Friday, August 31, 2012
Week 1: Did you know?
By Heather Dinich
Thanks to the sports information directors across the league for this week’s notes …
BOSTON COLLEGE: At halftime against Miami, Boston College will retire the jersey of former running back Lou Montgomery (1941). He was the school’s first African-American football player. During his junior and senior seasons, BC was invited to the 1940 Cotton Bowl and 1941 Sugar Bowl, but because of the unjust racial segregation of the era, Montgomery was not allowed to participate in those games or in regular-season games against teams from the South. His jersey will be permanently displayed on the southeast facade of Alumni Stadium.
CLEMSON: Coach Dabo Swinney is 8-6 as a player and coach against Auburn. This does not count a 1989 loss to Auburn when Swinney was on the Alabama roster as a freshman walk-on, but didn’t play in the game. He played in three games against Auburn as a student at Alabama, the games of 1990, 1991 and 1992. Alabama won all three of those games, including 17-0 in 1992, the year Alabama won the national title.
DUKE: Duke played six one-possession games in 2011 (decided by eight points or less), tying for sixth-most in the nation. Those six games had an average point differential of 3.17.
FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles have held eight straight opponents to 19 or fewer points. That is the longest streak of its kind by an ACC team since Miami’s nine-game run in 2005.
GEORGIA TECH: In the four seasons that Paul Johnson has been the head coach at Georgia Tech, the Yellow Jackets have totaled more rushing yards than any other team in the nation. During this 53-game period, Tech has averaged 301.98 yards per game, totaling 16,005 yards.
MARYLAND: Perry Hills is expected to become the first true freshman starter at quarterback for Maryland since Latrez Harrison in 1999. He’ll also be the first freshman to start a season opener since redshirt freshman Calvin McCall on Sept. 2, 1999, in a 6-0 win over Temple.
MIAMI: The Canes have 42 players in their first year of eligibility: 34 true freshmen and eight redshirt freshmen.
NORTH CAROLINA: This will mark the first year since the 1940s that UNC has played five in-state teams in the same season.
NC STATE: The five projected starters on NC State’s offensive line weigh in at an average of 309 pounds and have played a combined 7,670 snaps at the college level.
VIRGINIA: Running back Perry Jones was one of only two players (and the only BCS player) in the nation last season to rush for at least 900 yards and total at least 500 yards receiving. Joining him was New Mexico State’s Kenny Turner (1074 rush, 514 rec).
VIRGINIA TECH: All four starters and all four backups return from a defensive line that helped the Hokies total 41 quarterback sacks and 92 tackles for lost yardage in 2011.
WAKE FOREST: Receiver Michael Campanaro was the only FBS player in 2011 with 700 or more yards in receiving (833) and 100 or more in passing (106). Campanaro was the first ACC player with that combination since Florida State’s Anquan Boldin in 2002.