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.
Tajh Boyd has been on a tear of late, punishing opposing defenses both through the air and on the ground. And this past Saturday against Duke, he may have put on his most complete performance yet (interceptions aside). Throwing just 23 passes, the junior compiled 344 yards and five touchdowns. On the ground, nine rushes for 72 yards and another score. We’ve mentioned it time and time again, but the big differences in Boyd’s abilities this year versus last lie in his weight loss and improved accuracy. With starting running back Andre Ellington out for most of Saturday’s 56-20 victory, Boyd took it upon himself to keep the ground game a major factor. Taking notes from last year’s second-half swoon, he’s now a better passer, runner and leader, and it shows in the Tigers’ results.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR/Clemson (4 catches, 128 yards, 3 TD)