ACC Up In Arms
This season, the ACC showcases three outstanding quarterback/wide receiver tandems that make Saturday afternoons thrilling and very high scoring. Sophomore Tajh Boyd from Clemson, Sophomore Tanner Price from Wake Forest and Junior Sean Renfree with Duke have tossed their way into the record books and frustrated opposing defenses who have tried to hold them down.
Boyd, who ranks #9 nationally and #1 in the ACC in passing, has found a terrific go-to guy in freshman WR Sammy Watkins, who has burst onto the turf with numbers that would dazzle even a South Carolina fan. The chemistry between them has made the Tigers almost unstoppable on offense as Clemson ranks #12 in the country in scoring offense. After eight games, Boyd has 2,379 total yards passing, 24 TD’s and three INT’s while averaging 297.4 yards per game. He also has rushed for 161 yards. As for Watkins, the 6’1” Florida native has got to be a lock for ACC Rookie of the Year with stats like 102.4 receiving yards per game and 9 TD’s. Clemson averages 40 points per game and has red-zone success of 82.8%.
Wake Forest’s Price sits at #2 in the ACC in passing and #26 in the nation with 1,821 total yards, 14 TD’s and 3 INT’s. He’s averaging 260.1 yards per game and his favorite target is junior WR Chris Givens, who is as gifted as any receiver in the nation. The 6’5’ Texan is #4 nationally with a 126.6 average and eight TD’s. He grabbed two touchdown passes against Duke on Saturday while Price went 15 of 25 for 215 yards.
You may think the only guys who can pass the ball from Duke are on the basketball team but not so fast my friend! Junior QB, Sean Renfree from Arizona, is a standout behind center and is tall enough to play for Coach K at 6’5”. He’s #3 in the ACC with 1,791 yards, 6 TD’s and 4 INT’s and a passing accuracy of 67.8%. He likes to connect with junior Conner Vernon, a 6’1” wide out from Florida who is the #3 catcher in the ACC. Vernon averages 93.1 yards per game with 4 TD’s so far this season. The Blue Devils aren’t afraid to go for it on fourth down, either, averaging 78.5% success.
Defensive Coordinators have their hands full strategizing ways to shut these guys down but so far, it’s been a tough assignment. With Wake sitting right behind Clemson in the Atlantic Division, be prepared for some outrageous numbers on the scoreboards and the stat sheets.