ACC Football: Records Primed to be Broken

A wild Week 1 of ACC Football is in the books, and it certainly did not disappoint. Louisville’s Lamar Jackson set a school record accounting for eight touchdowns – in the first half. In Orlando, true freshman Ricky Aguayo one-upped his big brother by setting an FBS freshman and Florida State record with six made field goals. 

So, what other ACC and NCAA records are primed to be broken? Here’s a look at season and career records which could fall in 2016, even as early as this weekend.

Career 400+ Yard Games (ACC)

Current Record Holder: Tajh Boyd (Clemson): 8
Who Could Break It: Deshaun Watson (Clemson): 7
*Clemson hosts Troy and South Carolina State in the next two weeks.  

Career Punt Return Yards (ACC) and TDs (NCAA)

Current Record Holder:
-Return Yards: Eddie Royal (VT): 1,296
-Return TDs: Antonio Perkins (Oklahoma) & Wes Welker (Texas Tech): 8
Who Could Break It: Ryan Switzer (UNC): 996 yards, 7 TDs
*Tar Heels travel this weekend to play Illinois– a team that surrendered an 85-yard punt return TD to Switzer a year ago. 

Single-Season Sacks (ACC)

Current Record Holder: Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson): 16
Who Could Break It: DeMarcus Walker (FSU): 4.5 *through one game
*An average of one sack per game throughout the rest of the season would secure the record for Walker. 

Career Kickoff Return TDs (ACC)

Current Record Holder: C.J. Spiller (Clemson): 7
Who Could Break It: DeVon Edwards (Duke): 6
*Edwards has returned a kickoff for a touchdown against four teams on Duke’s 2016 schedule – Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Pitt.

Single-Season Yards From Scrimmage (ACC)

Current Record Holder: Andre Williams (Boston College): 2,177
Who Could Break It: Dalvin Cook (FSU): 192 *through one game
*Cook’s 1,935 yards from scrimmage in 2015 ranks 5th all-time in the ACC. Through one game he is on pace to set a new personal and ACC record.

Single-Season Total TDs (ACC)

Current Record Holder: Deshaun Watson (Clemson): 47 in 2015
Who Could Break It: Lamar Jackson (Louisville): 8 *through one game
*Jackson needs to average 3.4 total TDs through 12 more games (includes one postseason game) to break Watson’s record.
*And of course, you can’t count out Watson who, despite just one TD last week, could still better his own record.

Single-Season Made Field Goals (ACC and NCAA)

Current Record Holder:
-ACC: Greg Huegel (Clemson), Roberto Aguayo (FSU), Gary Cismesia (FSU), Sebastian Janikowski (FSU): 27 
-NCAA: Billy Bennett (Georgia): 33
Who Could Break It: Ricky Aguayo (FSU): 6 *through one game
*Aguayo needs just two field goals per game throughout the rest of the regular season to break the ACC record and 2.25 field goals per game (including a postseason game) to tie the NCAA mark. 

Single-Season Points (ACC)

Current Record Holder: Roberto Aguayo (FSU): 157
Who Could Break It: Ricky Aguayo (FSU): 21 *through one game
*Aguayo needs an average of 11.5 points per game throughout the rest of the Seminoles’ season (including bowl game) to break his brother’s ACC scoring and NCAA scoring by a kicker records.