- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Let's check in on the NCAA stats to see how players in the ACC stack up through the first three weeks of the season.
I have included players that rank in the Top 10 of every individual statistical category.
With seven field goal kickers still perfect on the year, the ACC leads all conferences nationally in field goal percentage and field goals made. Boston College junior Nate Freese leads the way, having made all seven of his field goal attempts this year, followed closely by Clemson’s Chandler Catanzaro, who has been perfect on six attempts. Catanzaro tied the Clemson school record for consecutive field goals against Furman, making his 14th straight. Jake Wieclaw of Miami, Ross Martin of Duke, Casey Barth of North Carolina, Drew Jarrett of Virginia and Dustin Hopkins of Florida State also are perfect so far.
The ACC has two players ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in total passing yards. One may be a little unexpected. Chase Rettig of Boston College ranks No. 8, with 951 yards on the season. The other is North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, who checks in at No. 10 with 870 yards.
Three league players rank in in the Top 10 in receptions per game: No.6 DeAndre Hopkins of Clemson (8.67), No. 8 Alex Amidon of Boston College (8.33) and No. 10 Michael Campanaro of Wake Forest (8). Amidon ranks No. 2 in the nation in total receiving yards with 366, while Hopkins ranks No. 8 with 319.
Miami freshman Duke Johnson is the only ACC player ranked in the Top 10 in all-purpose yards, checking in at No. 2 with an average of 212.7 yards per game. Johnson also ranks in a tie for No. 9 in scoring with an average of 12 points per game.
On defense, the ACC has three players ranked in the top 10 in total tackles -- including national leader Nick Clancy at Boston College with 43. His teammate, Kevin Pierre-Louis has 36 to rank No. 7 and Jack Tyler at Virginia Tech ranks No. 10 with 35.
Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner leads the nation in sacks with 6.5, and tackles for loss (three pg).
Ross Cockrell of Duke is tied for No. 4 in the nation with three interceptions, and leads the nation in passes defended (nine). Teammate Will Monday checks in at No. 10 in the nation in punting with a 45.6-yard average.
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