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.
Chief among Boston College’s struggles over the past couple of years has been the running game. After finishing 119th in rushing yards per game in 2012, it was a core focus of new head coach Steve Addazio to fix the issue, even without former starter Deuce Finch in the fold after leaving the program in April. Luckily, Andre Williams has already more than filled the role of starting running back, capped off by his 204-yard effort on Friday night against Wake Forest. Without much going on in the passing game, the Eagles were forced to rely on the ground game to move the ball. In response, Williams delivered the best effort of his career, with averaging 5.8 yards on 35 carries, plus a score. Boston College took home its first ACC win and second overall win of the season (both tying last year’s marks already), and now with a legitimate running game, they can aim for even more.
Stefon Diggs, WR/Maryland (179 receiving yards, 1 TD)