start, coach Steve Addazio has this team playing at a different level and poised to exceed last year’s seven-win mark.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Darrin Hall, RB, Pitt
After posting 254 yards against Duke last Saturday, Hall continued to lead the way for Pitt’s backfield. In Saturday’s 31-14 win over Virginia, Hall recorded 111 yards and one touchdown on 25 attempts.