Each week, we’ll be identifying the best ACC player from that weekend’s games. As always, it’s a completely arbitrary award with no specific criteria beyond the vague concept of “excellence.” No, we don’t take write-ins.
Florida State bounced back nicely on Saturday, thoroughly beating Boston College by a final score of 51-7. Gone was the heavily criticized offensive strategy of just a week ago, and in its place was the high-powered attack that brought the ‘Noles all the way to number-three in the polls. Manuel, obviously the driving force behind that gameplan, was free to let loose in this contest, and the results were as positive as you’d expect. He finished the day 27-of-34 passing (79.4 percent), with 439 yards (a career-high) and four scores. Play-calling was aggressive for the entire game, and Manuel and head coach Jimbo Fisher refused to let up as they continued to pour it on. Hopefully for FSU, this offense — as opposed to the paltry one present for weeks five and six — is the one we see for the rest of the year.
Darin Drakeford, LB/Maryland (7 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble)