ACC: Tyler Cierski

ACC injury reports: Week 3

September, 14, 2012
Here are the injury reports from the schools who emailed them this week:






  • Billy Schautz (lower extremity)

Out for Season

Week 5: Did you know?

September, 30, 2011
Thanks again to the sports information directors throughout the league for this week’s nifty notes:

ACC: The ACC leads all conferences with 24 scoring plays of 60 or more yards. ACC teams have 21 touchdowns of 60 or more yards on offense, including 15 passes and six running plays to go with two defensive returns and one on special teams. The Southeastern Conference is second (23) followed by the Pac-12 (21). Georgia Tech leads all ACC teams in 60+ scoring plays with eight, all of them on offense. NC State is next with five, followed by Clemson (4) and North Carolina (2), and Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest with one each. – Mike Finn

BOSTON COLLEGE: Since joining the ACC in 2005, BC is 33-10 at Alumni Stadium. The Eagles are 17-7 in ACC home games. – BC game notes

CLEMSON: After defeating ranked opponents Auburn and Florida State, a win over Virginia Tech on Saturday would make Clemson the first school in ACC history to beat top-20 opponents three weeks in a row. Georgia Tech (1959) and Virginia Tech (2002) have done it, but they were not ACC teams at the time. – Tim Bourret

DUKE: Duke’s six running backs have combined for 810 career touches with only three lost fumbles. The six backs have tallied 596 combined rush attempts, caught 119 passes and returned 89 kickoffs while putting the ball on the ground just 10 total times. – Duke game notes

FLORIDA STATE: Florida State tailback Chris Thompson was the only non-quarterback to register a carry in the Seminoles’ 35-30 loss at Clemson. Thompson carried the ball 11 times for 36 yards against the Tigers, including a handful of snaps from the Wildcat formation. He is the first FSU player to get every rush in a game -- excluding quarterbacks -- dating to the 1956 season. – Bob Thomas

GEORGIA TECH: Georgia Tech, which leads the nation in scoring offense (53.3 ppg), has scored 213 points through four games. The only other team in ACC history to score 200 points in the first four games of the season was Florida State in 1995. The Yellow Jackets have outscored opponents 67-7 in the third quarter. – Dean Buchan

MARYLAND: There are 18 freshmen listed on Maryland’s two-deep depth chart this week, which is tied for the most in the ACC with Boston College and Clemson. The Terps also have three spots where a freshman is listed first on the depth chart: FB Tyler Cierski, DE Keith Bowers, and S Titus Till. In all, six of the first-year players on the depth chart are true freshmen. – Shawn Nestor

MIAMI: Lamar Miller has rushed for more than 1,000 career yards in just the 14th game of his career. Miller collected 646 yards in 2010 and added 106 yards in the game against K-State. In just 13 career games, only Clinton Portis reached the 1,000-yard plateau faster than Miller, as he recorded his 1,000th yard with a 14-yard performance against Louisiana Tech in 2000. – Miami game notes

NORTH CAROLINA: Redshirt freshman tailback Giovani Bernard has scored six rushing touchdowns through four games. Last season, Johnny White led the team with seven rushing touchdowns. – UNC game notes

NC STATE: NC State coach Tom O’Brien has only coached against Paul Johnson twice when they both were head coaches. His Boston College team met Johnson’s Navy squad in 2002 and 2006, with BC winning both games. – NC State game notes

VIRGINIA: Virginia senior receiver Kris Burd is coming off a career-high nine catches against Southern Miss. Burd enters Saturday’s game against Idaho No. 10 on the career yardage list with 1,527 yards and is seventh on the all-time catches list with 118. Burd owes a lot of his inspiration to his older brother, Nick. In 2005, Nick was injured in a car accident. He survived, but the broken neck he suffered left him a quadriplegic. A former standout basketball player at Matoaca High School with hopes of eventually playing at VMI, Nick found himself in a wheelchair for life. And Kris found himself an inspiration. “I tell him all the time that I’m doing this for him,” Burd said. “I know his athletic career is over due to his accident and I know that he’s living his athletic career through me. Every time that I step on the field and I get a chance to really do something physical on the field or in a sport, I make sure that I go all out because I know he can’t do it anymore.” – Jim Daves

VIRGINIA TECH: Saturday’s game against Clemson will be coach Frank Beamer’s 300th at his alma mater. Now in his 25th season, he will head into the game with a record of 202-95-2. Ironically, his first game as the Tech head coach came against Clemson in 1987. His 100th game came against Temple in 1995 and his 200th game came in 2003 against Virginia. – Bryan Johnston

WAKE FOREST: Receiver Chris Givens has set the school record for the most receiving yards through the first three games of a season. Givens has 366 yards including game totals of 170 yards versus Syracuse, 111 versus NC State and 85 versus Gardner-Webb. The previous three-game high was 304 yards by Ricky Proehl in 1988. – Steve Shutt

Maryland spring wrap

May, 5, 2011
2010 overall record: 9-4

2010 conference record: 5-3

Returning starters

Offense: 7, defense: 7, punter/kicker 0

Top returners

QB Danny O’Brien, RB Davin Meggett, WR Kerry Boykins, WR Kevin Dorsey, DT Joe Vellano, LB Kenny Tate, LB Demetrius Hartsfield, DT A.J. Francis, CB Cameron Chism

Key losses

WR Torrey Smith, WR Adrian Cannon, RB Da’Rel Scott, LB Alex Wujciak, LB Adrian Moten, SS Antwine Perez, P/PK Travis Baltz

2010 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Meggett* (720 yards)

Passing: O’Brien* (2,438 yds)

Receiving: Smith (1,055 yds)

Tackles: Wujciak (117)

Sacks: Tate* (3.5)

Interceptions: Moten (4)

Spring answers

1. Receivers answering the call. Maryland lost its top two receivers from 2010, but three emerged as potential go-to players this spring. Ronnie Tyler, Kerry Boykins and Kevin Dorsey were the lead candidates to become O’Brien’s favorite target this fall, and Quintin McCree, who has missed the Tuesday and Thursday practices for study hall, is the leading returner with 16 catches. None of them have been in a starting role before, but all of them proved to be capable hands this spring.

2. A 'general' consensus. Some players within the program have nicknamed first-year coach Randy Edsall "the general" for his strict rules and high expectations, but they seem to have bought in. Overall, the team has adjusted well to the staff changes and embraced the new regime, its style, schemes and philosophies. Edsall has banned hats, earrings and do-rags in the football building, and facial hair must be neatly trimmed.

3. Kenny Tate’s move a good one. The biggest position change of the spring was Tate from safety to linebacker, and Tate showed this spring it was a good move -- especially following the departures of veterans Adrian Moten and Alex Wujciak. Tate adjusted well to the “star” position, a cross between strong safety and outside linebacker. The move also indicated the staff is confident in Eric Franklin and Matt Robinson as the starting safeties.

Fall questions

1. What will this team’s identity be? The players spent this spring learning new schemes and terminology, much of which has been kept under wraps by Edsall. O’Brien has said the offense will be more up-tempo, and has made every effort to study and learn the system this spring, but executing it in games remains a question. The defense also made a transition under first-year coordinator Todd Bradford.

2. Can the offensive line stay healthy? It’s been an injury-prone group the past two seasons and this spring wasn’t much different. Left tackle Justin Gilbert, one of the top linemen on the team, reinjured the same knee he had ACL surgery on and will be out until October. R.J. Dill was also injured this spring, though he played in the spring game, and Justin Lewis was rehabbing from offseason surgery. Pete White also missed practices, so the group needs to solidify the two-deep roster.

3. Who will be the starting fullback? Taylor Watson decided this spring to graduate and leave the team, leaving Rahsaan Moore and Haroon Brown as the lead candidates. True freshman Tyler Cierski, rated the No. 2 fullback in his class by ESPN Recruiting, should add to the competition this summer.