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Tuesday ACC football coaches’ quotes

dukestateunc2UNC is dealing with another strong offensive performance that still resulted in a loss. NC State is dealing with players who took part in some inappropriate BB gun incident. And Duke is coming off a big win over favored Georgia Tech and will be favored at home over an improving Virginia team.

UNC Coach Larry Fedora said:
After evaluating the film on Sunday and really breaking it down we found that there’s some good things and some bad things in all three phases of the game, as usual. But there were many bright spots, there were some good things that we were able to take from this game and hopefully we’ll be able to grow on and we’ll be a better football team because of it. We’re excited about coming home and playing in front of our fans again. We’re taking on a very good Georgia Tech football team that totally makes you stop everything that you’re doing on defense and change to prep are for the triple option attack.

NC State coach Dave Doeren said:
I believe in holding guys accountable and treating them fairly and helping them learn from their mistakes, and keep building our program in the right way. I love the kids on our football team and I believe that my job is part coach, part mentor, part father and part disciplinarian, all those parts are important. It’s a new week, new opportunity. It’s an opportunity to play a very good team (Louisville) on the road. It’s a new opportunity for some guys to step into a little more playing time in certain positions. It’s an opportunity for our leaders to be stronger leaders, and an opportunity for our young guys to try and play as old as possible. I think in today’s times that its really important to learn and face problems and face up for what they are, handle it and help young men become better young men.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said:
Obviously, every week is going to be a big week. Getting to play back-to-back and then having an open date, hopefully we can continue our focus to play a very good Virginia team that could very easily be undefeated if you watch them on tape. They’ve really played well all year. They do outstanding things in all three phases.

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Duke’s Cash, UNC’s Williams receive weekly ACC honors

Jeremy Cash.

Jeremy Cash.

North Carolina junior quarterback Marquise Williams received the nod as ACC Offensive Back of the Week while Duke junior safety Jeremy Cash was recognized as the ACC Defensive Back of the Week.

Williams accounted for four touchdowns (two passing, one rushing, one receiving) in the Tar Heels’ 50-43 loss at sixth-ranked Notre Dame. He became the first ACC player since 2000 to throw a TD pass and record TDs running and receiving in the same game twice in a career.

Williams finished 24-of-41 passing for 303 yards and rushed for a career-high 132 yards on 18 carries to become the first player in school history to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 yards in the same game.

Williams played the entire game, leading the Tar Heels to 521 yards of total offense.

North Carolina’s 43 points are the most Notre Dame has ever surrendered in a win and came against the nation’s No. 3-ranked scoring defense.

The Tar Heels’ 521 total yards are the most allowed by Notre Dame since Alabama had 529 in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.

Cash came up with two second-half takeaways that led to 14 Duke points in the Blue Devils’ 31-25 road win at previously unbeaten and 22nd-ranked Georgia Tech. His fumble recovery jump-started a nine-play, 46-yard touchdown drive that gave Duke a 21-12 lead.

Cash then intercepted a pass and returned it 23 yards to set up a three-play, 23-yard march for another touchdown that put the Blue Devils in front 31-12. Cash also broke up a pass on a Georgia Tech two-point PAT attempt with 5:04 remaining in the game, leaving Duke with a 31-18 lead.

He finished with seven tackles and broke up another pass in addition to the one on the PAT attempt. His effort led a Duke defense that held the Yellow Jackets to 9.6 points below their season average and forced three turnovers. Georgia Tech had committed a total of just four turnovers in its five previous games.

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ACC Council of Presidents set forth initial priorities balancing academics, athletics

Donna Shalala.

Donna Shalala.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is submitting its initial priorities as part of the new autonomy structure that will help every student-athlete better achieve the kind of rewarding experience they deserve as part of the collegiate model. The priorities are being sent forward to the NCAA by the October 1 deadline.

Each of the priorities builds upon the ACC’s overall mission to emphasize both academic excellence and athletic competitiveness, seeking to maximize the educational and athletic opportunities of its student-athletes while enriching their quality of life.

“The ACC has consistently been a leader in appropriately balancing academics and athletics,” said Donna Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami. “The list of priorities that we are submitting to the NCAA reflects our determination to continue improving our student-athletes’ experience as an integral part of the educational missions of our world-class universities.”

“The collegiate model is a very special part of this country’s educational system and culture, and we believe the priorities set forth continue to focus on the importance of better addressing the needs of our student-athletes,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The work that’s been done by our membership and now sent forth by the Council of Presidents shows a commitment to highlighting a more effective structure where these benefits can be realized.”

The Council’s priorities are a principled and disciplined approach to reform with a continued commitment to both male and female student-athletes and our broad-based programs.

The initial priorities being sent forward by the ACC include:

· Examination of scholarship protections for student-athletes;

· Meeting a student-athlete’s cost of attendance;

· Ensuring institutional flexibility to provide educational support for former student-athletes;

· Examination of career-related insurance options for student-athletes; and

· Ensuring that nutritional needs of student-athletes are met in a reasonable way.

Additional topics were also identified for further discussion and possible inclusion within future legislative cycles. These topics include, but are not limited to, exploring the time demands on student-athletes and safeguarding the right of student-athletes to enjoy the full educational opportunities and benefits available to other students.

The Council previously charged three subcommittees to evaluate the new NCAA autonomy topics relative to three subsets of student-athletes (prospective, current and former). Each subcommittee was chaired by a President and included a broad-based group of university practitioners that have expertise in the topics within each respective subcommittee. All 15 member institutions were represented between the three subcommittees. Following this work, the league’s 5-5-5 committee on autonomy reviewed the recommendations, which were then forwarded to the Council of Presidents.

- News release

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Duke’s Sklar honored with volleyball player of the week award

Emily Sklar.

Emily Sklar.

Duke junior outside hitter Emily Sklar and Miami freshman setter Haley Templeton have earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball honors, as Sklar was named Player of the Week and Templeton was tabbed Freshman of the Week.

Duke’s Sklar led the Blue Devils to two ACC wins to start the conference schedule. Sklar amassed 34 kills over Duke’s two matches, averaging 4.86 kills per set while hitting an impressive .386. Friday against Georgia Tech, Sklar knocked down a match-high 18 kills on .357 hitting. She followed that performance with 16 kills, hitting a blistering .429 to lead all players Sunday versus Miami. Sklar picked up eight digs in both contests to help a Blue Devil defense which limited their opponents to a combined .190 hitting percentage on the weekend.

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State’s Brissett, Duke’s Cash among ACC weekly award winners

Jacoby Brissett.

Jacoby Brissett.

Clemson, Florida State and NC State each saw two student-athletes recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week following their performances in Saturday’s league games.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was named the ACC Co-Offensive Back of the Week and the ACC Rookie of the Week for after leading Saturday night’s 50-35 win over North Carolina. Tiger punter Bradley Pinion was tabbed as the ACC Co-Specialist of the Week.

FSU’s Rashad Greene was recognized as the ACC Receiver of the Week for the third time this season, and Seminole offensive guard Tre’ Jackson was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following Saturday’s come-from-behind, 56-41 Atlantic Division victory at NC State.

NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett joined Watson as the ACC Co-Offensive Back of the Week, and the Wolfpack’s Jerod Fernandez earned ACC Linebacker of the Week recognition.

Wake Forest junior Tylor Harris picked up ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week honors. Syracuse’s Durell Eskridge and Duke’s Jeremy Cash were named ACC Co-Defensive Backs of the Week, and Miami punter Justin Vogel was named ACC Co-Specialist of the Week.

FSU’s Greene was honored as ACC Receiver of the Week for the second week in a row. Clemson’s Watson, who was also recognized as the National Freshman of the Week by Athlon Sports, has been named the ACC Rookie of the Week each of the past two weeks.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK, ROOKIE – Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Fr., QB, 6-3, 200, Gainesville, Ga.

Watson completed 27 of 36 passes for 435 yards and six touchdowns in Clemson’s 50-35 win over North Carolina. Watson set a program record and tied an ACC mark for touchdown passes in a game. His 435 passing yards were just 21 short of the Clemson single game record, the most by a Clemson freshman and the second most by an ACC quarterback in his first career start. Watson also rushed for 28 yards, giving him 463 yards of total offense, the fourth highest total in Clemson history. Only Woody Dantzler and Tajh Boyd have recorded more total offensive yards in a single game in Clemson history.

CO-OFFENSIVE BACK – Jacoby Brissett, NC State, Jr-r., QB, 6-4, 236, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Brissett threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns in NC State’s 56-41 loss to No. 1 Florida State and also ran for another 38 yards. Brissett’s second touchdown pass came after he eluded what appeared to be two certain sacks and earned “Top 10 play” status on ESPN’s SportsCenter. Brissett has now thrown 156 passes without an interception and leads the ACC with 13 touchdown passes.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State, OG, 6-4, 330, Jesup, Ga.

Jackson graded out to the highest mark by a Seminole lineman this season (92 percent) in Saturday’s 56-41 victory at NC State. Jackson paved the way for an FSU offense that set season highs in total offense (531) and touchdowns (8) and had its first 100-yard rusher of the season (Karlos Williams, 126 yards).

RECEIVER – Rashad Greene, Florida State, Sr., WR, 6-0, 180, Albany, Ga.

Greene led Florida State to a 56-41 victory at NC State by grabbing 11 receptions for 125 yards and the go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. Greene helped the Seminoles erase a 17-point first quarter deficit and remains the ACC’s leader in receptions (35), receiving yards (543) and yards per game (135.8). He is just seven catches away from becoming Florida State’s all-time leader in receptions.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Tylor Harris, Wake Forest, Jr. NT, 6-4, 285. Baton Rouge, La.

Harris recovered three fumbles, including one for a touchdown in Wake Forest’s 20-10 loss at Louisville. Harris’ three fumble recoveries are the most by an FBS player in a single game since at least 2000. His second fumble recovery came in the first quarter and set up a field goal that gave Wake Forest a 3-0 lead. Midway through the third quarter, Harris broke through the line, stripped QB Reggie Bonnafon of the ball and then recovered it himself in the end zone for a touchdown. The score put the Deacons in front 10-7. Harris finished the game with four total tackles (one solo and three assists) in addition to the sack and forced fumble.

LINEBACKER – Jerod Fernandez, NC State, Fr.-r, MLB, 6-1, 231, Lake Mary, Fla.

Fernandez intercepted two passes in Saturday’s game against top-ranked Florida State, leading to 10 Wolfpack points. Fernandez also broke up a third pass and had a half-tackle for loss. He finished the day with four tackles on 53 snaps.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, Jr., FS, 6-3, 203, Miami, Fla.

Eskridge posted a season-high nine tackles and contributed two takeaways, including a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown, against eighth-ranked Notre Dame. With Syracuse trailing 21-3 in the third quarter and the Irish at the Orange 32-yard line, Eskridge pounced on a fumble to thwart the potential scoring drive. Two possessions later, Eskridge intercepted on the Irish 29 and returned the pick back for Syracuse’s second touchdown in the 31-15 loss. It was the fifth interception of Eskridge’s career and his first of the season. It marked the first interception return for a touchdown by a Syracuse defender since the 2012 regular-season finale at Temple.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK – Jeremy Cash, Duke, Jr.-r, S, 6-2, 205, Miami, Fla.

Cash posted a game-high 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss, while creating two turnovers on forced fumbles in Saturday night’s 22-10 loss at Miami. Cash also applied two quarterback pressures and broke up a pass. Cash spearheaded Duke’s defensive effort, which limited the Hurricanes to 9.5 fewer points than their average entering the game and 19.0 points below their scoring average in home games. Cash and the Blue Devils limited Miami to 2-of-13 (.154) on third down conversions

CO-SPECIALIST – Justin Vogel, Miami, So., P, 6-4, 210, Tampa, Fla.

Vogel had eight punts for 347 yards for an average of 43.4 yards per punt in Saturday night’s 22-10 win over Duke. Vogel dropped three punts inside the 20-yard line and tied a season best with a 56-yard boot.

CO-SPECIALIST – Bradley Pinion, Clemson, Jr., P, 6-6, 230, Concord, N.C.

Pinion had five punts for an average of 46.6 yards and placed three punts inside the 20 to help the Tigers to a 50-35 win over North Carolina. Pinion’s net average of 42.2 yards came against a North Carolina team that has had five punt returns for touchdowns over the last two years. Pinion also handled nine kickoffs and had four touchbacks on those attempts. North Carolina’s average start after a kickoff was its own 23.

- News release

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Cutcliffe news conference: Duke faces huge test vs. Miami

David Cutcliffe.

David Cutcliffe.

Duke coach David Cutcliffe said the Blue Devils will have to play their best to have an opportunity to win at Miami.

“Obviously this is our biggest test of the year, an extremely talented Miami team,” Cutcliffe said. “I’ve been really impressed with them on both sides of the ball.”

He pointed to lots of weapons on offense bolster by their strongsuit, the offensive line. He said the defense has strength, power and speed.

Q. I wanted to go into Coach Golden talked about Anthony Boone and what he’s meant for your team and preparing for him. What can you say on your side of that, what you’ve seen out of him and his growth and obviously a 4-0 start for you, but what can you say about Boone and how he’s led the offense this season?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Well, for two years he’s got a tremendous winning record as a starter. Anthony is multitalented, obviously. He is a guy that knows what he’s doing and why he’s doing it, and that’s a talent, that he has got great understanding of our offensive system. He also can run it and throw it, and he’s — one of the things I like about Anthony, he is one of those guys if he has a bad series or a bad play, he can put it behind him generally very quickly. He’s got a good temperament to be a quarterback.

Q. And then as far as your defense, what have you seen out of them that you think going into this game, obviously you’ve held everyone that you’ve played under 14 points outside of Troy, who scored 17. So defensively what can you say you really think is going well going into this game that you’ve been able to be so successful and minimizing the offensive opportunities against you?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: I think we’ve done a good job, our defense, of 11 players complementing each other, playing extremely hard. We’ve had better pass rush. We’ve had better coverage. Sometimes the coverage helps us apply pressure, sometimes the pressure helps the coverage have opportunities to take the ball away. We’ve been very opportunistic on defense. We’ve gotten key turnovers at key points. It’s the best we’ve been since we’ve been here at this point of the season at defending explosive plays. We’ve got to hope we can do that again. This Miami team is so full of weapons, and maybe as I said a little while ago, the best weapon is the offensive front. They’re very difficult to defend, so this will be a huge challenge for us.

Q. You guys have put up a lot of points on Miami the last few years. What’s going to be the key to being that productive again this week?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Well, we have to be able to remain balanced against them. If we can’t run it, or the flipside of that, if all we can do is run it a little bit and can’t throw and catch it, we’ll be in trouble. I think the biggest key with Miami and the type of athletes they have is for us to be able to have some semblance of balance where they are not as easily able to predict what we’re going to do out of what formation. I think balanced run and pass is going to be critical going into this. The other part of it is with them, they’re so fast and they’re big hitters, so you’ve got to do a great job of taking care of the football. We can’t put the ball on the ground or throw it to them.

Q. I wanted to ask a little bit about what Mark mentioned, the fact that y’all have had so much success against them the last two years, I think it’s 93 points in the two games. How much of that is you’ve been able to scheme them, and how much of it is you’ve been able to match up with them physically?
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Well, we’re better physically, and I think you watch us regularly, so you know that. We have some weapons ourselves now on offense, and we’ve had good plans. But I think it’s a matter of matching up a little better probably for the most part, and then we have been able to execute. Even if you match up, if you’re not executing at a high level, things aren’t going to go well. We’ve been able to get the ball in the end zone. Again, nothing is ever easy in this league, and certainly not with them, so I think the premium is a better match-up but probably more so than scheme, the premium on our execution has been excellent against them.

Q. The other thing I wanted to ask is your reputation has always been as a quarterback guru, and your teams have been very successful throwing the ball. This year’s team is running for more than it’s passing, and that’s kind of been a trend the last couple years, to shore up the running game. Is that something you want to do for a — have you aimed at it in your program, or …
DAVID CUTCLIFFE: Absolutely. A good running game is like having a dominating defense. It means — when I’ve been on teams that had dominating defenses, you know going in you’ve got a chance to win every game you play. You’re going to be in it. If you can run the football and run it effectively against the best people you play, you’ve got a chance. When I was at Tennessee and early on running the offense back long, long ago, we made a commitment to — we figured the only way we were going to win in the Southeastern Conference was to run the football against the best teams we played, so we started designing our offense to take on the best team that we were going to see, and that doesn’t always work, it’s not always easy, but I still think it’s your best approach, and it’s a consistent way to move the football and keep the ball, so it helps you in a number of ways to win games.

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Duke’s Cofield named ACC lineman of the week

Takoby Cofield.

Takoby Cofield.

Duke’s Takoby Cofield has been named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Cofield, a 6-4, 310-pound senior from Tarboro, helped lead the way for a Duke offense which totaled 437 yards on just 70 snaps – a 6.2 yards per play average – in Saturday’s 47-13 win over visiting Tulane.

The Blue Devils’ balanced offensive day included 256 rushing yards and 181 passing yards. Takoby and his fellow offensive linemen opened holes for a rushing attack that averaged 6.1 yards per attempt and had four different players score a rushing touchdown.

- From news release

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Duke soccer upsets No. 1 UNC 2-1

Sean Davis.

Sean Davis.

Duke senior midfielder Sean Davis tallied a goal and an assist in the second half to lead the Blue Devils to a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 upset victory over No. 1 North Carolina Friday night in front of a packed Koskinen Stadium. Freshman Cameron Moseley netted the game winner in the 81st minute for the Blue Devils.

“We wanted to bounce back with a strong performance,” said Davis. “All week the team worked so hard and put everything on the line to prepare for tonight and it all came together. I just love the guys, the coaches. There’s not a better feeling.”

Duke improves to 3-2-1 overall and 1-1-0 in ACC play with the victory, while North Carolina drops just its second game of the year to fall to 5-2-0 and 1-1-0. The two goals allowed by the Tar Heels are the most they’ve allowed this season and marks just the eighth time since 2011 they have allowed two goals in a game.

“First of all it was one heck of a soccer match,” said head coach John Kerr. “I’m really proud of our guys. They really had to keep their heads at halftime and come out in the second half and keep plugging away. I thought we did a great job in the first half as well.”

The victory also marks the first over a top-ranked squad under Kerr in three tries. The highest ranked opponent Duke had beaten under Kerr was No. 2 Maryland in 2009. It is the second victory for the Blue Devils over a No. 1 team in eight meetings this decade.

Moseley, leading the league in goals and points, continued his dream freshman season for the Blue Devils when he headed home a service from Davis. All even with less than 10 minutes to go, much like he had all game Davis calmly took a pass from Brody Huitema and served the ball into the box for Moseley. The native of Duluth, Ga.’s, knack for finding the back of the net shined through yet again as he got his head on the ball and past the inside post.

The Blue Devils, determined to get off to a fast start, held good possession in the early going. With Davis having command of the midfield, Duke was able to put pressure on the Tar Heels’ stalwart backline. Freshman defender Kevon Black got into the mix early offensively. Overlapping Moseley on the left side, Black served a great ball into the penalty area that skipped all the way across the box untouched.

As play started to settle down midway through the half, North Carolina created a few dangerous opportunities of its own. Tar Heel top scorer Andy Craven had a couple dangerous chances, but Duke’s defense led by junior Zach Mathers stymied the UNC attack.

The Tar Heels broke through in the 38th minute when Alex Olofson broke loose on the right side and served a ball back across the box to Tyler Engel who fired it home off the inside of the far post.

Sporting a 57-2-2 record when scoring the first goal dating back to 2010, North Carolina continued to attack with confidence in the second half for added cushion. The Tar Heels pressed forward, but quality defense from the Blue Devils and goalkeeper Joe Ohaus kept the top-ranked squad off the board.

In the 75th minute, Davis, with the ball at his feet 25 yards from goal, drew a foul to set up a free kick just over 25 yards out in the middle of the field. Davis and Nick Palodichuk lined up behind the ball, but it was Davis curling it over the wall and into the left side of the net with his right foot for the equalizer. The goal was his first of the season and eighth of his career.

“Remarkable,” Kerr said of Davis’ play. “I mean an absolutely phenomenal performance by someone who knows it’s his senior year and it might be his last chance to beat North Carolina. Without him we would have struggled. He was just dynamite.”

Duke, garnering energy from the raucous crowd at Koskinen, continued to fight and press forward and capitalized in the 81st minute. The Tar Heels were relentless in the final nine minutes, but Mathers and the Blue Devils stayed strong to come away with the massive victory.

“Unbelievable,” Davis said of the crowd. “Friends, family, students. The support was unbelievable. This is why you come to Duke. This is why you play college soccer. This environment is something I’ll never forget.”

Duke, while enjoying this win, quickly moves on to play at UNC Wilmington Tuesday evening, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.

- News release

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Cary’s Chris Castor, former Duke player, among ACC football legends

Chris Castor.

Chris Castor.

Led by two members of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and one of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, the ACC announced the 2014 Class of Legends for its 10th Annual Dr Pepper Football Championship Game, which will be played in Charlotte Dec. 6.

In addition, players representing Triangle teams are Chris Castor of Duke, Greg Ellis of North Carolina and Jesse Campbell of NC State.

Castor (1979-82), a second-team All-America selection by the Associated Press as senior in 1982, enjoyed one of the most prolific seasons by an ACC wide receiver that year, averaging 20.7 yards per catch on 46 receptions with a then ACC-record 13 receiving touchdowns. That year, he became the first wide receiver to be named ACC Player of the Year, helping the Blue Devils to finish second nationally in passing offense. He established a school record for season yards per catch (20.7), a mark that stood until 2007. He also was named the Duke team MVP and his career yards-per-reception average of 18.96 is still the seventh-best mark in ACC history. A fifth-round draft choice in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks, he played in 23 games in two seasons (1983-84) for Seattle with eight career catches for 89 yards. Born in Burlington, N.C., he grew up in Cary, N.C., which is also his current hometown.

Ellis (1994-97) was one of the lynchpins of a stifling North Carolina defense for Coach Mack Brown that led the ACC in total defense for three consecutive years in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and led the nation in scoring defense in 1996. He earned honorable mention All-American honors as a sophomore, second-team All-America accolades as a junior and was a consensus first-team pick as a senior. He is still the all-time career leader at North Carolina in quarterback sacks and his career total of 32.5 sacks is still the fourth-best in ACC history. During his four seasons in Chapel Hill, he helped lead the Tar Heels to an overall 36-12 record including a 21-3 mark in his final two years and four consecutive bowl appearances. UNC was ranked seventh in the nation following his senior season. He was the eighth overall selection in the first round in the 1998 NFL Draft by Dallas and went on to enjoy a 12-year NFL Career, the first 11 with the Cowboys. From 1998 through 2008, he started 155 of 162 games for the Cowboys and finished his career in 2009 with the Oakland Raiders. He totaled 84.0 quarterback sacks and 525 tackles with 23 forced fumbles and returned both a fumble (98 yards) and pass interception (87 yards) for touchdowns. He was named to the 2007 NFL Pro Bowl and was also named that year as the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year. A native of Wendell, N.C., he played for East Wake High School and was named the North Carolina Male High School Athlete of the Year in 1993. He currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

Campbell (1988-90) was one of the defensive standouts for the Dick-Sheridan-coached Wolfpack teams in the late 1980s. He earned first-team All-ACC honors in each of his three varsity seasons and was also named ACC Rookie of the Year in 1988. As a freshman, he led the Wolfpack in tackles (83), tackles for loss (11), pass breakups (11) and interceptions (5). A second-team All-America selection by the Football News in 1989, he earned first-team honors in 1990. During his three seasons at State, the Wolfpack compiled a 22-13-1 record which included three consecutive bowl game appearances. He still holds the school career record for fumbles forced with 15. He had 269 career tackles, including 22 for loss, 30 pass breakups and seven interceptions. A second-round selection and the 48th overall pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1991 NFL Draft, he played eight seasons in the NFL, including one with Philadelphia (1991), five with the New York Giants (1992-96) and two with the Washington Redskins (1997-98). He also had seven career interceptions as a professional. A native of Vanceboro, N.C., he currently resides in Havelock, N.C., where he is an assistant principal at New Bern High School.

Leading this year’s class are former Virginia and Navy head coach George Welsh (Coaldale Pa.), Florida State’s two-time consensus All-American linebacker Derrick Brooks (Pensacola, Fla.), four-time Pitt All-American defensive end Hugh Green (Natchez, Miss.), and Syracuse All-American wide receiver Art Monk (White Plains, N.Y.).

Welsh finished his coaching career as the winningest coach in league history compiling a 189-132-4 record which included reclamation projects at the U.S. Naval Academy and at Virginia. In his near two-decade stint in Charlottesville, Welsh built the Cavaliers into one of the nation’s premier football programs, winning seven or more games for 13 consecutive seasons.

Brooks, a 2014 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is considered to be one of the greatest players in college and professional football history. The 1993 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, he was named to the NFL’s Pro Bowl an astounding 11 times and led FSU to a national championship and Tampa Bay to the NFL title.

Green, a 1996 inductee into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, is also considered by many to be one of the greatest collegiate players in history. He was a three-time consensus All-American and earned All-America honors in all four of his collegiate seasons for the Panthers.

Monk is one of the few players to earn selection to both the College Football Hall of Fame (2012) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2008). He ended his 15-year professional career as the first wide receiver in NFL history to top 900 receptions, finishing with 940 career catches.

The Legends are each selected by their respective schools and will be honored during this year’s Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game weekend. They will be honored at the ACC Night of Legends sponsored by the Belk Bowl on Friday, Dec. 5, and on Saturday Dec. 6, during ceremonies at Bank of America Stadium for the 10th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship, which will be nationally televised with either a 7:45 pm (ESPN) or 8 p.m. (ABC) kickoff.

The group of 14 former gridiron standouts from current ACC schools includes a former ACC Football Player of the Year; an ACC Defensive Player of the Year, 12 former All-Americas, including 10 first-team and six consensus All-American honorees and 12 players who combined for 118 years in the National Football League. Twelve of the Legends were drafted into the NFL, including nine first- or-second-round draft choices.

In all, the collection of players combined for three national championships, eight ACC championships, 11 Super Bowl appearances, eight Super Bowl championships and 26 Pro Bowl appearances. Three of the Legends were named to their respective NFL All-Decade teams.

Joining Welsh, Brooks, Green and Monk as this year’s Legends are Boston College offensive lineman Chris Snee (Montrose, Pa.), who earned second-team All-America honors (AP) as a senior at guard; Clemson cornerback Donnell Woolford (Fayetteville, N.C.), a consensus All-America and key defensive figure for the Danny Ford-coached Tiger teams in the late 1980s; Duke wide receiver Chris Castor (Cary, N.C.), the first wide receiver to earn Player of the Year honors in ACC history; Georgia Tech offensive lineman John Davis (Ellijay, Ga.), who earned first-team All-America honors as a tackle and as a center for the Yellow Jackets; and Louisville cornerback Frank Minnifield (Lexington, Ky.), who led the nation in kickoff returns and was an excellent cover cornerback for the Cardinals.

Completing the ACC Football Legends Class of 2014 are Miami’s Darrin Smith (Miami, Fla.), one of one-third of the famed Hurricane linebacker trio dubbed the “Bermuda Triangle” that helped lead “the U” to a pair of national championships in 1989 and 1991; North Carolina defensive end Greg Ellis (Wendell, N.C.), a two-time All-American who earned consensus All-America honors in 1997 playing for the Mack Brown-coached Tar Heel teams of the mid-1990s; NC State safety Jesse Campbell (Vanceboro, N.C.), a three-time All-ACC and two-time All-America defensive back for Coach Dick Sheridan’s teams of the 1980s and 90s; Virginia Tech center Jake Grove (Forest, Va.), a unanimous first-team All-America in 2003 who was the winner of the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top pivotman; and Wake Forest running back Alan White (Elm City, N.C.), the runner-up for 1961 ACC Player of the Year who led the conference in rushing that year and went on to an award-winning career in athletic administration as director of athletics at Elon University.

Snee (2001-03), one of the most effective offensive linemen in Boston College history, earned second-team All-America honors and first team All-Big East accolades at guard for the Eagles in 2003. His blocking helped pave the way for BC’s Derrick Knight to finish fourth nationally in rushing with 1,721 yards. In his three years as a starter for BC and head coach Tom O’Brien, he helped lead the Eagles to a 25-13 record, including bowl wins over Georgia, Toledo and Colorado State. An early-entry into the 2004 NFL Draft, he was selected in the second round as the 34th overall pick by the New York Giants. Snee enjoyed a 10-year NFL career with the Giants, starting in 141 games, four times earning selection to the NFL Pro Bowl (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012) and three times being named an All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2010). He helped lead the Giants, under coach Tom Coughlin, to a pair of Super Bowl triumphs in Super Bowl XLII (2007) and Super Bowl XLVI (2011). Snee, originally a native of Montrose, Pa., and his wife, the former Katie Coughlin, the daughter of the Giants head coach, now reside in Finger Lakes, N.J.

Woolford (1985-88) is a two-time All-America who earned 2nd team honors in 1987 and consensus All-America honors in 1988. He helped lead Clemson, coached by Danny Ford, to a 28-6-2 record in his final three seasons, including national Top Ten rankings in 1987 (10th, UPI) and in 1988 (8th, UPI; 9th AP). A two-time first-team All-ACC selection, he helped Clemson to ACC Championships in each of his final three varsity seasons, recording 10 pass interceptions in his career. An excellent punt returner, he led the ACC and finished third nationally with two touchdown returns and a 15.5 yard average in 1987. The 11th overall selection in the first round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Woolford played ten seasons in the NFL, the first eight with the Bears (1989-97) followed by one each with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1997) and Carolina Panthers (1998). He earned selection to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1993 and was named an All-Pro in 1994. He finished his career with 36 interceptions, the most at the time in Bears history. Originally a native of Fayetteville, N.C., he now resides in Charlotte.

Brooks (1991-94) earned consensus All-America honors in 1993 and 1994, leading the Seminoles to their first national championship as a junior in 1993. He earned first-team All-ACC honors three times (1992, 1993, 1994) was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. A finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi and Football Writers Defensive Player of the Year Awards in both 1993 and 1994, he was as highly regarded off the field as well earning first-team Academic All-America honors in 1994, receiving the NCAA’s Postgraduate Scholarship and being named one of the National Football Foundation’s Scholar-Athletes. The 28th player elected in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay, he played 14 NFL (1995-2008) seasons for the Bucs, earning selection to the Pro Bowl 11 times—including 10 straight seasons from 1997 through 2006. He was honored as an All-Pro nine times and was chosen as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press in 2002 and led the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. During his NFL career, he started 221 of 224 games, made 1,715 tackles and his six career touchdowns on interceptions returns tied an NFL record. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team As a professional, Brooks was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the 2000 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, the 2003 Bart Starr Award, the 2004 Byron “Whizzer” White Award, and the 2008 JB Award through the NFL Players Association, all of which honor an NFL player annually for the commitment to their communities. In 2007, Brooks was named to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, which selected the top 33 players in the history of high school football in the state of Florida. Currently, he is co-owner and president of the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League and he resides in Tampa, Fla.

Davis (1983-86), a four-year starter on the offensive line for the Bill Curry-coached teams of the mid-1980s, is one of the best offensive lineman in Tech history. Davis started at offensive tackle as a true freshman in 1983; started at center in 1984; earned first-team All-America honors by The Sporting News in 1985 at tackle; and completed his collegiate career earning first-team All-America honors (Scripps-Howard) back at center in 1986. He earned the nickname “The Refrigerator Mover” for his play in 1984 against Clemson consensus All-American William “The Refrigerator” Perry when he was named Sports Illustrated’s National Player of the Week following Tech’s 28-21 upset of the 13th-ranked Tigers, snapping a 20-game Clemson ACC win streak. Drafted in the 11th round of the 1987 NFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, he played two years with Houston and six seasons with the Buffalo Bills at guard, playing in three Super Bowls (XXV, XXVII, XXVIII), missing one (XXVI) with an injury. A native of Ellijay, Ga., he is currently serving as National Scouting Coordinator for CSA Prepstar 360 and currently resides with his family in Marietta, Ga.

Minnifield (1979-82) was originally a walk-on who earned a scholarship and became a four-time letterman for the Cardinals. He led the nation in kickoff return average (30.4) as a junior in 1981. A superb cover corner, he had seven career interceptions. After college, Minnifield signed with the Chicago Blitz of the USFL (1983) and played two seasons including the 1984 campaign when the team moved to Arizona. He sued to move to the NFL, signing as a free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 1985. Minnifield played eight seasons for Cleveland, earning four selections to the NFL’s Pro Bowl from 1986 through 1989. He was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1980s and was credited, along with fellow Brown cornerback Hanford Dixon, in originating and naming Cleveland’s “Dawg Pound” cheering section. After his professional career, he founded Minnifield All-Pro Homes in his hometown of Lexington, Ky. and was named to the Lexington Chamber of Commerce Board in 1993. In 2011, he was named Chairman of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees. A native of Lexington, he currently resides in his hometown.

Smith (1989-92), one of the top linebackers in Miami history, he keyed a Hurricane defense that allowed Miami to win a pair of national championships (1989, 1991) under coach Dennis Erickson during his time in Coral Gables. Along with Jessie Armstead and Michael Barrow, he composed one third of the linebacker corps for Miami known as the “Bermuda Triangle”. As a junior he earned first-team All-America honors by the Football News and second-team by the Associated Press while also named co-Defensive Player of the Year in the Big East Conference. He finished his career as the fourth-leading tackler in UM history. He was named a first-team All-American by UPI as a senior in 1992. During his four varsity seasons, Miami compiled a spectacular 44-4 record. An excellent student, Smith also became UM’s first National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete recipient. A second-round pick and the 54th overall selection by Dallas in the 1993 NFL Draft, he played 12 seasons in the NFL, the first four with the Cowboys (1993-96) where he helped Dallas to triumphs in Super Bowls XXVIII and XXX. He also played one year with Philadelphia (1997), two seasons with Seattle (1998-99) and five years with New Orleans. In his NFL career, he compiled 749 tackles, 24.0 sacks and 11 interceptions. A native of Miami, he currently resides in Pembroke Pines where he owns and operates a real estate investment and development company. He also serves as the team chaplain for the Miami Dolphins.

Green (1977-80), one of the most honored defensive players in Pitt history, is a four-time All-American who earned consensus first-team All-America honors in each of his final three seasons as a defensive end. He led Pitt to a four-year 39-8-1 record. As a senior in 1980, he was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Maxwell Award Player of the Year, the UPI National Player of the Year and The Sporting News Player of the Year. Additionally, he was also presented with the Lombardi Award as the nation’s best lineman or interior linebacker. He was also voted the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, at the time the highest finish be a defensive player in the history of the Heisman Trophy. He accumulated 460 tackles and 53 sacks in his collegiate career and Pitt retired his jersey, No. 99, at halftime of his final home game in 1980. Selected by Tampa Bay with the seventh overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, he played 11 seasons in the NFL, the first five with the Buccaneers and the last six with Miami. A two-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection as a linebacker (1982-83) he was named to the NFL’s All-Rookie team in 1981. Inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1996, he was named the fifth greatest college football player of all-time by the collegefootballnews.com. Named to the all-time All-American team by The Sporting News in 1983, Green was ranked No. 14 among ESPN’s Top 25 College Football Players in history in 2007, and was also named to Sports Illustrated’s College Football all-century team in 1999. Originally a native of Natchez, Miss., he is now retired and resides in Fayette, Miss.

Monk (1976-79), one of the most productive wide receivers in National Football League history, is one of the few players to be inducted into both the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (2012) and the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2008). He still ranks ninth on the Syracuse reception list and is 10th in receiving yards. He still holds the school record for most catches in a game, with 14 against Navy in 1977. He was a first-team All-America selection by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and a two-time Lambert Trophy winner given to the best collegiate player in the East. The 18th overall selection in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft by Washington, Monk played 16 seasons in the National Football League, the first 14 with the Redskins. A three-time Pro Bowl selection (1984-86), he was a first-team All-Pro in 1984 and second team in 1985. He set an NFL single-season receiving mark, which was later broken, with 106 catches in 1984 and became the first NFL receiver with 900 or more career receptions, completing his career with 940 catches. He helped the Redskins to four Super Bowl appearances as Washington captured Super Bowl titles in Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s and has been named to the Washington Redskins Ring of Fame. Originally a native of White Plains, N.Y., he now resides in Great Falls, Va.

Welsh (1982-2000) retired in 2000 as the winningest coach in ACC history having compiled 189 wins in a 28-year career as head coach at Navy and Virginia. His total of 134 wins at Virginia is still the second-best mark of any ACC head coach, trailing only Florida State’s Bobby Bowden, and his overall total ranks 31st among all coaches in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision. His 85 ACC wins in conference games is also the second-highest total in league history. His rebuilding job at UVa stands as one of the great coaching accomplishments in modern collegiate football. Welsh inherited a Virginia program that had a 1-10 record and had averaged less than three victories a year in the previous 11 seasons. In his 19 years in Charlottesville, Welsh’s teams averaged seven wins a year, including a stretch of 13 consecutive seasons when Virginia won seven or more football games. Six of his Cavalier teams finished ranked in the nation’s Top 20, two tied for ACC championships, and he led UVa to 12 appearances in bowl games. His 1990 squad earned a No. 1 national ranking for three straight weeks. Prior to his arrival in Charlottesville, Virginia had never been to a bowl game.

While at Virginia he was named ACC Coach of the Year four times (1983, 1984, 1991, 1995) and National Coach of the year once (1991). His 1989 and 1995 Virginia teams tied for the ACC football title and his 1990 team was ranked No. 1 nationally at midseason. His 1995 UVa squad was the first ACC team to beat Florida State, ending the Seminoles’ 29-game conference winning streak after joining the league. An All-American quarterback at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955, Welsh began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Penn State under Rip Engle and then Joe Paterno (1963-72). He became head coach at Navy in 1973 and rebuilt that program into a consistent winner, inheriting a program that had won just 12 games over the previous five seasons. He compiled a 55-46-1, taking the Midshipmen to bowl games in three of his final four seasons in Annapolis. Originally a native of Coaldale, Pa., Welsh now lives in Charlottesville, Va.

Grove (2000-03), the winner of the 2003 Rimington Trophy which is given annually to the nation’s best center, earned unanimous Al-America honors as a senior for Coach Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech. Grove played on Tech teams that compiled a 37-14 record and went to four consecutive bowl games. After playing center as a freshman and guard as a sophomore, Grove moved back to the center position as a junior in 2002, and was a natural fit, starting all 14 games and grading out to 90 percent for the season. In 2003, he graded out to 91.8 percent in over 700 offensive plays, recording a team-high 48 knockdown blocks. That year, he was a first-team All-American selection by the Associated Press, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Walter Camp Foundation and The Sporting News. He also earned first-team All-Big East honors. Selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round and the 45th overall pick of the 2004 Draft, Grove played seven seasons in the NFL, the first five with Oakland and the final two with Miami. He started 56 of his 66 NFL games in his career. His jersey, No. 64, was retired by Virginia Tech in 2006. Born in Johnson City, Tenn., Grove is a native of Forest, Va., and he currently resides in his hometown.

White (1959-61) was a first team All-ACC running back and Wake Forest MVP in 1961 after leading the ACC in rushing. That year he carried 93 times for 586 yards, an average of 6.3 yards per carry. As a senior he rushed for 131 yards vs. Virginia and added 113 yards in a win over North Carolina. White was a third team Academic All-America selection following his senior season. After graduation, he embarked on a coaching career that included stops at Elon and Mississippi State. White returned to the Elon coaching staff in 1974 and became director of athletics in 1979. He served in that position until his retirement in 2006. While leading the Elon athletics program, Dr. White helped the Phoenix transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and eventually to the Football Championship Subdivision. He was named the NAIA National Athletic Administrator of the Year in 1989 and was a five-time NAIA district administrator of the year. During his tenure at Elon, the Phoenix won 56 conference championships, 12 conference Excellence Awards and four national championships. A 1962 graduate of Wake Forest, Dr. White has previously been inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, the Elon Sports Hall of Fame, the South Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame. Originally from Elm City, N.C., he and his family now reside in Burlington, N.C.

2014 ACC Football Legends Roster

Name School Years Position Hometown (Current Residence)

Chris Snee Boston College 2001-03 Guard Montrose, Pa. (Finger Lakes, N.J.)
Donnell Woolford Clemson 1985-88 Cornerback Fayetteville, N.C. (Charlotte, N.C.)
Chris Castor Duke 1979-82 Wide Receiver Cary, N.C. (Same)
Derrick Brooks Florida State 1991-94 Linebacker Pensacola, Fla. (Tampa, Fla.)
John Davis Georgia Tech 1983-86 Center-Tackle Ellijay, Ga. (Marietta, Ga.)
Frank Minnifield Louisville 1979-82 Cornerback Lexington, Ky. (same)
Darrin Smith Miami 1989-92 Linebacker Miami, Fla. (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Greg Ellis North Carolina 1994-97 Defensive End Wendell, N. C. (Dallas, Tex.)
Jesse Campbell NC State 1988-90 Safety Vanceboro, N.C. (Havelock, N.C.)
Hugh Green Pittsburgh 1977-80 Defensive End Natchez, Miss. (Fayette, Miss.)
Art Monk Syracuse 1976-79 Wide Receiver White Plains, N.Y. (Great Falls, Va.)
George Welsh Virginia 1982-00 Head Coach Coaldale, Pa. (Charlottesville, Va.)
Jake Grove Virginia Tech 2000-03 Center Forest, Va. (same)
Alan White Wake Forest 1959-61 Running Back Elm City, N.C. (Burlington, N.C.)

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Duke football raises awareness of Sickle Cell research

dukefootballDuke football is teaming up with Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, a nationally-ranked pediatric academic medical center, for the inaugural “Score for More Sickle Cell Research and Care” to raise awareness about sickle cell disease and to continue research to find successful treatments and a cure.

“Sickle cell impacts the lives of children and adults in our community, including student-athletes within our Duke Athletics program,” said Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe. “We are proud to partner with Duke Children’s to bring awareness to this common condition that impacts individuals, and to advance research to further our understanding of sickle cell so that we can one day find a cure to improve the quality of life for infants, children and adults with sickle cell.”

The community is invited to support ongoing research at Duke Children’s for sickle cell disease with a donation by texting DUKEKIDS to 50555 to donate $10 for Duke Children’s.

Score for More Sickle Cell Research and Care will culminate to the Duke-Tulane home football game this Saturday, Sept. 20. The game will feature special “Score for More Sickle Cell Research and Care” programs, and celebrate Duke Children’s Pediatric Hematology-Oncology researchers, faculty, staff, care givers, patients, and families.