Here's every former ACC player who is on a Super Bowl LVI roster
Super Bowl Sunday is finally here.
There’s several former ACC players who will feature in Super bowl LVI for both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Los Angeles Rams. Clemson and Florida State have the most representatives and Pitt’s Aaron Donald is amongst the favorites to be Super Bowl MVP.
Here’s a breakdown of every former ACC player in this game:
DB Jessie Bates III, Wake Forest
Bates started 15 games for the Bengals this season and is a key member of their secondary. He’ll be tasked with helping to slow down Sean McVay’s prolific offense. He has 1 interception and 4 pass deflections this season.
WR Tyler Boyd, Pitt
Boyd is the Bengals No. 3 receiver for this game. JaMarr Chase and Tee Higgins are likely to have bigger impacts, but Boyd is still capable of making big plays. He put up 828 yards and 5 touchdowns this season.
OL Jackson Carman, Clemson
Carman is in his rookie season with the Bengals. He started 6 games during the regular season along the offensive line.
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
Higgins could end up having a massive impact on this game. He cleared 1,000 receiving yards this year, which was just his second NFL campaign. He also already has 11 career touchdowns and is one of Joe Burrow’s favorite deep-ball targets.
DT B.J. Hill, NC State
Hill is in his fourth NFL season and his first with the Bengals. He started two games this year at defensive tackle. He also picked off Patrick Mahomes in the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago.
LB Germaine Pratt, NC State
Pratt is a former 3rd round pick who has carved out a significant role in Cincinnati’s defense. He started 15 games this season and recorded 5 tackles for loss, 1 interception and 2 forced fumbles.
DE Wyatt Ray, Boston College
Ray is in his second NFL season after going undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft. He’s been a rotational player for most of the season and started one game. He saw his first playoff action two weeks ago against Kansas City, but didn’t record any statistics.
DT D.J. Reader, Clemson
Reader is a veteran who has some playoff experience from his time with the Houston Texans. He made 3 tackles for loss this season.
WR Auden Tate, FSU
Tate has been injured for much of this season and isn’t likely to make an impact — or even be active — for the Super Bowl. He hasn’t played since Oct. 24.
Los Angeles Rams
RB Cam Akers, Florida State
Akers has been one of the best stories of the NFL’s postseason. He suffered an achilles injury early in the year, but fought back in time to get back on the field for the playoffs. He’s expected to play a big role for the Rams on Sunday.
OL Tremayne Anchrum Jr., Clemson
Anchrum is in his rookie season out of Clemson. He was a 7th round pick and has played in 12 games this season. He’s not expected to have a major impact in the Super Bowl.
WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville
Atwell was the Rams’ 2nd round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he’s struggled to find a role as a rookie. He had season-ending surgery in November and will not factor into this game.
DL Aaron Donald, Pitt
Donald is arguably the best player in this game — and in the entire NFL. How effective the Bengals are at blocking Donald and the other Rams pass rushers will likely determine the outcome of this game.
QB Bryce Perkins, Virginia
The former Virginia quarterback is the Rams’ third-string QB for this game. He’s yet to throw an NFL pass in his career.
DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
Like Donald, Ramsey could end up being one of the most impactful players for either team in this game. The former Seminole has become a superstar in this league, but he’ll have his hands full with Burrow’s passing offense on Sunday.
QB John Wolford, Wake Forest
Wolford is Matthew Stafford’s backup quarterback for this game. He saw action in three games this season.