Saturday, November 10, 2012

Duke To Tear Down Cameron Indoor Stadium

Sources in Durham, tell the top brass at T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC that Duke plans to tear down venerable Cameron Indoor Stadium and build a new Mike Krzxghn6ski American Express Arena Palace Stadium on the same site.

When asked why the famous basketball power with the beloved head coach would demolish one of ACC’s basketball’s greatest icons, a source close to Duke (at least geographically) said “because it’s old and crappy.”

The new arena will be butt-ugly glass and chrome monstrosity that will seat 108,714 normal people or 138,963 Cameron Crazies.  The capacity is 1 seat larger than Cowboys Stadium when configured for basketball (108,713).

The new arena will also feature a 2,101 inch video screen (1 inch larger than the massive one in Cowboys Stadium) and will feature Clockwork Orange-style Duke basketball highlights which will be shown 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Word form Chapel Hill is Ol’ Roy and the University Chancellors are already looking to update the Dean Smith Center with a “clear court” which will accommodate luxury suites under the playing surface.

*Items in italics may not be true. 

Didn't Lance King/Getty Images play for Duke? 

Or are we making that up?

Saturday ACC Football

MIAMI (-2) @ VIRGINIA, 12:00 PM, TV: ABC (XM 192 SIRIUS 136) - An ever-improving Miami team should beat an uneven Virginia but the Hoos have given the Canes fits in recent years.

GEORGIA TECH @ NORTH CAROLINA (-5.5), 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190 SIRIUS 123) - The final score could look like a Big East basketball game - Fifty-something to Forty-something. Lots of offense in this one. 

WAKE FOREST @ N.C. STATE (-7.5), 3:00 PM, TV: RSN (XM 191 SIRIUS 132) - Which Wolfpack team shows up? The one that beat FSU or the one that threw up all over their shoes when the Wahoos came to Raleigh last weekend?

MARYLAND @ #13 CLEMSON (-27.5), 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 192 SIRIUS 136) - The walking wounded head into Death Valley...need we say more? Check the line...the biggest we’ve seen in a long while for a regular ACC game that didn’t involve pre-2012 Duke.

#4 NOTRE DAME Notre Dame (-20) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 8:00 PM, TV: ABC (XM 194 SIRIUS 113) - Boston College really no match for the Golden Domers in this latest renewal of the Jesus Bowl/Holy War.  That said, nobody figured Pitt to give ND any trouble last week...

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only. 

Florida State Hangs Championship Game, Loses Opener

LEN (AP Photo/Jason Decrow)
Uneven start for ACC basketball includes one "bad" loss (Florida State) and one "good" loss (Maryland).

South Alabama (Jaguars, 15,007 students, Mobile, AL) 76, #25 FLORIDA STATE 71 - The Noles raised their ACC Championship banne then promptly struggled every step of the way in a loss to the Jaguars. Antoine Allen hit four 3-pointers and scored 21 points to lead South Alabama and Augustine Rubit added 12. The Jags shot shot 9 of 15 from 3-point range. Recap.

#3 Kentucky (Wildcats, 28,094 students, Lexington, KY) 72, MARYLAND 69 - A few days ago, we said Dez Wells made Maryland a much better team.  Had Wells shot just a little better (2-12), the Terps may have pulled off the upset.  That said, his 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assist are just a sample of why this is a very different Terp squad.  Seven-foot-1 sophomore Alex Len led Maryland with 23 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs. His rare three-point play - he made the first free throw then rebounded his own miss of the second - brought the Terrapins within 70-69 with 8.9 seconds left.  James Padgett added 10 and Nick Faust 11 for Maryland who made just 3 of 19 from behind the arc. Recap.    

#6 N.C. STATE 95, Miami (OH) (Red Hawks, 20,126 students, Oxford, OH) 59 - The Wolpack allowed just one field goal over the final nine minutes of the first half. Game over. , to cruise to a 97-59 victory on opening night at PNC Arena, Friday. State had six scorers in double figures, led by freshman Rodney Purvis and senior Richard Howell who eached chipped in 16. Howell scored his on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, and added 10 rebounds to notch a double-double. Recap.

#8 DUKE 74, Georgia State (Panthers, 40,000 students, Atlanta, GA) 55 - Mason Plumlee had 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead Duke to a relatively easy win. "It was OK. It wasn't an efficient game - a lot of turnovers, some things I should have finished," Plumlee said. "But it's the first game of the season. We aren't supposed to be peaking right now. I'll be alright, and I'll be better the next game."  Recap.

McADOO ABOUT TO MISS A FREE THROW (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
#11 NORTH CAROLINA 76, Gardner-Webb (Runnin’ Bulldogs, 4,300 students, Boiling Springs, NC) 59 - James Michael McAdoo was good, the supporting cast was there in a lack luster Tar Heel opener.  McAdoo shot 10 of 20 from the field in the first game of the season for both teams. Dexter Strickland dded 13 points for the Tar Heels, who improved to 91-12 in openers. North Carolina overcame 18 turnovers, 1-of-12 shooting from 3-point range and a 9-of-19 mark at the free throw line to win for the 80th time in its last 82 home openers. Recap.

GEORGIA TECH 79, Tulane (Green Wave, 13,359 students, New Orleans, LA) 61 - Kammeon Holsey, who didn't start due to an ankle injury, scored 18 points as the Jackets opened their new McCamish Pavilion, built on the site of the Yellow Jackets' old Alexander-Memorial Coliseum.  Josh Davis led Tulane (0-1) with a career-high 27 points. Ricky Tarrant had 18. Recap.

WAKE FOREST 79, Radford (Highlanders, 9,370 students, Radford, VA) 67 - Six Wake Forest players scored in double figures led by C.J. Harris' 19 points. The Deacons (1-0) shot 63.6 percent (28-of-44) from the floor - the 14th-best shooting mark in school history and the best since shooting 64.2 percent in a win over Georgia Tech in the 2007 ACC Tournament - to vanquish the Highlanders (0-1) who went only 37.9 percent from the field. Recap.

MIAMI 87, Stetson (Hatters, 2,776 students, DeLand, FL) 79 - Reggie Johnson scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Kenny Kadji finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Canes.  Miami trailed by seven late in the first half, then wasted most of a 13-point second-half lead before hanging on in the final minutes.  Recap

George Mason (Patriots, 20,782 students, Fairfax, VA) 63, VIRGINIA 59 - It’s way to early to say Tony Bennett’s Cavs need to win games like this, but Tony Bennett’s Cavs need to win games like this. Bryon Allen hit a go-ahead three-pointer with just over a minute remaining, then sank two free throws to seal the win. Recap.

Friday ACC Football Links

By Andrea Adelson |

Consistency marks DeAndre Hopkins' assault on the Clemson record book.

Duke's Chris Tavarez and Big Momma's House 2? Yup, they go together.

Florida State won for itself and the ACC.

Robbie Godhigh is making the most of his opportunity at Georgia Tech.

Maryland is moving up spring practice dates.

Miami receiver Malcolm Lewis does his first interview since he suffered a gruesome injury against Georgia Tech.

North Carolina defensive tackle Sylvester Williams has his NFL draft stock on the rise.

N.C. State receiver Rashard Smith is making plays on offense.

Virginia defensive end Eli Harold is out against Miami.

Virginia Tech has every reason to be elated and deflated. And now, its bowl streak is inserious jeopardy.

N.C. State will have its eye on Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro.

ACC injury report for Week 11. 

Pictures Of The Day

Georgia Tech fan Rich Stolz gets his picture taken in front of Georgia Tech's new arena, McCamish Pavilion, prior to an NCAA college basketball game between Georgia Tech and Tulane on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
The crowd at Georgia Tech's new basketball arena, McCamish Pavilion, stands for the national anthem prior to an NCAA college basketball game between Georgia Tech and Tuland. (AP Photo/Rich Addicks)
Virginia's Mike Tobey (10) and Justin Anderson (23) try to pin down George Mason's Anali Okoloji as they eye ahe shot at the basket during an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Fairfax, Va. George Mason defeated Virginia 63-59. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)
Dexter Strickland #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels drives to the basket as Donta Harper #0 of the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs defends during play at the Dean Smith Center on November 9, 2012 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 76-59. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
North Carolina Tar Heels fans attempt to distract Mike Byron of the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs as he shoots a free throw during play at the Dean Smith Center. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Julius Mays #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats kicks the ball as he goes for control past Nick Faust #5 of the Maryland Terrapins in the first half during the Barclays Center Classic at the Barclays Center on November 9, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
Alex Len #25 of Maryland Terrapins puts up a shot past the Kentucky Wildcats defense in the first half during the Barclays Center Classic. (Jason Szenes/Getty Images)
Georgia State Panthers players look on as the ball gets by Rasheed Sulaimon #14 of the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 9, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Cameron Crazies of the Duke Blue Devils taunt the Georgia State Panthers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 9, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Late Score Lifts Noles Over Hokies


AP: Senior quarterback E.J.Manuel hit Rashad Greene with a slant pass that Greene took 39 yards for a touchdown with 40 seconds to play, and the Seminoles (No. 10 BCS, No. 8 AP) survived a scare to beat Virginia Tech 28-22 on Thursday night.

"Nobody was flustered, nobody was afraid," Manuel said about the drive that followed Virginia Tech's go-ahead field goal. "We all knew what we needed to do. We feel like we're built for things like that, and it showed tonight."

The Seminoles (9-1, 6-1 ACC) won their fourth straight and moved within a victory against Maryland on Nov. 17 of securing a spot in the ACC championship game Dec. 1. And they did it in dramatic fashion.

Limited to minus-15 rushing yards for the game, the Seminoles got 7 from James Wilder Jr. on a fourth-and-1 play from their 41 on the final drive, and Manuel, a Virginia Beach native, hit Greg Dent for 13 yards two plays later. After Manuel threw a pass away under pressure, he hit Greene on a short slant against a zone defense and Greene took it all the way.
(Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Manuel was sacked five times, but finished 25 of 42 for 326 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Greene caught six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

The Hokies (4-6, 2-4) lost for the fifth time in six games despite holding Florida State to 311 yards, more than 200 below its average, and will have to beat Boston College and Virginia to qualify for a bowl game for the 20th straight year.

To read more, click here

Maryland’s Injury Report

DIGGS (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Words comes this way that star wide reciever Stefon Diggs and starring RB Wes Brown will both miss Saturday’s game v. Clemson due to ankle injuries.

So...the Terps have to face No. 13 Clemson without their leading receiver/all-purpose player in Diggs; leading rusher in Brown; leading tackler in Demetrius Hartsfield AND their top three quarterbacks in Perry Hills, Devin Burns and Caleb Rowe.


  • WR Kerry Boykins Hip
  • QB C.J. Brown Knee
  • QB Devin Burns Foot
  • PK/P Nick Ferrara Hip
  • LB Demetrius Hartsfield Knee
  • QB Perry Hills Knee
  • WR Marcus Leak Toe
  • DL Andre Monroe Knee
  • QB Caleb Rowe Knee
  • RB Wes Brown Ankle
  • WR Tyrek Cheeseboro Concussion
  • WR Stefon Diggs Ankle
  • DL Joe Vellano Ankle
  • DL Justin Anderson Ankle
  • DB Undray Clark Thigh
  • WR Kevin Dorsey Knee
  • LB Cole Farrand Wrist
  • DL A.J. Francis Shoulder
  • OL Bennett Fulper Toe
  • OL Justin Gilbert Knee
  • OL Nick Klemm Knee
  • QB Shawn Petty Shoulder
  • DB Matt Robinson Hip
  • TE Ryan Schlothauer Knee
  • TE David Stinebaugh Back
  • LB Kenneth Tate Knee

ACC Football Links

VAD LEE (Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
By Andrea Adelson |

Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig is having flashbacks this week.

Clemson running back Andre Ellington looks good to go against the Terps.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe lays out plans for the football stadium's makeover.

Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee is gaining momentum.

Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley believes Shawn Petty will keep getting better.

Michael Casagrande of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel delivers a powerful piece on Miami running back Duke Johnson and his tribute to the late Sean Taylor.

North Carolina's best option against Georgia Tech might be slowing down the tempo.

N.C. State running back Tony Creecy is playing for bragging rights.

Luke Bowanko has made the transition to center for Virginia.

Virginia Tech's offensive line braces for a big test.

Wake Forest offensive line coach Jonathan Himebauch is earning his keep.

Athlon Sports gives you the top storylines to watch this weekend.

Six ACC Hoopsters On Pre-Season Wooden Award List

The Los Angeles Athletic Club has announced its Preseason Top 50 today on Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball media members, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year’s individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for the John Wooden Award.

Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie representing N.C. State, Seth Curry and  Mason Plumlee of Duke, James Michael McAdoo from UNC and Michael Snaer of Florida State are on the list. 

Previous winners of the award from the ACC are:

2008 - Tyler Hansbrough, University of North Carolina
2006 - J.J. Redick, Duke University
2002 - Jason Williams, Duke University
2001 - Shane Battier, Duke University
1999 - Elton Brand, Duke University
1998 - Antawn Jamison, University of North Carolina
1997 - Tim Duncan, Wake Forest University
1992 - Christian Laettner, Duke University
1984 - Michael Jordan, University of North Carolina
1983 - Ralph Sampson, University of Virginia
1982 - Ralph Sampson, University of Virginia
1978 - Phil Ford, University of North Carolina

Pictures Of The Day

Quarterback Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball as defensive tackle Everett Dawkins #93 of the Florida State Seminoles chases at Lane Stadium on November 8, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Quarterback Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies throws the ball in front of defensive tackle Demonte McAllister #97 of the Florida State Seminoles. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Safety Michael Cole #2 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is wheeled by stretcher into an ambulance by paramedics after being injured. The school said he had a neck sprain, but had feeling and movement in his extremities. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Quarterback EJ Manuel #3 of the Florida State Seminoles throws the ball as linebacker Alonzo Tweedy #28 of the Virginia Tech Hokies attempts the tackle. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin #1 of the Florida State Seminoles runs with the ball as cornerback Antone Exum #1 of the Virginia Tech Hokies chases. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Running back Tony Gregory #22 of the Virginia Tech Hokies runs with the ball as linebacker Vince Williams #11 of the Florida State Seminoles dives to attempt the tackle. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Rashad Greene #80 of the Florida State Seminoles catches the ball for a touchdown. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Head coach Frank Beamer (R) of the Virginia Tech Hokies congratulates head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles after their game at Lane Stadium on November 8, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia. The Seminoles won 28-22. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Wide receiver Greg Dent #15 of the Florida State Seminoles catches the ball for a touchdown over safety Desmond Frye #26 of the Virginia Tech Hokies. (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
The Florida State Seminoles huddle prior to their game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on November 8, 2012 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Former Tar Heel Zeller Injured, Out Indefinitely

(Cleveland Cavaliers/NBA Photo)

Former North Carolina Tar Heel and first round NBA draft choice Tyler Zeller is returning to Cleveland for further evaluation after sustaining a concussion and broken cheekbone from being elbowed in the face by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan on Monday night.

Zeller was hit under the left eye by Jordan with 5 minutes, 39 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s 108-101 win. X-rays taken after the game were negative, but a CT scan performed in San Francisco revealed a non-displaced fracture of his left orbital cheekbone. The first-round pick has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol process. He will have to be cleared by a league doctor before he can resume practicing or playing.

The Cavs said there is “no specific timeline” for Zeller’s return and that he will continue to be monitored and evaluated.

Before he got hurt, Zeller was having his best game of his new (and only four game) pro career. He scored a season-high 15 points with seven rebounds and two assists.

In those first four games, Zeller was averaging 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game.

Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) Make Terps Better…Much Better

Remember a few weeks back when the media and the coachs predicted who would finish where in ACC basketball. You may also recall that Maryland was not among the favorites, but slated for a spot somewhere near the bottom of the conference.

Well, good news Terps fans, today your hoops’ squad is a whole lot better than it was yesterday!

Yesterday, Maryland announced that the NCAA had approved the waiver appeal for Dez Wells, officially making the transfer swingman eligible for the 2012-13 season.

The Suits In Indianapolis denied Wells’ initial waiver on Oct. 26, but the Terps dove back into the administrative quagmire filing an appeal with the NCAA Division I Legislative Council Subcommittee for Legislative Relief. That committee overturned the original decision.

“We’re excited for Dez because at the end of the day, the NCAA made the right decision,” Coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Our staff did an incredible job in putting this NCAA waiver appeal together on Dez’s behalf. Dez has been a welcomed addition, a great teammate, and has made a seamless transition in getting acclimated to our campus. This has been a long process for him and his family, and we’re grateful he can put it behind him and focus on being a student-athlete at the University of Maryland.”

Wells was the Atlantic 10 rookie of the year in 2011-12 after averaging 9.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.  He will give the Terps a massive boost and figures to start on the wing for Turgeon’s squad in Friday’s season opener against No. 3 Kentucky in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Thursday Night ACC Football


#10 FLORIDA STATE (-12) @ VIRGINIA TECH, 7:30 PM, ESPN (XM 85 SIRIUS 85) - It’s probably been awhile since an double digit favored opponent came into Lane Stadium...All the Hokies need to do to pull off the upset is play much better on offense, defense and special teams. 

The last time these two hooked up it was the 2010 Dr. Pepper bowl and VT won 44-33.

R.I.P. Darrell Royal 1924-2012

Darrell K Royal, who coached the University of Texas Longhorns to three national titles and became the biggest college football icon in a state that worships the sport, died early Wednesday morning at age 88. 

He rose from humble beginnings during the depths of the Depression to become a homespun populist rivaling Will Rogers, except perhaps when it came to Oklahoma antagonist and recruiting rival Barry Switzer.

Royal was the winningest coach in University of Texas history, compiling a 167-47-5 record in 20 seasons from 1957 to 1976. Since 1996, the Longhorns’ 100,119-seat stadium has carried his name, Royal-Memorial Stadium.

To read more, click here. 

ACC Basketball Gets Underway Friday

Stetson @ MIAMI, ESPN3 5:30 p.m.

Gardner-Webb @ #11 NORTH CAROLINA, RSN, 7:00 p.m.

Georgia State @ #8 DUKE, ESPNU, 7:00 p.m.

Miami (Ohio) @ #6 N.C. STATE, ESPN3, 7:00 p.m.

Radford @ WAKE FOREST, ESPN3, 7:00 p.m.

South Alabama @ #25 FLORIDA STATE, ESPN3, 7:00 p.m.

Tulane @ GEORGIA TECH, ESPN3, 7:00 p.m.

#3 Kentucky @ MARYLAND, ESPN, 8:30 p.m.

VIRGINIA @ George Mason - TBA

ACC Football Links

FOSTER (Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

By Heather Dinich |

UNC running back Giovani Bernard will be a big test for Georgia Tech's defense this weekend.

Clemson's offense is playing at a record-setting pace this year -- literally.

Miami hasn't been spectacular this year, but it has done just enough to lead the Coastal Division standings.

Wake Forest receiver Michael Campanaro is back, and he's even better than before.

Miami coach Al Golden has been pleased with the progress of quarterback Stephen Morris.

Good field position is important, but FSU has managed to win without it.

Virginia's defensive line is starting to realize its potential.

Virginia Tech's defense has been painted into a corner, but Bud Foster isn't looking at it that way.

Wake Forest will be expecting NC State's best shot.

North Carolina is thankful for some extra time to prepare for Georgia Tech.

Maryland freshman receiver Levern Jacobs is one of many young players for the Terps who has had to grow up quickly.

Pictures Of The Day

Padraig Harrington of Ireland plays a shot in practice prior to the start of the Barclays Singapore Open at at the Sentosa Golf Club on November 6, 2012 in Singapore. (Stuart Franklin/Getty Images AsiaPac)
James Reveley falls from Wayward Frolic during the Gain Horse Feeds Novices' Steele Chase at Exeter racecourse on November 06, 2012 in Exeter, England. They both got up and walked away. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Welcome to the NBA. Samardo Samuels #24 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and and David Lee #10 of the Golden State Warriors make a sandwich out of former Tar Heel Harrison Barnes at Oracle Arena on November 7, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
Adam Voges of the Warriors dives in an attempt to catch Aaron Finch of the Bushrangers (in front of a HUGE crowd) during the Ryobi One Day Cup match between the Victorian Bushrangers and the Western Australia Warriors at Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 7, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Sgt. Dana Bowman returns the ball to Cowell Field before William and Mary defeated New Hampshire. (Cheryl Senter/AP Photo)
From the archives: Michael Jordan, 1987, “Blue Dunk.” Walter Ioose Jr./SI: "We were in Lisle, Ill. I painted one parking lot red and one blue. Which one we used would depend on which uniform Michael wore to the shoot. I also brought in an NBA basket so we could roll it around and cast the shadow just right. I was in a cherry picker, waiting for the sun to break in between the clouds. That whole angle of light only lasts about 15 minutes; otherwise it's either too high or too low. I've shot Michael for a long time, but I like this shot because in it, he's young and full of pep. It's 1987, which was a long time ago. He still had hair. There are other Jordan shots I've taken that I like, but this one's sorta my favorite.''

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Happy Election Day

No more robocalls!

Woo hoo!

Go vote.

ACC Bowl Watch

Clemson, Duke, Florida State and North Carolina...oh yeah, the Heels are ineligible. 

Wake Forest: (at NC State, at Notre Dame, Vanderbilt) 
N.C. State: (Wake Forest, at Clemson, Boston College) 
Miami: (at Virginia, South Florida, at Duke) 

Maryland: (at No. 13 Clemson, No. 10 Florida State, at North Carolina) 
Georgia Tech: (at North Carolina, Duke, at Georgia) 
Virginia Tech: (Florida State, at Boston College, Virginia)

ACC Players Of The Week

BOYD (Gerry Broome/AP Photo)
OFFENSIVE BACK – Tajh Boyd, Clemson, R-Junior, QB, 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va.
Boyd completed 16-of-23 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 56-20 win over Duke. He guided the Clemson offense to 718 yards of total offense, the second most in school history and the most by an ACC team this year. Boyd threw all five of his touchdown passes in the first half and also scored on a 21-yard run, giving him six TDR, the most by an ACC player in a game this year. He finished with 416 yards of total offense and a passing efficiency rating of 240, the third best in school history given a minimum of 20 attempts.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Brandon Thomas, Clemson, R-Junior, OL, 6-3, 305, Spartanburg, S.C. Thomas graded 95 percent for his 62 snaps in the win over Duke and had five knockdown blocks in helping the Tigers score 56 points, the most in the program’s history in Wallace Wade Stadium. The 95 percent grade was the highest of his career and the highest for a Clemson starting offensive lineman in a game this year. His blocking was a big reason Clemson rushed for 334 yards and a 6.5yards per carry average on 52 attempts. Clemson finished the game with 718 yards of total offense, second most in Clemson history, 10th most in ACC history and the most by an ACC team this year.

CAMPANARO (Chuck Burton/AP Photo)
RECEIVER – Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, R-Junior, WR, 5-11, 195, Clarksville, Md. Campanaro set a school record and tied the ACC mark with 16 receptions in Wake Forest’s 28-14 win over Boston College. He had 123 receiving yards and tied the school record with three touchdown catches. His touchdown receptions were on passes of 5, 27 and 16 yards from Tanner Price. Campanaro broke the previous Wake Forest record of 15 which was shared by three players. The ACC mark of 16 was last accomplished by Alvin Pearman of Virginia in 2003.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Chris Brathwaite, Virginia, Sophomore, DT, 6-1, 280, Brooklyn, N.Y. Brathwaite helped the Cavalier defense hold N.C. State to a season low 216 yards of offense (19 rushing yards) in Virginia’s 33-6 victory in Raleigh. The Wolfpack entered the game averaging 429.2 yards per game. Brathwaite had five tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss while also forcing a fumble. The six points and 19 rushing yards were season lows for N.C. State.

ATTAOCHU (center) (Luis Alvarez/AP Photos)
LINEBACKER – Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, Junior, LB, 6-3, 240, Washington, D.C. Attaochu matched a career-high with three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in Georgia Tech’s 33-13 win at Maryland. Attaochu joins Derrick Morgan as the only Tech players over the last five seasons to record three sacks in one game. Attaochu, playing in his hometown, upped his career totals to 22 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Maurice Canady, Virginia, Freshman, CB, 6-2, 180, Richmond, Va. Canady started his first game and led Virginia’s defense with seven tackles and had an interception with a return of 39 yards in the Cavaliers’ 33-6 win over N.C. State. He helped limit the Wolfpack passing game to just 197 yards, a season low. The Wolfpack entered the game averaging 306.9 yards per game. N.C. State’s longest reception during the game was 14 yards. The last time NC State did not have a reception in a game for at least 15 yards was its season opener in 2006, a streak of 84 games. The Cavaliers also ended N.C. State’s Bryan Underwood’s streak of catching a touchdown in eight straight games this season, preventing him from tying Virginia’s Herman Moore’s streak of nine straight games with a touchdown catch in 1990.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest, R-Sophomore, CB, 6-1, 175, Clarksville, Md. Johnson was second on the team with seven tackles in Saturday’s 28-14 win over Boston College. Johnson had five solo tackles and two assists. He also intercepted a pass for the third time in the last four games and broke up two passes.

SPECIALIST – Gabe Terry, Miami, Freshman, LB, 6-3, 215, Wellington, Fla. Terry blocked a Virginia Tech punt that led to the Miami Hurricanes’ first score of the night during their 30-12 win Thursday over the Hokies. On the Virginia Tech 41, Terry blocked the punt and it was recovered by Rayshawn Jenkins at the Virginia Tech 16 to set up the Miami score two plays later. It was Miami’s first blocked punt since 2008 against UCF and first in ACC play since 2004, also against Virginia Tech.

JOHNSON ( Photo)
ROOKIE – Duke Johnson, Miami, Freshman, RB, 5-9, 188, Miami, Fla.  Johnson notched his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, collecting 100 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries in Miami’s 30-12 win over Virginia Tech. Sixty-five of his 100 yards came in the first half on one rush, a new career long. Johnson later added a fourth quarter touchdown, his sixth rushing score of the season and first since Sept. 29 vs. NC State. He finished the night with 217 all-purpose yards, his fourth 200 yard all-purpose game of the season. Johnson had 118 returning yards on two returns, including an 81-yard scamper. He now has 13 plays of 25-plus yards, including seven for 50 or more yards.

ACC Football Links

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
By Heather Dinich |

N.C. State was the disappointment of the week.

The Pack look finished.

Virginia's defense, though, deserves a lot of credit.

Clemson's offensive line deserves a lot of credit for the wild numbers the Tigers put up against Duke on Saturday.

Georgia Tech is in a defining stretch of its schedule.

Boston College had 12 rushing yards against Wake Forest. Ouch.

Duke's excitement for being bowl eligible has been tempered just a wee bit.

UNC running back Giovani Bernard won't talk about his NFL future until after the season.

Virginia Tech's defense isn't worried about what the offense isn't doing.

Maryland's offense is putting a strain on its defense, too.

Miami can't self-impose a bowl ban AFTER the ACC championship game.

The Hoos are going back to a quarterback rotation.

Four ACC Kickers Nominated For “The Toe” Award

(U.S. Presswire)

ESPN: Four kickers from the ACC were selected Monday as semifinalists for the Lou “The Toe” Groza Award, given every year to the best kicker in the nation. 

They are:
Hopkins was a finalist for the award last season. This year, he leads all kickers in scoring with 103 points, the third-highest total of any player in the nation. Hopkins needs to make seven field goals to break the NCAA career record set by Georgia’s Billy Bennett from 2000-03. 

Martin is one of three freshmen to make the list. 

All four kickers rank in the Top 10 in the ACC in scoring -- Barth has 85 points, Martin has 83 and Catanzaro has 79.

Groza played 21 years for the Cleveland Browns and was professional football's career kicking and points leader when he retired after the 1967 season.  

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