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ACC Week 5 Review

Amari Rodgers ACC

What a weekend. I didn’t get to watch much live ball this Saturday because I went to a wedding, so I wanted to give a big shout out to Ryan and Katie for a beautiful event. However, like the mailman says, neither snow nor rain nor weddings I will always be here to deliver to you, the people. With that said, it’s here folks, CC’s ACC Week 5 review. Only 6 ACC contests this week, including an upset and capped by a rematch of the 2019 conference championship game. Lets dig into what we saw. God bless DVR.

Campbell 14 @ Wake Forest 66

Carlos BAsham ACC

As you are all accustomed to, I typically don’t spend much time on jobber games. Today is me continuing that tradition. A wall to wall beatdown on Campbell doesn’t impress me from the Demon Deacons, in particular Boogie Basham. Basham tallied as many pressures on the 20 pass rush snaps, 6, as he had in the first two games combined in 53 snaps. He is going to fall behind in this edge class if he doesn’t produce against better competition. Hopefully this was the tune up he needed and it gets him in a rhythm. 

NC State 30 @ #24 Pittsburgh 29

Emeka Emezie

Upset special in Heinz Field baybeee! NC State QB Devin Leary came to play, completing 28/44 for 336 yards and 4 touchdowns. Emeka Emezie had his best game of the young campaign, hauling in 7 of his 11 targets for 101/2. The 6’3 220 WR also caught the game winning touchdown showing off some incredible body control for a catch that would have been good on Sundays.TE Cary Angeline caught the other two TDs in this game for NC State, and will be a nice receiving TE to monitor this draft cycle. 6’7 250 and lines up in the slot about twice as much as he does inline. Hopefully we get to see more of these two as the Wolfpack gets more comfortable with their passing attack. 

Pittsburgh really just made too many mental errors on defense and their offense couldn’t make up for it after Jordan Addison left the game with an injury. A lot of penalties did them in, with 13 penalties for 125 yards on the afternoon. The defensive line was not as advertised, only getting home on two sacks on the day. The offense failed to convert a 1st and goal situation from the 1 ending with a turnover on downs. I still really like this Pittsburgh team, it just wasn’t their day today.

#12 N. Carolina 26 @ Boston College 22

Sam Howell

Sam Howell is a fun QB. He finished with a modest passing line of 14/26 for 225/2/1. The real treat was how he was making plays with his legs all game. He was mobile in the pocket to extend plays, while also adding 47 rushing yards and picking up 3 1st downs with his legs. He went 0/5 on throws further than 20 yards downfield, so we want to see that number rise. Chazz Surratt is a wild man. He had 19 pass rush reps and got pressures on NINE of them. His closing speed is insane, he will fit really nicely in an aggressive scheme at the next level. He had a bad outing in coverage today however. He was targeted 9 times and allowed 8 catches, though only giving up 40 yards. 

Hunter Long is another ACC TE who I like a lot to succeed at the next level. Apparently Phil Jurkovec thinks so as well, having targeted him 17 times in this one. The 6’5 redshirt Junior has emerged as the go to target in this offense, and as a TE that lines up inline more often than the other top prospects in this class he could prove to be more valuable than others. Particularly with his run blocking.

Virginia Tech 38 @ Duke 31

Khalil Herbert ACC

The Khalil Herbert show. 19/207/2 with 7 runs of 10 or more yards and 146 yards after contact. He also added a kickoff return for good measure. The 5’9 grad transfer from Kansas put on a display of his big play ability and decisiveness at the point of attack. He is a traditional one cut back, and I want to see some more of him. He could be fun in a zone rushing scheme such as the LA Rams.

It was TE week in the ACC this weekend. Noah Gray led the team in targets and hauled in the only touchdown. A undersized TE at only 6’4 240, I would need to see some more explosiveness in the receiving game to set him apart. Especially because he lines up almost exclusively in the slot. This is shaping up to be a damn good TE class with elite talent at the top and solid depth in the middle to later rounds of the draft. 

Jacksonville State 24 @ Florida State 41

Asante Samuel Jr.

What’s the motto? We don’t spend time on jobber games. FSU needed this to get back on trac from their poor start to the season. We want to see domination in these types of games, and it didn’t look like we were going to get that when J St. went up 14-0 early in the game. Nobody who I would have liked to see have a really dominant performance had one. Tamorrion Terry had 6 catches for 77 yards. Asante Samuel Jr. gave up 6 catches in coverage for only 48 yards as he was tackling well. Marvin Wilson only played 12 snaps and had a sack and a tackle. 

Virginia 23 @ #1 Clemson 41

Brennan Armstrong ACC

Dabo might have been a little liberal when he compared Brennan Armstrong to Steve Young, but the QB did play some good ball against ACC king Clemson. The southpaw spread the ball around and attacked different areas of the field in a well balanced attack. If Dabo sees something in him I’m going to pay attention to this kid. Joey Blount had a good day on Saturday night. 8 tackles with none missed, and 3 catches for 13 yards allowed in coverage. He is a versatile safety who can play deep, box and works out of the slot. He was up for this game, which is what I like to see. Bring the fight as an underdog, it lets me know you get up for competition. 

I’ll try to not gush over Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne because we all already know they are both great. Instead I’ll brag on Amari Rodgers who had a great day. He was an afterthought before Justyn Ross went down with injury. Once that happened however, we all wanted to see the breakout and he has not disappointed. Hes winning in multiple ways too which is always good to see. Jump balls, separation,  yards after catch, he’s putting it on film. We all saw the Andrew Booth one handed interception highlight, but did you notice that on 5 targets he allowed only one catch for 3 yards?  A name to watch on that defense moving forward.