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.
What’s left to be said about the standout junior after yet another dominating performance? Remembering last year’s brutal upset at the hands of NC State, Boyd and Clemson came out firing this weekend, and had to keep their foot on the gas throughout in order to hold back the Wolfpack. And while it was Tiger defensive stops that would make the difference come the end, all the praise will ultimately go to Boyd for the record-breaking performance he put on. Adding to his stellar resume, the Clemson QB went 30-for-44 for 426 passing yards and five scores, and then added another 103 rushing yards and three touchdowns to boot. The eight touchdowns were both school and ACC records, and yet another glowing accomplishment for Boyd, who’s made a habit of huge stat lines this year. And yet, he’s not even on the Davey O’Brien Award (for the nation’s best quarterback) list of finalists. Over 3,500 total yards and 41 touchdowns. On a major-conference team. Unacceptable.
Tobais Palmer, WR/NC State (496 all-purpose yards, 3 TD)
Ryan Nassib, QB/Syracuse (26/40 passing, 385 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT)
Mike Glennon, QB/NC State (29/53 passing, 493 yards, 5 TD, 1 INT)