NCAA Ranks: Kelly Bryant moves into top-5 in completion percentage


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Bryant has steadily moved up the ranks in completion percentage down the stretch.
Bryant has steadily moved up the ranks in completion percentage down the stretch.

Kelly Bryant now owns division and a conference crown in 13 games as a starter – and Saturday’s performance placed in him in the top-tier in efficient passing.

After connecting on 23-of-29 attempts versus Miami, Bryant now ranks fifth nationally in completion percentage (.674).

He leads an offense that cracks the top-25 nationally in red zone touchdown percentage (9th; 75.5), third down offense (10th; .467), red zone offense (14th; .923) and scoring offense (21st; 35.4).

Saturday’s effort only strengthened some impressive defensive rankings – second only to Alabama in scoring defense (12.8) and also top-10 in sacks per game (3rd; 3.39), third down defense (5th; .278), red zone touchdown percentage (5th; 44), passing defense (8th; 165.1) and tackles for loss per game (9th; 8).

On special teams, Ray Ray McCloud moved into the top-10 nationally in yards per punt return (9th; 12.1).

Clemson top 25 national rankings
Scoring defense – 2 (12.8 PPG), fourth down offense – 3 (.750), sacks per game – 3 (3.39), third down defense – 5 (.278), red zone defense TD percentage – 5 (44), 6 – First downs defense (14.7), total defense – 6 (277.9 YPG), pass efficiency defense – 6 (104.96), passing defense – 8 (165.1), team tackles for loss – 9 (8), red zone TD percentage – 9 (75.5), third down offense – 10 (.467), rushing defense – 13 (112.9), red zone offense – 14 (.923), scoring offense – 21 (35.4), punt returns – 23 (11.10), turnovers lost – 25 (14).

Other key stats
Total offense – 31 (448.2), turnover margin – 34 (0.38), red zone defense – 38 (.800).

Top individual national ranks
QB Kelly Bryant – Completion percentage 5 (.674).
PR Ray Ray McCloud – Punt return average 9 (12.1).
RB Travis Etienne – Yards per carry 19 (7.2).
DE Clelin Ferrell – Sacks per game 28 (0.65), tackles for loss per game 24 (1.31).

ACC team stat rankings
Total offense: 5th (448.2 YPG; Leader: Louisville, 560.5).
Total defense: 1st (277.9).
Passing offense: 7th (244; Leader: Louisville, 310.6).
Passing defense: 1st (165).
Rushing offense: 4th (204.1; Leader: Georgia Tech, 307.4).
Rushing defense: 1st (112.9).
3rd down offense: 1st (46.7).
3rd down defense: 2nd (27.8; Leader: Virginia Tech, 25.1).
Red zone TD percentage: 1st (75.5).
Red zone TD percentage defense: 1st (44).
(National and individual stats per NCAA and CFBStats.com)

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