The ACC's would-have-been seniors

July, 24, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

For one reason or another, these people are not playing this season. That doesn't diminish the impact they could have had. Here are the ACC's top five seniors who will be missing this fall:

1. Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College: In May, Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a malignant tumor most often found in bone or soft tissue. He was the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year and would have made a run for the title a second year in a row. Instead, he's going through treatments, taking a positive outlook, and is expected to be cheering on the Eagles from the sidelines at every game this fall.

2. Hakeem Nicks, WR, UNC: Nicks was selected in the first round (29th overall) by the New York Giants in the NFL draft. Nicks set 14 school records, including career marks in receiving yards, receptions and touchdowns. As a junior last season, he caught 68 passes for 1,222 yards and 12 touchdowns, becoming the first player in school history with more than 1,000 yards receiving. At least he left with a record-setting performance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

3. Everette Brown, DE, Florida State: Brown was drafted in the second round by the Carolina Panthers and his departure leaves the ACC without one of its best pass rushers for 2009. Brown started all 13 games last year and finished with 21.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He finished third in the nation (FBS) in sacks per game (1.04). He also forced four fumbles and knocked down three passes.

4. Kevin Ogletree, WR, Virginia: Ogletree left early to enter the NFL draft but didn't get drafted. Instead, he signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Both he and the Cavaliers lost out on that decision, though. Ogletree started all 12 games and recorded 58 catches for a total of 723 yards and four touchdowns last year. He rushed six times for a total of 12 yards and a touchdown. Considering Virginia lost all of its top receivers, it certainly could've used Ogletree to stick around one more year.

5. Preston Parker, WR, Florida State: Considering all of the negative publicity and embarrassment Parker brought the program, it's better that he's not around. However, the fact is the Noles will miss his athletic ability on the field. Parker, who also played some at running back and returned kicks, caught 104 passes for 1,189 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons. Unfortunately for him, those numbers didn't outweigh his three arrests.

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