ACC: Donnie Fletcher

Boston College spring wrap

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2011 overall record: 4-8
2011 conference record: 3-5 (5th, Atlantic)

Returning starters: Offense: 9; defense: 7; kicker/punter: 1

Top returners
LT John Wetzel, RT Emmett Cleary, LG Bobby Vardaro, RG Ian White, TE Chris Pantale, QB Chase Rettig, RB Rolandan Finch, RB Tahj Kimble, RB Andre Williams, WR Coin Larmond, WR Bobby Swigert, DE Kasim Edebali, DT Kaleb Ramsey, DT Dominic Appiah, DT Dillon Quinn, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Steele Divitto, LB Sean Duggan, CB Jim Noel, SS Spenser Rositano

Key losses
C Mark Spinney, TE Lars Anderson, DE Max Holloway, LB Luke Kuechly, CB Donnie Fletcher, FS Hampton Hughes, P Ryan Quigley

2011 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Rolandan Finch* (705 yards)
Passing: Chase Rettig* (1,960 yards)
Receiving: Colin Larmond* (528 yards)
Tackles: Luke Kuechly (191)
Sacks: Max Holloway (2.5)
Interceptions: Luke Kuechly (3)

Spring answers

1. Chase Rettig makes strides: Rettig was thrown into the fire early, and he has endured plenty since, with injuries, new schemes and last year's 4-8 campaign. Now a junior, and playing for another new offensive coordinator, Rettig has the command of the offense and should benefit from playing behind an experienced offensive line.

2. More running back depth than BC probably hoped for: Montel Harris and Andre Williams couldn't go in the spring game. Then Tahj Kimble injured himself early in the contest. Finch, who played a lot last season with Harris sidelined, ended up shouldering the load, and it will take a group effort this season with Harris out of the picture. Injuries and a dismissal gave BC a better look at its backfield talent than it had probably hoped for, but the group effort this spring should benefit the Eagles come fall.

3. Defense looking to build off 2011 finish: Coach Frank Spaziani said the worst thing about last season was that it ended. BC is hungry to build off its 4-8 campaign, as the team hopes to carry the momentum from winning two of its final three games. A long offseason gave the defense time to think about that finish, which was keyed by a unit that held each of the final three opponents to fewer than 20 points.

Fall questions

1. Who will replace Luke Kuechly? The short answer is no one. Kuechly's legend will only continue to grow with each passing day. But the Eagles do return plenty of talented linebackers, led by Steele Divitto and Kevin Pierre-Louis. It will take a collective effort and then some for the linebackers to make up for the loss of Kuechly, but their attitude in trying can certainly rub off on the rest of the defense.

2. What happened with Harris? The school's all-time leading rusher was dismissed from the team after the spring for a repeated violation of team rules. The backfield is used to playing without him after his injury-plagued 2011 campaign, but the suddenness of Harris' departure -- which Spaziani will not get into -- has to have some effect on his former teammates, especially with Harris having been primed to chase the ACC's career rushing record this season.

3. How will the offense transition under Doug Martin? Spaziani said he was impressed with the unit coming out of the spring, but a fifth offensive coordinator in five years has to be challenging for the players. Martin has said he is looking to increase the pace, and he'll have nine starters back to work with come preseason camp.
As mentioned in lunch links, Clemson announced the signings of undrafted lineman Landon Walker (Cincinnati Bengals) and punter Dawson Zimmerman (Atlanta Falcons). And a couple of generous readers have passed along a few more signings from ACC schools.

Virginia Tech guard Blake DeChristopher signed with the Cardinals, and Hokies defensive back Cris Hill signed with the Bills.

Big thanks to Matt from Alexandria, Va., Ben in Blacksburg, Va., and Lynn in Blacksburg, Va., for the head's up.

The updated, working list is below. Feel free to pass along any oversights.

BOSTON COLLEGE
CB Donnie Fletcher: New York Jets

CLEMSON
DE Kourtnei Brown: San Francisco 49ers
FB Chad Diehl: Baltimore Ravens
OL Antoine McClain: Baltimore Ravens
DT Rennie Moore: Houston Texans
OT Landon Walker: Cincinnati Bengals
P Dawson Zimmerman: Atlanta Falcons

DUKE
S Matt Daniels: St. Louis Rams

FSU
WR Bert Reed: Cleveland Browns
S Terrence Parks: Kansas City Chiefs
P Shawn Powell: Buffalo Bills

MARYLAND
CB Cameron Chism: Indianapolis Colts
RB Davin Meggett: Houston Texans

MIAMI
WR LaRon Byrd: Arizona Cardinals
OL Joel Figueroa: Miami Dolphins (rookie camp tryout)
TE Chase Ford: Philadelphia Eagles
DL Marcus Forston: New England Patriots
LB Jordan Futch: Tampa Bay Bucaneers
G Harland Gunn: Dallas Cowboys
QB Jacory Harris: Miami Dolphins (rookie camp tryout)
C Tyler Horn: Atlanta Falcons
S JoJo Nicolas: New York Giants
DL Adewale Ojomo: New York Giants
DT Micanor Regis: Atlanta Falcons

UNC
CB Charles Brown: Baltimore Ravens
C Cam Holland: Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwight Jones: Houston Texans
S Matt Merletti: Indianapolis Colts
DT Tydreke Powell: Minnesota Vikings

NC STATE
TE George Bryan: Dallas Cowboys
FB Taylor Gentry: Kansas City Chiefs

VIRGINIA
CB Chase Minnifield: Washington Redskins
OG Austin Pasztor: Minnesota Vikings
S Rodney McLeod: St. Louis Rams
DT Matt Conrath: St. Louis Rams

VIRGINIA TECH
WR Jarrett Boykin: Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Jaymes Brooks: Green Bay Packers
G Blake DeChristopher: Arizona Cardinals
CB Cris Hill: Buffalo Bills
S Eddie Whitley: Dallas Cowboys

WAKE FOREST
TE Cameron Ford: Green Bay Packers
S Cyhl Quarles: Baltimore Ravens
Thirty-one players from ACC schools were drafted this past weekend, but many more signed free-agent deals with NFL teams in the aftermath of the draft.

The following is a list of ACC players, by school, who have signed undrafted free agent deals with NFL teams. It was compiled largely from NFL.com, along with official releases from NFL teams and ACC schools. Georgia Tech is the only ACC school currently without an undrafted free-agent signing.

By all means, feel free to let me know if I have overlooked anyone.

BOSTON COLLEGE
CB Donnie Fletcher - New York Jets

CLEMSON
DE Kourtnel Brown - San Francisco 49ers
FB Chad Diehl - Baltimore Ravens
OL Antoine McClain - Baltimore Ravens
DT Rennie Moore - Houston Texans

DUKE
S Matt Daniels - St. Louis Rams

FSU
WR Bert Reed - Cleveland Browns
S Terrence Parks - Kansas City Chiefs
P Shawn Powell - Buffalo Bills

MARYLAND
CB Cameron Chism - Indianapolis Colts
RB Davin Meggett - Houston Texans

MIAMI
WR LaRon Byrd - Arizona Cardinals
TE Chase Ford - Philadelphia Eagles
DL Marcus Forston - New England Patriots
LB Jordan Futch - Tampa Bay Bucaneers
G Harland Gunn - Dallas Cowboys
C Tyler Horn - Atlanta Falcons
S JoJo Nicolas - New York Giants
DL Adewale Ojomo - New York Giants
DT Micanor Regis - Atlanta Falcons

UNC
CB Charles Brown - Baltimore Ravens
C Cam Holland - Kansas City Chiefs
WR Dwight Jones - Houston Texans
S Matt Merletti - Indianapolis Colts
DT Tydreke Powell - Minnesota Vikings

NC STATE
TE George Bryan - Dallas Cowboys
FB Taylor Gentry - Kansas City Chiefs

VIRGINIA
CB Chase MinnifieldWashington Redskins
OG Austin Pasztor - Minnesota Vikings
S Rodney McLeod – St. Louis Rams
DT Matt Conrath – St. Louis Rams

VIRGINIA TECH
WR Jarrett Boykin - Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Jaymes Brooks - Green Bay Packers
S Eddie Whitley - Dallas Cowboys

WAKE FOREST
TE Cameron Ford - Green Bay Packers
S Chyl Quarles - Baltimore Ravens

The Hurricanes also announced that quarterback Jacory Harris and offensive lineman Joel Figueroa have both been invited to rookie camp tryouts with the Miami Dolphins.

BC's Donnie Fletcher still defying odds

April, 26, 2012
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The tears just wouldn't stop. He had never cried in front of his young children before, and he knew it was confusing for them.

Sitting in the car, crying, for no apparent reason.

His wife noticed, too.

At first, he tried to play it off. "Something's in my eye," he said.

But when the tears kept flowing, she asked again.

"What's wrong, baby? You're crying," she said from the passenger's seat.

"Nothing," he responded from behind the wheel, watching the familiar scenery of this cross-country trip roll by through the tears. "Nothing's wrong."

It was the truth, and it wasn't. Alan Fletcher, a former Cleveland prep star and safety at the University of Cincinnati, a husband and a father, was just overcome by emotion. He was driving to see his adopted son play his final college home game. The boy he took in years before was now a man, ready to graduate and pursue his dreams of becoming a professional football player.

"From where he started," Fletcher said by phone last week, "none of this should even be possible."

Click here for the rest of the column.

Mocks aplenty on NFL draft eve

April, 25, 2012
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It's NFL draft eve, and it's the last Wednesday before the event, meaning one last chance for our team of analysts to predict how this weekend will unfold.

Mel Kiper Insider and Todd McShay Insider reveal their final draft boards, and each has a mock Insider, with McShay and the rest of the Scouts Inc. team going seven rounds full Insider.

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, naturally, tops the list, going No. 5 to the Buccaneers. North Carolina end Quinton Coples is next off the board at No. 19, to the Bears, with wideout Stephen Hill from Georgia Tech going two spots later to the Bengals.

How do the rest of the ACC's draft-eligible players stand? Let's take a look:

ROUND 2
No. 36, Buccaneers: RB David Wilson (Virginia Tech)
No. 50, Bears: OLB Zach Brown (UNC)
No. 58, Texans: DE Andre Branch (Clemson)
No. 59, Packers: RB Lamar Miller (Miami)

ROUND 3
No. 64, Colts: DT Brandon Thompson (Clemson)
No. 68, Buccaneers: CB Jayron Hosley (Virginia Tech)
No. 72, Dolphins: OT Zebrie Sanders (FSU)
No. 76, Texans: TE Dwayne Allen (Clemson)
No. 80, Cardinals: DE Olivier Vernon (Miami)
No. 82, Titans: WR Chris Givens (Wake Forest)
No. 91, Ravens: G Joe Looney (Wake Forest)
No. 95, Raiders:
DE Cam Johnson (Virginia)

ROUND 4
No. 100, Browns: OLB Nigel Bradham (FSU)
No. 124, Bills: OLB Sean Spence (Miami)
No. 125, 49ers: CB Chase Minnifield (Virginia)
No. 128, Vikings: OLB Terrell Manning (NC State)
No. 129, Raiders: OLB Kyle Wilber (Wake Forest)
No. 130, Ravens: WR Danny Coale (Virginia Tech)

ROUND 5
No. 154, Jets: WR Tommy Streeter (Miami)
No. 157, Falcons: WR TJ Graham (NC State)
No. 159, Steelers: G Brandon Washington (Miami)
No. 162, Saints: CB Coty Sensabaugh (Clemson)

ROUND 6
No. 176, Jaguars: DT Marcus Forston (Miami)
No. 178, Bills: ILB Audie Cole (NC State)
No. 188, Broncos: DE Rennie Moore (Clemson)
No. 191, Bengals: WR Travis Benjamin (Miami)
No. 197, Packers: OT Andrew Datko (FSU)
No. 205, Browns: G Antoine McClain (Clemson)

ROUND 7
No. 209, Rams: WR Dwight Jones (UNC)
No. 240, Steelers: DE Matt Conrath (Virginia)
No. 242, Jets: TE George Bryan (NC State)
No. 243, Packers: RB Davin Meggett (Maryland)
No. 245, Browns: DT Markus Kuhn (NC State)
No. 250, Chargers: CB Donnie Fletcher (BC)

Here's a breakdown by school of the 37 ACC players that Scouts Inc. thinks will be drafted:

Miami: 7
Clemson: 6
NC State: 5
Virginia Tech: 3
UNC: 3
Virginia: 3
Wake Forest: 3
FSU: 3
BC: 2
Georgia Tech: 1
Maryland: 1
Duke: 0

Senior Bowl stats

January, 30, 2012
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Overall, it was a pretty quiet performance for the ACC in this past weekend's Senior Bowl. The North team won, 23-13, and Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after totaling 129 all-purpose yards for the North.

Former NC State receiver T.J. Graham started for the North team, along with his former teammates, quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Audie Cole, and former Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson. For the South team, former FSU offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders started at right tackle, UNC's Quinton Coples at left end, Clemson's Brandon Thompson at defensive tackle, and UNC's Zach Brown at linebacker.

Here are some highlights from the official stats:

NORTH

T.J. Graham, NCSU WR, two catches for 27 yards; 1 KOR for 27 yards
Donnie Fletcher, Boston College CB, four tackles
Audie Cole, NC State, LB, four tackles

SOUTH

Dwight Jones, UNC WR, one catch for 7 yards
Sean Spence, Miami LB, five tackles
Zach Brown, UNC LB, five tackles, one TFL
Nigel Bradham, FSU LB, three tackles, one sack for a loss of 3 yards, one pass breakup
Quinton Coples, UNC DE, three tackles, one sack for a loss of 5 yards, two TFLs, one pass breakup
Brandon Thompson, Clemson DT, two tackles, one TFL
Tydreke Powell, UNC DT, two tackles

ACC players in the Senior Bowl

January, 17, 2012
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The ACC will have 14 players represent the conference in the 2012 Senior Bowl, which will be held at 4 p.m. ET on Jan. 28 in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game and all practices will be televised by NFL Network.

North Carolina leads the ACC with four players on the roster, as defensive end Quinton Coples, defensive tackle Tydreke Powell, linebacker Zach Brown and wide receiver Dwight Jones have all accepted invites to the 2012 game.

Clemson will have three players (DL Brandon Thompson, DL Andre Branch, FB Chad Diehl), and the league will also send two apiece from Florida State (OL Zebrie Sanders, LB Nigel Bradham) and NC State (LB Audie Cole, WR T.J. Graham) and one each from Boston College (DB Donnie Fletcher), Miami (LB Sean Spence) and Virginia (DL Cam Johnson).

ACC's lunchtime links

September, 1, 2011
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Games. Tonight. TONIGHT!!!

BC offense ready to pull its weight

August, 30, 2011
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- There is a sign in the meeting room for the Boston College wide receivers that reads “Be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there.”

It’s not exactly a new concept for the position, but there seems to be a newfound adherence to the rule.

“We have to live by that,” said receiver Colin Larmond Jr.

Timing is everything, and it’s finally coming together for the BC offense. The hire of first-year offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, coupled with the maturation of quarterback Chase Rettig, who is entering his second season as a starter, has made a world of difference for the Eagles -- at least according to those within the program based on what they’ve seen this offseason. The program has earned a reputation as one that wins with defense, but the offensive players -- with all due respect to their teammates -- are tired of hearing it.

They’re ready to close the gap and make Boston College a more balanced and complete team.

“I’ve said to the guys a few times, ‘Aren’t you just tired of hearing people say, ‘defense, defense?’ There’s two sides to the ball,” said Larmond Jr. “It’s always just the defense. That’s something that has to get to you guys. … Now they’re playing with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder and trying to prove that it’s not just BC’s defense, it’s BC’s whole team.”

But it’s BC’s offense that has to make the biggest strides if the Eagles are going to be a surprise contender for the Atlantic Division. Boston College ranked No. 109 in the country last year in total offense, No. 109 in scoring defense, and No. 97 in passing offense, and No. 90 in rushing offense.

The defense? It was the best in the country at stopping the run.

The offensive troubles were not a byproduct of former offensive coordinator Gary Tranquill, his system or his philosophy. Tranquill’s hands were tied by what he had to work with, and the root of the problem has been at the quarterback position, where dependability has been an issue. Not since Chris Crane in 2008 has BC known in early August who its starting quarterback was going to be.

Now, Rettig is The Man.

“I definitely think I’m ready,” he said. “But once you think you know everything, you don’t. Even the best quarterbacks in the NFL and college football are still learning every day. The base is there to work hard. If I can just keep working hard every week and prepare every game, I think we can be a successful team. … I think I’m going to have the opportunity to show I can be a dependable guy this year.”

He seems to have convinced those around him.

“The offense came out firing on all cylinders,” said linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis. “I can’t rave enough about them. They’ve done an amazing job this camp. They exposed certain weaknesses that we wouldn’t find out until later in the season.”

The biggest difference, he said, has been execution. Senior cornerback Donnie Fletcher agreed.

“Those guys are executing very well over there,” he said. “Usually we don’t get scored on. That caught us by surprise. Those guys have a good game plan.”

And it all starters with Rogers, whose reputation precedes him. Rogers was a fan and media favorite during his time at Virginia Tech, and his personality and knowledge of the game have had a similar immediate impact in Chestnut Hill. He got the players to buy in with his method of teaching.

The job now, he said, is to keep it up.

“We’re still a work in progress, but there’s visible improvement,” he said. “I think we’re a little better in spots than I anticipated. Obviously we have some situations we need to rectify, too.

“I just have to maintain that edge with those guys,” he said. “I’ve got to find a way to keep them believing. The only way that’s going to happen is if we win football games.”

A task that will get much easier as the offense improves.

Free safety still a question for BC

August, 25, 2011
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- As the only senior and returning starter in the Boston College secondary, cornerback Donnie Fletcher knows he has no choice but to be a leader this fall.

Just who will be following him at free safety, though, still remains a question following the dismissal of starting safety Okechukwu Okoroha for disciplinary reasons. Okoroha played in all 13 games last season and started six in place of the injured Wes Davis. He made 27 tackles (17 solo) on the year, and now his position is up for grabs.

“O’s one of my good friends, he’s like a brother to me,” Fletcher said. “But that’s something we can’t control as a secondary, as a unit. Those things we can’t control. A lot of young guys will get an opportunity to step up and take on that role. As a unit we’re still doing well, working hard and competing. Whoever gets the opportunity to play over there will do a good job and compete and play hard. That’s all I ask for as a leader, guys out there competing and working hard.”

BC announces team captains

August, 9, 2011
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Defensive back Donnie Fletcher, linebacker Luke Kuechly, wide receiver Ifeanyi Momah and offensive guard Nathan Richman were elected captains of the 2011 team. Fletcher, Momah and Richman will lead the team as seniors. Kuechly will lead the team as a junior. The votes from his peers speak volumes about how much respect Kuechly's teammates have for him.

Preseason watch lists complete

July, 18, 2011
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The members of the National College Football Awards Association unveiled their preseason watch lists over a 13-day period concluding with the Walter Camp Award's list today. Fifteen of the association's 21 awards selected a preseason watch list, and I've compiled your ACC candidates here:

WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
  • Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
  • Jayron Hosley, DB, Virginia Tech
  • Brandon Jenkins, DT, Florida State
  • Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
JIM THORPE AWARD
  • Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami
  • Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
  • Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
  • Chase Minnifield, Virginia
  • Greg Reid, Florida State
  • Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
  • Kenny Tate, Maryland
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD
  • Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
  • Jaymes Brooks, G, Virginia Tech
  • Audie Cole, LB, NC State
  • Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
  • Quinton Coples, OT, Florida State
  • Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
  • Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
  • Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
  • Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
  • Cam Johnson, DT, Virginia
  • Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  • Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
  • Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
  • Sean Spence, LB, Miami
  • Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech
  • Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
  • Brandon Washington, G, Miami
RIMINGTON TROPHY
  • Dalton Freeman, Clemson
  • Cam Holland, North Carolina
  • Tyler Horn, Miami
  • Brian Moore, Duke
BUTKUS AWARD
  • Nigel Bradham, Florida State
  • Zach Brown, North Carolina
  • Ramon Buchanan, Miami
  • Audie Cole, NC State
  • Luke Kuechly, Boston College
  • Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
  • Sean Spence, Miami
  • Kenny Tate, Maryland
  • Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
DOAK WALKER AWARD
BEDNARIK AWARD
  • Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami
  • Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
  • Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
  • Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College
  • Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
  • Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
  • Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  • Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
  • Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
  • Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
  • Greg Reid, CB, Florida State
  • Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
  • Sean Spence, LB, Miami
  • Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland
  • Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech
BILETNIKOFF AWARD
LOU GROZA AWARD
  • Casey Barth, North Carolina
  • Nate Freese, Boston College
  • Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
  • Will Snyderwine, Duke
RAY GUY AWARD
  • Dawson Zimmerman, Clemson
MACKEY AWARD
MAXWELL AWARD
BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY
  • Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami
  • Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
  • Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
  • Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
  • Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
  • Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
  • Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
  • Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  • Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
  • Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
  • Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
  • Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
  • Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
  • Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland
  • Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech
OUTLAND TROPHY
  • Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
  • Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
  • Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
  • Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
  • Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
  • Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech
  • Brandon Washington, OG, Miami
DAVEY O'BRIEN
  • EJ Manuel, Florida State
  • Danny O'Brien, Maryland
  • Sean Renfree, Duke

Catching up on watch lists

July, 13, 2011
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The Rimington Trophy watch list was released today, but I wanted to catch you up on two more that were released this week, the Jim Thorpe Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award.

Eligibility for the Rotary Lombardi Award is limited to down linemen, end-to-end, either on offense or defense, who set up no farther than 10 yards to the left or right of the ball, and linebackers who set up no father than five yards deep from the line of scrimmage. The Thorpe Award is given to the nation's top defensive back.

Here are your ACC reps for both:

JIM THORPE AWARD
  • Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami
  • Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
  • Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
  • Chase Minnifield, Virginia
  • Greg Reid, Florida State
  • Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
  • Kenny Tate, Maryland
ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD
  • Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
  • Jaymes Brooks, G, Virginia Tech
  • Audie Cole, LB, NC State
  • Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
  • Quinton Coples, OT, Florida State
  • Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
  • Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
  • Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
  • Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
  • Cam Johnson, DT, Virginia
  • Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
  • Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
  • Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
  • Sean Spence, LB, Miami
  • Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech
  • Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
  • Brandon Washington, G, Miami

ACC's award candidates

July, 11, 2011
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As promised earlier this morning, here's your one-stop shopping for the watch lists that have been announced. I will do another one early next week:

BEDNARIK AWARD (Presented to the nation's most outstanding defensive player by the Maxwell Football Club)
Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami
Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College
Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
Greg Reid, CB, Florida State
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Sean Spence, LB, Miami
Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland
Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech

BILETNIKOFF AWARD (Presented to the nation's most outstanding wide receiver by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation)

Travis Benjamin, Miami
Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech
Kris Burd, Virginia
Chris Givens, Wake Forest
DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Dwight Jones, North Carolina
Bobby Swigert, Boston College
Donovan Varner, Duke
Conner Vernon, Duke

LOU GROZA AWARD (Presented to the nation's most outstanding place-kicker by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission)
Casey Barth, North Carolina
Nate Freese, Boston College
Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Will Snyderwine, Duke

RAY GUY AWARD (Presented to the nation's most outstanding punter by the Augusta [Ga.] Sports Council)
Dawson Zimmerman, Clemson

MACKEY AWARD (Presented to the nation's most outstanding tight end by the Nassau Co. Sports Commission)
Dwayne Allen, Clemson
George Bryan, NC State
Cooper Helfet, Duke
Chris Pantale, Boston College
Colter Phillips, Virginia

MAXWELL AWARD (Presented to the nation's most outstanding all-around player by the Maxwell Football Club)
Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
Mike Glennon, QB, NC State
Montel Harris, RB, Boston College
EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland
David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY (Presented to the nation's most outstanding defensive player by the Charlotte Touchdown Club)
Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami
Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland
Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech

OUTLAND TROPHY (Presented to the nation's most outstanding interior lineman by the FWAA)
Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
Tydreke Powell, DT, North Carolina
Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech
Brandon Washington, OG, Miami

Kiper's top five juniors, seniors by position

July, 11, 2011
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ESPN's Mel Kiper recently listed his top five juniors and seniors by position, and the ACC got some love. You'll notice two trends here: a) The same schools keep popping up and b) Lotta linemen. North Carolina could be scary good. (I said that last year, too ... )

Check it out:

SENIORS
No. 3 RB, Montel Harris, Boston College
No. 3 FB, Taylor Gentry, NC State
No. 4 FB, Devon Ramsay, North Carolina
No. 2 TE, George Bryan, NC State
No. 4 OT, Andrew Datko, Florida State
No. 1. DE, Quinton Coples, North Carolina
No. 2 DE, Andre Branch, Clemson
No. 2 DT, Tydreke Powell, North Carolina
No. 4 DT, Brandon Thompson, Clemson
No. 3 OLB, Zach Brown, North Carolina
No. 5 OLB, Sean Spence, Miami
No. 5 CB, Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
No. 2 S, Kenny Tate, Maryland (has moved to linebacker this season)
No. 5 P, Ryan Quigley, Boston College

JUNIORS
No. 5 RB, Andre Ellington, Clemson
No. 4 FB, Lonnie Pryor, Florida State
No. 1 TE, Dwayne Allen, Clemson
No. 3 OG, Brandon Washington, Miami
No. 1 DE, Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina
No. 2 DE, Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
No. 2 DT, Marcus Forston, Miami
No. 2 ILB, Luke Kuechly, Boston College
No. 5 ILB, Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
No. 5 OLB, Terrell Manning, NC State
No. 3 CB, Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
No. 1 S, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami
No. 5 S, Vaughn Telemaque, Miami
No. 1 K Dustin Hopkins, Florida State

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