ACC: Justin Renfrow

The NFL draft concluded with 42 ACC players selected last weekend, and a slew more ended up signing free-agent deals in the days afterward.

Here’s a quick rundown of where the ACC’s undrafted free agents landed.

BOSTON COLLEGE
QB Chase Rettig, Green Bay Packers
OLB Kasim Edebali, New Orleans Saints
LB Steele Divitto, New York Jets
OT Ian White, San Diego Chargers
OT Matt Patchan, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DB Albert Louis-Jean, Chicago Bears

CLEMSON
K Chandler Catanzaro, Arizona Cardinals
G Tyler Shatley, Jacksonville Jaguars
LB Spencer Shuey, Jacksonville Jaguars
CB Darius Robinson, Buffalo Bills

DUKE
RB Juwan Thompson, Denver Broncos
DE Kenny Anunike, Denver Broncos

FLORIDA STATE
LB Christian Jones, Chicago Bears
RB James Wilder Jr., Cincinnati Bengals
WR Kenny Shaw, Cleveland Browns
FB Chad Abram, Detroit Lions
DT Demonte McAllister, Seattle Seahawks
DT Jacobbi McDaniel, Cleveland Browns

GEORGIA TECH
DT Euclid Cummings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Lou Young, Denver Broncos
DE Emmanuel Dieke, New York Giants

LOUISVILLE
DT Roy Philon, Pittsburgh Steelers
S Hakeem Smith, Tennessee Titans
DT Brandon Dunn, Chicago Bears
WR Damian Copeland, Jacksonville Jaguars

MIAMI
WR Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars
QB Stephen Morris, Jacksonville Jaguars
TE Asante Cleveland, San Francisco 49ers
DT Justin Renfrow, Arizona Cardinals
FB Maurice Hagens, Atlanta Falcons
S A.J. Highsmith, San Francisco 49ers
OG Jared Wheeler, Carolina Panthers
LB Jimmy Gaines, Buffalo Bills

NORTH CAROLINA
OT James Hurst, Baltimore Ravens
QB Bryn Renner, Denver Broncos

NC STATE
DE Carlos Gray, Green Bay Packers
TE Asa Watson, New England Patriots
DL Deylan Buntyn, New England Patriots

PITTSBURGH
P Matt Yoklic, Atlanta Falcons

SYRACUSE
CB Keon Lyn, Indianapolis Colts
CB Ri’Shard Anderson, Tennessee Titans
RB Jerome Smith, Atlanta Falcons

VIRGINIA
DE Jake Snyder, Minnesota Vikings

VIRGINIA TECH
DT Derrick Hopkins, Baltimore Ravens
LB Tariq Edwards, Miami Dolphins
WR D.J. Coles, Oakland Raiders
G Andrew Miller, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DE James Gayle, Tennessee Titans

WAKE FOREST
DT Nikita Whitlock, Cincinnati Bengals
LB Justin Jackson, Detroit Lions
LB Zach Thompson, New York Jets

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November, 20, 2013
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Happy Wednesday.

Miami season preview

August, 15, 2013
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Today we take a look at Miami, the preseason favorite to win its first Coastal Division title.

Miami Hurricanes

Coach: Al Golden (13-11 in two years at Miami; 40-45 in seven years overall)

2012 record: 7-5 (5-3 in ACC)

Key losses: RB Mike James, CB Brandon McGee, K Jake Wieclaw

Key returnees: QB Stephen Morris, RB Duke Johnson, LB Denzel Perryman

Newcomer to watch: LB Alex Figueroa. Figueroa turned some heads in the spring and continues to practice well in the fall. He was listed as one of the starting linebackers on the preseason camp depth chart.

Biggest games in 2013: vs. Florida, Sept. 7; at Florida State, Nov. 2; vs. Virginia Tech, Nov. 9

[+] EnlargeDuke Johnson
Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesStar RB Duke Johnson is a major reason why expectations are rising at Miami.
Biggest question mark heading into 2013: Defense. This has been a continuing storyline since last season, when the defense struggled week in and week out -- ranking No. 116 in the nation in total defense and No. 82 in scoring defense. The Hurricanes relied on a lot of freshmen and sophomores and had major injuries to contend with as well, which helps explain some of the below-average numbers. But Miami also was missing a feisty leader and aggressive defensive front, two hallmarks of the traditionally strong Hurricane defenses of the past.

Forecast: Experts seem to agree that this is the season for Miami to finally make it to the ACC title game, and perhaps back into the Top 25 on a weekly basis. The Hurricanes were the preseason choice to win the Coastal for two main reasons -- quarterback Stephen Morris and running back Duke Johnson return, and 20 starters are back from a year ago.

Johnson, who broke school freshmen records a year ago, is the best running back in the league; Morris is one of the best quarterbacks in the league; he set the school record for total offense. There is no better QB-RB duo in the league going into the season. Miami also has depth at receiver and returns its entire starting offensive line, a group that should be one of the best in the ACC as well. The questions with this team are not centered around the offense.

As discussed earlier, it is the defense that has all the question marks. First and foremost, will Miami be able to better establish itself up front? The Hurricanes simply could not get after the quarterback last year, and bumping up its sack numbers has been a major priority. Watch for tackle Curtis Porter, who is healthy and could have a major presence inside. Miami also signed transfers David Gilbert and Justin Renfrow from major FBS programs, hoping the two veteran linemen can help, especially with depth. The Hurricanes also have added junior college transfer Ufomba Kamalu, a pass-rush specialist. Posting 13 total sacks again is simply unacceptable.

There are still a lot of question marks in the secondary as well, though there is some promising young talent in guys like Tracy Howard and Deon Bush, still recovering from an injury. Miami only has one senior listed on its two-deep in the secondary -- safety A.J. Highsmith -- and there are no guarantees he will start. Bottom line: the Miami defense must be miles better for this team to live up to the growing expectations.

"We have a lot of guys coming back, so we better be better," Highsmith said. "We’ve put pressure on ourselves to take that step forward and to move on and we’ve got a lot of guys coming back, so there’s a lot of leadership there and a lot more experience, so we should be a lot better."

Weekend wrap: ACC 

August, 12, 2013
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As fall camps have begun across the Atlantic Coast Conference, most coaches and teams are focused on getting ready for their season openers.

Recruiting, though slow, is still going on. There are loose ends to tie up seemingly always, so multitasking is essential right now.

The Miami Hurricanes, with their close proximity to their recruiting base in South Florida, had the most going on over the weekend with transfers, commitments and visitors on campus.

Miami adds transfers

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Defensive line transfers David Gilbert (Wisconsin) and Justin Renfrow (Virginia) have been added to Miami's roster, the school announced Saturday. Junior college transfer Ufomba Kamalu, who signed with Miami in February, was also fully cleared to participate in practice.

Gilbert and Renfrow each have one year of eligibility remaining and are eligible to play in 2013. Gilbert, Renfrow and Kamalu all practiced on Saturday.

From the release:
Gilbert, a 2012 honorable mention All-Big Ten defensive lineman at Wisconsin, is slated to compete at the “rush” position for the 2013 Hurricanes defense. In April, Gilbert announced he would not return to the Wisconsin football team for the 2013 season due to recurring injuries in his right foot.

The 6-foot-4, 247-pound product from Coral Springs, Fla., recorded 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks in 14 games (13 starts) as a redshirt junior in 2012 for the Badgers, who lost in the Rose Bowl. His 2011 season was cut short after four games due to a season-ending foot injury. Over his final 18 games for the Badgers, Gilbert recorded 52 tackles, 13.0 tackles for a loss of 73 yards and 7.0 sacks for a total loss of 47 yards. Gilbert started 17 of his last 18 games for Wisconsin.

Gilbert was a member of three Wisconsin bowl teams – 2009 (Champs Sports Bowl), 2011 (Rose Bowl) and 2012 (Rose Bowl). In 42 career games with the Badgers, he tallied 79 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks.

Renfrow appeared in all 12 games for Virginia in 2012, making 11 tackles on the season. As a redshirt sophomore in 2011, he appeared six of the Cavaliers’ 13 games, seeing playing time against William & Mary, Indiana, North Carolina, Southern Miss and Maryland. In 2010, he saw limited action on defense in four games as a redshirt freshman for the Cavaliers.

Kamalu, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., signed with the Hurricanes in February out of Butler Community College in Kansas. As a sophomore at Butler in 2012, he recorded 54 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

ACC injury report: Week 8

October, 19, 2012
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Here are the ACC injury reports for Week 8 from the schools that emailed them:

CLEMSON

Out for the season
DUKE

Probable
Questionable
Out
Out for season


FLORIDA STATE


Out


Out for season
MARYLAND

Probable
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Out for season

MIAMI

Doubtful
Surgery/Out for season
NORTH CAROLINA

Out
NORTH CAROLINA STATE

Probable
VIRGINIA

Probable
Questionable


Out
Out for season
VIRGINIA TECH

Probable
Out
Out for season

ACC injury report: Week 7

October, 12, 2012
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Here are the ACC injury reports for Week 7 from the schools that emailed them:

DUKE

Probable
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
FLORIDA STATE

Out
Out for season
MARYLAND

Out for season
Out
Probable
MIAMI

Probable
Out
Surgery/Out for season
NORTH CAROLINA

Out
VIRGINIA

Out
Questionable
Probable
Out for season
VIRGINIA TECH

Out for season
Out
Doubtful

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