No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC 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.
All of the praise about his improved accuracy and decision-making this season? Apparently gone for EJ Manuel after his disastrous performance against Florida this past weekend. Called on as the Noles’ senior leader in their biggest game of the season to-date, Manuel literally dropped the ball, accounting for four turnovers on the day in a disappointing loss. Worst of all, the team’s “hero” had no choice but to own up to his faults immediately following the game, taking all the blame for a disastrous showing. At times, Jimbo Fisher’s been the target of scorn for his play-calling (you can certainly direct some criticism here as well), but it really was Manuel that should take the brunt of it here. When one of the worst games of your career (54.5-percent passing, 182 yards, one score, four turnovers) also happens to be one of your last, it’s just hard to avoid.
Duke Blue Devils defense (allowed 52 points, 646 yards of offense)
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defense (allowed 42 points, 379 yards of offense in just 20 minutes of possession)