Monday, January 30, 2012
Your turn: Top player performances of 2011
By Heather Dinich
On Friday I started you off with 10 of the ACC's best individual performances of 2011and asked for your feedback about plays I missed and ones that stood out the most for you. Florida State fans were very vocal about Rashad Greene's MVP performance against Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl. Definitely a legitimate candidate to be included in the top 10. Greene wasn't the only one who got some love from ACC fans, though. A few Dukies woke me up, too. Overall, more than half of the schools in the ACC got a shoutout.
Here's a sampling of what you had to say in the mailbag:
FB the Bear (The ACCylum) writes: How about Lamar Millers performance against VT as he rushed for 160+ yards against the vaunted VT defense for 2 years straight. I know as a VT fan I'm glad to see him go pro!!!
Rev. Dodd in Faynam, N.C., writes: Howdy Heather!One more individual standout game I like to salute ... especially since the guy got so little fanfare this year.Korntei Brown, backup DE for Clemson, collected 2 ... count 'em ... 2 touchdowns in th e Tigers' romp over North Carolina. He intercepted a screen pass for the first, then scoop and scored a fumble for the second.Never seen it before by one person, and may never again.ThanksThe Rev.
Matthew in Pensacola writes:Heather, you totally forgot about Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner's "all aspect" day against Notre Dame in the Champ's Sports Bowl. Not only did he have his end zone interception, but he was a missile in run support. How many tackles did he have in that game? Speaking of tackles, let's talk about the intangible aspects of his hard hitting play that left more than one receiver wobbly and terrified of the middle of the field. Not to mention that when called upon, he seamlessly integrated himself into the CB roll. That should be enough, but let me throw the cherry on top with a 77 yard kick return. Now THAT'S how you finish off a season.
2ACCschools in Elkton, Va., writes:Luke Kuechly's interception in the Miami game, to end his BC career with an exclamation point.
Jack in Durham, N.C., writes:Best individual performances of 2011You forgot Matt Daniels' performance against Virginia Tech! 13 tackles 2 ints - a big reason why Duke was in a position to win.
Mark Jordan in Virginia writes:Are you serious? How is Matt Daniels against Virginia Tech not in the top 10.... He was ALL-ACC and one of the best safties in the country. He had two picks and at a huge break up on Danny Coale that got overturned from an interception. He also put huge hits on Wilson, and had at least 3 third down stops. Im still confused how these other players are on this. Goes to show how Duke is looked at...
Josh in Blacksburg writes:You forgot Bryn Renners week one performance that set the ACC completion percentage record. And the fact that the only time a pass was incomplete was when it was intercepted, so still caught.
Chris in Greenville, N.C., writes:NC State QB Mike Glennon vs. Maryland. 5 TD passes!
Mitch Abbott in Raleigh, N.C., writes:Seriously HD? Seriously? You didn't put Mike Glennon's performance against Maryland. He threw for over 300 yards with 5 TDs 1 pick and a rushing TD in the second biggest comeback in ACC history.
Chad Felts in Winston-Salem, N.C., writes:UVA's Rodney McLeod with 3 int's against Maryland. 2 in the red zone/at the goal line to get UVA bowl eligible for first time in 4 seasons.
Joey Wells in Greensboro, N.C., writes:Rashad Greene vs ND. Without him, I don't think FSU wins that game. The catch he makes along the sideline on 3rd and long turned the game around and made ND's defense back off.