Tuesday, October 2, 2012
ACC Heisman Watch: Week 6
By Andrea Adelson
Time to take a gander at the top Heisman contenders from the ACC.
1. EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State. Manuel followed up his breakout game against Clemson with a quiet game this past week against USF. Manuel threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and was not much of a factor in the run game as the Seminoles won 30-17. Still, Manuel completed more than 70 percent of his passes and continues to lead the ACC in pass efficiency. He ranks No. 8 in the nation in that category. On the season, Manuel has thrown for 1,147 yards, with nine touchdowns and one interception. He also has 197 yards rushing. As long as he keeps playing consistently and Florida State keeps winning, he should be in the Heisman mix. He remains a distant second this week in the ESPN.com Heisman Watch.
2. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson. Boyd continued his terrific play in a 45-31 win over Boston College. He completed 28 of 38 passes for 367 yards and three scores and added 42 yards rushing and another score. His 409 yards of total offense gave him the sixth 400-yard total offense game in Clemson history. Boyd also tied Charlie Whitehurst for the school's career touchdown mark with 49. It took Whitehurst 44 career games to do it. Boyd has done it in only 26 games. On the season, Boyd has thrown for 1,356 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions and has added 161 yards rushing and another score. Boyd got a vote this week.