I've only got five of these to give, but I'll make an exception if there is a deserving performer from the Monday night game between Maryland and Miami. NC State DT Brian Slay, who did a great job filling in for injured star J.R. Sweezy, just missed the cut. Don't forget, in the blog version of helmet stickers, coaches, teams, units or individuals can be awarded a helmet sticker. Here are your top five performers for Week 1 in the ACC:
North Carolina QB Bryn Renner: In his first career start, Renner threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns to help the Tar Heels to a 42-10 win over James Madison. Renner completed 22 of 23 passes and tied a school record with 14 straight passes. Renner also set an ACC record for highest single-game completion percentage (95.7) and finished just shy of the NCAA mark (95.8 percent) set by Tennessee's Tee Martin against South Carolina in 1998. He also ran for a touchdown early in the fourth on a quarterback sneak.
Virginia Tech RB David Wilson: He had 16 carries for 172 yards and three touchdowns in the Hokies’ 66-13 romp of Appalachian State. On the Hokies’ first offensive play, Wilson ran 20 yards almost untouched for a touchdown, and continued that trend all afternoon. Five of his carries went for at least 15 yards and he averaged 10.1 yards per carry.
Florida State’s defense: The Seminoles pitched a shutout against ULM, and the defense recorded four sacks -- ahead of last year’s pace when it led the nation in sacks. It was the first shutout in a season opener since Sept. 6, 2008, and the first since the 31-0 win over Wake Forest in 2010. ULM was held to just 99 rushing yards.
Georgia Tech’s passing game: Georgia Tech's 365 yards passing were the most since having 373 against The Citadel on Sept. 12, 1987. It was the first time the Yellow Jackets threw for more than 300 yards passing in the Paul Johnson era and the second time a team coached by Johnson has thrown for more than 300 yards. Quarterback Tevin Washington threw for 271 yards and three touchdowns, and receiver Stephen Hill had four catches for 181 yards.
Virginia’s defense: There were a lot of top performers in this one, including an impressive debut by running back Kevin Parks, but the Hoos held William & Mary to just three points and 169 total yards, and forced two turnovers. It was a dramatic improvement from last season, and the fewest yards allowed since 100 against Duke in 2006.