ACC Football 2013 Heisman Watch: Week 5

Through Four Games, No Defense Has Been Able to Stop Maryland's C.J. Brown

Through Four Games, No Defense Has Been Able to Stop Maryland QB C.J. Brown at All

The ACC‘s top teams are still unbeaten, but that doesn’t mean we’re only choosing from a few teams here. The league is deep with playmakers this season, so plenty to choose from as we try and determine who might contend for college football’s highest honor. Have other nominees? Submit your ballots below.

1. Tajh Boyd, QB/Clemson (773 total yards, 9 total TD, 0 INT, 62.2% completion) (Last: 1)

Boyd’s performances have seemingly become old hat to most viewers, which could end up hurting his candidacy in the long run (especially if the Tigers wind up losing a game at some point). And that’s not even his fault. It takes a pretty talented player to make 282 total yards and three scores seem mundane, and yet, that’s where he’s at. He just needs to keep doing what he’s doing and help his team keep winning games.

2. Teddy Bridgewater, QB/Louisville (1,250 total yards, 14 TD, 1 INT, 71.8% completion) (Last: 2)

Bridgewater never seems to stay in a game long enough to put up even bigger numbers — or his team just starts running the ball incredibly early. That’s unlikely to change as the year goes on and this schedule fails to get much harder. But it doesn’t appear that critics are complaining much thus far. The Cardinals winning, specifically on account of the junior quarterback, is all that really matters in the big scheme of things.

3. C.J. Brown, QB/Maryland (1,326 total yards, 13 total TD, 1 INT, 66.7% completion) (Last: 4)

Maryland didn’t put up much of an effort in the second half against West Virginia, which explains why Brown’s numbers weren’t exactly at the season’s typical torrid pace. The senior passer really has put on quite a show overall though, and his team is still undefeated — both of which should count for something (especially the second part). He’s proved himself to be one of the best pure dual-threats in the country, and if they can pull off a monster upset of Florida State in a couple weeks, then maybe people will finally start taking notice of his body of work.

4. Jameis Winston, QB/Florida State (762 total yards, 10 total TD, 1 INT, 78.1% completion) (Last: 3)

The Seminoles have been able to sleep walk through the season’s first three games, and as a result, things have gotten a bit sloppy — especially for the team’s star quarterback. Winston’s inexperience has come out a bit more lately, though it hasn’t punished this team due to his inferior competition. Starting this coming weekend, that changes a bit, and it’ll be interesting to see how he responds to the increased pressure of more wins and more expectations. Obviously he’s allowed to have an off day, but considering the blistering pace he started at this year, two-TD games just aren’t going to cut it.

5. Devin Street, WR/Pittsburgh (17 catches, 387 yards, 2 TD) (Last: NR)

Despite excelling at a position that’s seen a dip in overall talent this season (by the numbers, anyway), Street has managed to fly a bit under the radar in 2013. That’ll happen when your team starts out the year by getting pummeled by FSU on national TV, though the senior wideout had little to do with that — he caught six passes for 141 yards in that contest. Some may see his 166-yard, two-touchdown game last weekend as the peak of his abilities too, but it may be a precursor to a strong rest of the season, especially now that Tyler Boyd‘s able to draw some coverage off of him.

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