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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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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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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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Wake Forest holds second preseason football scrimmage http://chathamjournal.com/2017/08/14/wake-forest-holds-second-preseason-football-scrimmage/ Mon, 14 Aug 2017 05:00:22 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7927 Winston-Salem, NC  – Wake Forest went through a two-hour intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex. Wake Forest’s offense scored 31 points on three touchdown passes, one rushing touchdown and a field goal.  Senior quarterback John…

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Winston-Salem, NC  – Wake Forest went through a two-hour intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex.

Wake Forest’s offense scored 31 points on three touchdown passes, one rushing touchdown and a field goal.  Senior quarterback John Wolford threw three touchdown passes, hitting freshman Sage Surratt on an 11-yard passing, Cortez Lewis on a juggling 46-yard completion and tight end Devin Pike on a 16-yard route.  Redshirt freshman Greg Dortch added a 63-yard touchdown run and Ben Brown booted a 23-yard field goal.

“From the defensive perspective, the good is it started out real well then we gave up a bunch of explosives,” said head coach Dave Clawson.  “You look at it offensively, we started out slowly then we made a bunch of explosives.  Defensively, I thought Jessie Bates is a really a good alley tackler.  He’s a good player.  I thought we protected better today on offense.  But the offense made some explosives late.  Certainly, John looked very sharp.  He threw the ball accurately again and made some really nice deep ball throws.  It was good to see Greg Dortch make plays in space and see Cortez (Lewis) make a big play.  I thought Arkeem Byrd ran extremely hard which was good to see.  I think defensively, the story is when we had our (first team) out there, when it was Jessie (Bates), Jaboree (Williams), and Duke (Ejiofor), we played well.  When we take those guys off, there was a big drop off.  So the second half of camp, we have to start building depth there and getting the backups ready.”

Despite giving up some big plays, Clawson was encouraged with the play of the defense.

“I thought the corners actually played better today,” said Clawson.  “Amari Henderson is having a good camp, Essang (Bassey) is solid and the freshman, Ja’Sir Taylor is really coming on.  We really have to find a third safety.  Right now, Jessie (Bates) and Cam (Glenn) would have to play the most there.”

Earlier in the week, Clawson spoke about the need for one of three true freshmen linebackers to play this fall.  That picture may be starting to clear up.

“Right now DJ Taylor is starting to make steps and show up on special teams,” said Clawson.  “He has a knack for making plays.  Going into (camp), he was more of a high school running back so I thought he might be one of the last guys to pick up on things but he has really shown a knack for making plays so that’s why we’re feeding him reps.”

Safety Thomas Dillon led the defense with seven tackles while freshman safety Tyriq Hardimon had six.  Defensive end Chris Calhoun had five tackles and a sack.  Also garnering sacks on defense were linebacker Nate Mays, defensive lineman Tyler Williams, and defensive ends Duke Ejiofor and Mike Allen.

On offense, Wolford completed 10 of 15 passes for 204 yards.  Kendall Hinton connected on six of nine throws for 77 yards and Jamie Newman was five-for-six for 56 yards.

“John is playing really, really well and it showed up two scrimmages in a row,” said Clawson a week after Wolford completed 14 of 15 passes in a scrimmage.  “We have three weeks (to make a decision).  I can’t imagine we’re going to go thru the year and not play both of them.  John, the last two scrimmages, has really played well.  And he’s been really sharp, very accurate.  He’s just so smart and he anticipates openings.  He has played a lot of football.  He’s got a lot of reps and when he goes out there he knows where the ball goes and he throws it accurately.  And today I thought we protected better.”

Also making an offensive impact was receiver Greg Dortch who had a team-high six receptions for 99 yards which carrying three times for 69 yards.

“I think with Greg, he makes the spectacular and he’s great in open space,” said Clawson.  “But in a scrimmage where he plays 40 or 50 plays, there are some breakdowns.  It’s the nature of being a redshirt freshman.  That’s why we’ve got three weeks left.  We’ll get him work and we just need to make him more consistent.  He has that God-given playmaking ability that you can’t coach.  Now we just have to get him better at the things we can coach.  Getting the routes at the right depth, timing up the motion exactly when we need it, reading the leverage of the safety.  Knowing when it’s a hot (route) and he has to break it out.  Those are things that just take time and repetition.”

Clawson was also in praise of Hinton and lamented that he is unable to utilize his whole skill-set in scrimmage situations.

“It’s always tough with Kendall,” said Clawson.  “You’re going to run the quarterback more and in a scrimmage, he gets touched and he’s down.  It’s not fair to him.  Who’s the more accurate passer?  I could have told you before we started camp that John would be the more accurate passer.  In a scrimmage when the quarterback is not live and your greatest asset is the ability to break people down and make them miss, it’s not fair to him.  I think you came away from the last scrimmage and said ‘wow, John was 14 of 15.’  But if you look at the film and if you were able to say Kendall had five carries for 175 yards, that’s pretty impressive.”

Wake Forest returns to the practice field Sunday afternoon in preparation for the season opener on August 31 against Presbyterian at BB&T Field.

NOTES

  • C A’Lique Terry is expected back at practice on Monday after missing time with an injury.
  • PK Mike Weaver was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage with a hip flexor.

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Transcript: WFU football coach Dave Clawson with players Wendell Dunn and Cam Serigne at 2017 ACC Football Kickoff http://chathamjournal.com/2017/07/18/transcript-wfu-football-coach-dave-clawson-players-wendell-dunn-cam-serigne-2017-acc-football-kickoff/ Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:26:59 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=7840 Charlotte, NC – Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson and players Wendell Dun and Cam Serigne represented the Demon Deacons at the ACC Football Kickoff. Below is the transcript of their time at the podium in front of the television…

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Charlotte, NC – Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson and players Wendell Dun and Cam Serigne represented the Demon Deacons at the ACC Football Kickoff. Below is the transcript of their time at the podium in front of the television media.

DAVE CLAWSON: Certainly at Wake Forest, we’re excited to be here, and we’re looking forward to building off the momentum and the improvement that we made in the ’16 season. Last year was our first winning season since ’08, and I thought it was very important for our players, as last year was year three in our program, that I felt we were making improvement. But it was very important that we show tangible evidence of improvement, and certainly improving by four wins, getting to a bowl, beating a 10-win team in the bowl game, I think showed that we are a very improved football team, and now our challenge is to continue to elevate the program.

We really want the standard to be that we’re a team that makes a bowl every year, that that’s just an annual event at Wake Forest, and we start becoming a team that competes for championships. As we head into year four, certainly the process continues, becoming a stronger, faster, more mature, more experienced team.

Overall our experience level is better. Even though we only have nine returning seniors on our football team, this will be the first time in our time there that the amount of seniors and juniors in the two-deep outnumbers the amount of freshmen and sophomores. And so what you’re seeing is all the benefits of the redshirting we’ve been doing, is that we have a lot of fourth year juniors, third year sophomores. These guys are all coming into their own. They’re becoming stronger, they’re becoming faster, and I think without question now we have more players now in our program that are good ACC players and now our challenge is just to continue to build depth.

I certainly feel the confidence level of our players has never been higher. I think after last year in the bowl win, you could see it in the bowl practices. You could see it in the spring practices. You can could see it in the offseason workouts. Having said that, we’re also very aware that improvement in this conference is especially — is difficult. You know, we are in the best division, in the best conference, in all of college football, but it’s a challenge our players love, and we’re certainly looking forward to getting the season kicked off when we start camp on July 27th.

Q. Just what can you say about having a new defensive coordinator and learning under him, just what your takeaways have been so far?
WENDELL DUNN: Having a new defense, I was kind of skeptical about it at first, but Coach Sawvel came in and made everybody extremely comfortable. He had a meeting with us and told us everything, and we’ve been in the new defense for some time now, and it’s going pretty well. We’re excited about it.

Q. You’re sort of the old man on the roster these days. What have you learned throughout your time at Wake, and what’s the outlook that you have going into your last year?
WENDELL DUNN: One thing I’ve learned was to truly trust the process. You know, Coach Clawson came in my freshman year, and he was saying that: The process, the process, the process. And I was like, come on, man, like really? But now it’s unfolded like crazy for me. I preach that to the freshmen all the time, tell them, man, just trust the coaches and they’ll have your best interests, and don’t fight it, because the sooner you just let it happen and do what you’re told and buy in, it unfolds.

Q. I think it’s safe to say that in much of Coach Clawson’s tenure, the defense has been ahead of the offense. The offense has gotten better a lot over the last two years. You go against these guys every day in practice. What’s different about the offense that you go against now versus what you went against two years ago?
WENDELL DUNN: Our offense, their confidence has skyrocketed like crazy. I don’t like it, but it’s great. It’s going to be great for us. We’re out there, and they’re confident. They’re running their plays. They do what they have to do, and we go against them every day, and it’s like, man, these dudes — I’m extremely excited about our offense. I just can’t wait to see them. I tell them every day, I can’t wait to see y’all out there in action.

Q. I just wanted to ask you, with the way this team has made strides going to your first bowl game, you’re now having guys being put on watch lists, do you sort of feel like this program has turned a corner and people are starting to recognize that this is a team in the ACC that they’re going to be hearing some noise from in the future?
WENDELL DUNN: Yes, I do. And the thing about that is people doubt us a lot, you know. I don’t know if you guys heard the saying little old Wake Forest, but it’s a true saying. Everybody thinks that about us. When we talk about beating the top teams, people look at you like you’re crazy, and the thing about us right now is we embrace that. We like to say that and for you to look crazy, because once we do it, you’ll look crazy then, and it’s just something that we embrace. We talk about it all the time as being — and we take that, and that’s our motivation. We want people to doubt us. We want the other teams to doubt us. We want them to think, oh, it’s just Wake Forest we’re playing, so when we get out there and we punch them in the mouth, and come off that field with that win, then it’s like you just let little old Wake Forest do what they have to do.

Q. How frustrating is it for you when you come to something like this and all you hear from everybody is Clemson this, Clemson that or Florida State this, Florida State that?
WENDELL DUNN: It’s not frustrating at all. I mean, we expect it, and it’s actually motivation. It’s so much motivation. It’s, hey, come in and talk like we’re the underdogs, and at the end of the day, it’s our motivation. That’s our fuel. I go back — the players are going to be like how was it? You tell them, man, same ol’. They talk about this and they talk about that, but we know what we got to do. We grind every day, day in and day out. Even on days that’s supposed to be off-days, we come in and we grind and we work hard and we keep preaching that if we keep working hard and do what we’ve got to do, it’s going to happen.

Q. Cam, you heard your teammate touch on the offense. Is this the year that we start seeing this offense make a few more explosive plays, maybe take strides where the defense doesn’t have to carry a bulk of the load this year?
CAM SERIGNE: Definitely our goal this year. I look around our offense. We’re more experienced than we’ve ever been. We have more playmakers than we’ve ever had, and there’s way more excitement around the guys, and I really truly have high expectations and high hopes for our offense this year.

Q. Cam, can you just speak on navigating through the two-quarterback system and what you’ve taken away from both of your quarterbacks so far?
CAM SERIGNE: Yeah, we have two great quarterbacks in John and Kendall, and they both bring positives to the table. So as the rest of us, we’ve just got to work with both of them equally and stay with them both and support them, and at the end of the day, whoever is the best man will come out on top and we’ll support them 100 percent.

Q. Cam, this time next year, who are the young guys that we’re going to be talking about? Who in 2017 do you think will shine?
CAM SERIGNE: You know, Cade Carney, who kind of broke out into the spotlight last year. He’s going to be a horse for us again. You know, between the O-linemen we’ve got Ryan and Justin Herron, Phil Haynes. You’ve got to give love, they worked their butts off and O-linemen don’t always get all the credit they deserve.

As far as receivers go, you have Tabari Hines and a few others. So we have a lot of guys who are going to see their name pop up more often.

Q. Cam, Syracuse, one of the wins you guys got last year was pretty much in a hurricane against Syracuse. What do you remember from that game, and how much of a character builder was that for this program?
CAM SERIGNE: Yeah, it was definitely a wet one. A lot of rain, a lot of wind, I remember, just a battle in the trenches, a lot of run game, and it was a good fight.

Q. Coach, if you could evaluate your quarterback situation out of spring ball, and also not just playing in a bowl game but the value of winning a bowl game.
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, the first with our quarterback situation, as we go into camp, Kendall will go in as the starter, and when he got hurt last year, he was the starter. But John will get reps with the ones, and we’ve got to keep those guys healthy. I mean, we don’t want to be a two-quarterback system. We don’t want to shuttle guys in and out. Unfortunately John and Kendall, neither of those guys have been able to stay healthy the past two years. So I think we’ve got to keep them healthy, and they’ve got to keep themselves healthy, and that will play itself out.

Last year we even had to play a third quarterback quite a bit. Getting Jamie Newman ready becomes important, too.

In terms of winning the bowl game, I mean, it was — I think you can’t underestimate how much that meant to the confidence level of our players. Obviously getting — when I got up here a year ago, I thought being a bowl team was a very attainable goal, but just to go to a bowl and end up with a losing record certainly wouldn’t have the same feel going into the offseason coming off a winning record.

You know, certainly the team we beat was a championship team that had won 10 games, that was nationally ranked, and I think that speaks to the strength of our conference, that this league prepared us for that game.

Like I said earlier, I think the confidence level of our players has never been higher, but we have an older, experienced team, but they also know how difficult this conference is.

Q. Cade Carney, he’s a local boy here, he graduated last year. How did he help you guys out?
DAVE CLAWSON: I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you.

Q. Cade Carney is a local boy and he graduated two years ago. How did Cade Carney help you guys as a team?
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, Cade Carney, who is from Davie County and then graduated from Davidson Day, just came in mid-year, and Cade is what you look for at Wake Forest. He was a great student, very mature, high-character guy, and he picked up things right away. He gave us a physical presence in the run game that we hadn’t had. Cade is one of those guys that can lower his shoulders and make a two-yard run a four-yard run. He helped us move the chains. He helped us make more first downs. He made some tough touchdown runs for us. Certainly he had a couple runs against Duke that were game-changing plays, and the touchdown he scored in the bowl game. His best football is ahead of him. Now that he has a year under his belt, just watching him in the spring, he’s faster, he plays quicker because he understands the offense better, he understands protections better. He’s a very underrated receiver, and I think he’s just scratching the surface of what he can do and what he can be for us.

Q. When you look at your coaching staff, obviously some changes going into this year. Just what you can say about their development together and their cohesiveness going into the fall.
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, I think that’s still a little bit of a work in progress. You know, the only downside of having a good year is your coaches are going to get maybe recruited at other places and have other opportunities. I certainly am going to miss Mike Elko. I hired Mike when he was 23 years old. He had been with me at Fordham, Richmond, Bowling Green, and Wake Forest, but I think it speaks volumes that when Mike left, we were able to attract somebody like Jay Sawvel who had been a BCS coordinator at Minnesota, had a top 25 defense and was very highly regarded.

I said this a year ago, that I view our program always as somewhat developmental, and we have recruited specifically for a defensive system that we run, so when Mike left, I did not want to blow up the system and start over. You know, we recruited to be a 4-2-5, and the reason Jay was such an attractive candidate is at Minnesota they ran a combination of a 4-2-5 and a 4-3, so we weren’t misplacing personnel when he got there. We’re going to do things a little bit different. He’s got his wrinkles, the way he likes to do things on third down, and we’ll bring his personality to our defense. But the base structure of what we do is going to be very similar because that’s what fits our personnel.

Q. I want to talk about one of the seniors you mentioned, Mike Weaver, a kid who’s a little bit older than a lot of seniors. How good a kicker has he become?
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, he was an All-ACC kicker last year, and I love having Mike on the team because of all the players on the team, he’s the closest to my age group. Sometimes he’s the only one that understands my jokes or listens to the music I like to listen to. But he had a great junior year for us. He’s really improved, matured, and I think he’s set to have a really good senior year for us.

He had a really good year three years ago, then struggled the year before, and then last year came through for us, and I think he has a chance to, again, be the All-ACC kicker.

Q. Wendell mentioned the process, and you kind of alluded to maybe exceeding expectations last year. What is the next step in the process for you at Wake?
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, I think the next step in the process is that we don’t want people to be surprised when Wake Forest goes to a bowl game. We want that to become the expectation. So it’s about rising the expectation level within our program but also to a degree how you guys perceive us, that we don’t want the media to be — we want the expectation to be that this is a good, solid program, that every year they’re going to be a bowl team.

And then the next step is the start — when you get to that level, now the next step is to start competing for championships. Easier said than done. But you know, I’m not going to set a limit to what we can accomplish. You know, how we’ve got to develop a program at Wake is different than other schools in the league. But I don’t think that limits what we can accomplish. We’re not where we want to be. We’re certainly a lot better than three years ago, and we just got to keep the arrow going up, and I think this year’s team certainly has a chance to do that. I feel top to bottom, we’re stronger, faster, more mature, and we should be a better football team than we were a year ago, but I also think the schedule is more difficult. It’s a more challenging schedule, so we’re going to have to be better. But that’s why people come to Wake is they love the challenge of playing in the games that we get week in and week out in the ACC.

Q. What are some of the biggest things you focus on trying to generate motivation for your players, especially when looking at the improvements of last season, ensuring that there’s no letup in moving forward with the program?
DAVE CLAWSON: Can you say that just a little bit louder?

Q. Yeah, sorry. What are some of the things that you focus on when motivating for your players for this season after looking at the last season, ensuring that there’s no letup?
DAVE CLAWSON: Yeah, I just don’t think successful people or successful programs are ever complacent. I can’t imagine that Coach Swinney went to his team and said, hey, we won a national championship, now we can relax. We always talk to our players about having a championship mindset, and the championship mindset is you’re always pushing yourself to get better. You’re always trying to raise the bar of what you can accomplish, and we try to motivate our players individually knowing that if individually they all improve, collectively we’re going to make a bigger jump.

You know, a lot of the teams in our division, we want to have that big, signature win against one of the top teams in the conference. That’s something that we still haven’t accomplished, and that is certainly a big goal for this year is you win one of those games, you’re like, wow, Wake got it done. And we’ve been close. We’ve had leads in the fourth quarters, but we haven’t been able to finish it, and our goal is to get in those games, to be competitive, and to find ways to win them.

Q. Following up on your comment that you play in the best division in the best conference, for the last eight, nine years, Florida State and Clemson have occupied the penthouse. Do you see a day — the rest of you have all gotten better. Do you see a day when someone else climbs into the penthouse, and at Wake Forest, how much ground do you have to make up to be in that position?
DAVE CLAWSON: I mean, we have to make up ground because we haven’t beat those two schools certainly since I’ve been here and it’s been a while. When you say, geez, do you get upset that Florida State and Clemson get all the attention, they’ve earned that attention. They deserve that attention. They’ve won National Championships, they’ve won the ACC. Do I envision a day that we can be there? Absolutely. Now, how we do that isn’t going to be the formula they use. We’ve got to have our Wake Forest formula. But that is our goal. I mean, if we set a goal any lower than that, we’re doing every player in our program a disservice.

Q. You talk about that depth that you now have. Does that allow you to be more creative, do things differently? Were these things on a timeline that you had set for yourself when you first got to wake?
DAVE CLAWSON: You know, I think any time you take over a program that’s struggled, that there’s a blueprint. We have played — this is just — in our three years there, I believe, I believe we’ve had 10 players sign NFL contracts. Nine of those players have been defensive players. The one player on offense was a graduate transfer. So when we got to Wake, certainly the talent level we inherited on defense was significantly better than what we inherited on offense. Because of that, we’ve been a better defense. We’ve been a lot younger on offense. We have played at times conservatively to make sure our defense wasn’t going to play too many snaps, and that was the way to stay in games. I think we’re finally at a point that the talent level on the offensive side of the ball has caught up with the defense. For two years our practices were almost non-competitive. The offense would struggle to make a first down. Last year it became more competitive. The spring it was back and forth.

So what I’m most excited about is I think the overall development of our program is better. I think on offense for the first time, you’re looking at a lineup that isn’t freshmen and sophomores. Even last year I think there was a game that we started nine freshmen and sophomores on offense. You know, and even though Cam Serigne going into camp is the only senior, the amount of fourth year juniors, third year sophomores, kids that are now 20 and 21 years old on our offense, we haven’t had that in three years. That’s the thing I’m most excited about is you can become more creative when kids understand the system, they’ve played, and they’re physically capable of executing the things that you need them to do. And we’re certainly further ahead with that than we’ve ever been, but it’s no different than a year ago. I can get up here after 3-9, 3-9 and say we’re better. Until we do it, it’s just words.

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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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