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.
After a rough couple outings to start his Pitt career, this is certainly a surprise. But it’s tough to deny the senior passer his due after he threw for 424 yards and six touchdowns against Duke on Saturday. Aided by a miserable Blue Devils’ secondary and their own feisty offense as well, Savage got to play for the entirety of the 58-55 victory, which (not surprisingly) re-wrote several conference records. As he gets more settled, you can see Savage’s potential (very apparent back in 2010) coming to light — suddenly a comfortable passer in the pocket who’s accurate and can also throw a decent deep ball. He’s also got plenty of assistance from his phenomenal receiving corps, as Devin Street and Tyler Boyd have put on some very impressive shows and made his job a whole lot easier. Obviously, Savage can’t play to this level every single Saturday, but the fact that the ability’s there at all gives the Panthers a much more positive outlook toward the rest of the year after a rocky opening.
Tyler Boyd, WR/Pittsburgh (8 catches, 154 yards, 3 TD)
Maryland Terrapins defense/special teams (forced six turnovers)
Jamison Crowder, WR/Duke (279 all-purpose yards, 3 TD)