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OAYP: Week One ACC Roundup

By Jim Johnson
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OAYP ranks the Top 5 ACC players at each position after week one, and gives its team of the week .

One week is in the books, and OAYP has been fully updated to reflect the new data.

These conference roundups will be released each week detailing the most highly rated players in the league, the top performers of that week, and the ever-changing overall team strength, offensive, and defensive rankings.

The team rankings will not be included in this week’s review, as 42 FBS teams have still yet to play another FBS team. Stats compiled against FCS opponents, for neither teams nor individuals, are factored into the formula. So, given the marginal nature of the metric, everything is contingent upon everything else. As such, until all 130 have played one of the other 129 FBS teams, no one has scores.

Well, no team does. The players, however, do. Below you’ll find OAYP’s top five players in the league at every position group. That said, only players that met the full, or at least the secondary qualifying minimums last year are included. That’s to prevent inordinate swings in the rankings. Even is someone performed extremely well in week one, a full season’s worth of 2018 data is probably more telling than that single game. For those that did not meet the minimum thresholds, you can expect to start seeing them around week six, once the numbers have had an opportunity to stabilize and find somewhat of an equilibrium. I also decided not to include full or secondary qualifiers that didn’t play FBS games this week, but you should see all of them a week from now.

Obviously, the new 2019 data does play a role, but a smaller one, for the time being, and will continue to comprise more of each given score as the season goes on, until 2018 can justifiably be factored out.

And remember, tiers are more useful than straight up rankings. The rule of thumb I’ve been using is: <-1.0 is a red flag, -1.0 to -0.01 is below average, 0.0 is the mean, 0.1 to 0.49 is above average, 0.5 to 1.0 is very good, 1.0 to 1.99 is a star, and 2.0+ is a bonafide superstar, which I suppose would make the handful of 3.0+ guys aliens or something.

Also of note, these scores are not only relative to each conference, but Southern Pigskin’s entire coverage area -- the ACC, SEC, and Sun Belt. With that large a player pool, any particularly strong or weak position groups in a given league should no longer affect the marginal scores.



  1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson 1.24
  2. Anthony Brown, Boston College 0.26
  3. Jamie Newman, Wake Forest 0.25
  4. Bryce Perkins, Virginia 0.12
  5. Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech 0.01


  1. Travis Etienne, Clemson 2.69
  2. Lyn-J Dixon, Clemson 2.06
  3. Antonio Williams, North Carolina 0.38
  4. Jordan Mason, Georgia Tech 0.31
  5. Deejay Dallas, Miami 0.22


  1. Tamorrion Terry, Florida State 2.78
  2. Justyn Ross, Clemson 2.19
  3. Tee Higgins, Clemson 1.37
  4. Tre Turner, VT 1.34
  5. Joe Reed, Virginia 0.91


  1. Jack Freudenthal, Wake Forest 1.11
  2. Carl Tucker, North Carolina 0.86
  3. Tyler Davis, Georgia Tech 0.51
  4. Will Gragg, Pitt 0.18
  5. Jake Burt, Boston College -0.02


  1. Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson 1.52
  2. Charlie Heck, North Carolina 0.08
  3. Justin Herron, Wake Forest 0.03
  4. Zach Quinney, Georgia Tech -0.17
  5. Dillon Reinkensmeyer, Virginia -0.39


  1. John Simpson, Clemson 0.34
  2. Ryan Nelson, Virginia 0.08
  3. Evan Adams, Syracuse -0.03
  4. Navaughn Donaldson, Miami -0.29
  5. Rakavius Chambers, Duke -0.31


  1. Sean Pollard, Clemson 0.95
  2. Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt -0.09
  3. Kenny Cooper, Georgia Tech -0.14
  4. Nick Polino, North Carolina -0.2
  5. Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke -0.2


  1. Jonathan Garvin, Miami 2.26
  2. Alton Robinson, Syracuse 2.17
  3. Trevon Hill, Miami 1.81
  4. Xavier Thomas, Clemson 1.74
  5. Kendall Coleman, Syracuse 1.08


  1. Tanner Karafa, Boston College 1.16
  2. Marvin Wilson, Florida State 1.05
  3. Nyles Pinckney, Clemson 0.88
  4. Larrell Murchison, NC State 0.8
  5. Derrick Tangelo, Duke 0.46


  1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson 2.42
  2. Shaq Quarterman, Miami 1.86
  3. Jordan Mack, Virginia 1.23
  4. Michael Pinckney, Miami 1.21
  5. Romeo Finley, Miami 1.13


  1. Bryce Hall, Virginia 2.45
  2. Dane Jackson, Pitt 1.35
  3. Trajan Bandy, Miami 1.35
  4. AJ Terrell, Clemson 1.15
  5. Essang Bassey, Wake Forest 1.06


  1. Andre Cisco, Syracuse 1.66
  2. Joey Blount, Virginia 1.23
  3. K'Von Wallace, Clemson 0.61
  4. Brenton Nelson, Virginia 0.6
  5. Tanner Muse, Clemson 0.48


The teams of the week do include nonqualifiers from 2018. These are simply the highest single game scores of week one at each position.

QB -- Anthony Brown, Boston College
RB -- Travis Etienne, Clemson
RB -- AJ Davis, Pitt
WR -- Kobay White, Boston College
WR -- Tamorrion Terry, Florida State
WR -- Tee Higgins, Clemson
TE -- Marshon Ford, Louisville
OT -- Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson
OT -- Airon Servais, Syracuse
OG -- John Simpson, Clemson
OG -- Joshua Fedd-Jackson, NCST
C -- Sean Pollard, Clemson

EDGE -- Kendall Coleman, Syracuse
EDGE -- Alton Robinson, Syracuse
DL -- Larrell Murchison, NC State
DL -- TJ Rayam, Boston College
LB -- Lakiem Williams, Syracuse
LB -- Max Richardson, Boston College
LB -- Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech
CB -- Bryce Hall, Virginia
CB -- Damarri Mathis, Pitt
CB -- Greg Ross, North Carolina
S -- Myles Wolfolk, North Carolina
S -- Joey Blount, Virginia

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP