Wake Forest’s Sage Surratt, Duke’s Victor Dimukeje, and N.C. State’s Louis Acceus earned ACC Player of the Week honors after this past week’s games.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced its Players of the Week, and three local players picked up honors for their respective performances last week: Wake Forest sophomore wide receiver Sage Surratt, Duke junior defensive end Victor Dimukeje, and N.C. State junior linebacker Louis Acceus
Receiver of the Week: Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
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Surratt earned his third weekly honor of the season after his performance in the Demon Deacons’ 62-59 loss to Louisville. Despite Wake’s close defeat, Surratt shone by catching 12 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns.
Two of his three scores came in the first half before his production took off even further in the second half with seven receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown. Four of his receptions netted over 20 yards for the Deacs while nine of his 12 catches moved the chains for Wake Forest.
The Demon Deacons tallied a total of 423 receiving yards on 33 receptions with five touchdowns. In the offensive shootout that erupted in Winston-Salem, Surratt’s Herculean kept the Wake Forest offense in the game until the waning moments.
Defensive Lineman of the Week: Victor Dimukeje, Duke
Dimukeje racked up six total tackles, including three sacks, in the Blue Devils’ 41-23 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Baltimore product also forced a fumble and pressured the Yellow Jackets’ quarterback twice with an additional pressure coming on what amounted to a failed two-point conversion.
Two of Dimukeje’s three sacks came on third downs that ultimately led to punts with the other sack coming on a fourth down to give the Duke offense the ball back. His sack total for the game was the most for a Devil defender versus an ACC opponent since 2003.
With a porous Georgia Tech offensive line, Dimukeje took advantage and helped tip the game in favor of the Blue Devils. Duke needs the best out of Dimukeje and the rest of its defense moving forward, especially with a tough Virginia team next on its slate.
Linebacker of the Week: Louis Acceus, N.C. State
Acceus posted a career high in tackles with 14 in the Wolfpack’s Thursday night 16-10 win over Syracuse. Those 14 tackles included 10 by himself and three sacks for a combined loss of 30 yards. Two of his three sacks came on back-to-back plays on a second-quarter drive that ended in an empty possession for the Orange.
The Spring Valley, N.Y. native aided State’s rush defense that held the Syracuse offense to just 41 yards on the ground. Acceus’ Thursday night performance boosted his season tackle total to 36, second on the team, and his sack total to 4.5 for 36 yards, seventh-best in the ACC.
The Wolfpack’s contest against Syracuse came down to the final minutes of the fourth quarter. With Acceus’ presence limiting the Orange offense, State managed to hang on to win its first conference game of the season.
Updated Players of the Week Totals
The four local area schools are now up to 21 total weekly honors. This includes dual honors for North Carolina’s Sam Howell on Sept. 9 and Oct. 7. The Tar Heels lead the four schools with eight thus far.
Surratt’s honor moves the Demon Deacons’ individual honors to seven. Along with the Lincolnton, N.C. native’s third honor, Wake Forest has also had Jamie Newman (QB, Sept. 3), Scotty Washington (WR, Sept. 9), Carlos “Boogie” Basham (DL, Sept. 16), and Nassir Greer (DB, Sept. 16) earn the weekly accolades at their respective position groups thus far this season.
Dimukeje brings the Blue Devils’ weekly honors total up to three. Before Dimukeje’s dismantling of Georgia Tech, Jack Wohlabaugh (OL, Sept. 30) and Koby Quansah (LB, Sept. 30) both earned ACC Player of the Week status after Duke’s 35-point win over Virginia Tech on Sept. 27.
Acceus earned the Wolfpack its third ACC Player of the Week. Prior to Acceus’ honors, Chris Ingram (DB, Sept. 23) and Larrell Murchison (DL, Sept. 30) were the only other N.C. State players to achieve those marks in 2019.