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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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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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ACC kicks off the 2017 football season on Thursday, August 31 with WFU home game http://chathamjournal.com/2017/08/30/acc-kicks-off-2017-football-season-thursday-august-31-wfu-home-game/ Thu, 31 Aug 2017 01:52:08 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7940 Winston-Salem, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off it’s 2017 football season on the evening of Thursday, August 31. The first game is Presbyterian at Wake Forest. Other area ACC football games on Saturday include California at UNC at…

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Winston-Salem, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference kicks off it’s 2017 football season on the evening of Thursday, August 31. The first game is Presbyterian at Wake Forest.

Other area ACC football games on Saturday include California at UNC at 12:20 pm, NC State vs South Carolina in Charlotte at 3 pm and Duke will host NC Central at 6 pm.

2017 Season Opening Weekend Schedule

Thursday, August 31
Presbyterian at Wake Forest, ACC Network Extra, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, September 1
Central Connecticut State at Syracuse, ACC Network Extra, 7 p.m.
Boston College at Northern Illinois, CBSSN, 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 2
Kent State at #5/5 Clemson, ESPN, Noon

California at North Carolina, ACC Network, 12:20 p.m.

Bethune-Cookman at #18/18 Miami, RSN, 12:30 p.m.

Youngstown State at Pitt, ACC Network Extra, 1 p.m.

NC State vs. South Carolina, ESPN, 3 p.m.
Belk College Kickoff Game, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

William & Mary at Virginia, ACC Network Extra, 3:30 p.m.

NC Central at Duke, ACC Network Extra, 6 p.m.

#16/17 Louisville vs. Purdue, FOX, 7:30 p.m.
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

#3/3 Florida State vs. #1/1 Alabama, ABC, 8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

Sunday, September 3
#21/22 Virginia Tech vs. #22/20 West Virginia, ABC, 7:30 p.m.
FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

Monday, September 4
#25/24 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech, ESPN, 8 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia

ACC Football Notes
Led by Florida State and Clemson, five Atlantic Coast Conference football teams are ranked in both the preseason Associated Press and Amway Coaches Top 25 polls. The Seminoles are third in both polls, and Clemson is fifth in both. Also included in the rankings are No. 16 (AP)/17 (Amway) Louisville, No. 18/18 Miami and No. 21/22 Virginia Tech.

The ACC is the only conference with two top-five selections in the AP poll and is tied for second with five teams in the poll. This marks the second consecutive season (and second time overall) two ACC teams have been included in the AP preseason top five. Last year, Clemson and Florida State also were ranked in the top five.

No. 3 Florida State will face No. 1 Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. Those are the highest-ranked teams in a season opener since the AP started a preseason poll in 1950. Dubbed the “Greatest Opener of All-Time (GOAT),” the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is the fourth season-opening matchup between two top five opponents.

ACC teams will play more games (22) against Power 5 non-conference teams in 2017 than any of its peer conferences. The ACC will also have a higher percentage (.393) of its non-conference games against Power 5 opponents than any other league.

ACC teams will play more games against non-conference teams (9) that were ranked in this year’s AP Top 25 than any other peer conference.

Including the 11 ACC teams that went to bowl games, no ACC team will face fewer than seven opponents that went to bowls last season. ACC teams will play 26 games against non-conference opponents that went to bowl games in 2016, the second-highest total among peer conferences.

The 2017 schedules for three ACC schools – Syracuse (seventh, .613), Georgia Tech (eighth, .609) and Duke (ninth, .606) – rank among the top 10 nationally in opponents’ winning percentage.

ACC teams’ FBS non-conference opponents had the second-highest winning percentage (.526) in 2016 of any of the Power 5 conferences.

The ACC will begin the 2017 season tying its record (14) for most games on a single weekend, which was set in 2015 when all 14 schools played non-conference opponents.

Last year, the ACC tied its record for most non-conference victories on an opening weekend by posting a 10-2 record. That is also the best winning percentage on an opening weekend with eight or more non-conference games. The ACC had 10 non-conference wins in 2010 and 2015.

The ACC set a league record in 2014 for most non-conference wins on any weekend, posting a perfect 11-0 mark in week two. That was also the most wins in an undefeated weekend in league history.

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15th annual Triangle Pigskin Preview set for July 20 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/19/triangle-pigskin-preview-set-july-20/ Wed, 19 Jul 2017 19:55:10 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7852 Cary, NC – On August 23, 1995, Coach Bill Dooley, one of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, invited Athletic Directors, Coaches and Representatives from the University of North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina Central and North Carolina…

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Cary, NCOn August 23, 1995, Coach Bill Dooley, one of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, invited Athletic Directors, Coaches and Representatives from the University of North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina Central and North Carolina State University to join him and NC Governor, Jim Hunt, at the State Capitol Old Senate Chambers.

It was at that meeting that the universities pledged their support to the newly formed NFFCHOF (National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame) Chapter and its mission. Since its inception, Executive Director Bill Dooley worked to promote chapter growth.  In 2012, East Carolina University joined the Chapter. In 2014, its board of directors unanimously voted to name the chapter after its founder. Today the NFF Bill Dooley Chapter ranks as the largest in the country.

Each year the Chapter awards up to 38 scholarships to high school football athletes in Wake, Orange, Durham and Pitt counties.  In total, the NFF Bill Dooley Chapter has awarded over $400,000 in scholarship money to deserving football student-athletes in our communities.

On July 20, 2017, The 15th Annual Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview, sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, will be held at the Embassy Suites, Cary, NC.  Registration starts at 11 am. The program begins at 11:30 am.  The luncheon benefit features Head Football Coaches Duke University David Cutcliffe, ECU Scottie Montgomery, NCCU Jerry Mack, NCSU Dave Doeren, UNC Larry Fedora. WRAL Jeff Gravely, emcee, will lead a panel discussion featuring the upcoming season and more!

Sponsorships and tickets are available at nffbilldooleychapter.org.

For further information visit the website…nffbilldooleychapter.org and for questions or interview requests, please contact Marie Dooley or Priscilla Kistler at *protected email* or 919-412-0367.

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Seminoles lead 2017 ACC football preseason poll http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/17/seminoles-lead-acc-football-preseason-poll/ Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:49:50 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7829 Greensboro, NC – Florida State is the preseason favorite to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, according to a poll of 167 media members held in conjunction with last week’s 2017 ACC Football Kickoff. The Seminoles, who posted a…

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Greensboro, NC – Florida State is the preseason favorite to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, according to a poll of 167 media members held in conjunction with last week’s 2017 ACC Football Kickoff.

The Seminoles, who posted a 10-3 overall record last season and defeated Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl, are also picked to capture the Atlantic Division, while Miami received the nod as the likely Coastal Division winner.

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville was chosen to repeat as ACC Player of the Year after a record-setting 2016 campaign in which he averaged 393.4 yards per game of total offense and accounted for 51 touchdowns, both ACC single-season records. His 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns were also ACC records for a quarterback.

Jackson, a rising junior from Pompano Beach, Florida, who is the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy, also was named the 2016 National College Football Player of the Year by the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp, the Sporting News and CBS Sports.

Florida State was named the likely 2017 ACC champions on 118 ballots, followed by defending national champion and two-time defending ACC champion Clemson with 35 votes. Louisville received seven votes, followed by Virginia Tech and Miami with three each and Duke with one.

In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Florida State led the way with 121 first-place votes and 1,108 total points. Clemson followed with 37 first-place votes and 1,007 points, while Louisville received nine first-place votes and checked in with 843 total points.

NC State (658 total points) was tabbed for a fourth-place Atlantic Division finish, followed by Wake Forest (415), Syracuse (362) and Boston College (283).

Miami, beginning its second season under head coach Mark Richt, was selected the likely Coastal Division winner by 103 voters and amassed 1,065 total points. Defending division champion Virginia Tech followed with 40 first-place votes and 932 points. Georgia Tech placed third with nine first-place votes and 708 points.

Pitt (seven first-place votes) totaled 673 points, followed by North Carolina (four first-place votes) at 606, Duke (four first-place votes) at 473 and Virginia at 219.

The Atlantic and Coastal Division winners will meet in the 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 2, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. If this year’s media predictions prove correct, it will be a first-ever title game matchup of teams from the Sunshine State and a rematch of an early regular-season showdown. The Seminoles and Hurricanes meet in Tallahassee on September 16.

Florida State owns 15 ACC championships since joining the league in 1992, just behind leader Clemson’s 16 conference crowns. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will welcome back 20 starters this season, including talented sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois and a deep defensive secondary led by Tavarus McFadden, Nate Andrews and Derwin James, a redshirt sophomore who returns after being sidelined by a knee injury in the second game of last season.

Louisville’s Jackson led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 113 votes, while Florida State’s Francois was listed on 23 ballots and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins on 11.

Boston College defensive end Harold Landry received eight ACC Preseason Player of the Year votes, followed by NC State all-purpose standout Jaylen Samuels with seven and Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey with two. Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, Miami wide receiver Ahmmon Richards and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones each received one vote.

ACC Championship
1. Florida State – 118
2. Clemson – 35
3. Louisville – 7
4-t. Virginia Tech – 3
4-t. Miami – 3
6. Duke – 1

Atlantic Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Florida State (121) – 1,108
2. Clemson (37) – 1,007
3. Louisville (9) – 843
4. NC State – 658
5. Wake Forest – 415
6. Syracuse – 362
7. Boston College – 283

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Miami (103) – 1,065
2. Virginia Tech (40) – 932
3. Georgia Tech (9) – 708
4. Pitt (7) – 673
5. North Carolina (4) – 606
6. Duke (4) -473
7. Virginia -219

ACC Player of the Year
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – 113
2. Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State – 23
3. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson – 11
4. Harold Landry, DE, Boston College – 8
5. Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State – 7
6. Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse – 2
7-t. Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami – 1
7-t. Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami – 1
7-t. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke – 1

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ACC leads all conferences with nine selected to the 2017 John Mackey Award Watch List http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/11/acc-leads-conferences-nine-selected-2017-john-mackey-award-watch-list/ Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:03:47 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7810 Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences with nine players selected to the 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watch List, which was announced Tuesday by the Friends of John Mackey. Wake Forest senior Cam Serigne (Ashburn, Virginia)…

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Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences with nine players selected to the 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watch List, which was announced Tuesday by the Friends of John Mackey.

Wake Forest senior Cam Serigne (Ashburn, Virginia) is making his third appearance on the preseason watch list, having been so honored before the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Florida State junior Ryan Izzo (Highland Lakes, New Jersey) is being honored for the second time, having been named before the 2016 season.

Louisville was one of three schools nationally to have two players chosen to the list in juniors Micky Crum and Jordan Davis.

Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2017 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 6, 2017. He will then be presented live on December 7, 2017, at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. All future announcements can be found at www.johnmackeyaward.com.

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey, who played collegiately at current ACC member Syracuse from 1960-62, is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position.  A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.

Since the Award’s inception for the 2000 season, four players from current ACC schools have won the Mackey Award, most recently Florida State’s Nick O’Leary in 2014. Clemson’s Dwayne Allen (2011), Virginia’s Heath Miller (2004) and Miami’s Kellen Winslow II (2003) also captured the honor.

 

ACC Players Selected to the 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watch List:

Cole Cook                 NC State              Sr.           Carrollton, Ga.

Micky Crum              Louisville            Jr.           Columbus, Ohio

Jordan Davis            Louisville            Jr.           Clear Lake, Texas

Brandon Fritts         North Carolina   Jr.           Mentor, Ohio

Daniel Helm              Duke                    Jr.-R        Chatham, Ill.

Chris Herndon, IV    Miami                  Sr.           Norcross, Ga.

Ryan Izzo                  Florida State       Jr.-R        Highland Lakes, N.J.

Cam Serigne             Wake Forest       Sr.-R       Ashburn, Va.

Tommy Sweeney     Boston College   Jr.           Ramsey, N.J

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Here are the 28 student-athletes attending the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/07/28-student-athletes-attending-2017-acc-football-kickoff/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 21:15:52 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7776 Greensboro, NC – Here are the 28 football student-athletes who have been chosen by the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 14 league schools to attend the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff, July 13-14 at the Westin Charlotte located in Charlotte, N.C. The football…

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Greensboro, NC – Here are the 28 football student-athletes who have been chosen by the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 14 league schools to attend the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff, July 13-14 at the Westin Charlotte located in Charlotte, N.C.

The football student-athletes who will be attending the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff are:

Team Student-Athletes, Position, Ht., Wt., Hometown
Boston College Jon Baker, Offensive Lineman, 6-3, 298, Senior, Millis, Mass.
Harold Landry, Defensive End, 6-3, 250, Senior, Spring Lake, N.C.
Clemson Tyrone Crowder, Offensive Guard, 6-2, 340, Redshirt Senior, Marston, N.C.
Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 310, Junior, Springfield, Mass.
Duke Daniel Jones, Quarterback, 6-5, 210, Redshirt Sophomore, Charlotte, N.C.
Bryon Fields, Jr., Cornerback, 5-11, 185, Redshirt Senior, Charlotte, N.C.
Florida State Deondre Francois, Quarterback, 6-2, 205, Redshirt Sophomore, Orlando, Fla.
Derwin James, Defensive Back, 6-3, 211, Redshirt Sophomore, Haines City, Fla.
Georgia Tech Ricky Jeune, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 212, Redshirt Senior, Spring Valley, N.Y.
KeShun Freeman, Defensive End, 6-2, 250, Senior, LaGrange, Ga.
Louisville Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, 6-3, 200, Junior, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, 5-11, 192, Junior, Charlotte, N. C.
Miami Mark Walton, Running Back, 5-9, 205, Junior, Miami, Fla.
Shaquille Quarterman, Linebacker, 6-1, 240, Sophomore, Orange Park, Fla.
North Carolina Bentley Spain, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 300, Senior, Charlotte, N.C.
M.J. Stewart, Cornerback, 6-0, 200, Senior, Arlington, Va.
NC State Jaylen Samuels, All-Purpose, 5-11, 223, Senior, Charlotte, N.C.
Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, 6-4, 275, Senior, Marietta, Ga.
Pitt Brian O’Neill, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 305, Redshirt Junior, Wilmington, Del.
Avonte Maddox, Cornerback, 5-9, 180, Senior, Detroit, Mich.
Syracuse Eric Dungey, Quarterback, 6-3, 221, Junior, Lake Oswego, Ore.
Zaire Franklin, Linebacker, 6-0, 244, Senior, Philadelphia, Pa.
Virginia Kurt Benkert, Quarterback, 6-4, 229, Redshirt Senior, Cape Coral, Fla.
Quin Blanding, Safety, 6-2, 215, Senior, Virginia Beach, Va.
Virginia Tech Cam Phillips, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 199, Senior, Laurel, Md.
Andrew Motuapuaka, Linebacker, 6-0, 233, Redshirt Senior, Virginia Beach, Va.
Wake Forest Cam Serigne, Tight End, 6-3, 250, Redshirt Senior, Ashburn, Va.
Wendell Dunn, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 250, Redshirt Senior, Miami, Fla.
R-Denotes player was redshirted
For the second time in its history, the ACC will have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner at its preseason media event, as Louisville’s Lamar Jackson makes his second appearance at the Kickoff. Florida State’s Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, attended the 2014 ACC Kickoff.
Jackson, the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy, is one of two ACC players making a repeat appearance from the 2016 Kickoff. Syracuse linebacker Zaire Franklin will be making his third appearance for the Orange at the ACC Kickoff, having previously made appearances in 2015 and 2016. He will be the first ACC football student-athlete to attend the Kickoff three times.
In all, the ACC Kickoff student-athletes hail from 11 states with seven each from Florida and North Carolina, four from Virginia, two each from Massachusetts and Georgia and one apiece from Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
Five of the student-athletes are returning to their hometown of Charlotte for the Kickoff, including quarterback Daniel Jones (Latin) and cornerback Bryon Fields, Jr. (Providence Day) of Duke, cornerback Jaire Alexander (Rocky River) of Louisville, offensive Tackle Bentley Spain (Providence) of North Carolina and all-purpose back Jaylen Samuels (Mallard Creek) of NC State.
Five of the student-athletes earned All-America honors in 2016, including Jackson, who was a unanimous first-team All-America selection, and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins who was a consensus All-America honoree. Additionally, Alexander, Virginia safety Quin Blanding and Boston College defensive end Harold Landry were second-team All-America picks.
Nine of the 28 student-athletes were named to the recently released Athlon Sports 2017 preseason All-America football team, including Alexander, Blanding, Jackson, Landry, Samuels, Wilkins, Florida State defensive back Derwin James, NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb and Pitt offensive tackle Brian O’Neill.
A total of 13 of the 28 student-athletes were chosen first, second or third team All-ACC in 2016.
Among the offensive players in attendance will be five quarterbacks, four offensive linemen, and five running backs or receivers. Defensively, five defensive linemen, three linebackers and six defensive backs will be on hand.

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UNC’s spring football game set for April 8 at Fetzer Field http://chathamjournal.com/2017/03/28/uncs-spring-football-game-set-april-8-fetzer-field/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 15:10:42 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7463 Chapel Hill, NC – North Carolina will hold its annual Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at Fetzer Field.  Admission is free.  The game will be held at Fetzer Field due to renovations to the Kenan…

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Chapel Hill, NC – North Carolina will hold its annual Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 8, at 3 p.m. at Fetzer Field.  Admission is free.  The game will be held at Fetzer Field due to renovations to the Kenan Stadium playing surface.

All kids 8th grade-and-under will be allowed to line up on the track after the game and high five the Tar Heel football players as they exit Fetzer Field following the game.

The 2017 Spring Game will feature a fan fest on the track between Fetzer Field and the Eddie Smith Indoor Facility.  The Fan Fest will start at 1:30 p.m. and remain open during the Spring Game. It will include food trucks, interactive games for the kids, Chapel Hill Sportswear with all the latest Carolina gear, music and more!

Carolina season football tickets will be available for sale at the Spring Game.  The first 20 new season tickets sold that day will also include pre-game on-field access to the UVA or Miami games this fall!  Payment can be made via Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Cash, or Checks made out to UNC Athletics.

Season tickets are also on sale at RaiseUpCarolina.com and start at just $275.  Renewing or purchasing season tickets is the only way to guarantee tickets to the Notre Dame game. All new seats will be assigned in late April 2017 based on the Rams Club priority point system.  The renewal deadline for 2016 season ticket holders is April 7.

Under Larry Fedora’s direction, the Tar Heels have won 19 games over the last two seasons, and have an outstanding home schedule in 2017 with matchups against California, Louisville, Duke and Notre Dame in the first half of the season.  The Tar Heels also face Virginia, Miami and Western Carolina in Kenan Stadium for a total of seven home games.

SPRING GAME PARKING INFORMATION

Public Parking – No Fee:

• Raleigh Road Visitor Lot

• Craige Deck

• Manning Lot

• Bowles Lot

• Bell Tower Deck

 Public Parking – Fee (flat fee of $5 or regular hourly rate)

• Rams Head Deck

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