ACC: Donte Paige-Moss

Recruiting rewind

January, 28, 2013
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It's time to take a look back and reflect on the recruiting class of 2009.

How have the top prospects fared?

ESPN.com has the answer, as it looked back at the ESPN Top 150 four years later, and there are plenty of ACC players worth checking out:

Rankings 1-50
Rankings 51-100
Rankings 101-150
  • No. 103 ATH Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
  • No. 118 RB Lamar Miller, Miami
  • No. 120 DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
  • No. 139 RB D.J. Adams, Maryland
  • No. 140 OT J.K. Jay, Clemson
  • No. 150 ATH Willie Downs, FSU

Our recruiting gurus also reranked the recruiting classes of 2009. Miami was replaced by Florida at No. 7, but FSU held steady at No. 8. ESPN.com's Corey Dowlar took a closer look at the Seminoles' Class of 2009.

ACC and the NFL combine

February, 7, 2012
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The official invite list for the NFL combine is out. Every school but Duke is represented, and there are a total of 43 former players from the conference who will participate, including Miami's entire starting lineup from 2011. Well, ok, not really, but it's a pretty big hit for the Canes. Best of luck to all of these guys at the next level.

Here are your ACC representatives:

BOSTON COLLEGE (1)
CLEMSON (6)
FLORIDA STATE (6)
GEORGIA TECH (1)
MARYLAND (1)
MIAMI (8)
NORTH CAROLINA (6)
NC STATE (5)
VIRGINIA TECH (4)
VIRGINIA (2)
WAKE FOREST (4)

ACC's lunchtime links

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Game on, Virginia Tech ...

Report: Paige-Moss to enter NFL draft

January, 2, 2012
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North Carolina junior defensive end Donte Paige-Moss has informed the school of his intention to enter the 2012 NFL draft, according to TarHeelBlue.com. Paige-Moss played in all 13 games in 2011 and posted 29 tackles, including four tackles for losses and two sacks. He also broke up two passes and had two quarterback hurries.

In Carolina's loss to Missouri in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 26, Paige-Moss tore the ACL in his right knee.

UNC injury updates

December, 28, 2011
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North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner had successful surgery on his left ankle to remove an anterior bone spur and a posterior accessory bone Wednesday, according to the school. Renner is expected to make a full recovery. His status will be updated at the beginning of spring practice.

Renner’s ankle condition became an issue in mid-July, approximately three weeks before the start of UNC’s training camp. After consulting with the UNC sports medicine staff, Renner and his family made the decision to play with a hinged ankle brace and postpone surgery until after the season. In his first season as a starter, Renner completed 239 of 350 attempts for 3,086 yards and a single-season school record 26 touchdowns.

In other injury-related news for UNC, sophomore linebacker Darius Lipford tore the ACL in his left knee and junior Donte Paige-Moss tore the ACL in his right knee in the Independence Bowl. Both players will miss spring practice. A further update on their status will be available after surgeries are performed in the coming weeks.

Top 25 player countdown: No. 1

August, 29, 2011
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No. 1. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

2010 stats: As a sophomore, Kuechly led the nation in tackles (183) and solo stops (110). He has registered 10 or more tackles in 22 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the nation. Last year he had 10.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

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Jason O. Watson/US PresswireBoston College linebacker Luke Kuechly led the nation with 183 tackles last season.
Previous ranking: No. 4

Making the case for Kuechly: He has already made a case for being one of the best defenders in the country, and he did it in just two seasons. Recognized last year as a consensus All-American, Kuechly reached the 200 tackle mark faster than any other player in school history. He is the only player in school history to reach 300 tackles in his first two seasons, and is a candidate for this year’s ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He is more than just a tackle machine, though. He is an instinctive player who finds the ball and continues to put in the work to become even better. He can make game-changing plays and find the ball, and is the heart and face of the Boston College defense.

No. 2 Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

No. 3 Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

No. 4 Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State

No. 5. Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

No. 6 Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

Top 25 player countdown: No. 3

August, 25, 2011
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No. 3. Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

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AP Photo/Steve HelberVirginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley led the nation in interceptions.
2010 stats: He started 13 games and finished with 39 tackles, nine interceptions, and eight passes broken up. He also had 19 punt returns for 239 yards and a touchdown, and nine kick returns for 190 yards. He racked up 110 yards on interception returns.

Previous ranking: No. 7

Making the case for Hosley: His numbers make a pretty good case themselves, but here goes: After leading the nation in interceptions last year, Hosley maintained a strong work ethic this offseason and took on a leadership role. He’s a good tackler who is a great ball handler and has great instincts, and he tied a school season record for interceptions that was set in 1967. He’s versatile enough to help the team as a punt returner, and as a DB he takes advantage of almost every opportunity that comes his way.

No. 4 Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State

No. 5. Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

No. 6 Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

Top 25 player countdown: No. 4

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No. 4. Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State

2010 stats: He ranked sixth nationally in total sacks with 13.5, and was tied for fourth nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss -- the third-best season in FSU history. He also had two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, and finished with 63 total tackles.

Previous ranking: No. 12

Making the case for Jenkins: He had one of the best seasons in school history last year and he was only a true sophomore and first-year starter. He should only be better this fall, and that's scary-good. Jenkins has good instincts, reacts well to the ball, and is a natural pass-rusher. He was the top contributor to Florida State’s nation-leading 48 sacks last year, one of the Noles’ biggest areas of improvement last season. He had two-sack games five times last season, and was recognized as the team’s MVP at the annual football banquet.

No. 5 Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

No. 6 Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

Top 25 player countdown: No. 5

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No. 5. Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

2010 stats: He started 11 games before injuring his knee against Virginia. Despite the injury, Harris led the ACC and ranked 16th in the country with 103.6 yards per game. He racked up eight 100-yard games and had six in a row before his injury. He finished with 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns on 269 carries. He also caught 18 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Previous ranking: No. 17

Making the case for Harris: He is a record-setter who has made his mark as one of the most productive running backs in the ACC. He is the school’s leader in carries (756) and 100-yard games (21) and ranks second at BC in rushing yards (3,600) and is third in touchdowns (27). He holds the ACC record for the most rushing yards through his junior year and enters this season as the ACC’s active leader in rushing yards and carries. What he’s done for the Eagles’ otherwise inept offense can’t be measured. At a program where the quarterback position has been a question in recent years, Harris has easily been the most dependable option on offense.

No. 6 Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

Top 25 player countdown: No. 6

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No. 6. Donte Paige-Moss, DE, UNC

2010 stats: He started 12 of 13 games he played in last year, and finished the regular season with 49 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses of 77 yards, 7.0 sacks for 57 yards, and one pass breakup. He ranked second on the team in tackles for loss and sacks and was seventh in the ACC in sacks.

Previously ranked: Not ranked.

Making the case for Paige-Moss: He has the skills to be one of the country’s top pass-rushers this fall. He played exceptionally well in the second half of last season, when he recorded 10.5 of his 13.5 tackles for loss. Carolina fans saw his game-changing potential in the Music City Bowl win over Tennessee when he posted six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. He blocked an extra point in the fourth quarter, which kept Tennessee's lead at three. He was only a sophomore last year and made his first career start when he lined up against LSU in the season opener. Now more experienced, Paige-Moss could be on the brink of a breakout season.

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

Position of power in the ACC

August, 12, 2011
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Heading into the 2010 season, there was an abundance of talent at the running back position in the ACC, as five 1,000-yard rushers returned for the first time in league history. This season, the ACC is deep and talented at several positions, but not so much so that there is one overwhelming strength. Offensively, the receivers are probably the deepest, most proven group, and defensively, the defensive ends could be the most fearsome group.

Which one, though, will be the position of power in the ACC this fall?

Defensive ends:The ACC has earned a reputation as a defensive conference, and these players will do their best to uphold that tradition. Brandon Jenkins at Florida State and Quinton Coples at North Carolina should be two of the best in the country, but they’re hardly alone in their pass rushing abilities. Izaan Cross at Georgia Tech is a name ACC fans will know by the end of the season. He’s underrated and has a chance to finish the season with all-conference accolades. His teammate, Jason Peters, can do the same. Together they should help bring noticeable improvement to the Jackets’ defense this year.

North Carolina also has Donte Paige-Moss at the other end position, another player who has already caught the attention of NFL scouts. Adewale Ojomo and Olivier Vernon at Miami are two veteran standouts, and NC State’s Jeff Rieskamp and Virginia’s Cam Johnson are also among the best in the league. Andre Branch at Clemson should get more recognition this fall, especially with the early departure of Da’Quan Bowers, and Max Holloway at Boston College hasn’t reached his potential yet but began to make a name for himself last season.

There aren’t a lot of veteran quarterbacks in the ACC this year, but there are plenty of defensive ends ready to give the rookies a not-so-warm welcome.

Ted Hendricks award watch list announced

August, 9, 2011
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The ACC had seven candidates among the 35 nominated for this year's Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive end:
  • Andre Branch, Clemson
  • Quinton Coples, North Carolina
  • Izaan Cross, Georgia Tech
  • Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
  • Cam Johnson, Virginia
  • Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina
  • Olivier Vernon, Miami

Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers won this award last year, and in 2007, Virginia's Chris Long was the recipient.

NFL-loaded teams in the ACC

August, 1, 2011
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ESPN Insider Chris Sprow recently ranked the top 10 teams in the country loaded with the most NFL prospects, and two ACC teams appeared on his list.

Any guesses?

Hint: They're both in the Coastal Division.

No. 4 North Carolina -- Here's an excerpt from what Sprow had to say about the Tar Heels:
The Butch Davis exit isn't pretty but similar to the way he left Miami (look up this roster), there's a lot to work with. The defense features No. 2 overall prospect Quinton Coples, who should bookend a terrifying pass rush with junior DE Donte Paige-Moss. ... Almost as much talent as they had sit out last year.
No. 10 Miami -- Sprow's take:
Ray-Ray Armstrong could be the top safety off the board next spring if he wants to come out, and Marcus Forston is also on the Big Board. If he adds consistency, he'll rise. Sean Spence is a tweener (OLB/S) listed at outside linebacker, but has pro potential, and the Canes also have a guard prospect in Brandon Washington.

UNC junior college DT impressing

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PINEHURST, N. C. -- Despite the ongoing presence of an NCAA mushroom cloud over the North Carolina program, coach Butch Davis was still able to sign another quality recruiting class last winter.

The star of that class looks like junior-college defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, according to a couple of his teammates. The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Williams almost never made it this far, working a job making radiator parts for large trucks out of high school before giving football another try at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.

After starring at Coffeyville, Williams enrolled at North Carolina in time for spring practice and made an immediate impression.

"I think he'll make a huge impact," said offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper. "He has moves after moves."

Fellow defensive lineman Tydreke Powell said Williams impressed him with more than just his on-field talent. He also likes his off-field dedication.

One February Saturday morning, Powell got a call from Williams at 8 a.m. Powell suspected trouble. Turns out, Williams wanted a workout partner.

"He said, 'Let's go work. We can't be the best D-tackles in the country if we're not working,' " Powell recalled.

The two are now roommates, and along with ends Quinton Coples (10 sacks last year) and Donte Paige-Moss (seven sacks) comprise one of the best defensive lines in the country. And unlike last year, when the Tar Heels played without a slew of suspended players who violated NCAA rules, they shouldn't be short-handed.

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

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