Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Bizarro world in ACC stats
By ESPN.com staff
Go ahead. Try and guess who the ACC's leading rusher is right now.
It's not Ryan Williams. It's not Darren Evans. It's not Montel Harris. It's not Joshua Nesbitt. And it's not Da'Rel Scott -- all returning 1,000-yard rushers.
It's Duke sophomore Desmond Scott, who is averaging 99.5 yards per game. Last season, the Blue Devils ranked 120th in the NCAA in rushing as a team with 63.5 yards per game. Scott recorded his second career 100-yard game at Wake Forest, rushing for a career-high 122 yards and one touchdown on just 11 carries. His other 100-yard game came against N.C. Central last year when he rushed for 100 yards on 16 carries in his collegiate debut.
There are new names all over the ACC's list of leading rushers, including Keith Payne and Perry Jones at Virginia, and Davin Meggett at Maryland. That's just one example of how the stats reflect the disjointed start in the ACC.
Guess who's leading the ACC in passing average per game? North Carolina's T.J. Yates, whom Carolina fans were ready to send packing. (Oh, and he's followed by Duke's Sean Renfree and Virginia's Marc Verica. Christian Ponder is No. 9).
Pass efficiency? Duke's Renfree, a first-year starter.
Receptions per game? Duke's Conner Vernon.
Tackles for loss? Wake's Kyle Wilber.
Interceptions? Wake's Alex Frye.
About the only sense of normality in the ACC stat world right now is at Maryland, where linebacker Alex Wujciak is leading the conference in tackles, followed by BC linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Sure, we're only two weeks into the season, but after only two weeks, Duke, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Virginia have all produced a few surprises worth keeing an eye on.