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Syracuse’s Eric Dungey, Ervin Philips, Parris Bennett receive ACC player of the week honors

That’s three this week — after being a rare inclusion up to this point.

Clemson v Syracuse Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Following a major Syracuse Orange victory, it makes sense that the Atlantic Coast Conference would want to honor the team’s best players. And so they did today, with three members of the Orange making the ACC’s players of the week list for week eight.

Eric Dungey was named the co-offensive back of the week for his 339 offensive yards and three touchdowns in the win over Clemson. While Boston College’s AJ Dillon may have looked more impressive stat-wise (272 rushing yards and four TDs), Dungey’s win clearly mattered more. Same goes for the 500-yard and five-score day that Lamar Jackson had for Louisville — one that was dwarfed by the Cardinals’ loss.

Ervin Philips was named co-receiver of the week, after catching four passes for 94 yards, including his big 66-yard touchdown grab. Philips was a distraction all game and his speed took advantage of the Tigers’ defensive backs. Though far from his gaudiest stat line, the award recognizes it was arguably his most important.

Parris Bennett was also honored this week for his nine tackles and one sack against Clemson. While Bennett put on a show last season (and has throughout his career as well), he’s seemingly been on another level this year. The senior linebacker leads Syracuse with 65 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. He’s also forced a fumble in 2017 while being an absolute terror for a resurgent SU pass rush.

Congrats to all three players, and hopefully we see more Orange contributors honored next week too.