ACC: Paul Asack

Duke's Snyderwine questionable for Saturday

September, 14, 2011
Duke kicker Will Snyderwine was named to the preseason Lou Groza Award watch list. Last year he was a first-team All-American selection by the American Football Coaches Association. His field goal range extends to 60 yards. He entered this season statistically as one of the best kickers in the country.

This season? He's off to a miserable, uncharacteristic 0-for-4 start.

He didn't suddenly get bad.

He's hurt.

Snyderwine injured his ankle this past summer and he reaggravated it during the onside kick last weekend against Stanford. Now he's questionable for Saturday's game at Boston College.

“We’re trying to get Will healthy," coach David Cutcliffe said. "He did injure himself back during camp. We held him out of kicking for a while. He’s a solid person. He’s not suddenly a bad kicker, and he’s not got that many bad habits right now. But, let’s get him well. Whether he’s well enough to kick Saturday I don’t know. So we will go in with the option, if he’s not available, to kick Jeffrey Ijjas or Paul Asack. Right now, Asack will handle for sure all kickoff duties.”

Famous fathers in the ACC

June, 18, 2010
On Monday, NC State quarterback Russell Wilson buried his father. Our thoughts and prayers are with him this weekend as our fathers are celebrated. Wilson’s father, Harrison, died on Friday after a long illness, but at his funeral, his son remembered fondly what an impact he had on his athletic career. Russell’s father played football at Dartmouth and then made it to the last cut for the San Diego Chargers AFTER completing his law degree.

According to school spokesman Annabelle Myers, Russell and his brother spoke at the funeral and told countless stories about their dad waking them to throw baseballs to them, and how the three of them would go out and one would play quarterback, one would play wide receiver, and one would play running back.

These are the moments and memories our dads deserve a big thanks for this weekend. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a look at some of the ACC’s ‘Famous Fathers,’ and the players who share their legacies. Thanks to the sports information directors in the league and Mike Finn in the Greensboro office for making this post possible:

  • Redshirt freshman defensive end Max Holloway’s father (Brian) played 10 seasons in the NFL (with Patriots and Raiders). His maternal grandfather, Johnny McKenzie, played 19 seasons in the NHL, winning two Stanley Cups with the Boston Bruins.
  • Junior wide receiver Chris Fox’s father (Tim) was an All-American at Ohio State under Woody Hayes and played 10 years in the NFL (with the Patriots, Chargers and Rams).
  • Redshirt freshman wide receiver Hampton Hughes’ father played for six years for the Dallas Cowboys.
  • Junior linebacker Mike Morrissey’s father (Jim) played nine seasons in the NFL for Chicago and Green Bay.
  • QB Mike Wade, LB Chris Richardson and Landon Walker: Their fathers, Mike Wade Sr., Chuckie Richardson and Gary Walker, played on the national championship team in 1981.
  • Kicker Paul Asack’s father Phil Asack was a 1971 Duke graduate who lettered for three seasons before joining the San Diego Chargers.
  • Redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Conor Irwin’s father Tim Irwin played football at the University of Tennessee and in the NFL from 1981-94 with the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins. As an aside, his uncle, King Irwin, played football at Georgia Tech.
  • Wide receiver Matt Pridemore’s father Tom Pridemore played at West Virginia and for the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Receiver Brandon Braxton’s father David Braxton played for the Minnesota Vikings, Phoenix Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals.
  • QB Christian Ponder's father, David, was a defensive lineman at FSU from 1980-83.
  • Redshirt freshman defensive end Dan Hicks’ father is former FSU standout and NFL veteran Dan Footman.
  • Incoming freshman linebacker Christian Jones’ father, Willie Jones Sr., was a standout defensive end for the Seminoles (1975-78) and a second-round draft choice of the Oakland Raiders in 1980 and returned to FSU as a graduate assistant football coach in 1988.
  • Quarterback Clint Trickett, who enrolled as a freshman in January and took part in spring practice, is the son of FSU assistant head coach/offensive line coach Rick Trickett. Travis Trickett, another son who has been a videographer in the FSU football program, will be the graduate assistant on offense this season.
  • Junior safety Cooper Taylor’s father, JimBob Taylor, played quarterback at Tech.
  • Senior wide receiver Kevin Cone’s dad, Ronnie, played running back at Tech.
  • Senior running back Lucas Cox’s brother, Michael, was a three-year starter at fullback for Tech and now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Defensive lineman Joe Vellano’s father, Paul, played for Maryland (1971-73). He was an All-American defensive lineman in 1972 and All-ACC in 1972-73.
  • Defensive back Austin Walker and defensive lineman Alex Walker are the sons of Doc Walker, who starred at UCLA from 1974-77 before being drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals. He also started at tight end from 1980-85 for the Washington Redskins, playing for the 1982 Super Bowl championship team. Their father is currently a local sports-talk radio host for Sportstalk 980 and also covers ACC football for Raycom television.
  • Running back Davin Meggett’s father, Dave, played in the NFL for three different teams -- the New York Giants (1989-1994), the New England Patriots (1995-1997) and the New York Jets (1998).
  • Backup quarterback A.J. Highsmith’s father, Alonzo Highsmith, and running back Damien Berry’s father, Kenny Berry, played for Miami. Highsmith played at Miami from 1983-86 and in the NFL for seven years. Berry was at Miami from 1987-89.
  • Backup quarterback Spencer Whipple is the son of assistant head coach and offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.
  • Punter C.J. Feagles’s father, Jeff, is currently the New York Giants punter and has played 21 seasons in the NFL.
  • Backup quarterback Bryn Renner’s father, Bill, was a punter at Virginia Tech and for the Green Bay Packers.
  • Offensive tackle Brennan Williams’ father, Brent, played in the NFL from 1986-93 with the Patriots, Seahawks and Jets.
  • Linebacker Shane Mularkey’s father, Mike, is the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons.
  • R.J. Mattes' father, Ron, played at Virginia, where as a senior in 1984 he was an all-ACC defensive tackle for George Welsh. He also played offensive tackle in the NFL for the Seahawks, the Bears and the Colts. He is now coaching at Virginia as offensive line coach.
  • Wide receiver Jared Green is the son of Darrell Green, who was a standout cornerback for the Washington Redskins and a 2008 inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jared gave his father’s induction speech at the ceremony.
  • Cornerback Chase Minnifield is the son of Frank Minnifield, a Pro Bowl cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, playing from 1984-92.
  • Zac Evans is the son of George Evans, who was a starter on the Hokies’ offensive line and lettered from 1979-82.
  • Kenny Lewis, Jr., is the son of Kenny Lewis, Sr., a standout running back for the Hokies who is enshrined in the Tech Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Beau Warren’s father, Donnie Warren, played 14 years in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
  • Freshman linebacker Chase Williams, who entered school in January, is the son of Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints.
  • Linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow is the son of Kurt Gouveia, who was also a starter for the Redskins.
  • Wiley Brown’s father, Chuck Brown was deemed the Godfather of GoGo music.
  • Quarterback Brendan Cross is the son of former 49ers center Randy Cross.
  • Linebacker Joey Ehrmann is the son of Joe Ehrmann, who played for the Colts and Lions.
  • Center Chance Raines’ father, Mike, was an All-American at Alabama under Bear Bryant.
  • Quarterback Ted Stachitas’ father, Len, is vice president of the National Football Foundation and the executive director of the NFF’s Play It Smart Program, a highly successful youth development program.

You should read this

August, 20, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

If it weren't for the headline, how else would I get you to read that Duke has named its starting placekicker?

Nick Maggio is the Blue Devils' man.

Oh stop, every team needs a placekicker.

Maggio beat senior Joe Surgan, sophomore Will Snyderwine and freshman Paul Asack for the job.

"Nick Maggio, right now, unless something different happens, will be our starting placekicker, particularly anything with extra points or medium to close field goal range," Cutcliffe said in a statement released by the school. "Throughout practice (Maggio's percentage) has been really good. He's in the 85-percent range. You can live with that in field goal range, and he's 100 percent with extra points. Anything of any great distance, we'd certainly go back in there with Joe."

Cutcliffe said Maggio's range extends about 45 yards.

"Maggio has made a couple of 47, 48-yarders, so 45 yards and in, I'm thinking him," Cutcliffe said. "Yesterday, Joe made one from 53 that would have been good from 63. He's a guy that has unusual ability. We've got a guy who's truly a long-range field goal kicker. Joe Surgan will be our kickoff man."

In 2007, Maggio made two-of-five field goal attempts and was successful on all 13 of his extra point tries.

Cutcliffe also said Kevin Jones would handle the punting duties and Chris Shannon will be the long snapper on both punt and placement kicks.

Cutcliffe vows to get kicking game squared away

August, 15, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

DURHAM, N.C. -- If there's one thing still lingering that has Duke coach David Cutcliffe a little worried, it's that his placekicking job has not been won yet.

Joe Surgan, Nick Maggio, Will Snyderwine and Paul Asack are all still competing for it.

"You can't win in this league without the ability to kick field goals and be perfect on your extra points," Cutcliffe said. "We haven't been able to do either one of them. I hate to tell our fans that, they'll be discouraged because they've lived with that for quite some time, and my job is to fix it, and we'll get it fixed before we start."

Suddenly, that's just two weeks away.

Duke position battles

July, 10, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich 

Each day I've been breaking down the position battles to watch this summer, and Duke happened to fall today, which is good because the focus is on the Coastal Division. Here's a look at the spots still up for grabs in Durham:

*Joe Surgan -- A senior who started in 2005 & 2006, but lost the job midway through 2007.

* Nick Maggio -- The sophomore who won Surgan's job.
* Paul Asack -- True freshman and backup quarterback Zack Asack's brother.
* Will Snyderwine -- He's a sophomore walk-on who didn't play last year, but has a heckuva last name for a kicker.

Catron Gainey -- Junior who started three games in 2007. He was listed as the starter following spring practice.
Adrian Aye-Darko -- Senior who started 20 career games including 9-of-12 in 2007. He has 122 career tackles.

Wesley Oglesby -- Sophomore who started 10 games in 2007 and was listed as the starter following spring practice.
Greg Akinbiyi -- Senior who started 7 games last year opposite of Oglesby.

Sheldon Bell -- Redshirt sophomore who was listed as the starter following spring practice, but will have some competition from sophomore Austin Kelly.

Want to know how quickly David Cutcliffe can elevate this program? Check back later - I asked him.