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Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University will induct five new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 17. The induction ceremony will take place at half time of the Demon Deacons’ home game with NC State.

The five new inductees include former football All-American Steve Vallos and 2005 ACC football Player of the Year Chris Barclay;, Rhodes Scholar and five-time All-American track and field athlete Michelle Sikes, field hockey All-American Lauren Crandall and former ACC golf champion John Gerring.

The five will be honored at a luncheon on Saturday at noon at Bridger Field House.

Former basketball star Chris Paul was voted into the Hall of Fame last year but has had to defer his induction due to his responsibilities with the NBA All-Star game this weekend.

All five inductees for the class of 2017-18 will attend Saturday’s ceremonies.

In addition, Tal Jobe will be recognized with the Gene Hooks Award. The Gene Hooks Achievement Award recognizes a former Wake Forest athlete, manager, coach or administrator who has exhibited traits of integrity, charity, leadership and who embodies the Pro Humanitate spirit that Dr. Gene Hooks, former Director of Athletics, exhibited over his 45 years associated with Wake Forest.

Jobe was a standout football and basketball athlete at Mebane High School and then at Eastern Alamance High following its opening in 1962. Tal played freshman basketball for the Demon Deacons in 1963-64 and graduated in 1967 with a degree in physical education. He spent 13 years teaching and coaching at Graham Middle School before going to Eastern Alamance High. He coached 69 different teams over his 32 years, leading Eastern Alamance to the 1991 state 3-A boys basketball championship and was inducted into the Eastern Alamance Hall of Fame. In 2004, Tal was inducted into the city of Mebane’s Sports Hall of Fame and in 2017 the gym at Eastern Alamance was named in his honor. He retired from the Alamance-Burlington School District in 2001 after 32 years and returned to Wake Forest where he served in the athletics department in a variety of roles including that of baseball clubhouse manager and working with game operations for multiple sports.,

Here is a brief look at each of the five inductees:

Chris Barclay

Barclay, Wake Forest’s all-time rushing leader, was the Atlantic Coast Conference football Player of the Year in 2005 when he carried the ball 218 times for 1,127 yards. He broke into the Demon Deacon lineup as one of just three true freshmen to see action in 2002. He led the team in rushing in 2003 with 1,192 yards and earned second team All-ACC honors. As a junior in 2004, Barclay had 1,010 yards on 243 carries and was named first team All-ACC. He capped his career in 2005 with another first team All-ACC selection and his recognition as the league’s Player of the Year.

For his career, Barclay finished with 4,032 rushing yards and set school records at the time for career points (240), rushing touchdowns (40), all-purpose yards (4,930), 200-yard rushing games (3) and 1,00-yard rushing seasons (3). He was the first player in ACC history to lead the league in rushing yards during the regular season in three consecutive seasons and was also the first ACC player with three consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Named team MVP as both a junior and senior, Barclay is one of just three Demon Deacons to earn the award in back-to-back seasons, joining Norm Snead (1959-60) and Brian Piccolo (1963-64).

Lauren Crandall

Crandall (’07) was also a first ballot inductee. She was a three-time All-American in field hockey and a member of two of Wake Forest’s national championship teams in 2003 and 2004. A native of Doylestown, Pa., Crandall was the ACC Tournament MVP in 2006, a two-time ACC All-Tournament selection and a two-time NCAA All-Tournament selection. She earned first team All-ACC honors three times and was the first Wake Forest player to earn All-South Region honors all four seasons. Crandall was a first team All-American in 2005 and 2006 after earning third team All-America honors in 2004. Following her collegiate career, Crandall played for the U.S. at the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile in 2006 and led the team in scoring. She went on to become a member of the USA Field Hockey Olympic teams in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

John Gerring

Gerring (’57), originally from Union, S.C., was the Heritage Committee’s selection for Hall of Fame induction. Gerring played golf for the Deacons from 1953-57 and won ACC medalist honors in 1957 with rounds of 69-72-141 at Old Town Club in Winston-Salem. Gerring had entered the final round trailing teammate Sonny George by two strokes. Gerring’s efforts helped the Deacons win the 1957 ACC team title by eight strokes over North Carolina.

During the 1957 season, Gerring was Wake Forest’s medalist in five of seven home matches in an era where teams played dual matches rather than strictly tournaments. He was Wake Forest’s top golfer in 1955, ’56 and ’57 before serving in the Rifle Company of the United States Army following graduation.

John has served as a PGA golf professional for over 50 years. A member of the PGA Hall of Fame, Gerring was named the National PGA Professional of the Year in 1981. He has served as the club professional at a number of prestigious courses including Peachtree in Atlanta, the Atlanta Country Club, Sea Island Golf Club and Bloomfield Hills Country Club. Most recently, Gerring was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Association Hall of Fame.

Michelle Sikes

Sikes (’07) was elected in her first year of eligibility, is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Wake Forest history. A mathematical economics major, she received the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship in 2007, becoming just the third student-athlete in school history to earn the award. On the track, Sikes was just as impressive. The Lakewood, Ohio native won the NCAA Outdoor Championship in the 5,000 meters in 2007 with a meet and school record of 15:16.76, becoming the first Demon Deacon female student-athlete to win an NCAA individual track championship. She was the ACC indoor 5,000 meters champion in 2007 and won the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000 meters in 2007. Sikes was a five-time All-American and an eight-time All-ACC honoree, earning all-league honors three times in cross country, three times in outdoor track and twice in indoor track. To this day, Sikes continues to hold school records in the 1,500 meters, mile, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. She was the ACC Performer of the Year at the 2007 outdoor championships and a four-time All-ACC Academic honoree. Sikes was the 2006-07 Marge Crisp Award winner as Wake Forest’s female student-athlete of the year. She earned the Edwin G. Wilson Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from Wake Forest in 2007 and was the recipient of the ACC Award for Excellence in Academics and Athletics that same year. Besides the Rhodes Scholarship, Sikes received the Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship from the ACC.

Steve Vallos

Vallos (’06) was elected to the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Vallos earned first team All-ACC honors at offensive tackle in 2006 as he helped the Demon Deacons win the ACC Championship. A native of Boardman, Ohio, Vallos earned first team All-America honors in 2006 from both Sports Illustrated and the Sporting News while being named a second team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation. He twice earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors in 2006 and finished his career with 48 career starts, the most-ever among Deacon offensive linemen. Vallos was a second team All-ACC pick as a sophomore and an honorable mention all-league honoree as a junior when he helped pave the way for ACC Player of the Year Chris Barclay. A seventh round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in the 2007 NFL Draft, Vallos played seven seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks, Browns, Eagles, Jaguars and Broncos, earning a berth in Super Bowl XLVIII with the Denver Broncos.

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Tommy Thigpen joins UNC football staff http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/10/thigpen-joins-carolina-football-staff/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:24:37 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8316 Chapel Hill, NC – Former All-ACC linebacker and veteran coach Tommy Thigpen has returned to the North Carolina football coaching staff, head coach Larry Fedora announced Tuesday. Thigpen, who played at Carolina for Mack Brown, was a graduate assistant under…

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Chapel Hill, NC – Former All-ACC linebacker and veteran coach Tommy Thigpen has returned to the North Carolina football coaching staff, head coach Larry Fedora announced Tuesday.

Thigpen, who played at Carolina for Mack Brown, was a graduate assistant under Carl Torbush and spent four seasons coaching linebackers under John Bunting and Butch Davis, returns to Chapel Hill after stints at Auburn and Tennessee.

“We are excited to bring Tommy back to Carolina,” Fedora said. “He will bring intensity into the building both as a coach and as a recruiter, and I know he has a great passion for this program and this University. We welcome him, his wife Jacinda and their two daughters back into the Tar Heel family.”

“I am very thankful to be coming back home and even more thankful to Coach Fedora for giving me the opportunity to be a part of his staff,” Thigpen said.

Thigpen was a Parade All-American and Virginia Defensive Player of the Year at Potomac High School in Dumfries, Virginia. A four-year letterwinner at North Carolina from 1989-92, Thigpen was a three-time All-ACC linebacker, earning first-team honors in 1991. He was co-captain of the 1992 team that went 9-3 and beat Mississippi State in the Peach Bowl, the first of seven straight bowl games for the Tar Heels in the 1990s. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carolina.

Thigpen played professionally for the New York Giants in 1993-94 and the Barcelona Dragons in 1995-96 before beginning his coaching career as a UNC graduate assistant in 1998-99. He then coached linebackers at Tennessee State in 2000. In 2001-02, he coached cornerbacks and was the special teams coordinator at Bowling Green. Thigpen returned to Carolina after a stint at Illinois, where he was the cornerbacks coach in 2003 and the linebackers coach in 2004.

Thigpen coached the UNC linebackers for four seasons under Bunting and Davis before spending four seasons at Auburn, where he mentored the safeties (2009-11) and linebackers (2012). Under former Carolina defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, Thigpen helped the Tigers to the BCS National Championship in 2010, a season during which Auburn ranked ninth in the country in rush defense at 109.1 yards per game.

From there, Thigpen spent five seasons at Tennessee as the linebackers coach and, beginning in 2016, the defensive run game coordinator. In Knoxville, Thigpen coached linebackers A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt and Jalen Reeves-Maybin to All-SEC honors. The Volunteers won three straight bowl games in his time at UT, and he has either coached or played in nine bowl games during his career.

In addition to being a standout coach, Thigpen is widely considered one of the top recruiters in college football. He was named National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com in 2013 after helping to sign the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation at Tennessee. Thigpen was also honored by Rivals as one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters in 2007 while at Carolina.

Thigpen is married to the former Jacinda Webb and the couple has two daughters, Asia and Naja.

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Lennard Freeman’s career-high 23 points propel Wolfpack to 68-68 defeat of Presbyterian http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/17/lennard-freemans-career-high-23-points-propel-wolfpack-68-68-defeat-presbyterian/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30:52 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8146 Raleigh, NC – Another dominant performance inside from Lennard Freeman led NC State to an 86-68 victory over Presbyterian Thursday night at PNC Arena. The Wolfpack moved to 4-0 in its first season under head coach Kevin Keatts. NC State’s defensive pressure caused Presbyterian…

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Raleigh, NC – Another dominant performance inside from Lennard Freeman led NC State to an 86-68 victory over Presbyterian Thursday night at PNC Arena. The Wolfpack moved to 4-0 in its first season under head coach Kevin Keatts.

NC State’s defensive pressure caused Presbyterian to cough it up 22 times, making it the fourth-consecutive game the Wolfpack’s opponents have finished with 20 or more turnovers. NC State took care of the ball effectively as it finished with a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio with 16 assists to just eight turnovers.

Lennard Freeman was unstoppable in the paint, leading five double-digit NC State scorers with a career-high 23 points on an efficient 9-of-12 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Tonight’s game marked the third time this season Freeman has reset his career-high. He previously set his career-hight in points this season with 15 against VMI, then had 20 against Bryant and then 23 tonight. Freeman also made his presence felt on the defensive end, recording career-highs in both blocked shots and steals with three.

Torin Dorn led the Wolfpack in rebounding with a season-high nine board, while Markell Johnson led the team in assists, for the fourth consecutive game with seven, and steals with four.

Dorn added 18 points along with a career-high four assists, Allerik Freeman chipped in 12 points and Omer Yurtseven finished with 11 points on a season-high five made field goals on seven attempts. Markell Johnson had 10 points to round out a balanced attack for the Wolfpack.

While NC State came out with the win, Presbyterian made the Wolfpack work for it as they went into the half with a 44-36 lead. The Blue Hose turned the ball over only seven times in the first half, fewest for an NC State opponent in a half this season, while also shooting 60 percent in the first half to go into the locker room with an eight-point advantage.

The Pack turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, forcing Presbyterian into 15 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. NC State re-took the lead with 13:34 left to play on a Dorn layup and never looked back as the Pack never trailed again.

After shooting 60 percent from the field and turning the ball over only seven times in the first half, the Blue Hose shot 31.6 percent in the second half and turned it over 15 times. In the final 20 minutes, Presbyterian only had six made field goals.

For the season, NC State has now forced its opponents into 94 turnovers. For the third time in four games, the Pack had less than 10 turnovers in a game as NC State finished the game against Presbyterian with eight.

NC State flexed its muscle down low as Freeman and Yurtseven combined to shoot 14-of-19 from the field and helped the Pack to a 56-32 advantage in points in the paint. 

After four games in seven days, the Pack now has five days until its next contest. NC State returns to the hardwood Wednesday when it faces third-ranked Arizona in the first round of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis held on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The game will tipoff at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.

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Post Louisville win quotes by NC State football coach Dave Doeren & Wolfpack players http://chathamjournal.com/2017/10/06/post-louisville-win-quotes-nc-state-football-coach-dave-doeren-wolfpack-players/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:00:16 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8024 Raleigh, NC – Quotes from the press conference after the NC State win over Louisville by football coach Dave Doeren and select Wolfpack players. NC STATE HEAD COACH DAVE DOEREN (Opening statement) I’m really proud of our players and our…

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Raleigh, NC – Quotes from the press conference after the NC State win over Louisville by football coach Dave Doeren and select Wolfpack players.

Dave Doeren and playersNC STATE HEAD COACH DAVE DOEREN

(Opening statement)

I’m really proud of our players and our coaching staff. What a win. Great football game. Bunch of players on both teams playing hard. When you can play like that in that environment, it was electric. Our student section was the best I’ve ever seen it tonight, and we’d love for it to be like that every week. They make our team so much better when they do that for us. Thank you to our fans for that.

I thought Ryan Finley played a tremendous game, gave a lot of guys opportunities. Two receivers over 100 yards, and Nyheim (Hines) I thought really played hard. Our guys just wanted it. There were guys that got banged up – (Garrett) Bradbury’s out there laying on the ground, ribs are all beaten up. A lot of guys wouldn’t be tough enough to deal with that, and he was right back out there. That’s just a credit to the toughness of our guys, and I love them for it.

We worked really hard to get to this point. I told our team it was coming, told y’all it was coming. Some of you believed me, some of you didn’t. You can just feel it right now in our locker room. They believe they’re the best team. They’re playing hard, they’re playing together, and they’re tough, and it’s a lot of fun. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it.

We get a nice little break coming off a short week, get to recharge our batteries a little bit and actually watch a little college football. Come back Sunday and get ready for Pitt.

(On Ryan Finley’s performance)

Ryan really has done what he’s done every game. He’s consistent and he knows where to go with the football. He makes plays, keeps up in drives. He’s a great game manager and distributor of the football. He’s got great touch, Coach Drink has done a heck of a job coaching him. He knows exactly what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and he’s never affected by anything. That’s exactly what we want at that position.

(On Nyheim Hines)

He just plays angry. He’s competitive, spirited. Super talented, and he’s the most competitive guy on the field at times. He hates not playing well. Plays football like he runs track, trying to get a personal best all the time.

(On the team’s maturation process)

They don’t want to be denied what they feel is theirs right now. We talked about it today with the team. They’ve had the struggle. They’ve had to learn what the word ‘perseverance’ means. It’s one of our core values. You don’t just choose to persevere, you have to have adversity. You have to have struggle, you have to face your fears. To do that, you’ve got to grow up, dig deep. Our guys did that. They’ve invested so much, they can’t give in right now. They’re going to find a way. Offense is feeding the defense, defense feeding the offense. That’s the fun part of it. You can hear them on the sideline encouraging each other and it’s great. There’s no flinch in these guys, I can tell you that.

(On Bradley Chubb returning for an environment like tonight)

We talked about finishing what we started. That was one of the factors, but there were a lot of factors. I guarantee you seeing the student section paint their bodies with ‘Chubb 4 Heisman’ made him feel good tonight. That was pretty awesome. That was never in our conversation, but he’s a cult hero right now and he deserves that.

DE Bradley Chubb

On the crowd tonight

“It definitely feels good. The support is amazing. We are just looking to build on that and keep it going.”

On Lamar Jackson

“He’s electric. He’s fast. He can do a lot of things with his feet and his arms. We just had to try and contain him the best we could.”

On delivering on a big stage

“The sky is the limit for this team. I sincerely believe that. That’s the main reason I came back. I knew we weren’t done. It’s just good to see things come to fruition. We’re going to try and keep the momentum going to the next game.”

LB Germaine Pratt

On intercepting the reigning Heisman Trophy winner

“He’s great. It doesn’t matter who he is. He is a great player, but we want to win. That’s all my motto is: to win.”

On if these ACC wins make NC State a great team

“We pride ourselves to work hard and be good. We feel like this is a great win for us, but we are just going back to work Sunday.”

On sealing the game with the pick six

“As a defensive player, we want to be on the field at the end of the game. So we seized it.”

WR Kelvin Harmon

On the offense tonight

“Oh we just feed off each other’s energy. Any time Steph(en) Louis makes a big play, I thought ‘Hey, I’ve got to match him.’ We had good chemistry out there and we were just on our game tonight.”

On making difficult catches

“It just comes from repetition. Just doing it all the time and just believing. Having great chemistry with (Ryan) Finley, he just puts the ball there.”

On where this win ranks during his time at NC State

“It ranks definitely number one. Most recent win. Big win. Thursday night football. Prime time. That’s a great win.”

On the belief held by the team

“That feeling has been there since the summer. Coach Thunder and those guys pushed us so hard, and we just looked around and we just put the pieces of the puzzle together and believed that we could really make something happen. As the season goes on, it keeps growing.”

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Heavy traffic expected for NC State’s Thursday night game with Louisville http://chathamjournal.com/2017/10/03/heavy-traffic-expected-nc-states-thursday-night-game-louisville/ Tue, 03 Oct 2017 21:18:35 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8021 Raleigh, NC – Because the NC State vs. Louisville football game will be on a Thursday night, there will be heavy traffic in and around the Carter-Finley Stadium Complex, especially on Wade Avenue. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the stadium…

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Raleigh, NC – Because the NC State vs. Louisville football game will be on a Thursday night, there will be heavy traffic in and around the Carter-Finley Stadium Complex, especially on Wade Avenue. Fans are encouraged to arrive at the stadium complex before 5 p.m. if possible in order to avoid rush hour traffic.

Carter-Finley StadiumFor patrons unable to arrive that early, the State Highway Department and Wake County Sherriff’s Office suggest utilizing Highway 54 and other routes south and east of the stadium to enter the parking lots (see full list below).

Special NoteThree parking lots — Westchase, Cardinal Gibbons High School and Vet Deck — will not be available until 5 p.m. on Thursday due to normal business operations during the day. 

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Center will monitor the traffic from its command center near the stadium complex and will relay crucial information to digital signage found throughout the ingress routes, as well as to NC State Athletics. Follow live traffic updates on the Wolfpack Guest Services Twitter account @PackGuestSrvc.

Suggested routes for NC State Football vs. Louisville

Driving from:

  • Greensboro, Durham, Chapel Hill 
    • I-40 East
    • Exit #289 onto Wade Avenue
    • Exit onto Edwards Mill Road
  • Fayetteville, Lumberton, South Carolina 
    • I-95 North to I-40 West
    • Exit #290 onto NC Highway 54
    • Follow PNC Arena direction signs
  • Goldsboro, Kinston 
    • US 70 West to I-40 West
    • Exit #290 onto NC Highway 54
    • Follow PNC Arena direction signs
  • Rocky Mount
    • 1st Option
      • US 64 West
      • I-440 West
      • Exit #4-B onto Wade Avenue
      • Exit onto Blue Ridge Road
    • 2nd Option 
      • US 64 West
      • I-440 West
      • Exit #3 onto Hillsborough St.
  • Wilmington, Jacksonville 
    • I-40 West
    • Exit #290 onto NC Highway 54
    • Follow PNC Arena direction signs
  • Wilson, Greenville
    • 1st Option 
      • US 264 West to US 64 West
      • I-440 West
      • Exit #4-B onto Wade Avenue
      • Exit onto Blue Ridge Road
    • 2nd Option 
      • US 264 West to US 64 West
      • I-440 West
      • Exit #3 onto Hillsborough St.
  • Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury 
    • I-85 North to I-40 East
    • Exit #289 onto Wade Avenue
    • Exit onto Edwards Mill Road
  • Richmond, Petersburgh, Virginia Area
    • I-95 South to I-85 South to US 1 South
    • Exit onto I-540 to I-40 East
    • Exit #289 onto Wade Avenue
    • Exit onto Edwards Mill Road

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Video: Wake Forest head football coach Dave Clawson answers reporter’s phone http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/19/video-wake-forest-head-football-coach-dave-clawson-answers-reporters-phone/ Tue, 19 Sep 2017 22:07:56 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8004 Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest head football coach Dave Clawson is feeling good after his team’s second straight 3-0 start. During his Tuesday press conference about this week’s opponent, Appalachian State, Clawson decided to answer a reporter’s phone and have…

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Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest head football coach Dave Clawson is feeling good after his team’s second straight 3-0 start. During his Tuesday press conference about this week’s opponent, Appalachian State, Clawson decided to answer a reporter’s phone and have a little fun with the guy on the other end of the connection.

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ACC announces football game times & networks for September 23 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/11/acc-announces-football-game-times-networks-september-23/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:30:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7991 Pittsboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the following game times and networks for the football games of September 23. Locally Duke will be playing North Carolina at Kenan stadium on Saturday at 3:30 pm. NC State and Wake…

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Pittsboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the following game times and networks for the football games of September 23.

Locally Duke will be playing North Carolina at Kenan stadium on Saturday at 3:30 pm. NC State and Wake Forest will be playing away.

Saturday, September 23
NC State at Florida State, noon, ABC and/or ESPN2
Kent State at Louisville, noon, RSN
Pitt at Georgia Tech, 12:20 p.m., ACC Network
Old Dominion at Virginia Tech, 2 p.m., ACC Network Extra
Boston College at Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ABC or ESPN or ESPN2
Duke at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
Toledo at Miami, 3:30 p.m., RSN
Wake Forest at Appalachian State, to be announced by Sun Belt later today
Syracuse at LSU, to be announced by the SEC later today
Friday, September 22 (previously announced)
Virginia at Boise State, 8 p.m., ESPN2
All times are Eastern.

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ACC announces Football Players of the Week – Week 2, 2017 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/11/acc-announces-football-players-week-week-2-2017/ Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:50:24 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7985 Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their performances in week two of the 2017 season. The selections are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. The following are…

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Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their performances in week two of the 2017 season.

The selections are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. The following are this week’s honorees:

OFFENSIVE BACK – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr., QB, 6-3, 211, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Jackson became the second player in FBS history to record at least 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in consecutive games during Saturday’s 47-35 win over North Carolina. Jackson’s 525 yards of total offense were the most ever allowed by the Tar Heels and is the eighth most in ACC history. He accounted for six touchdowns (three passing, three rushing). With 132 yards rushing, Jackson boasts 2,770 for his career and ranks fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. Following his 393-yard passing performance on Saturday, Jackson’s career total of 6,154 yards through the air ranks sixth all-time in school history.

OFFENSIVE LINE – Evan Lisle, Duke, Sr., OT, 6-7, 310, Centerville, Ohio
Lisle led the blocking for a Duke offense that amassed 538 yards and 34 first downs, converted 15-of-22 (.682) third-down snaps and held possession for 41:18 in Saturday’s 41-17 win over Northwestern. Lisle was part of an offensive line that protected quarterback Daniel Jones, who completed 29-of-45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns. He opened holes for a Duke rushing attack that amassed 233 yards and three touchdowns, including a 108-yard, two-touchdown performance by Jones.

RECEIVER – Jaylen Smith, Louisville, Sr., WR, 6-4, 220, Pascagoula, Miss.
Smith recorded his third-career and second-straight 100-yard receiving game in the Cardinals’ win at North Carolina. He finished the contest with nine catches for 183 yards and one score. His 300 receiving yards are the most by a Louisville receiver in the first two games of a season, surpassing the 251 by Harry Douglas in 2007. Smith’s touchdown versus the Tar Heels came on a career-long 75-yard reception. His 183 receiving yards are the most by an ACC receiver in a game so far this season.

DEFENSIVE LINE – Austin Bryant, Clemson, Jr., DE, 6-4, 265, Pavo, Ga.
Bryant had four sacks to tie a Clemson record and had seven tackles overall in the Tigers’ 14-6 win over Auburn. He became just the third player in school history with four sacks in a game. Bryant led a defensive line that held Auburn to just 117 yards of total offense and just 38 yards rushing on 42 attempts. Bryant was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation on Sunday.

LINEBACKER – Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson, Gr., LB, 6-1, 215, Olney, Md.
O’Daniel had a career-high 14 tackles, including a career-high 10 primary hits in Clemson’s win over Auburn. Ten of his 14 tackles came in the first half. O’Daniel had two tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks, and added a quarterback hurry as the Tigers held Auburn to 117 yards of total offense, just 38 of which came on the ground.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Essang Bassey, Wake Forest, So., CB, 5-10, 180, Columbus Ga.
Bassey had five tackles and an interception return for a touchdown in Wake Forest’s 34-10 win at Boston College on Saturday. Bassey’s pickoff and touchdown return came with 1:36 to play in the second quarter and Wake Forest holding onto a 14-7 lead. The interception led to Wake Forest’s 21-7 halftime lead.

SPECIALIST – Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina, So., KR, 6-1, 205, Matthews, N.C.
Ratliff-Williams returned five kickoffs for a school single-game record 199 yards – an average of 39.8 yards per return – in Saturday’s loss to No. 17 Louisville. Among the five returns was a 94-yard touchdown in the third quarter, Ratliff-Williams’ first career scoring play.

ROOKIE – Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, QB, R-Fr., 6-3, 215, Denver, N.C.
Making his first career start, Surratt completed 12-of-14 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half of Saturday’s loss to No. 17 Louisville. The redshirt freshman hit Brandon Fritts for a pair of scores – a 1-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 5-yarder in the second quarter.

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2017 ACC football schedule for week 2 – UNC, Duke, NCSU playing at home http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/08/2017-acc-football-schedule-week-2-unc-duke-ncsu-playing-home/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:48:28 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7968 Pittsboro, NC – Here is this week’s schedule for ACC football games. Locally, on Saturday, North Carolina will host Louisville at Kenan Stadium for a noon game, Northwestern will kick off at Duke at 12. Marshall will be at NC…

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Pittsboro, NC – Here is this week’s schedule for ACC football games. Locally, on Saturday, North Carolina will host Louisville at Kenan Stadium for a noon game, Northwestern will kick off at Duke at 12. Marshall will be at NC State for an evening 6 pm start. All three games will be on TV.
Meanwhile, Wake Forest is traveling north to face Boston College at 1 pm. This game will be available on the Internet on ACC Network Extra.
Saturday, September 9
  • No. 17/16 Louisville at North Carolina, Noon, ESPN
  • Northwestern at Duke, Noon, ESPNU
  • Jacksonville State at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m., RSN
  • Wake Forest at Boston College, 1 p.m., ACC Network Extra
  • Pitt at No. 4/4 Penn State, 3:30 p.m., ABC
  • No. 16/17 Miami at Arkansas State, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU
  • Middle Tennessee at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m., ACC Network Extra
  • Indiana at Virginia, 3:30 p.m., ACC Network Extra
  • Delaware at No. 18/18 Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ACC Network Extra
  • Marshall at NC State, 6 p.m., ACC Network Extra
  • No. 13/13 Auburn at No. 3/3 Clemson, 7 p.m., ESPN
  • ULM at No. 10/9 Florida State, 7 p.m., ACC Network
ACC Football Notes
  • The second week of the ACC schedule features two conference matchups – Louisville at North Carolina and Wake Forest at Boston College. Seven of the remaining 10 teams play at home against non-conference opponents.
  • The ACC and Big Ten square off in three games this weekend when Pitt plays at Penn State, Indiana visits Virginia and Duke hosts Northwestern.
  • In a battle of top 15 teams, No. 3/3 Clemson plays host to No. 12/13 Auburn Saturday evening on ESPN at 7 p.m. Clemson has won three straight in the series, including last year’s 19-13 victory in Auburn en route to the national championship.
  • Pitt and Penn State renew their rivalry for the 98th time. Last season, Pitt’s James Connor rushed for 117 yards in a 42-39 win over the eventual Big Ten champs.
  • No. 16/17 Miami travels to Arkansas State, which narrowly lost last week at Nebraska.
  • Led by QB Daniel Jones, who has attempted 198 consecutive passes without an interception, Duke will look to go 2-0 for the fourth time in the last five years.
  • Seeking a 2-0 start for the second time under head coach Steve Addazio, Boston College kicks off its conference slate with a home game vs. Wake Forest. The Deacons opened the year with a home win last Thursday over Presbyterian.
  • Florida State looks to rebound from a 24-7 loss to Alabama, playing host to ULM. The Seminoles lost quarterback Deondre Francois to a season-ending injury against the Tide and will start true freshman James Blackman against the Warhawks.
  • Syracuse plays the second of three-straight games at home as the Orange welcome Middle Tennessee to town.
  • Virginia Tech earned the ACC’s first win over a ranked team this season with a thrilling 31-24 victory over No. 20/22 West Virginia. QB Josh Jackson threw for 200 yards and rushed for 100 in his debut.
  • Five Atlantic Coast Conference football teams are ranked in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Top 25 polls. Clemson is third in both polls. Also included in the rankings are No. 10 (AP)/9 (Amway) Florida State No. 16/17 Miami, No. 17/16 Louisville and No. 18/18 Virginia Tech.
  • Four ACC quarterbacks made their first career starts this past weekend, including Boston College’s Anthony Brown, Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson and Georgia Tech’s TaQuon Marshall. Florida State, due to the season-ending injury to QB Deondre Francois, will be fielding a first-time starter at quarterback in week two.
  • The ACC tied its all-time high for most non-conference wins on an opening week with a 10-4 mark over the five-day Labor Day weekend.
  • ABC’s Saturday Night Football telecast of the historic matchup between Florida State and Alabama (Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.) delivered a total live audience of 12,560,000 viewers to become the most-watched kickoff weekend game in college history.

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2017 ACC football notes – Week 1 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/09/08/2017-acc-football-notes-week-1/ Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:34:02 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7960 Pittsboro, NC – Here are some quick notes from week one of the 2017 ACC football season. Five ACC Football teams are ranked in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Top 25 polls led by No. 3/3 Clemson. Also included…

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Pittsboro, NC – Here are some quick notes from week one of the 2017 ACC football season.

  • Five ACC Football teams are ranked in both the Associated Press and Amway Coaches Top 25 polls led by No. 3/3 Clemson. Also included in the rankings are No. 10 (AP)/9 (Amway) Florida State No. 16/17 Miami, No. 17/16 Louisville and No. 18/18 Virginia Tech.
  • The second week of the ACC schedule features two conference matchups – Louisville at North Carolina and Wake Forest at Boston College. Six of the remaining nine teams play at home against non-conference opponents.
  • Two games have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. Miami at Arkansas State was canceled, while ULM at Florida State was moved to a noon start. In addition, Virginia’s home game with Indiana will now appear on ESPNU.
  • The ACC and Big Ten square off in three games this weekend when Pitt plays at Penn State, Indiana visits Virginia and Duke hosts Northwestern. Last year, the ACC was 6-2 against the Big Ten.
  • In a battle of top 15 teams, No. 3/3 Clemson plays host to No. 13/13 Auburn Saturday evening on ESPN at 7 p.m. Clemson has won three straight in the series, including last year’s 19-13 victory at Auburn en route to the national championship.
  • Pitt and Penn State renew their rivalry for the 98th time. Last season, Pitt’s James Conner rushed for 117 yards in a 42-39 win over the eventual Big Ten champs.
  • Four ACC quarterbacks made their first career starts this past weekend, including Boston College’s Anthony Brown, Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, Virginia Tech’s Josh Jackson and Georgia Tech’s TaQuon Marshall. Florida State, due to the season-ending injury to Deondre Francois, will be fielding first-time starter James Blackman in week two.
  • The ACC tied its all-time high for most non-conference wins in an opening week with a 10-4 mark over the five-day Labor Day weekend.
Labor Day Weekend Ratings
  • ABC’s Saturday Night Football telecast of the historic matchup between Florida State vs. Alabama (Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.) delivered a total live audience of 12,560,000 viewers, becoming the most-watched kickoff weekend game ever across all networks. The game surpassed last season’s Notre Dame at Texas matchup, which also aired on ABC.
  • ABC’s Sunday night Top 25 telecast of West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech (Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m.) drew a 2.9 overnight rating, the highest of any college game that evening by 32 percent.
  • ESPN concluded its industry-leading 65-game, five-day college football kickoff weekend (Aug. 31-Sept. 4) with a thrilling, double-overtime Labor Day matchup between Tennessee and Georgia Tech (8 p.m. ET), which delivered a 3.3 overnight rating.

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