There were a few good notes this week compiled by the ACC's sports information directions worth sharing. Check 'em out. You'll feel smarter for it:
OFFICIALS MAKE GREAT CALL
The ACC Football Officials Association only has about 75 members, but the group came together to raise $3,000 for cancer research in support of BC linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnized with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, in May. The check was presented to Herzlich prior to the Boston College-North Carolina football game last weekend and the official who made the presentation was Mike Owens, a head linesman from Clinton, S.C., who is also a cancer survivor. More than $135,000 has been raised for cancer research from the ACC community in Herzlich’s name.
PERFECT SID VICIUS
Boston College senior place-kicker Steve Aponavicius is the only kicker in college football’s FBS to be perfect in both field goals and extra points this year. Aponavicius is 9-for-9 in fi eld goals this season and 36-for-36 in extra points. Aponavicius has hit 15 straight field goals and 81 straight extra points. Marshall’s Craig Ratanamorn was perfect until last weekend, when he missed a field goal.
SPILLER RUNNING WITH A PURPOSE
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller needs just 26 all-purpose yards to become the fifth player in NCAA history to reach 7,000 for his career. He will attempt to go over that number against a team he has had success against in his career. Spiller has 498 all-purpose running yards against South Carolina in three games, including 331 in 42 rushes, a 7.9 average.
FSU PENALTY FREE?
Florida State once again leads the ACC in penalties, but in Saturday’s 29-26 victory over Maryland, the Seminoles pulled off something they haven’t accomplished since Bobby Bowden’s first season in Tallahassee. FSU played a penalty-free game against the Terrapins. The last time that happened was Sept. 18, 1976 against Miami when the ‘Noles were neither penalized nor – as was the case against Maryland – have any accepted penalties in a game.
TWO 1,000-YD RUSHERS FOR GT?
Georgia Tech juniors Jonathan Dwyer, who has 1,203 rushing yards, and Josh Nesbitt, who has rushed for 847 yards this year, have a chance at becoming the first duo from one ACC team to each rush for 1,000 yards in one season since 1993 when North Carolina’s Curtis Johnson (1,093 yards) and Leon Johnson (1,012) accomplished it. Nesbitt, who has led Tech to a conference-record 41 rushing touchdowns this year, also is tied for the lead in the ACC in scoring, averaging 8.7 points per game. Nesbitt could become the first quarterback in 30 years to lead the conference scoring since NC State’s Scott Smith tied for the title in 1979.
NC STATE'S FEARSOME FRONT
Last week at Virginia Tech, the Wolfpack’s defensive front pressured Tyrod Taylor 20 times, according to the coaches’ film grades. Two weeks ago against Maryland, 24 of NC State’s 25 credited pressures came from the defensive line. In seven games against ACC teams this season, the entire defense has been credited with 91 quarterback pressures or hurries. Eighty-three of those have been from defensive linemen. Alan Michael-Cash and Willie Young lead the way with 14 each.That large number of pressures hasn't always turned into sacks, though. The defensive line tallied six sacks in the conference opener against Wake Forest, but has made only five in the six games since.