There were a number of great defensive efforts in the ACC this weekend, but here are the three deserving of helmet stickers.
Pittsburgh DL Ejuan Price: The Panthers defensive lineman entered the game against Louisville with a respectable 6.5 sacks, but he had to like his chances to increase that total against the ACC’s worst pass-protecting team. It’s doubtful Price believed he would nearly double that total, but that’s exactly what he did. Price finished the game with five sacks, raising his season total to 11.5. It was the second dominant November performance for Price, who registered two sacks against Notre Dame and was named co-defensive lineman of the week after that performance.
North Carolina LB Shakeel Rashad: Virginia Tech was going to test the Tar Heels linebackers by running the football, and Rashad was up to the challenge. Rashad was all over the field making stops and finished with 15 tackles -- two for loss -- and a sack. Ten of those tackles came in the first half, when he made some key stops as the Hokies were driving in North Carolina territory. Rashad was all over the field in a game the Heels had to rely on their defense.
Boston College DB Justin Simmons: The Eagles couldn’t get the upset of No. 4 Notre Dame, but Boston College was in position to pull the shocker because of timely plays from Simmons. In the first quarter, Simmons forced a fumble at the Boston College 32-yard line. In the second quarter, Simmons intercepted a pass at the Eagles’ 31. And, with Notre Dame looking to put the game away, the 6-foot-3 senior picked off DeShone Kizer on a third-and-goal attempt from the 6-yard line. To top it off, Simmons tied for the team lead in tackles with eight.