With two weeks of college football down, the season is in full swing and we are getting a better idea of which teams are going to succeed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. We can also see which ACC individual performances were vital to their team’s success.
Through two weeks, there have been plenty of names to watch in all facets of the game. Some should even garner national attention for their first two games.
Brennan Armstrong, QB, Virginia
For the second consecutive week, Brennan Armstrong was one of the best players in the conference. In a win over Illinois, the Virginia Cavaliers’ quarterback completed 27 of 36 attempts for 405 yards, five touchdowns, and one interception. He also had 31 rushing yards on five carries.
His 744 passing yards is not only first in the ACC, it is fifth in the country and third in passing yards per game. His seven passing touchdowns also ties him for the fourth most in the country.
Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina
After a disappointing start to the season in a loss to Virginia Tech, the North Carolina Tar Heels picked up their first win of the season against Georgia State thanks to an amazing game from quarterback Sam Howell.
On 21-of-29 passes completed, Howell threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 104 yards and two more scores on just 11 carries.
Will Shipley, RB, Clemson
As one of the top recruits in the country, it was expected Will Shipley would have an impact early for the Clemson Tigers. In their win over South Carolina State, that is exactly what he did. On eight carries, Shipley rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns to lead the game.
Patrick Garwo, RB, Boston College
Ahmari Huggins-Bruce, WR, Louisville
Not only did Ahmari Huggins-Bruce lead the ACC in receiving yards during week two, he also finished ninth in the entire country. In the 30-3 win over Eastern Kentucky, he had 151 yards on four receptions.
A bulk of his yardage came on a 93 yard catch and run that ended with him dropping the ball short of the endzone.
Jelani Woods, TE, Virginia
The Virginia Cavaliers were led by their quarterback, but tight end Jelani Woods also had a huge day. The big target finished the game with five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Jordan Domineck, DL, Georgia Tech
Not only did defensive lineman Jordan Domineck have one of the best overall performances of the week, he also had maybe the best play. He finished the game with five tackles, three of those for a loss and one sack, and recovered two fumbles. One of those fumbles, he forced on a pitch, and scooped up and returned for a 70-yard touchdown. During the return, he not only stiff-armed the quarterback, but also a teammate to set a block as he made his way into the end zone.
Brandon Hill, DB, Pittsburgh
In maybe the biggest matchup of week two in the ACC, the Pittsburgh Panthers beat the Tennessee Volunteers, 41-34. Defensive back Brandon Hill not only led the Panthers in tackles with seven, he also had an interception with five minutes remaining in the game.
His interception, which he returned 25 yards, gave the ball back to Pitt with a seven point lead and they never game the ball back to Tennessee.
Travis Levy, All-Purpose, Boston College
The second Boston College running back on this list, Travis Levy did more than just run the ball. He did have 43 yards and a touchdown on seven carries against UMass, but he also caught two passes for 12 yards on offense.
Maybe his biggest play was putting the game away mid-way through the fourth quarter with a 96-yard kick return for a touchdown.
Andres Borregales, K, Miami
In a week with tons of great special teams plays, the most important player was kicker Andres Borregales for Miami. The Hurricanes were able to avoid an upset by Appalachian State thanks to the true freshman kicker. His three field goals helped give his team a 25-23 win. His 43-yard field goal with two minutes left, which was a career long, gave Miami the lead.
His kicking mate, Lou Hedley was also extremely important in the win. He placed all six of his punts inside the 20. This helped the Hurricanes win the field-position battle all night.
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