Quarterbacks Tajh Boyd of Clemson and Jameis Winston of Florida State head up the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Player of the Week honorees for Week 6 after leading their teams to conference victories with eye-opening performances on Saturday.
Boyd was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week after throwing for a school-record 455 yards and five touchdowns in the third-ranked Tigers' 49-14 ACC road win at Syracuse. Winston earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors after throwing for career highs of 393 yards and five touchdowns in the eighth-ranked Seminoles' 63-0 victory over 25th-ranked Maryland.
Boyd was one of three Clemson players honored, as senior guard Kalon Davis picked up ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week accolades, and junior end Vic Beasley was named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Miami saw two players recognized following the 14th-ranked Hurricanes' 45-30 win over Georgia Tech, as cornerback Ladarius Gunter was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week and sophomore running back/kick returner Duke Johnson was named the ACC Specialist of the Week.
Wake Forest senior Michael Campanaro was honored as the ACC Receiver of the Week, and Boston College senior Kevin Pierre-Louis received the nod as ACC Linebacker of the Week.
The weekly honor is the fourth of the season for Florida State's Winston, who was named ACC Rookie of the Week for the third time and earned ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors on Sept. 30. Winston also received national accolades this week, as he was cited as the National Offensive Player of the Week by both the Walter Camp Foundation and Athlon Sports on Sunday.
Clemson's Boyd was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the second time in 2013 after also receiving the honor on Sept. 3. Clemson's Beasley was also honored for the second time this season after being named the ACC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week on Sept. 23.
OFFENSIVE BACK – Tajh Boyd, Sr.-R QB, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va.
Boyd completed 20-of-27 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns in Clemson's win over Syracuse. Boyd had a passing efficiency mark of 261.1, the best in the nation this year given a minimum of 20 attempts. Boyd threw for five touchdowns totaling 250 yards, the most single-game yards on scoring passes in Clemson history. He had a 60-yard scoring pass to Adam Humphries, a 42-yarder to Humphries, a 40-yarder to Martavis Bryant and a 17-yarder to Stanton Seckinger in the first half. He then threw a 91-yard scoring pass to Sammy Watkins in the third period to put the game away. That was the second longest play from scrimmage in Clemson history. Boyd became the third player in ACC history to go over 10,000 yards in total offense with the performance. It was his 26th win as a Clemson quarterback, placing him second in school history.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Kalon Davis, Clemson, R-Jr., OG, 6-5, 330, Chester, S.C.
Davis graded out at a career-high 93 percent for 62 plays and had five knockdown blocks in Clemson's win over Syracuse. He graded 97 percent on pass blocking against the Syracuse defense that did a lot of blitzing. The Clemson offense gained 439 yards in the first half and scored 35 points with Davis playing all 49 snaps at offensive guard. The Tigers finished with 49 points and 624 yards of total offense.
DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Vic Beasley, Clemson, Jr-R. DE, 6-3, 225, Adairsville, Ga.
Beasley had two sacks for eight yards and four tackles for loss for 13 yards in Clemson's win over Syracuse. He had five total tackles in 43 snaps. He moved into the national lead in sacks with the performance with eight in five games. Twice in the second half, a sack by Beasley took Syracuse out of field goal range, including once with the score 35-14 and Syracuse in the midst of a potential momentum-changing drive. Beasley also had a quarterback pressure and his constant presence in the offensive backfield helped limit the Orange only had 74 passing yards.