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ACC Helmet Stickers: Week 5

10/3/2010

Here's a look at the ACC's top-five performers for Week 5:

FSU defensive coordinator Mark Stoops: He knew when he took the job what a project it would be transforming one of the worst defenses in the country into a respectable group. He has made significant progress in five games and Saturday's 34-14 win was further proof. FSU held Virginia to just 42 yards in the first half, and sacked quarterback Marc Verica three times before the break. FSU entered the game leading the nation with 19 sacks and got six more. They also had two interceptions.

Virginia Tech: It's too hard to single out one player, as Jayron Hosley accounted for all three interceptions, Tyrod Taylor tied for a career-high three touchdowns and ran for 100 yards, and Darren Evans ran for 100 yards and two touchdowns as the Hokies dug out of a 17-0 hole to beat No. 23 NC State on the road.

Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt: His nine-yard touchdown pass with 15 seconds remaining was the game-winner in a 24-20 comeback win over Wake Forest. He threw for 130 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 72 more yards.

UNC tailback Shaun Draughn: He scored three second-half touchdowns and finished with 137 yards on 27 carries in the Tar Heels' 42-17 win over East Carolina. He scored on a 13-yard run in the final minute, capping a drive in which he carried the ball on every play. He came up a yard short of his career high.

Miami: After losing on the road to No. 2 Ohio State, the Canes have now won back-to-back road games, including their first ACC game. Quarterback Jacory Harris threw four touchdown passes, receiver Leonard Hankerson had seven catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns, and cornerback Brandon Harris made the play of the game with a fourth-and-one stop from him own 20-yard line. The defense forced six turnovers.