- David M. Hale, ESPN Staff Writer
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College football is back, and these were the ACC's top five performers from Week 1:
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd: There's plenty of credit to go around for Clemson. Sammy Watkins re-emerged as one of the nation's top receivers with six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown. Roderick McDowell ran with a purpose, tallying 132 yards on the ground. Vic Beasley and the Clemson D managed to hold their own, pushing around the Georgia O-line for long stretches. But it was Boyd who was the real star. The senior cemented his place in the Heisman discussion, throwing for 270 yards, running for 42 more and accounting for five touchdowns. He was the difference in a game that lived up to enormous advanced billing.
Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown: What a difference a year makes at quarterback for the Terps, eh? Last year, the merry-go-round featured five different QBs, including one who was really a linebacker. But with Brown finally healthy, the Maryland offense looked dynamic in an easy win over FIU. Brown accounted for five touchdowns in the first half, ran for more than 100 yards and threw for nearly 300.
Georgia Tech's defense: OK, so Elon probably wasn't the biggest test Paul Johnson's crew will get this year, but the Yellow Jackets' 70-0 win was as dominant as it gets -- setting a new ACC record for the most lopsided win in conference history. There were plenty of accolades to go around, but special attention should go to the defense, which recorded two long INT returns for touchdowns in its first game under new coordinator Ted Roof.
Wake Forest wide receiver Jonathan Williams: With top receiver Michael Campanaro missing the game while nursing a hamstring injury, the freshman filled in to the tune of five catches for 143 yards. Wake trailed after the first quarter as the offense struggled, but Williams helped ignite the Deacons' attack with receptions of 42 and 53 yards. The latter helped set up a second-quarter touchdown that effectively crushed Presbyterian's upset hopes.
Miami running back Duke Johnson: There were no questions about the potential of Miami's dynamic running back entering 2013, but Johnson didn't waste any time proving why people are excited about the Hurricanes' offense. Johnson set career highs with 19 carries and 186 yards (with a touchdown) in spite of finding a spot on the bench in the third quarter. Oh, and he added a 38-yard reception for good measure.
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