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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Records to be broken in the ACC

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Records were made to be broken, and the ACC has a few worth keeping an eye on this fall. I surveyed each school's sports information director and the ACC to find out what records were in danger of being broken this fall. Here are the results:

ACC RECORDS AT STAKE

1. Former FSU quarterback Drew Weatherford's mark for most consecutive passes without an interception (270). NC State's Russell Wilson currently stands at 249.

2. Virginia's Matt Schaub had a career completion percentage record of .670. Wake's Riley Skinner is a shade better at .673 and could finish the year with the record.

3. C.J. Spiller stands a good chance of breaking the conference career mark for all-purpose yardage (rushing, receiving, kickoff and punt returns). Spiller currently has 4,908 all-purpose yards and needs 921 yards for the record. Leon Johnson of North Carolina holds the record with 5,828 yards. Spiller had 1,770 yards this past season.

SCHOOL RECORDS AT STAKE

CLEMSON

Spiller has 87 career receptions and needs 19 to break the record for running backs of 105 by Travis Zachery (1998-01). He has 917 career reception yards and needs 141 to break Zachery's record of 1,057. He also has 1,297 career kickoff return yards and needs 256 to break Derrick Hamilton's record of 1,552.

Crezdon Butler has 196 career interception return yards and needs 80 to break Rex Varn's standard of 275 set between 1976-79.

DUKE

Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis is 2,879 passing yards, 314 attempts, 227 completions and eight touchdowns away from Duke's career records held by Ben Bennett.

MARYLAND

Torrey Smith has a chance at the school's career kickoff return yards mark. He had the ACC single-season record with 1,089 last year. The school mark is 1,520 career yards by Keeta Covington (1983-86).

Quarterback Chris Turner can get to No. 2 on most of the career lists, but would have a struggle getting past Scott Milanovich. He needs 2,827 for the career passing yards mark.

MIAMI
Javarris James is currently eighth all-time in rushing attempts. With 73 attempts this season, he would move into sole possession of third place behind Ottis Anderson (691) and James Jackson (541).

Both James (1,670) and Graig Cooper (1,523) have a chance to move into the all-time top 10 in rushing yards (Alonzo Highsmith is currently 10th with 1,914 career yards). If Cooper runs for more than 1,000 yards this season, he would rank in the top 4 in UM history.

UM's Current Top 5 Career Rushing Leaders
1. Ottis Anderson 3,331
2. Edgerrin James 2,960
3. James Jackson 2,953
4. Clinton Portis 2,523
5. Danyell Ferguson 2,214

Jason Fox has started 36 games in his career. He could tie William Joseph for a UM-record 50 career starts if the Canes play in the ACC Championship game and a bowl game and Fox starts all 14 games. (Ed Reed is second on the list with 48 career starts).

Matt Bosher is seventh all-time in consecutive PATs (40) and 10th in both field goals (18) and points scored by a kicker (94).

WAKE FOREST

Skinner will need to complete 27 passes, attempt 282, throw for 1,416 yards and throw 11 touchdown passes in order to set school records. Through his first three years, Skinner has averaged 213 completions, 316 attempts, 2,200 yards and 10.3 touchdowns per season.