Season 1 ACC Team Previews

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  1. Ghost

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  2. LeGeNd RiPs

    LeGeNd RiPs Is it football season yet?

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    Teddy Bridgewater looks to lead Louisville to a third straight conference title and their first ACC title in 2013.
    2012 record: 11-2 overall, 5-2 Big East
    Returning starters: 16 (seven offense, nine defense)
    The Louisville Cardinals are working extremely hard this offseason and are poised for a stellar year!​
    Sugar Bowl MVP Teddy Bridgewater is back, not that he had a choice, but he'll be a junior and coming off of a season where he threw for 3,718 yards with 27 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. Also, this is the team's first year in the ACC. Playing in the Big East for such a long time, the team hasn't gotten the national accreditation they feel they deserve, so they are ready to come out and hit the ACC hard! For a second straight year, the team made a big time statement in the Sugar Bowl as they took down the mighty Florida Gators, who were ranked 3rd in the nation, by a score of 33-23, a score that wasn't totally indicative of how that game went. QB Teddy Bridgewater, as stated before, won the MVP and threw for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns.​
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    Junior DeVante Parker is another athlete the Cardinals will rely upon this season. In 40 catches, the wide receiver racked up 744 yards last year, including 10 touchdowns. Running Backs Senoris Perry and Domonique Brown have been in a tight competition for the starting job since the offseason began and new Head Coach, Legend Rips, still hasn't made his decision. I guess we'll see who gets the carries when the season begins. With the new spread offense Legend Rips is bringing in, there are tons of possibilities for this team. It looks like he will try to utilize Bridgewater's athletic ability a bit more this year, along with the cannon attached to his shoulder.​
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    On the defensive side, senior Preston Brown is one of the biggest assets on the roster. Last year, Brown was moved from strongside linebacker to middle linebacker to fill the void left from the departing Dexter Heyman. In his first year in the position, Brown totaled 109 tackles as a junior which led the team. Brown also led the Cardinals with 13 tackles in the Sugar Bowl.​
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    All in all, the Louisville Cardinals have a huge upside this year. They have extreme amounts of talent returning on both sides of the ball. This year, being their first in the ACC, is their biggest season to date and they are more than prepared. Go Cards!​
     
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  4. HuskerPower

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    2013-2014 Clemson Tigers Football Preview
    2012 Record: 11-2, 7-1 ACC
    Returning Starters: 13 (7 Offense, 6 Defense)
    After an impressive 2012 season including a Chick-Fil-A Bowl victory against LSU, the Clemson Tigers look to improve upon their 11-2 record and win the ACC.
    Offense: The offense returns 7 starters from last year including QB Tajh Boyd and WR Sammy Watkins. Last year Boyd threw for almost 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns while rushing for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. He returns to Clemson as one of the best quarterbacks in the nation and a Heisman candidate. In 2011, Sammy Watkins quickly became arguably the best Wide Receiver in the country as a freshman, but had a bit of a sophomore slump last year after only having 3 TDs. Watkins definitely has the talent to become one of the best receivers in the nation and a darkhorse Heisman contender. Clemson still has to replace their starting running back last year in Andre Ellington. Senior RB Roderick McDowell looks to replace the talent of Ellington this year.
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    Senior QB Tajh Boyd and Junior WR Sammy Watkins
    Defense: Clemson's defense surely improved last year after giving up 26.3 points per game compared to giving up 29.5 points per game in 2011. If Clemson wants to win a national championship in 2013, their defense needs to step it up. Six defensive starters return for the Tigers in 2013 including Junior MLB Stephone Anthony and Sophomore FS Travis Blanks. Anthony returns with 63 total tackles in 2012 while Blanks returns with 45 total tackles and 1 interception.
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    Sophomore FS Travis Blanks celebrating after a victory
    If this team can improve on defense like they did last year while maintaining their explosive offense, look out for Clemson in 2013.
     
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    Florida State Seminoles Football Preview 2013-2014
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    As the Florida State fan-base gears up for another year of Seminole football, many fans are intrigued at what this years team has to offer. That optimism, however, does not come without its' fair share of empty questions. Despite winning the ACC title and a BCS bowl game, one could argue that the 2012: 12-2 campaign was one of squandered opportunities. Both loses last year came after the Seminoles held a 4th quarter lead. With that being said, last year was a great building block for the future of the program. ​
    Florida State lead all schools in this years NFL Draft with 11 players selected. With that success, comes the task of replacing all of that talent. QB E.J. Manuel was a first round selection in that draft and it looks as if Freshman (RS) Jameis Winston will take over his position. The type of buzz that he created after dominating the Garnet and Gold Game this spring, is really unbelievable. Before taking a snap for the Seminoles, he has been given nicknames in Tallahassee such as "Black Jesus". Overly optimistic fans are not the only ones with high praise for Winston's ability though. Trent Dilfer, the host of the Elite 11 QB camp, and former NFL QB, claimed that Winston would be the number one overall NFL Draft pick when he decides to leave Tally. Needless to say, he has yet to prove anything and has a lot of work to do to live up to those lofty expectations. ​
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    3 Offensive Players to Watch This Season​
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    1. First on this list is not one player but actually an entire position, the RB's. ​
    Devonta Freeman, James Wilder Jr., and Mario Pender have a chance to really be special this year. All three bring something different to the table. Freeman is a combo type back with great balance and cut-back ability. The best way to classify James Wilder Jr. is, simply, a grown ass man. He runs with a nasty-streak that is fun to watch, and has a mix of size and speed that makes tackling him a tall task. Mario Pender is the wildcard out of this group. He has yet to see the field for the Seminoles but scouts have said that he was the best high school RB to come out of the state of Florida since Frank Gore, which is a lofty comparison. ​
    2. WR Rashad Greene has been a constant performer for FSU over the past two years and really carries the torch for a deep WR core. He always seems to step up in big time moments and provide the spark that the Seminoles offense needs. He is about as sure-handed as they come and has game-changing speed. ​
    3. TE Nick O'Leary is becoming a go-to- type option and I expect to see an increased number of targets for him in the 2013 season. ​
    3 Defensive Players to Watch This Season​
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    1. OLB Christian Jones is simply a beast that has the size to play in the box and the range and athleticism to cover the slot. If last year was any indication, he should have a breakout year in 2013. ​
    2. CB Lamarcus Joyner moving from SS to CB is one of my favorite moves of the offseason. At only 5'8 195 lbs he was vastly undersized at the safety position, even though his results on the field didn't show that. He has been one of the most consistent players at FSU over his career and has a chance to be special one again this year. ​
    3. DT Timmy Jernigan has a chance to be an All-American in the middle of the FSU defensive line this year. He is really quick off of the ball and has the strength and moves to collapse the pocket up the middle. ​
     
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    Miami Hurricanes: Miami is coming off tough season schedule with record of 7-5 (5-3). With Key losses to Florida State, Kansas St. and Notre Dame and key wins with Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech will be looking to improve in 2013.

    Offense: QB Stephen Morris looks to build on what was an impressive junior season in which is completed 59% of his passes for 3500 yds with 21 TD/7 INT. With the departure of Mike James this off season, Sophomore Duke Johnson looks to be the work horse for this team. Averaging almost 7 yards a carry last season and almost 1000 yds rushing while not getting the most of the carries.


    The excitement over the Canes offense in 2013 is building, with new coach Bud Wiser the canes look to bring an uptempo pro style offense.
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    Defense: Returning 7 starters on Defense led by OLB Denzel Perryman, the young Miami defense looks to improve on a lackluster 2012 defense. Coach Bud Wiser is ready for the challenge of improving this defense.















    With a good amount of returning players this season looks bright for the Canes.
     
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    2013-2014 Virginia Tech Hokies
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    Antone Exum makes Jim Thorpe Award watch list
    an offseason ACL injury didn’t keep Antone Exum from being on the radar of several preseason watch lists.
    Exum was named to the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award on Friday, given annually to the nation’s top defensive back. He was previously named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski, a defensive player of the year award.
    Exum, who earned second-team All-ACC honors in his first year at cornerback in 2012, is still on the mend from surgery to repair the ACL, lateral and medial meniscus and a bone fracture in his right knee.
    He told Frank Beamer‘s website recently that he’s about “65 percent” healthy after rehabbing this offseason at Fischer Sports Physical Therapy & Conditioning in Phoenix. He hopes to be back for the opener against Alabama but is unsure if that’s realistic.
    “When I’m ready, I’ll know it,” he told the site.
    Exum is one of four ACC defensive backs on the Thorpe Award watch list, joining North Carolina’s Tre Boston, Duke’s Ross Cockrell and Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner.
    VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
    NFL Draft picks the last five years: 14
    2013 NFL Draft picks: 2 – WR Corey Fuller (6th round, Detroit Lions), OT Vinston Painter (6th round, Denver Broncos)


    Virginia Tech managed just seven victories last season, their lowest win total since 1997. Additionally they produced just two draft picks from last year's squad, their lowest number since the 2009 NFL Draft. However that number should more than double for the 2014 class, led by several defensive standout prospects like James Gayle, Antone Exum and Kyle Fuller. But the biggest wildcard prospect for the Hokies is quarterback Logan Thomas who is extremely talented on paper with his size, athleticism and arm strength, but he hasn't been able to take that next step in his development as a passer just yet.


    Top Virginia Tech prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft
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    1. DE James Gayle (6-4, 268, 4.58)
    One of the top pass rushers in the ACC, Gayle is entering his third season as the Hokies' starting defensive end and was recently named the team MVP for his performance during spring drills. Despite coming off a somewhat disappointing junior season in 2012, he has combined for 12 sacks the past two seasons and is the leader of one of the Nation's top defensive fronts. Gayle has very good speed off the edge to accelerate in a flash with the quickness and arm moves to get around blockers. He is a fluid athlete when dropping in space with excellent footwork to change directions quickly and keep blockers off-balance. Gayle is relentless and works hard to get to the pocket, but his lack of ideal size and length tends to show up too often as he can be easily engulfed by blockers, which could push him to linebacker in a 3-4 alignment at the next level. Worthy of a mention in Bruce Feldman's annual “Freak List” article, Gayle should test well at the NFL Combine after clocking a reported 39-inch vertical, 4.6 40-yard dash and 400-pound bench press this past spring. He needs to continue to develop and improve his production, but could end up being the best pass rusher out of Virginia Tech since Hall of Famer Bruce Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in 1985.
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    2. CB Antone Exum (6-0, 224, 4.53)
    If not for his recent injury, Exum might be No. 1 on this list. But after tearing the ACL and meniscus in his right knee while playing basketball this past January, there are questions about when he'll be able to return to the football field and if he can come back at full health. A versatile defensive back with his size/speed combination, Exum bounced between cornerback and safety as a freshman before moving to safety as a sophomore where he started all 14 games in 2011 (11 at free safety, 3 at rover). He transitioned back to cornerback this past season as a junior and started all 13 contests, finishing with a team-best five interceptions and 21 passes defended. Exum is well-built for the position and isn't shy in press coverage, embracing the physical side of the position. He has quick eyes to find the ball and make a play, but struggles with inconsistent timing and is too hands-on in coverage, attracting some easy calls for the officials. Exum has strong confidence and a fearless attitude with a short memory to continue to play physical despite mistakes, but his aggressiveness can be his best and worst quality.

    3. CB Kyle Fuller (6-0, 193, 4.52)
    It seems at least one member of the Fuller family has been starring on the Hokies football team for over a decade and Kyle is the latest to make his mark in Blacksburg. Fuller, who is entering his fourth season as a starter (34 starts on his resume), has bounced around the Virginia Tech defense, spending tim at nickel cornerback, whip linebacker and field cornerback. He is a versatile player with the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run. Fuller enjoys throwing his body around in run support and is a usually-disciplined tackler, doing a nice job beating blocks to show up at the line of scrimmage. He has smooth hips and natural footwork for an easy transition in coverage, but lacks elite speed and struggles to recover after the receiver gains a step. Fuller will get caught out of position when he tries to freelance, but the game appears to come natural to him, showing the knack for making plays on the ball with outstanding ballskills. With Exum's status uncertain for the start of the 2013 season, more responsibility will be on Fuller's shoulders as the clear-cut leader of the secondary and a big chance to boost his draft stock.
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    4. QB Logan Thomas (6-6, 258, 4.67)
    A prospect who was prematurely pegged as a potential No. 1 overall pick by some, Thomas has the frame, athleticism and arm strength that will turn heads and certainly appeal to NFL scouts. But until the mental part of the game catches up to his physical talents, Thomas is more of a long-term project than proven prospect. He is well-put-together with a tall, built frame to see the entire field and stay on his feet while defenders try to pull him down, flashing courageous finishing effort as a ballcarrier. Thomas can easily make all the necessary throws and the ball appears to shoot off his hand with plus velocity. However, he makes too many head-scratching decisions each game, which is usually the product of him staring down targets and failing to see all 11 defenders. Thomas struggles to disguise his intentions and needs to improve his pocket mobility to avoid the rush while keeping his eyes downfield, faltering under pressure and tucking to run too quickly. After a forgettable junior season, Thomas could gain some draft momentum with a strong senior campaign and possibly convince a team he's worth the gamble in the early rounds. If not, he's one heck of a tight end prospect (half-kidding).


    Other Virginia prospects worth watching:
    WR DJ Coles (6-4, 235, 4.65)
    A prospect with WR/TE tweener traits, Coles has playmaking ability but has battled several issues with his knee the past two seasons.

    C Andrew Miller (6-4, 304)
    An intriguing athlete, Miller has room to improve his hand usage and needs to stay healthy after ankle surgery ended his 2012 season.

    DE J.R. Collins (6-2, 261, 4.76)
    Like Gayle opposite him, Collins saw his production dip last season and needs a strong senior year to help rebound his draft status.

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    DT Derrick Hopkins (6-0, 306)
    An All-Conference performer a year ago, Hopkins finished his junior season with 10 tackles for loss, winning with his quickness off the snap.

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    ILB Jack Tyler (6-1, 236, 4.79)
    A former walk-on, Tyler has developed into one of the team leaders after leading the Hokies in tackles (119) and tackles for loss (13) last year.
    S Kyshoen Jarrett (5-11, 195, 4.55)*
    In his first year as a starter, Jarrett stood out last season at the rover position and is a rangy, violent tackler despite his lean frame.





    2013 Hokies! While they may have a lot to prove..... STAY TUNED
    Gobble Gobble!!!!!
     
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  8. dmw7782

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    So VT has 2 impact QBs??!! This is wild
     
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    I believe I do, too (South Carolina).
     

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