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L.A Goree next man up for Terps

November, 7, 2012
Maryland true freshman Shawn Petty is a linebacker-turned-quarterback by necessity, but now the Terps are also in need of a new starting linebacker.

Eight players -- all of them potential starters -- have been lost to season-ending injuries. The latest is senior linebacker Demetrius Hartsfield, who tore his ACL last week in the loss to Georgia Tech. One of four team captains, Hartsfield is Maryland’s leading tackler and ranks 10th among active players in career tackles with 338. That also ranks 15th in school history.

Sophomore L.A Goree received an immediate promotion into the starting lineup heading into Saturday’s game at No. 13 Clemson. Goree missed two games with an injury this year, and he didn’t play in two other games, per the coach’s decision. He started seven games in 2011, but this will be his first start this season. He has nine tackles this year and caused one fumble.

“Lorne is a guy that’s played for us and has played well when he’s been in there,” coach Randy Edsall said. “Now he gets the starter’s role and gets an expanded role. We think he’ll do a good job. We feel bad for Demetrius that he’s not going to be in there. He meant a lot to our team in terms of what he did on the field, but the leadership he brought and now he’s going to have to help us lead from the sidelines. It’s a tremendous blow to him and our team, but we know Lorne has the ability to step up and go in and produce the way Demetrius did. He’s going to have that opportunity now.”

Edsall said Hartsfield’s injury wasn’t a huge hit to the depth at linebacker. Alex Twine has moved from outside to inside, Bradley Johnson is now the backup to Cole Farrand and Avery Thompson is the backup to Kenny Tate. Edsall said he won’t change his plans to redshirt any players.

“We’re still good there,” Edsall said. “At this point in time we’ll do what we have to. … We’ll just have to make some other adjustments. Hopefully we won’t have to, but if we did because of more injuries, we would make those types of adjustments.”

ACC injury reports: Week 10

November, 2, 2012
Here are the ACC injury reports, from the schools that released them:


Out for season

Out for season

Out for season

Out for season

Out for season

ACC injury reports: Week 12

November, 18, 2011
Here are this week's injury reports from the schools that released them:



DE Joe Gore (knee)
LB Tony Steward (knee)
OT Philip Price (knee)


WR Sammy Watkins (shoulder)


CB Darius Robinson (hamstring)



WR Brandon Braxton (upper body)
OT Takoby Cofield (upper body)
CB Zach Greene (leg)
WR Conner Vernon (leg)


LB Kelby Brown (leg)
WR Jamison Crowder (leg)
WR Tyree Watkins (leg)


DE Justin Foxx (leg)
LB C.J. France (upper body)
LB Kevin Rojas (lower body)
CB Johnny Williams (upper body)


S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette (upper body)
DE Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo (leg)
C Brian Moore (upper body)

Out for season

DE Kenny Anunike (leg)
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
OT Kyle Hill (shoulder)



Willie Haulstead (head)
Henry Orelus (head)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Andrew Datko (shoulder)
Moses McCray (knee)

Out for season

Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
Chris Thompson (back)



LB Morgan Carter
AB Orwin Smith

Out for season

S Fred Holton
DL Jimmie Kitchen
S Lance Richardson


Out for season

WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
DB Makinton Dorleant
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
QB Danny O'Brien
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh
LB Kenny Tate


LB Alex Twine


OL Bennett Fulper


OL Max Garcia
RB Justus Pickett
RB Jeremiah Wilson



Marcus Robinson (upper extremity)


Luther Robinson (lower extremity)
Rashawn Scott (upper extremity)
Jordan Futch (upper extremity)
Lee Chambers (upper extremity)
Davon Johnson (lower extremity)

Surgery/Out for season

Blake Ayles (upper extremity)
Ramon Buchanan (lower extremity)
Marcus Forston (lower extremity)
Erik Lichter (upper extremity)
Corey White (lower extremity)


Out for season

CB Jarvis Byrd, (knee)
FB Taylor Gentry (foot)
LB D.J. Green (foot)
HB Mustafa Greene (foot)
LB Sterling Lucas (knee)
DE Jeff Rieskamp (shoulder)


DT Markus Kuhn (abdomen)



Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
David Marrs (lower extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)
Matt Snyder (lower extremity)
Michael Terrell (lower extremity)
Joseph Williams (lower extremity)


Kyle McCartin (upper extremity)


Rodney McLeod (lower extremity)
Kevin Parks (lower extremity)
Colter Phillips (lower extremity)



RB Josh Harris (hamstring)


DT John Gallagher (back)


OT Dylan Heartsil (back)
CB Dominique Tate (knee)
LB Kyle Jarrett (hip)
WR Airyn Willis (shoulder)

ACC's Players of the Week

November, 14, 2011
Here are the ACC's Players of the Week, as announced and written by the league offices in Greensboro, N.C.:

OFFENSIVE BACK – Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech, r-So., QB, 6-6, 254, Lynchburg, Va.

For the second time this year, Thomas accounted for five touchdowns as the Hokies went to Georgia Tech and came away with a win. The sophomore completed seven passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns and picked up two rushing touchdowns and 70 yards on the ground.

RECEIVER – Danny Coale, Virginia Tech, r-Sr., WR, 6-0, 200, Lexington, Va.

Coale had only two catches, but both of them were big as the Hokies went to Georgia Tech and came away with a 37-26 win. His first catch was a 63-yard touchdown catch late in the first half to give Virginia Tech a 21-10 lead and then his second was a leaping catch down the sideline on a key third down. Coale finished with two catches for 97 yards and a score in the win.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Dalton Freeman, Clemson, r-Jr., C, 6-5, 285, Pelion, S.C.

Freeman led Clemson’s offensive line effort to 522 yards of total offense in the 31-28 win over Wake Forest. Freeman was playing with a heavy heart as his grandfather had passed away earlier in the week. Freeman graded 93 percent with five knockdowns for his 86 plays and provided a key block on both of Andre Ellington’s touchdown runs. He did not allow a sack.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Matt Conrath, Virginia, Sr., DT, 6-7, 280, Oak Lawn, Ill.

Conrath led the UVa defense with nine tackles in Virginia's 31-21 victory against Duke to improve the Cavaliers' record to 7-3 and 4-2 in conference play. Conrath had two tackles for loss, forced a fumble and blocked a Duke field goal attempt in the first quarter after the Blue Devils had driven to the Virginia 7-yard line with no score in the game. It was the fifth blocked kick during his career and his third this year. The Cavaliers held Duke's running game to just 34 yards on 29 carries, 70 yards below its season average. Duke scored just seven points in the second half as UVa pulled away after the game was knotted 14-14 at the half.

LINEBACKER – Luke Kuechly, Boston College, Jr., LB, 6-3, 237, Cincinnati, Ohio

Kuechly recorded a game-high 18 tackles, including nine during a 13-minute stretch of the fourth quarter as Boston College held for a 14-10 win over NC State. He missed a few plays after suffering a bruised right elbow early in the third quarter. Kuechly extended his nation-best streak to 32 games with double-digit tackles, and in the third quarter became the fifth player in ACC history to reach 500 tackles in his career.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Chase Minnifield, Virginia, Sr., CB, 6-0, 185, Lexington, Ky.

Minnifield had five tackles and broke up two passes in Virginia's 31-21 victory against Duke. He came up with the big play on defense, intercepting a pass and returning it 54 yards for a score to put UVa up 21-14 early in the third quarter. Minnifield’s interception was his third of the 2011 season and the 13th of his career. It was his first pick-six.

SPECIALIST – Shawn Powell, Florida State, Sr., P, 6-4, 235, Rome, Ga.

Powell was nothing short of brilliant in helping the Seminoles win the field position game against the rival Hurricanes. He punted five times for 274 yards -- a 54.8-yard average -- and with the help of his coverage units finished with a net average of 47.4 yards. Powell’s opening punt of the game sailed 51 yards and was angled out of bounds at the Miami 1-yard line. He also pinned the Canes back at their own 6-yard line with a 39-yard punt -- his shortest of the game. In all he had four punts over 50 yards, including two over 60 (66, 63). The ACC leader in punting (47.1), Powell would lead the nation if he had two more punt attempts to meet the minimum standard of 3.6 per game. The Seminoles are ranked second nationally in net punting average. For his performance against Miami, Powell was selected National Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

ROOKIE – Alex Twine, Maryland, Fr., LB, 6-0, 220, Gaithersburg, Md.

Twine posted a career-best 12 tackles in Maryland’s 45-21 loss to Notre Dame. In just his third career start, the sure-tackling outside linebacker posted 3.0 tackles for loss, the most by any Terrapin defender this season, and one sack. Twine has played in all 10 games, but has averaged 10.0 tackles in his three starts.

Week 8: Did you know?

October, 21, 2011
Thanks as always to the sports information directors throughout the league for making us smarter about each team this week. Did you know …

ACC: This week, in terms of yards per game, the ACC has the nation’s leading freshman rusher, in North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard (109.6), and the leading freshman receiver in Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins (104.0). They’ll go head-to-head in Death Valley on Saturday. -- ACC game notes

BOSTON COLLEGE: Although Boston College started the season 1-5, the Eagles have fared well in the second half of their schedule over the course of the past 10 years. In the final six regular-season games of the past 10 seasons, the Eagles have a combined record of 39-21. That includes a 5-1 record in the second half of the 2010 season, when Boston College became the first team in ACC history to record a five-game winning streak after suffering a five-game losing streak the same year. -- Chris Cameron

CLEMSON: When running back Andre Ellington ran for 212 yards and Watkins had 105 yards receiving at Maryland, Clemson became the first ACC team with a 200-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver in the same game since Oct. 17, 2002 (Chris Downs, Scooter Monroe of Maryland vs. Georgia Tech). -- ACC game ntoes

DUKE: Duke is 3-3 at the midpoint for the third time in coach David Cutcliffe’s four seasons. Only once in the 13 seasons before Cutcliffe’s arrival were the Devils at or above .500 after six games. That came in 1998. -- ACC game notes

FLORIDA STATE: At the start of the 2011 season, Florida State had the ACC’s most experienced offensive line, with seniors Andrew Datko, Zebrie Sanders, David Spurlock, and Bryan Stork, who combined for 105 career starts. Sanders and Stork were the only veterans from the injury-ravaged unit in the lineup last week at Duke, when the ‘Noles rolled up 481 total yards, their highest output in 16 games. The lineup included just 57 career starts, 42 of which belonged to Sanders, followed by Stork (9), Jacob Fahrenkrug (5), Bobby Hart (1) and first-time starter Garrett Faircloth. -- Bob Thomas

GEORGIA TECH: Paul Johnson is 3-0 in games following the first loss of the season, and the Jackets have won those three games by an average of 18 points. -- ACC game notes

MARYLAND: So far this season, six freshmen: defensive lineman Keith Bowers, linebacker Lorne Goree, defensive lineman Andre Monroe, linebacker Mario Rowson, defensive back Titus Till, and linebacker Alex Twine have started for the Maryland defense, including four against Georgia Tech (10/8) and five against Clemson (10/15). That was the most freshmen to start for Maryland since Nov. 20, 1993, when a quintet started in a 33-32 win over Wake Forest. The five freshmen defensive starters against Clemson are the most in the nation for one game. In fact, only one other team in the FBS (Indiana) in the has started four or more freshmen defenders this season. -- Shawn Nestor

MIAMI: The Canes’ win over North Carolina last weekend marked the first time that Miami won as an ACC members while getting two or fewer rushing first downs in a game. (They had two.) ACC teams with two or fewer first downs by rush are 15-69 (.119) since the start of the 2000 season. -- ACC game notes

NORTH CAROLINA: Quarterback Bryn Renner has not thrown an interception in four of his past five games, including three straight. He has attempted 81 consecutive passes without an interception. Renner leads the ACC and ranks seventh in the country with a 174.1 pass efficiency rating. Renner completed 20 of 22 pass attempts in the second half against Miami last week. -- UNC game notes

NC STATE: Virginia coach Mike London is one of NC State head coach Tom O’Brien’s seven former assistant coaches who have gone on to become head coaches. London served on the Boston College staff as defensive coordinator from 1997-2000. This will mark the fifth time that O’Brien has faced one of his former assistants, with all four previous games coming against Boston College. O’Brien, who is making his first appearance in UVa’s Scott Stadium since spending 15 seasons there (1982-96) as an assistant for the Cavaliers to George Welsh, faced Jeff Jagodzinski, his replacement at BC twice, and Frank Spaziani, who was his defensive coordinator for the Eagles, twice. -- Annabelle Myers

VIRGINIA: Behind Perry Jones, Kevin Parks, and a veteran offensive line, Virginia rushed for a season-high 274 yards in its 24-21 win against No. 12 Georgia Tech, the most by a UVa team since 2004. Jones recorded a career-high 147 yards and eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the second consecutive game. The Cavaliers have totaled at least 150 rushing yards in each of their first six games. The last time UVa had a six-game streak rushing for at least 150 yards was the final six games of 2004. -- Jim Daves

VIRGINIA TECH: Two random notes for you: As an ACC member, Virginia Tech is 15-1 overall and 13-0 in conference games played in North Carolina. The Hokies were penalized only twice against Wake Forest; that’s the third time in seven games that they have been flagged two or fewer times. Ok, one more random note … The Hokies wore white uniform tops and pants against the Deacs and improved to 10-1 under coach Frank Beamer in that attire. -- ACC game notes

WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest redshirt freshman cornerback Merrill Noel leads the nation in passes defended with 2.17 per game. Noel has 12 pass breakups and one interception for a total of 13 passes defended. He has climbed to 11th place on the school list for passes broken up in a season. The season mark for breakups is 18 by A.J. Greene in 1987. Greene also holds the mark for passes defended in a season with 25, also in 1987. -- Steve Shutt

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October, 14, 2011
Whaddaya think, any upsets this week?