ACC: John Calhoun

Sixteen players from ACC schools were named Wednesday to the 2012 National Football Foundation Hampshire Society for their academic achievement.

The society is in its sixth year, and it honors those from all divisions of college football who maintained a minimum 3.2 GPA throughout their college careers.

Here's the list of ACC honorees:

DB Hampton Hughes (BC)
P Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson)
S Matt Daniels (Duke)
TE Cooper Helfet (Duke)
K Will Snyderwine (Duke)
CB Johnny Williams (Duke)
OT Zebrie Sanders (FSU)
RB Roddy Jones (Georgia Tech)
TE John Calhoun (Miami)
QB Spencer Whipple (Miami)
OT Mikel Overgaard (NC State)
K Robert Randolph (Virginia)
LS Collin Carroll (Virginia Tech)
WR Danny Coale (Virginia Tech)
TE Chris Drager (Virginia Tech)
OG Michael Hoag (Wake Forest)
Miami's running game was a strength on Saturday, and ACC fans should expect to see more of the same this fall as the Canes have one of the most talented and deepest groups of running backs in the ACC. Look for more short passes to the running backs this fall. About 3,000 fans were in attendance at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, Fla., to watch the two-hour session under first-year coach Al Golden:

Offensive highlights:
  • Five backs -- Mike James, Lamar Miller, Storm Johnson, Maurice Hagens and John Calhoun -- combined for 226 yards on 41 carries (5.5 yard per rush). James led all players with 124 total yards of offense (89 on the ground and 35 through the air) while Johnson and Miller finished with 94 and 67 total yards respectively.
  • Jacory Harris completed 14 of 21 passes for 120 yards and one touchdown.
  • Stephen Morris completed 7 of 13 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown.
  • Travis Benjamin had four catches for 49 yards and two carries for 26 yards.
Defensive highlights:
  • Senior linebacker Jordan Futch led the defense with nine total tackles and two sacks.
  • Sean Spence had eight tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks.
  • Junior defensive end Adewale Ojomo had the best day of any of the linemen with six tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks.
  • In the secondary, Vaughn Telemaque led the way with seven tackles and a pass deflection.
  • Travis Williams had seven tackles, two for loss, and one sack.
Quotable: "We have talent there; we have to find ways to get them the ball," Golden said of his running backs. "We have [offensive coordinator] Jedd [Fisch], who is really coaching the heck out of them and using them, and having the quarterbacks see them and know that they're part of the progression because it's easy yards. Obviously it's our job as coaches to put our best players in position to make plays and I think they did that today. ... Michael James is a really good football player ... I'm excited about him."

Al Golden sends message with depth chart

March, 4, 2011
Miami fans are going to do a triple-take when they look at Al Golden's spring depth chart, which was released Friday afternoon. Yes, Spencer Whipple is listed as the first-string quarterback.

That's not a typo.

This depth chart is less of an indication of what the Hurricanes' lineup will look like on Labor Day and more a reward for the players who worked the hardest this offseason. Golden has said all along that the players who worked the hardest in the offseason would be rewarded with spots at the top of the depth chart.

Apparently, he wasn't kidding.

Other notable changes:
  • Thomas Finnie, a true freshman who enrolled in January, is listed as a starting cornerback.
  • Seantrel Henderson is listed as the No. 2 left tackle, though Golden has said Henderson has increased the effort over the past week.
  • John Calhoun, who hasn't played a lot and has contributed mainly on special teams, is suddenly a starting tight end.
  • Golden sent a message to Tommy Streeter that four other receivers are working harder right now.
  • JoJo Nicolas, who moved from safety to corner, is already starting at corner.

Clemson-Miami injury reports

September, 30, 2010

Spencer Shuey, LB, shoulder, probable

David Smith, OG, high ankle sprain, Out



RB Graig Cooper - Lower Extremity


OL Malcolm Bunche - Lower Extremity

DL Curtis Porter - Lower Extremity

Surgery and Out for the Season

FB John Calhoun - Lower Extremity

LB Shayon Green - Upper Extremity

RB Darion Hall - Upper Extremity

DL Jeremy Lewis - Lower Extremity

LB Travis Williams - Lower Extremity

Miami injury report

September, 21, 2010
Here is Miami's injury report for Thursday night's game against Pitt:


OL Joel Figueroa – Upper Extremity

DL Luther Robinson – Lower Extremity

DL Marcus Robinson – Lower Extremity


RB Graig Cooper – Lower Extremity


OL Malcolm Bunche – Lower Extremity

LB Kelvin Cain - Dental

DB Lee Chambers – Upper Extremity

DL Curtis Porter – Lower Extremity

Surgery and Out for the Season

FB John Calhoun – Lower Extremity

LB Shayon Green – Upper Extremity

RB Darion Hall – Upper Extremity

DL Jeremy Lewis – Lower Extremity

LB Travis Williams – Lower Extremity

Week 2: Injury reports

September, 10, 2010
Here are the injury reports for this week, based on e-mails from the sports information directors that reported:

Notes: Duke had no injuries to report, and because UCF did not release an injury report, NC State didn't. Also, the Duke-Wake Forest game is sold out.


Brandon Maye, LB, knee, out

Kalon Davis, OT, back, out

Jarvis Jenkins, DT, knee, questionable

Miguel Chavis, DT, ankle, probable



LB Jordan Futch – Lower Extremity

OL Jermaine Johnson – Upper Extremity

DL Micanor Regis – Upper Extremity

DB Jamal Reid – Lower Extremity

DL Curtis Porter – Upper Extremity

DL Andrew Smith - Upper Extremity


RB Graig Cooper – Lower Extremity


LB Kevin Nelson – Upper Extremity

DL Luther Robinson – Lower Extremity

Surgery and Out for the Season

FB John Calhoun – Lower Extremity

RB Darion Hall – Lower Extremity

DL Jeremy Lewis – Lower Extremity

LB Travis Williams – Lower Extremity


Xavier Boyce (knee)
Chris Drager (knee)
Barquell Rivers (quad)
Lorenzo Williams (foot - season)

Miami injury report

August, 31, 2010
Here is Miami's (vague) injury report for Thursday's game against Florida A&M, and the Canes also releasedtheir depth chart (no big surprises):


OL Jermaine Johnson -- Upper Extremity

DL Micanor Regis -- Upper Extremity

DB Jamal Reid -- Lower Extremity


LB Jordan Futch -- Lower Extremity

DL Andrew Smith -- Upper Extremity


OL Jermaine Barton -- Lower Extremity

FB John Calhoun -- Lower Extremity

LB Kevin Nelson -- Upper Extremity

LB Travis Williams -- Lower Extremity

Scrimmage updates

March, 28, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Here's a quick wrap-up from scrimmages around the ACC today. The information is from each school's sports information director:


Running backs Jamie Harper, Andre Ellington, Rendrick Taylor and Ronald Watson Jr. combined for 200 yards rushing on 36 carries and quarterbacks Willy Korn and Kyle Parker combined to throw five touchdown passes during a two-and-a-half hour scrimmage at Clemson Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning.

It was the first stadium scrimmage for Clemson. The spring game will be held on April 11 at 1 p.m.

"The offense scored two touchdowns on the first two possessions on 70-yard drives, but the defense came back later in the scrimmage," coach Dabo Swinney said. "The defense had the upper hand in most of our practices up until today, so it was good to see the offense have strong performance today. Overall I was pleased with the effort, but we still have a lot to work on."

Swinney singled out some performances after the scrimmage.

"I thought both quarterbacks played well today. Willy Korn and Kyle Parker both managed the offense in difficult weather conditions and made some plays. I don't know who our starting quarterback will be in the opener, but I am confident we will have a talented player under center.

"The running backs played well. Rendrick Taylor had a good day running the ball. He is going to help us. He really ran hard and broke some tackles. I have been looking for a wide receiver to step up and make a play and Marquan Jones did that with a touchdown catch on the first possession. Marcus Gilchrist made an outstanding play on an interception late in the scrimmage."

Korn completed 4 of 9 passes for 42 yards, but two went for touchdowns, a 28-yard score to Jones and a 3-yard pass to Michael Palmer in a goal-line situation.

Parker completed 5 of 12 passes for 87 yards and three touchdowns. Two of his scores went to fullback Chad Diehl, one of 43 yards on a swing pass on the sidelines, and one on a 4-yard score. He also threw a 14-yard scoring pass to freshman tight end Dwayne Allen. Michael Wade was 4 of 11 for 35 yards through the air in the difficult weather conditions.

Jamie Harper led the running backs with 11 rushes for 57 yards. He scored on a 25-yard run during the regular part of the scrimmage and scored three times from the 1 on fourth-and-goal situations at the conclusion of the scrimmage.

The top receiver was Diehl with two catches for 47 yards. Jones had 2 for 27 and freshman Jaron Brown had 2 for 13 yards and added an 11-yard run on a reverse.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Tig Willard was the top tackler with seven, while Jamie Cumbie and DeAndre McDaniel had six apiece. Andre Branch had four tackles including two for loss, one a sack. Coty Sensabaugh had two pass deflections, Tarik Rollins had a fumble recovery and Marcus Gilchrist had an interception.


Quarterbacks Thaddeus Lewis and Sean Renfree combined to complete 17 of 29 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown to highlight Duke's 50-play football scrimmage on Saturday morning at Brooks Field.

"We had a lot of intensity today," coach David Cutcliffe said. "Thad Lewis and Sean Renfree were both very, very efficient. I was disappointed that we dropped the football in the passing game. Thad made some unbelievable throws. It's disappointing because we would have thought, as a staff, that we're further along. I thought the defense tackled well. I was really proud of our defensive front. The play along the line of scrimmage was crisp. It looked like real football.

"What a difference a year makes. A year ago I would go back into my office, take about an hour shower to recover emotionally, and today I think I can be a little normal. It did look like football out here."

Lewis was 10-of-20 through the air for 109 yards including a 42-yard touchdown to Donovan Varner. Renfree completed 7 of 9 throws for 39 yards. Running back Cameron Jones led all receivers with five catches for 31 yards.

Patrick Kurunwune led with 23 yards on seven attempts including a 1-yard touchdown plunge.

"We'll look at the tape," said Cutcliffe. "It's never as good as you think and never as bad as you think. We'll learn from it."


There were four, 10-minute running quarters. The offense scored 51 points, the defense scored three.


First downs: 17 (6 rushing, 11 passing, 2 penalties)

Rushing: (33 attempts, 158 gained, 27 lost, 131 total)

Passing: (38 attempts, 26 completions, 275 yards, 1 INT)

Offensive plays: (71)

Net yards: (406, 5.7 avg)

Return yards: (25)

Fumbles-lost: (1-0)

Interceptions: (1-25)


RUSHING: Damien Berry 14-114, 1 TD, 54 long; Mike James 6-14, 1 TD,

PASSING: Jacory Harris 9-16, 141 yards, 1 INT, Long 33; Taylor Cook 11-14, 103, 34 long; Cannon Smith 6-8-, 31, 1 TD, 8 long.

RECEIVING: Thearon Collier 5-65, long 26; Aldarius Johnson 4-23, long 8; John Calhoun 3-13, 1 TD, long 5;

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS (Solo Tackles-Assisted-Total): Chavez Grant 3-2-5, 1 PBU; JoJo Nicholas 0-4-4; Kylan Robinson 1-3-4; Jordan Futch 1-2-3, 1 TFL, 1 PBU; Sean Spence 2-1-3, 1 TFL; Olivier Vernon 2-2-4, 1 sack (-5); Brandon Harris 3-1-4, 1 TFL, 1 PBU

FIELD GOALS: Jake Wieclaw 1-2 (made 41, miss 22)

INTERCEPTIONS: Randy Phillips 1-25

FUMBLES/LOST: Graig Cooper 1-0


Jamal Womble -- 7 carries, 50 yards
Shaun Draughn -- 6 carries, 8 yards, 1 TD
Ryan Houston -- 5 carries, 16 yards

Mike Paulus -- 12 for 15, 51 yards
T.J. Yates -- 5 for 8, 96 yards
Braden Hanson -- 6 for 7, 55 yards, 1 TD

Dwight Jones -- 3 for 61 yards
Joshua Adams -- 3 for 20 yards
Womble - 3 for 12 yards

Herman Davidson (LB) -- 6 tackles
Dion Guy (LB) -- 4 tackles
Kennedy Tinsley (LB) -- 4 tackles

Miami freshmen's playing time

July, 28, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

 Marc Serota/Getty Images
 Freshmen may play a larger role for the Hurricanes this season than Randy Shannon is letting on.

You would think this past spring was an indicator of Miami's freshmen being able to make an immediate impact. Linebacker Arthur Brown had a team-high eight tackles and an interception in the spring game, Sean Spence had two interceptions, and the young quarterbacks played well.

Still, coach Randy Shannon put a halt to the hype at last week's ACC football kickoff during an exchange with a reporter (not me).

It went like this:

Shannon: "I don't think they'll be playing substantially. Boy, y'all come up with some good ones."

Reporter: "They were playing well this spring."

Shannon: "So they're going to play in your opinion?"

Reporter: "I think so."

Shannon: "They're doing well. They helped out. With these guys coming in in January helped out a lot. We're very excited about them, from Sean Spence to Marcus Forston, Aldarius Johnson, to John Calhoun ... it was good for those guys to come in, get the system down, time management."

Was Shannon just messing around with this guy? Possibly.

Will more true freshmen play than Shannon has revealed? Probably. 

Especially considering that aside from redshirt freshman Robert Marve, it's the only other option at quarterback.

If any other rookies play, you'll at least be able to recognize them by their jerseys this season.

Shannon said the players have earned the right to have their names returned to the back of their jerseys.

"They're doing everything they had to get done after the season," he said. "They started back in the weight room right after the loss to Boston College. They take more of an attitude of, 'We gotta get focused, we gotta get what we're all about at Miami,' and they've been doing it."

Freshmen included.