ACC: Ted Brown
- USA Today will tell you who the moneymakers are in college athletics.
- Florida State and the ACC are in it for the long haul.
- Clemson freshman T.J. Green will get his first shot at playing wide receiver.
- Former Maryland receiver Kevin Dorsey talks about getting drafted by the Packers.
- Jerry Palm says Florida State is going to win the ACC.
- Nevin Shapiro's former CFO is backing him up.
- Former NC State running back Ted Brown will be recognized as one of the best in the game.
- Syracuse's introduction to the ACC's Atlantic Division won't be easy.
Never will that be more evident for the Boston College coach than now, as Eagles all-time leading rusher Montel Harris has been dismissed from the team for repeated violation of team rules. It is hard to replace a guy like Harris, who missed most of last season and almost all of this spring with a knee injury. His credentials:
- The ACC's leading rusher in 2010 and its preseason player of the year last season
- BC's all-time leader in rushing yards (3,735), carries (786) and 100-yard games (22), and third in school history in touchdowns (27)
- The conference's active leader in rushing yards and carries
- Within striking distance of the ACC career rushing yards record (NC State's Ted Brown — 4,602 yards from 1975-78)
Now BC is forced to move on without Harris, as it will turn to the trio of Andre Williams, Tahj Kimble and Rolandan Finch for more production.
Finch and Williams, entering their redshirt junior and junior seasons, respectively, are the elder statesmen of the group. Finch has carried the ball 185 times in his career for 839 yards and four touchdowns, with almost all of that production coming last season. With Williams and Kimble both missing most of the spring game with injuries, Finch rushed 27 times for 196 yards. The knock on him, however, has been ball security.
Williams has 978 career yards and six touchdowns on 219 carries. Kimble, entering his redshirt sophomore season, made strides this spring after 156 yards and a touchdown on 43 carries last season.
The responsibility for picking up the ground game is now on the shoulders of those three with one of the school's all-time greats officially out of the picture.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
There were a lot of responses from Wolfpack fans, and they seemed to agree on a select few names: Philip Rivers, Torry Holt, Ted Brown, Mario Williams and Roman Gabriel. As you know, that's one too many. The final debate was between Holt and Williams. Very tough call.
Here are a few comments from NC State faithful:
Michael in Charlotte wrote: Heather, for NC State's Mt. Rushmore how about these four? Philip Rivers, Torry Holt, Ted Brown and Mario Williams. Honorable mention for Lou Holtz, Bill Cowher and Roman Gabriel. GO PACK!!!
Jon in Raleigh wrote: Hey heather, if I could pick four iconic figures to represent Wolfpack football for this Mt. Rushmore project I would honestly have trouble deciding who would make the cut. However, when I think of wolfpack football I think of the "white shoes" defense in the 60's. I doubt that will make the cut so let's get to specific names. Ted Brown, Roman Gabriel, Phillip Rivers, and NC States first #1 overall draft pick "super" mario williams. You could also consider Jim Ritcher, Dick Christy, and Torry Holt to make the cut for honorable mention.
Michael in Lexington wrote: I think the Mt. Rushmore for NC State would have to be: Philip Rivers, Roman Gabriel, Torry Holt and Ted Brown
Mike, in Eden N.C. wrote: I think the Mt Rushmore of NC State Football should consist of; Roman Gabriel, Philip Rivers, Earle Edwards, and Jim Ritcher.
Patrick in Raleigh wrote: NC State Mount Rushmore 1) Philip Rivers (Shattered almost every ACC passing record, ACC athlete of the year in 2004, career Yards per pass attempt is best in college football history) 2) Roman Gabriel (Two-time all-american, first asian-american to start in NFL, held nearly evrery wolfpack passing record when he finished at state) 3) Torry Holt (Set ACC record for receptions, now broken, and yards; all-american) 4) Mario Williams (all-acc; SI.com all-american, first acc player to be chosen 1st overall in NFL draft) ...alright Heather I'll admit the case to put most of these on the All-ACC rushmore is weak but how can you argue against the greatest passer in the history of the league. He must be included. PHILIP FOR PREZ!!
The final verdict:
Philip Rivers -- Rivers, the 2003 ACC Player of the Year and a first-round NFL draft pick, started all 51 games at quarterback during his four years at NC State, an NCAA record. He finished his career as the second-leading passer in NCAA history with 13,494 career passing yards and 13,582 career yards of total offense. He finished tied for fifth in NCAA history with 95 career touchdown passes. During his senior season, Rivers led the nation with a 72.0 completion percentage and a 170.49 pass efficiency rating. He became the first quarterback in ACC history to throw for 3,000 yards in three different seasons.
Torry Holt -- Holt, an All-American wide receiver, set an ACC record with 3,379 career reception yards, and set Wolfpack career bests for receptions (191), touchdown receptions (31) and 100-yard receving games (14). His outstanding senior season led to him being named the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, and he was a finalist for the Biletnikoff. His jersey was retired in 1999.
Roman Gabriel -- He began his college career as a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive back as well as the quarterback. He led the NCAA in completion percentage with a school-record .604 in 1959. Gabriel threw for a then-school record 2,961 career passing yards, including 19 touchdowns. Gabriel was named ACC Player of the Year in 1960 and 1961 and was an Academic All-American in 1960. Gabriel was a first-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams.
Ted Brown -- He is regarded by many as the greatest running back to ever play for NC State. At 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, Brown rushed for a school and ACC record 4,602 yards from 1975-78. He scored 51 touchdowns during his career, which still leads the ACC. Brown finished his career ranked fourth on the NCAA's all-time rushing chart, trailing only Tony Dorsett, Archie Griffin and Ed Marinaro. He was a first-round draft pick of the Minnesota Vikings.