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OAYP: Week Three ACC Roundup

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

Week three 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 some have only played one FBS game, and the rankings are still pretty uneven. I’ll start releasing those once the numbers find a little more of an equilibrium. Stats compiled against FCS opponents, for neither teams nor individuals, are factored into the formula.

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 if 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, my original plan was to start including them around week six, but now I’m going to begin throwing them in once they’ve made qualifying appearances in at least four FBS games, so some of them will be eligible as early as next week.

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.

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 not affect the marginal scores.

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.

POSITION RANKINGS

QB

  1. Trevor Lawrence, Clemson 1.14
  2. Jamie Newman, Wake Forest 0.83
  3. Ryan Willis, Virginia Tech 0.19
  4. Anthony Brown, Boston College 0.16
  5. Bryce Perkins, Virginia 0.05

RB

  1. Travis Etienne, Clemson 3.05
  2. Lyn-J Dixon, Clemson 1.58
  3. Cam Akers, Florida State 0.53
  4. Jordan Mason, Georgia Tech 0.52
  5. Deejay Dallas, Miami 0.42

WR

  1. Tamorrion Terry, Florida State 3.13
  2. Justyn Ross, Clemson 2.41
  3. Tee Higgins, Clemson 2.02
  4. Tre Turner, Virginia Tech 1.75
  5. Scotty Washington, Wake Forest 1.09

TE

  1. Cary Angeline, NC State 1.34
  2. Jack Freudenthal, Wake Forest 1.05
  3. Carl Tucker, North Carolina 0.96
  4. Tyler Davis, Georgia Tech 0.53
  5. Will Gragg, Pitt 0.34

OT

  1. Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson 2.31
  2. Justin Herron, Wake Forest 0.1
  3. Charlie Heck, North Carolina -0.31
  4. Zach Quinney, Georgia Tech -0.33
  5. Dillon Reinkensmeyer, Virginia -0.45

OG

  1. John Simpson, Clemson 0.47
  2. Ryan Nelson, Virginia -0.08
  3. Rakavius Chambers, Duke -0.63
  4. Navaughn Donaldson, Miami -0.71
  5. Nathan Gilliam, Wake Forest -0.75

C

  1. Sean Pollard, Clemson 1.86
  2. Kenny Cooper, Georgia Tech -0.37
  3. Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke -0.43
  4. Airon Servais, Syracuse -0.46
  5. Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt -0.66

EDGE

  1. Jonathan Garvin, Miami 2.62
  2. Xavier Thomas, Clemson 2.06
  3. Carlos Basham, Wake Forest 1.57
  4. Alton Robinson, Syracuse 1.51
  5. Trevon Hill, Miami 1.4

DL

  1. Tanner Karafa, Boston College 1.41
  2. Nyles Pinckney, Clemson 1.17
  3. Marvin Wilson, Florida State 1.02
  4. Larrell Murchison, NC State 1
  5. Derrick Tangelo, Duke 0.62

LB

  1. Isaiah Simmons, Clemson 3.65
  2. Shaq Quarterman, Miami 2.66
  3. Jordan Mack, Virginia 2.11
  4. Michael Pinckney, Miami 1.78
  5. Justin Strnad, Wake Forest 1.44

CB

  1. Bryce Hall, Virginia 3.77
  2. Trajan Bandy, Miami 1.76
  3. Dane Jackson, Pitt 1.65
  4. AJ Terrell, Clemson 1.57
  5. Essang Bassey, Wake Forest 1.48

S

  1. Andre Cisco, Syracuse 2.07
  2. Joey Blount, Virginia 1.69
  3. Tanner Muse, Clemson 1.03
  4. Myles Dorn, North Carolina 0.93
  5. K'Von Wallace, Clemson 0.87

OAYP TEAM OF THE WEEK

Offense

QB -- Quentin Harris, Duke
RB -- Michael Carter, North Carolina
RB -- AJ Dillon, Boston College
WR -- Tutu Atwell, Louisville
WR -- Amari Rodgers, Clemson
WR -- Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
TE -- Cary Angeline, NC State
OT -- Casey Holman, Duke
OT -- Justin Herron, Wake Forest
OG -- John Phillips, Boston College
OG -- Gage Cervenka, Clemson
C -- Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia

Defense

EDGE -- Chris Rumph, Duke
EDGE -- Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
DL -- Amonte Caban, Louisville
DL -- Tyler Davis, Clemson
LB -- Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
LB -- James Skalski, Clemson
LB -- Justin Strnad, Wake Forest
CB -- Anthony Johnson, Louisville
CB -- Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
S -- Nasir Greer, Wake Forest
S -- Myles Dorn, North Carolina
DB -- Mehdi El Attrach, Boston College

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