ACC Football Goat of the Week, Week 8: Terrel Hunt, Syracuse

Syracuse Orange QB Terrel Hunt is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 8

Syracuse Orange Quarterback Terrel Hunt is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 8

No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC (plus Louisville) players who were counter-productive in helping their teams grab a victory this weekend. On the bright side for them, they can always get off this list next week. And for their sake, let’s hope they do.

ACC Goat of the Week, Week 8: Terrel Hunt, QB/Syracuse

After a hot start to the Terrel Hunt era, things have taken a turn for the worst for Syracuse as their quarterback of choice is struggling mightily. Since ACC play started, the redshirt sophomore has completed just 25 of 58 passes for 194 yards and six interceptions. Prior to Saturday’s massacre against Georgia Tech he’d been running the ball very well, but that’s now ground to a halt as well. His struggles, minimized when the team’s defense is playing well, has now hit a breaking point and SU is now searching for answers. He’s the obvious answer this season based on the rest of the roster, but is he a long-term solution? Under Hunt and offensive coordinator George McDonald, the passing game’s absolutely collapsed. It doesn’t help that the defense was ill-prepared for Tech’s triple-option either, but scoring zero points in a contest is simply unacceptable. After a mildly promising 3-3 start, the Orange and Hunt have a lot to work out during this coming bye week.

Honorable Mention:

Stephen Morris, QB/Miami (19/35 passing, 322 passing yards, 0 TD, 4 INT)

Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (17/37 passing, 164 total yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)

Syracuse Orange rushing defense (allowed 394 rushing yards, 7 rushing TD)

Clemson Tigers passing defense (allowed 444 passing yards, 4 TD)

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ACC Football Player of the Week, Week 8: Jameis Winston, Florida State

Florida State QB Jameis Winston is the ACC's Player of the Week for Week 8

Florida State Quarterback Jameis Winston is the ACC’s Player of the Week for Week 8

Each week, we’ll be identifying the best ACC (plus Louisville) 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.

ACC Player of the Week, Week 8: Jameis Winston, QB/Florida State

There’s no denying that Florida State’s victory over Clemson was an astounding series of events, orchestrated by the entire Seminoles team. On both sides of the ball, FSU simply smothered the Tigers, disrupting their gameplan in the early seconds and then just continuing to roll thereafter. Plenty of credit goes out to the defense (and they’ll get their due below), but it’s impossible to discuss this team’s success without Winston. The redshirt freshman quarterback’s risen to every single challenge presented to him this season, with the national attention of the Clemson game being no different. Despite being held in check on the ground (or rather, just didn’t need to bother running), he led an all-out assault on the Tigers through the air: 22-for-34, 444 passing yards, three touchdowns. That’s 20 yards per completion, and over 13 per attempt. Clemson’s secondary never had a chance, especially when they started blitzing a bit too much — teams should probably stop doing that. There’s plenty of season left, but Winston’s impressive win sets them up for what should be an extremely exciting second half of the season and a real shot at playing for a National Championship.

Honorable Mention:

Lamarcus Joyner, FS/Florida State (8 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 FF)

Isaac Bennett, RB/Pittsburgh (30 carries, 240 yards, 3 TD)

Dallas Crawford, RB/Miami (33 carries, 137 yards, 2 TD)

Zach Laskey, RB/Georgia Tech (13 carries, 75 yards, 3 TD)

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ACC Football Goat of the Week, Week 7: Pete Thomas, NC State

NC State Quarterback Pete Thomas is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 7

NC State Quarterback Pete Thomas is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 7

No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC (plus Louisville) players who were counter-productive in helping their teams grab a victory this weekend. On the bright side for them, they can always get off this list next week. And for their sake, let’s hope they do.

ACC Goat of the Week, Week 7: Pete Thomas, QB/NC State

Before the game, rumors that Brandon Mitchell could return to the starting quarterback job seemed to tantalize NC State fans. Once they found out that Pete Thomas would again be under center however, things took a predictable turn for the worst. Operating a highly inconsistent offense for the sixth straight week, Thomas failed to ever establish consistency against Syracuse in a home game his team was favored in by a touchdown. As has been the case all season, the junior passer failed to be all that accurate (17-of-35) while throwing yet another interception, making it eight on the year. Hurt mightily by the absence of Rashard Smith at wide receiver, he relied too heavily on Bryan Underwood and mostly had to ignore a running game that never seemed to establish itself against the Orange. At this point, the Wolfpack’s only hope this year is Mitchell returning, since it appears that Thomas just isn’t up to the task at all.

Honorable Mention:

Tom Savage, QB/Pittsburgh (13/28 passing, 187 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT)

Pittsburgh Panthers offensive line (23 rushing yards, allowed 8 sacks)

NC State Wolfpack rushing defense (allowed 362 yards, 3 TD on the ground)

Vad Lee, QB/Georgia Tech (7/20 passing, 174 total yards, 1 TD, 1 INT)

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ACC Football Player of the Week, Week 7: Anthony Boone, Duke

Duke Blue Devils' Quarterback Anthony Boone is the ACC Player of the Week for Week 7

Duke Blue Devils’ Quarterback Anthony Boone is the ACC Player of the Week for Week 7

Each week, we’ll be identifying the best ACC (plus Louisville) 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.

ACC Player of the Week, Week 7: Anthony Boone, QB/Duke

Since Boone exited the lineup with an injury in week two, Duke has not lacked for offensive production, though the team’s play has also been littered with mistakes — most notably turnovers. It’s not to take away from the job Brandon Connette did filling in, but rather to point out the fact that Boone had been named the starter months ago for a reason. In his first game back, the junior was accurate, composed and mistake-free, guiding the Blue Devils’ offense to a grand total of 435 yards and 35 points. Not only was he able to play a very smart game against a feisty Navy team, but he also moved away from over-reliance on Jamison Crowder as his primary receiver. While he certainly get the ball to the star ball-catcher, Boone was able to spread it around on 31 completions and run a much more fluid offense. If there was any doubt as to who’d be captaining this ship, the questions are over. Boone is back in charge and eying another bowl bid.

Honorable Mention:

Vic Beasley, DE/Clemson (5 tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, 1 TD)

Prince-Tyson Gulley, RB/Syracuse (9 carries, 132 rushing yards, 1 TD)

Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (30/44 passing, 367 total yards, 2 TD, 0 INT)

Logan Thomas, QB/Virginia Tech (19/34 passing, 276 total yards, 1 TD, 0 INT)

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ACC Football Goat of the Week, Week 6: Terrel Hunt, Syracuse

Syracuse Quarterback Terrel Hunt is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 6

Syracuse Quarterback Terrel Hunt is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 6

No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC (plus Louisville) players who were counter-productive in helping their teams grab a victory this weekend. On the bright side for them, they can always get off this list next week. And for their sake, let’s hope they do.

ACC Goat of the Week, Week 6: Terrel Hunt, QB/Syracuse

Syracuse starting quarterback Terrel Hunt began this time under center with a flurry of success against subpar opponents. Unfortunately, he crashed back down to earth a bit this weekend against Clemson, though, and with that has also reset expectations on him a bit. Of course, not all of his struggles — he went 8-for-24 passing, with 0 TD, 3 INTs and just 109 total yards — are his fault. He also dealt with a porous defense forcing him to play from behind, an offensive line that regularly (somehow) lost track of Vic Beasley and atrocious play-calling. But nonetheless, he’s the quarterback and it’s ultimately his responsibility to move the ball down the field and execute. The team was awful on third down and couldn’t execute in the red zone either. The interceptions were uncharacteristic of his early efforts, but these things can also be ironed out over time. We’re not piling on Hunt for playing a bad game against the third-ranked team in the nation at all. Just saying that compared to the rest of the ACC’s players this weekend, he had one of the worst games of any key player. Best thing he can do? Just rebound next week.

Honorable Mention:

Syracuse Orange secondary (allowed 468 passing yards and five touchdowns)

Maryland Terrapins defense (allowed 614 offensive yards and 63 points)

Vad Lee, QB/Georgia Tech (5/13 passing, 89 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT)

David Watford, QB/Virginia (21/36 passing, 209 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT)

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ACC Football Player of the Week, Week 6: Andre Williams, Boston College

Boston College Running Back Andre Williams is the ACC Player of the Week for Week 6

Boston College Running Back Andre Williams is the ACC Player of the Week for Week 6

Each week, we’ll be identifying the best ACC (plus Louisville) 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.

ACC Player of the Week, Week 6: Andre Williams, RB/Boston College

Week six was a big weekend for several ACC players (as you’ll see in the honorable mention section below), but perhaps none was as impressive as Williams. The senior was already having a strong season before Saturday’s matchup with Army, and then simply went off to put his overall statistics into another stratosphere. His 30 carries for 263 yards and five scores were astounding — and among the best the ACC has ever seen from a running back. For a BC offense that has fluctuated between serviceable and impressive, it’s very obvious who controls that perception. Williams has already set career highs in every rushing category and is the conference leader in rushing yards by nearly 200 yards right now. While his name wasn’t coming up much when talking about the league’s top playmakers in the preseason, it certainly is now. As long as he continues operating at this level, the Eagles postseason prospects suddenly look a whole lot brighter.

Honorable Mention:

Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (20/27 passing, 455 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT)

Jameis Winston, QB/Florida State (23/32 passing, 417 total yards, 5 TD, 0 INT)

Tanner Price, QB, Wake Forest (27/43 passing, 339 total yards, 4 TD, 1 INT)

Michael Campanaro, WR/Wake Forest (12 catches, 153 yards, 2 TD)

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ACC Football Goat of the Week, Week 5: North Carolina Tar Heels Defense

The Entire North Carolina Tar Heels Defense is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 5

The Entire North Carolina Tar Heels Defense is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 5

No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC (plus Louisville) players who were counter-productive in helping their teams grab a victory this weekend. On the bright side for them, they can always get off this list next week. And for their sake, let’s hope they do.

ACC Goat of the Week, Week 5: North Carolina Tar Heels Defense

This has been a couple weeks in the works, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing for the Tar Heels. In a home game against East Carolina, UNC should have been able to keep containment on defense, while the offense operated at a healthy clip. Instead, all hell broke loose early, and it just went downhill from there. The Pirates jumped out to 21-3 lead and never looked back, lighting up the North Carolina defense for 55 points and 603 yards (with 36!!! first downs) on the afternoon. ECU quarterback Shane Carden completed passes at will, amassing 376 yards on the game, and the usually pitiful running game (averaging just over 104 yards per game), simply walked all over the UNC front four. Against any opponent, the Heels’ defensive performance was appalling, but in a must-win versus supposedly “lesser” ECU, this was on another level entirely. As has been stated already when recapping this Saturday’s action, UNC is now in crisis mode, and they’ll stay there until this defense improves.

Honorable Mention:

North Carolina Tar Heels offensive line & running game (32 attempts, 67 yards)

Vad Lee, QB/Georgia Tech (7/24 passing, 179 total yards, 0 TD, 2 INT)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons defense (56 points, 573 offensive yards allowed)

Tom Savage, QB/Pittsburgh (13/31 passing, 191 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)

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