You don’t need anyone to tell you that the Syracuse Orange’s Amba Etta-Tawo was the best receiver in the ACC last week. Still, it’s nice to see it acknowledged by other parties.
Etta-Tawo contributed quite a bit to Saturday’s record-setting game against Pittsburgh -- most notably five (!!!) touchdown catches. He also had 13 receptions and 178 yards. Those numbers further padded his all-time leads in several Syracuse categories, and helped him gain a few more.
With nine TD catches heading into the final contest of the year, Etta-Tawo looked pretty far from Tommy Kane’s record of 14 from 1987, yet he ended up equaling it on Saturday. His 13 catches gave him 94 for the year — 24 more than the previous high. Etta-Tawo’s 178 yards made his season total 1,482, which 351 more than the previous record, and the second-best figure in ACC history.
Congrats to Amba on yet another honor this season. Looking forward to ACC all-conference picks and All-America voting coming through over the course of the next month, too. He’d seem like a shoo-in for first-team all-conference. We’ll see what happens with All-American voting (I personally logged my vote for him, but there are a lot of folks that decide the final All-America teams).