Throughout week five of college football, multiple players made an impression on the field. However, no conference had as many great player performances as the ACC did. Here are the five biggest ACC performers of week five.
Zay Flowers vs. Louisville
Five receptions, 151 yards (30.2 YPR) two receiving touchdowns, two carries, 22 rushing yards
The senior wideout had a dominant performance, as he led Boston College’s receiving corps in yards and touchdowns in the Eagles’ 34-33 win over Louisville. He scored on two big receptions of 57 and 69 yards. For his first touchdown, he made a tough catch over the top of the defender into the end zone. On his second touchdown he was able to shake his defender as he ran a deep post across the middle and into the end zone.
A nice 69 yard touchdown here.
📺 @accnetwork pic.twitter.com/CPhWjIO8gD
— Boston College Football (@BCFootball) October 1, 2022
The South Florida native posted his seventh career 100-yard receiving game. He moves second all-time in BC history with 2,460 yards.
Drake Maye vs. Virginia Tech
26/36, 363 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, 13 carries, 15 rushing yards, three touchdowns
When Sam Howell left to the NFL, UNC was not expected to perform as well. The complete opposite happened as freshman quarterback, Drake Maye, took the ACC by storm. In his first five games, hes 115/165, for 1,594 yards, for 19 touchdowns and only one interception. He put on a show vs ACC rivals Virginia Tech, as he went 26/36 in his passes for 363 passing yards and three passing touchdowns. He showed us he can be a dangerous runner too, as he rushed for 15 yards on thirteen carries for three touchdowns.
UNC QB Drake Maye (6’4/220) has been climbing the 2024 NFL Draft ranks, and for good reason. He navigates the pocket well for his size and makes a few tough throws against Virginia Tech worth taking note of.
Here’s a compilation of Maye’s best plays against VT: pic.twitter.com/Owjzu72s0w
— Eric Froton (@CFFroton) October 4, 2022
Such performance garnered him the ACC Quarterback of the week award for the second time this season and ACC Rookie of the Week for the third time.
Sean Tucker vs. Wagner
23 carries, 232 yards (10.1 YPC), three rushing touchdowns, two receptions, 15 yards
Sophomore running-back Sean Tucker dominated in Syracuses 59-0 win against Wagner. Tucker ran for a career high 232 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged a first down every time he touched the ball with 10.1 yards per carry. His longest run of the night came on a 60-yard rushing touchdown.
Sean Tucker is feelin' it ♨️
Make that TWO TDs in the first quarter 🍊 @CuseFootball pic.twitter.com/X1QZJwSd4M
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) October 1, 2022
His 232 yards performance is the sixth most in a single game in Syracuse history, and is just 20 yards short of Joe Morris program record of 252 yards. Tucker’s performance gives him a realistic shot of becoming the fourth player in Syracuse history to surpass 3,000 rushing yards before the season ends.
Monty Montgomery vs. Boston College
Seven total tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, two forced fumbles
While its hard to look for any positives after a 34-33 loss to Boston College, Louisville should be content with linebacker Monty Montgomery’s dominant performance. The redshirt junior was responsible for all three of Louisville’s turnovers, as he recorded an interception and two forced fumbles, with both fumbles resulting in Louisville scores. He was also responsible for two of the Cardinal’s three sacks.
End Q1: BC 7, Louisville 7.
HC Jeff Hafley emphasized that BC needed to win the turnover battle this week. Eagles are losing that battle, 2-0, right now.
Louisville LB Monty Montgomery blew by BC RT Jack Conley here for the sack + forced fumble. Cards recovered & are in the RZ. pic.twitter.com/quYimm26jU
— Andy Backstrom (@andybackstrom) October 1, 2022
With his performance, he moves up to the top 10 on Louisville’s career list for forced fumbles with five.
Calijah Kancey vs. Georgia Tech
Five total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two QB hurries
Defensive lineman Calijah Kancey shined in Pitt’s 26-21 loss against Georgia tech. The redshirt juniors performance earned himself a spot in PFFs Team of the Week after his week 5 showing. His had the most tackles for loss in the game by a Pitt defender with 3.5. Kancey made his presence felt in the passing game, as he was able to get to quarterback Jeff Sims on multiple occasions and even came up with a big sack. Kancey’s overall performance earned him a 90.2 PFF grade.
Highest graded DTs from Week 5:
🥇 Calijah Kancey: 90.2
🥈 Zacch Pickens: 88.1
🥉 Jer’Zhan Newton: 82.6 pic.twitter.com/bpP5XFbfMV
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 3, 2022
Kancey’s performance has caused him to shoot up draft boards, as he’s now expected to be an early round pick.
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