ACC: Keon Lyn

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

Injury impact: ACC

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It’s that time of year, when injuries can be devastating to a team and even change the outcome of a game. Here’s a look at which three teams in the ACC have been most affected by injuries this season:

1. NC STATE: The Pack lost starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell in the season opener when he broke his left foot. He is expected to return for Saturday’s game at Florida State, but the Pack has also been missing two key linemen in OT Rob Crisp, and DE Darryl Cato-Bishop. Safety Jarvis Byrd also suffered his third torn ACL of his career.

2. MARYLAND: The Terps took their biggest hit at FSU when quarterback C.J. Brown was sidelined with a concussion and missed the following game at Virginia, but they’ve also since lost their top two receivers in Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, and linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil and defensive back Dexter McDougle are also out for the season.

3. SYRACUSE: The Orange lost starting linebacker Dyshawn Davis to an ankle injury for the second half of the NC State game and last week’s game against Georgia Tech, defensive tackle John Raymon suffered a season-ending knee injury in the 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech, tailback George Morris II also missed last week with an injury, and three-year starting CB Keon Lyn is out for the season with a lower body injury. The Orange also lost kicker Ross Krautman in late September to a season-ending hip injury. The bye week comes at a good time for Cuse.

ACC lunchtime links

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Is tonight future-league member Louisville's toughest test of the season?
Syracuse cornerback Keon Lyn sustained a lower-body injury and will miss the rest of the season, the school announced on Monday. A three-year starter, Lyn has 89 career tackles, including five for a loss of 20 yards, three interceptions and two forced fumbles in his 37-game career. Through four games this season, Lyn has 16 tackles, including 14 solo.

Lyn was the team's top cornerback, and this will be a big blow to an already struggling defense. Cuse enters Saturday's game at NC State ranked No. 102 in the country in passing defense and No. 70 in scoring defense.

Syracuse season preview

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Let's check in on Syracuse to see what Year 1 in the ACC has in store.

Syracuse Orange

Coach: Scott Shafer (0-0, first year at Syracuse)

2012 record: 8-5

Key losses: QB Ryan Nassib, WR Alec Lemon, OT Justin Pugh, S Shamarko Thomas

Key returnees: RB Jerome Smith, C Macky MacPherson, LB Dyshawn Davis, LB Marquis Spruill

[+] EnlargeDrew Allen
Matthew Emmons/USA TODAY SportsQuarterback Drew Allen played behind Sam Bradford and Landry Jones at Oklahoma before transferring to Syracuse.
Newcomer to watch: QB Drew Allen. Will he win the starting quarterback job?

Biggest games in 2013: vs. Penn State, Aug. 31; at Northwestern, Sept. 7; Clemson, Oct. 5; Boston College, Nov. 30.

Biggest question mark heading into 2013: For the first time since 2010, Syracuse has some concern at the quarterback spot with dependable Ryan Nassib off to the NFL. The competition to win the starting job remains open, as Oklahoma transfer Drew Allen entered the mix when fall practice began. Terrel Hunt appeared to be the front-runner after spring practice. For now, Allen, Hunt and Charley Loeb are the top three fighting to win the starting job and keep the Orange offense rolling. John Kinder has been taken reps at receiver, so this appears to be a three-man race.

Forecast: This is a transition year in more ways than one for Syracuse. Not only are the Orange moving into a new conference -- playing unfamiliar teams up and down the schedule -- they have a first-year head coach, new coordinators and several key players they have to replace.

We already discussed quarterback. Of equal importance is finding go-to receivers to replace Alec Lemon and Marcus Sales. Plus, the Orange have to replace two starters on the offensive line, including first-round pick Justin Pugh at tackle. There was a noted difference in the way Syracuse ran the ball last year when Pugh returned to the lineup from an injury. With 1,000-yard rusher Jerome Smith returning to the backfield, along with Prince-Tyson Gulley and emerging George Morris II, the strength should be with the ground game. But if Syracuse cannot come together up front, then there may be struggles early on. They cannot afford for that to happen.

Defensively, Syracuse has to find a playmaker to replace safety Shamarko Thomas, who led the team with 88 tackles a year ago. The Orange also have to develop some depth up front, with only one proven player returning, Jay Bromley. Defensive line is an absolute concern headed into the season.

The strength of this unit should be with the linebackers, where Cameron Lynch is expected to join Marquis Spruill and Dyshawn Davis in the starting lineup. Davis led the team with 13 tackles for loss a year ago and should make a name for himself in his new league. Syracuse also returns three starters in the secondary -- ACC fans should watch for cornerback Keon Lyn, poised for his best season yet.

Syracuse has a pretty tough nonconference schedule again, with games against Penn State and Northwestern to open the season. Playing in the Atlantic Division is not going to be easy, either, as it takes a step up in level of competition playing in the ACC. There are too many question marks now to believe Syracuse has a realistic change of finishing in the top half of its division. But the Orange should be in position to make it back to another bowl game.

Syracuse Orange spring wrap

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SYRACUSE ORANGE

2012 record: 8-5
2012 conference record: 5-2 Big East (tied for first)
Returning starters: Offense: 5; Defense: 6; kicker/punter: 2

Top returners: C Macky MacPherson, TE Beckett Wales, RB Jerome Smith, NT Jay Bromley, LB Marquis Spruill, LB Dyshawn Davis, CB Keon Lyn, CB Ri’Shard Anderson, FS Jeremi Wilkes, PK Ross Krautman, P Jonathan Fisher

Key losses: WR Marcus Sales, WR Alec Lemon, QB Ryan Nassib, LG Zack Chibane, LT Justin Pugh, DE Markus Pierce-Brewster, DE Brandon Sharpe, DT Deon Goggins, LB Siriki Diabete, SS Shamarko Thomas

2012 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Smith* (1,171 yards)
Passing: Nassib (3,749)
Receiving: Lemon (1,070)
Tackles: Thomas (84)
Sacks: Sharpe (7)
Interceptions: Lyn* (3)

Spring answers:

1. Deep stable of running backs. Offensive coordinator George McDonald compared this group to the talent he saw while an assistant at Miami. It’s a good mix of experience, with a 1,000-yard rusher in Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley (617 yds), and youth, sophomores George Morris III, Ashton Broyld and Devante McFarlane.

2. Replacing Thomas by committee. It will take more than one player to compensate for the loss of the first-team All-Big East safety and team’s leading tackler. The good news is three starters return to the secondary, and there are plenty of options to see playing time, including juniors Ritchy Desir and Durell Eskridge at safety.

3. Familiarity on staff eased transition. Scott Shafer was Syracuse’s defensive coordinator for four years before he was promoted to head coach, and he surrounded himself with a staff that had worked together before at previous stops. Their familiarity with each other and their philosophies and personalities transferred to the players as everyone adjusted.

Fall questions:

1. Quarterbacks. The transfer of former Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen added even more competition to an already-wide open race for the top job. While some think Allen is the Answer, the position is still a question, as Charley Loeb, Terrel Hunt and John Kinder have more experience in the system and went through the spring in it.

2. Replacing receivers. Cuse lost the Big East’s best receiver in Alec Lemon, and veteran Macus Sales also has to be replaced. Senior Jarrod West (43 catches) had a good spring and leads a group of candidates including seniors Chris Clark and Adrian Flemming, juniors Keenan Hale, Jeremiah Kobena and Arkansas transfer Quinta Funderburk. “Yeah, Jarrod West had a good spring game and had a good spring,” Shafer said. “He did a nice job. Then we have a handful of kids that are in a fight. It's a good fight.”

3. Depth on the defensive line. Syracuse has to replace three of its starting front four, but it is also looking for an eight-man rotation up front. Competition for those will continue this summer to see who gets the most reps.

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