ACC: clutch performers present

Top 5 clutch players to watch this season

August, 1, 2008
8/01/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Again ... alphabetically ...

James Davis, Clemson, running back -- He's already accounted for two game-winning plays in his career (2005, 2006). Davis enters this season needing 837 yards to become the program's all-time leading rusher.

Jacoby Ford, Clemson, wide receiver -- Look for more out of this do-it-all track star who has been injured and overshadowed by teammate Aaron Kelly. He's even faster now that his fibula has healed and can be used just about anywhere the Tigers need him.

Victor "Macho" Harris, Virginia Tech, cornerback -- Plays like his 100-yard kickoff return at Clemson make Harris clutch. He finished second in the ACC in passes defended last year (16), and tied for the team lead with five interceptions.

Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest, cornerback -- There might not have been a bigger clutch play last season than Smith's 100-yard interception return against Maryland that sparked his team to rally from a 24-3 deficit to a 31-24 overtime win. He's already set a school-record with eight interceptions in 2007, including three touchdown returns.

Sam Swank, Wake Forest, placekicker -- You have to have a guy who makes field goals on this list, and the Demon Deacons' all-time leading scorer (286 points) is the best choice. Swank is the nation's active career leader with 60 field goals.

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