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College Football Week 2: Eckrich ACC Team of the Week

The Week 2 Eckrich ACC Team of the Week powered by PFF saw some impressive performances, and after our team of over 500 analysts graded every single player on every single play of every game, we give you the top players from the weekend.

Quarterback

Jamie Newman, Wake Forest

Newman was lights out on Friday night against Rice, uncorking two big-time throws and averaging 12.2 yards per attempt. He completed 20-of-26 passes for 317 yards, the second consecutive game, giving the Demon Deacons quite the jolt as they open ACC play next week against upstart North Carolina.

Second-Team QB: Sam Howell, North Carolina

Running Back

Cam Akers, FSU

Akers was not at fault for the Seminoles near-defeat as he led the nation in carries with 36 and missed tackles forced at 11. He was truly a grinder for FSU as he converted 16 combined first downs and touchdowns on his carries.

Second-Team RB: Zonovan Knight, NC State

Running Back

Jordan Mason, Georgia Tech

Coming on strong for the Yellow Jackets as they adjust to their new offense is Mason as he's now forced 19 missed tackles on the ground, already surpassing his season total from a year ago.

Second-Team RB: Kenneth Walker III, Wake Forest

Wide Receiver

Scotty Washington, Wake Forest

Save for a bad drop, Washington was dominant on Friday night, using his huge frame to grab seven receptions for 158 yards and two scores. He brought down all five of his contested targets in the game and averaged a ridiculous 22.6 yards per catch.

Second-Team WR: Jalon Calhoun, Duke

Wide Receiver

Trishton Jackson, Syracuse

Not lost in Syracuse's loss at Maryland was Jackson's performance as he had three explosive plays of 15 yards or more and finished with seven catches for 157 yards. With two scores and three more first-down receptions to his credit, he's emerged as potentially Syracuse's top receiving option.

Second-Team WR: Justyn Ross, Clemson

Wide Receiver

Maurice Ffrench, Pittsburgh

Ffrench was targeted 13 times in Pitt's victory over Ohio early on Saturday, grabbing a conference-high 10 receptions for 138 yards. Of his 138 receiving yards, 91 of them came after the catch and he forced three missed tackles in a strong outing.

Second-Team WR: Dyami Brown, North Carolina

Tight End

Cary Angeline, NC State

Angeline turned five targets into four receptions for 48 yards and a score. Two more of his receptions churned out first downs and he ground out another 24 yards after the catch on the afternoon.

Second-Team TE: Brevin Jordan, Miami

Offensive Tackle

Mekhi Becton, Louisville

Dominant throughout the whole outing, Becton kept a clean sheet in pass protection on 23 pass-blocking snaps while he had the conference's best run-blocking grade by a clear 15.0 grade points.

Second-Team OT: Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech

Offensive Guard

Caleb Chandler, Louisville

Another Cardinals o-lineman to be represented, Chandler also had a strong game with just a single QB hurry allowed in the passing game but had the conference's second-highest run-blocking grade among guards as well.

Second-Team OG: Bryce Hargrove, Pittsburgh

Center

Grant Gibson, NC State

The NC State offensive line factory is open once again as Gibson put forth plus-grades in pass protection and for the run as he finished with the ACC's best run-blocking grade by some margin.

Second-Team C: Alec Lindstrom, Boston College

Offensive Guard

Joshua Fedd-Jackson, NC State

JFJ finished with the ACC's top pass-blocking grade, not allowing a single pressure on 32 pass-blocking snaps while he also finished tied for third with his run-blocking grade.

Second-Team OG: Joe Sculthorpe, NC State

Offensive Tackle

Justin Herron, Wake Forest

The conference's top pass-blocking grade to his name, Herron saw 29 snaps in pass protection without allowing a single pressure.

Second-Team OT: Ryan Swoboda, Virginia

Edge Defender

Cory Durden, FSU

Anytime you allow 44 points and are forced to overtime, it's hard to see why a defensive player would make this list but Durden did all he could for FSU. On his 33 pass-rushing snaps, he recorded seven pressures including a sack, a QB hit and five more hurries. He made five defensive stops, forced a fumble and didn't miss a single tackle in a potential breakout performance.

Second-Team Edge: Kelton Dawson, Georgia Tech

Edge Defender

Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest

Rising up the charts of ACC edge defenders, Basham put forth another dominant outing on Friday against Rice. He recorded four pressures, three defensive stops and a forced fumble with multiple more pass-rushing victories that saw the ball get out quicker than he had the chance to record pressure.

Second-Team Edge: Xavier Thomas, Clemson

Defensive Interior

Alim McNeill, NC State

The Wolfpack defensive tackle led the conference with his pass-rushing grade from this weekend, recording a sack in the process. He also had plus-grades across the board that saw him nab another three defensive stops.

Second-Team DI: G.G. Robinson, Louisville

Defensive Interior

Aaron Faumui, Virginia

Faumui led the conference with two sacks from the defensive interior doing all his damage on the afternoon without missing a single tackle as well.

Second-Team DI: Aaron Crawford, North Carolina

Linebacker

Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech

Making our National Team of the Week, Thomas is a reliable piece of the front seven of the Yellow Jackets who can be relied upon as he made four defensive stops, two sacks, seven total tackles and a forced fumble with strong grades in coverage as well.

Second-Team LB: Jordan Mack, Virginia

Linebacker

Zane Zandler, Virginia

On 34 snaps across the defense for the Cavs, Zandler brought home two QB pressures, six total tackles, six defensive stops and didn't miss any of his tackle attempts in a great all-around performance.

Second-Team LB: Justin Strnad, Wake Forest

Cornerback

Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh

It was apparent that Ohio QB Nathan Rourke was not well in this game but Jackson made it even worse when Rourke looked his way in coverage. On 24 coverage snaps, Jackson was targeted just once and broke up the lone attempt his way and made a defensive stop in the run game to boot.

Second-Team CB: Trey Morrison, North Carolina

Cornerback

Essang Bassey, Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons spot Bassey on our ACC Team of the Week yet again as he saw a whopping six targets while allowing just one lone reception for a lowly 16.9% completion percentage in his coverage.

Second-Team CB: Michael Carter II, Duke

Safety

Tanner Muse, Clemson

Finishing the game with an interception in the red zone that thwarted a Texas A&M drive, Muse's all-around performance garnered elite grades. He made two defensive stops in the run game and an additional pass breakup as he flew all over the field for the nation's No. 1 team.

Second-Team S: Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State

Safety

Tariq Carpenter, Georgia Tech

Of his seven solo tackles in the contest, Carpenter recorded six defensive stops to keep USF off their gameplan on offense. He allowed a touchdown in coverage but was sharp outside of that, sharp enough to warrant his spot here.

Second-Team S: Juanyeh Thomas, Georgia Tech

Flex

Nolan Borgersen, Boston College

On just 28 snaps, Borgersen was ultra-impressive with a strong performance in coverage. He saw two targets as the primary coverage defender, intercepting one and allowing one reception for just six yards.

Second-Team Flex: Russ Yeast, Louisville

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