Tag:ACC
Posted on: October 22, 2010 11:02 am
Edited on: October 22, 2010 11:12 am
 

Maryland OL breaks legs in scooter accident

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Maryland will be without its starting right tackle Pete DeSouza when they head to Boston College this weekend, and could be without him even longer following an accident he was in on Thursday night.  DeSouza was riding around campus on his scooter when another motorist turned left in front of him and he collided with the car.

The accident happened on Union Lane, between the student union and Cole Field House about 9 p.m., said Capt. Mark Limansky, a spokesman for the school's department of public safety.

Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County fire department, said the victim, whom he did not identify, suffered serious injuries to the "lower extremities."

The driver of the car was not injured, Limansky said. The cause of the crash is being investigated.


The driver was also issued a citation.

What exactly the serious injuries to DeSouza's lower extremities are, we don't know.  Though they don't sound like the kind of injuries that he'll be able to recover from soon, so odds are that DeSouza is going to miss more than just one game.

Update: Well, we now know the extent of DeSouza's injuries, and he's going to be missing a lot more than just this weekend's game.  Turns out DeSouza has broken both of his legs, and is going to miss the rest of the season.  The good news is he's expected to make a complete recovery.
Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 5:49 pm
 

The hits keep coming for UNC

Posted by Tom Fornelli

You're a good man, Charles Brown, but you won't be playing football for North Carolina this year.  That's according to a release from the school on Wednesday saying that Brown, who hasn't played at all this season after starting 13 games last year, will miss the remainder of the season thanks to that NCAA investigation.

Brown's teammate and fellow cornerback, senior Kendric Burney, won't be out for the rest of the season, but he won't be back in time for Saturday's game against Miami either.  Burney, like Brown and seemingly 500 other North Carolina players, has been held out due to an NCAA suspension thanks to the ongoing investigation.  He was originally expected back from suspension this week, but according to the school, an ongoing review of his status is yet to be resolved.

I tell you, basketball season can't get here soon enough for folks in Chapel Hill.

Posted on: October 20, 2010 5:11 pm
 

Miami's former 5-star recruit leaves team

Posted by Chip Patterson

When highly touted recruit Latwan Anderson signed with the Miami Hurricanes, the two-sport athlete had dreams of making year-round headlines.  Following in the steps of the Corey Nelms and current Washington Redskin Santana Moss, Anderson came to Miami with plans of running track and playing football.  Despite being ranked as the second-best safety in the nation and a five-star recruit by many national sites, Anderson took a track scholarship and walked on the football team.

Anderson, reportedly upset with a lack of playing time, has decided to leave the football team and practice with the rest of the track squad.  He was an Ohio state champion in multiple outdoor events and ranked 12th nationally in the indoor 55-meter dash.  Anderson is clearly a talent on the track, but he is also one that head coach Randy Shannon could have used in the secondary in years to come.  Wonder what Shannon thinks about it?  I submit to you his quotes:
When asked after practice Wednesday if there was a possibility Anderson might return for spring football, Shannon said, "I don't know. He's in track. Spring is when track comes in so he's on track scholarship. They're paying his bills so that's track. He'll be in full-time track until the season is over.''

Why did he leave football practices?

"To concentrate on track,'' Shannon said. "Track is paying his bills.''

Is there a possibility he might transfer, or are you concerned about that?

"He's on track," Shannon said.
I didn't happen to see video of the post-practice comments.  But I imagine that this was a perfect example of the "Randy Shannon face."



Ahhhh. The stoic, emotionless Randy Shannon Face.  Never change Randy, never change.

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Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:41 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2010 6:59 pm
 

Midseason Report: ACC

Posted by Chip Patterson

The Midseason Report separates the contenders from the pretenders in each conference race.  The Seminoles and Hokies are leading the way in the ACC for now, but the conference race is wide open should one of them drop a game.  Quite frankly, with the way the ACC has been this year, we're counting on that happening at least once.

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Florida State (4-0)(6-1) - The Seminoles are back in their familiar place atop the ACC, but their inconsistent gives reason for concern in Tallahassee. While their 45-17 rout of the Hurricanes in Coral Gables showed off a stellar defense and smash-mouth running game, they followed that by squeaking out a 24-19 win at home against Boston College.  Florida State, particularly quarterback Christian Ponder, could not seem to take care of the ball against the Eagles.  Ponder's three interceptions nearly equaled his total for the season coming into the game, and for the first time this year there were murmurs from FSU fans about benching the preseason ACC POY candidate.  Regardless, the Seminoles are undefeated in conference play, and they really have one big hurdle left on the schedule.  A win against N.C. State on Thursday night in Raleigh could give the kind of separation in the division to lock up the division barring a complete meltdown.  Of course, we can never rule that out.

North Carolina State (2-1)(5-2) - Two losses in the last three games have calmed some of the buzz around the Wolfpack, but they are still just as much in the ACC title hunt as they have been all season.  Russell Wilson has looked far more human than usual, throwing eight interceptions in those three games, but that will likely change when the Seminoles visit on Thursday night next week.  Wilson has a history of stepping up in big games, and none will be bigger than Florida State.  Not only would a win close the gap, but it would give the Wolfpack the advantage in the event of a tiebreaker.  Additionally, it would only leave trips to Clemson and North Carolina as their greatest challenges.  While those are both far from guaranteed, they are winnable games for this year's squad.
 
Maryland (1-1)(4-2)/Clemson (1-2)(3-3) - For the most part, the ACC Atlantic is a two-headed race for now.  But should either/both of the teams slip, the Terrapins and Tigers will be hoping for a chance to contend.  Clemson faces an issue of already picking up their second conference loss with N.C. State and Florida State still left on the schedule.  Their best chance to make it interesting is for the Seminoles to lose in Raleigh, and for the Tigers to run the table in the conference.  The problem with the Terrapins is that they are not a very good football team.  "Fluke" does not accurately describe a scenario that puts them in the conference championship game.  "Anomaly" is more appropriate.  

COASTAL DIVISION

Virginia Tech (3-0)(5-2) - The nation may have forgotten about the Hokies after Week 2, but head coach Frank Beamer clearly did not.  Since the upset loss to James Madison, the Hokies have gone 5-0 and are averaging a 21.4 point margin of victory in those games.  Sophomore David Wilson has exploded in Ryan Williams' absence, and Tyrod Taylor has been given the keys to the offense with at least 240 yards of total offense in the last four games.  Their road to Charlotte is not obstacle free, but no one in the Coastal has an easy ride from here.  The Hokies still have trips to North Carolina and Miami, but get the Yellow Jackets at home on a Thursday night.  With "Enter Sandman" blaring and Lane Stadium on their feet for the primetime showdown, I have a hard time seeing the Jackets pulling the upset.

Georgia Tech (3-1)(5-2) - Georgia Tech has not looked as dominant as the conference champions from a year ago, but they find themselves in a familiar spot at the season's midpoint.  Georgia Tech has not been winning pretty, but they are finding a way.  That may not last for long with their conference schedule getting significantly more difficult in the coming weeks.  Road games at Clemson and the aforementioned showdown with Virginia Tech stand in the way between Georgia Tech and a return to the ACC Championship game.  If they do happen to pull the upset in Blacksburg, there will still be a home date with Miami that could decide the division.  Georgia Tech has the tools and opportunity to defend their division, but it will all come down to execution on the field.
     
Miami (2-1)(4-1) - Similar to Virginia Tech, the Hurricanes may be considered a "bust" in the national scene, but still are very much in contention to win the ACC Championship.  Unfortunately for Miami fans, the team has not looked the same since their 30-21 victory at Clemson.  After getting embarrassed at home by Florida State, Miami needed 7 forced turnovers from their defense to beat Duke 28-13.  However, there is not a better chance to get back on track than with a pivotal division victory, and they will get that chance on Saturday against North Carolina.  A win over the Tar Heels at home could put them back on track to challenge Virginia Tech for the division crown.  The Hurricanes and Hokies have a showdown in Coral Gables on November 20 that should carry huge conference championship implications, so go ahead and circle your calendar.  

North Carolina (2-1)(4-2) - After a depleted roster started the season 0-2, the Tar Heels have rattled off four straight wins and become relevant in the ACC again.  They suffered a huge loss in the victory against Clemson, losing Zach Pianalto for the season with a broken leg.  Pianalto was the Tar Heels' leading receiver and favorite target of quarterback T.J. Yates.  Yates has put up phenomenal numbers so far, averaging 249 yards per game and throwing for 11 touchdowns and only 1 interception.  If the rest of the North Carolina receivers can step up in Pianalto's absence, the Tar Heels have a chance at making a run.  It won't be easy, but it is still a chance.  North Carolina still has road games against Miami and Florida State, and have to host Virginia Tech and N.C. State at home.  Butch Davis is 0-3 against the Wolfpack, and there is a good chance that the late season showdown between in-state rivals will carry serious weight for both teams.
Posted on: October 16, 2010 11:14 pm
 

What I learned from the ACC (Oct. 16)

Posted by Chip Patterson

1.) Florida State is sitting in the driver's seat of the Atlantic Division - With Florida State holding off Boston College to hang on for a 24-19 win, the Seminoles increased their conference record to a league best 4-0.  The field continues to look more even by the week, and the Seminoles' four conference victories gives them a significant leg up on the other teams in the Atlantic Division.  The Seminoles' now get a week off to prepare for one of their biggest challenges in the division: a Thursday night showdown with N.C. State in Raleigh.  A win over the Wolfpack would put Florida State in prime position to make a run at their second appearance in the ACC Championship Game.

2.) Russell Wilson does have flaws, and they can be costly - Russell Wilson has been the lifeblood of the N.C. State offense for the last three seasons, and there is no reason to blame the Wolfpack's recent losses, but Wilson's last couple outings games have been oddly interception-heavy.  Wilson has thrown eight picks in the last three games, two of which have been N.C. State losses.  Wilson is one of the reasons that Tom O'Brien has been able to build the Wolfpack into ACC contenders, but his performance in the last couple weeks has not lived up to hype surrounding Wilson during most likely his last season with the Pack.
 
3.) North Carolina is quietly charging back into the contenders conversation - With all the troubles off the field, it has been difficult for North Carolina fans to focus on a bounce back that has made the Tar Heels relevant again in the ACC.  With double-digit players being held out, North Carolina dropped their first two games to LSU and Georgia Tech by six points apiece.  Since then, the Tar Heels have rattled off four straight wins to move into a tie for 3rd place in the ACC Coastal.  T.J. Yates has been playing some of his best football since his freshman year, throwing for eight touchdowns, 1,170 yards, and only throwing one interception so far in the 2010 season.  They still have the most challenging part of their season left, but considering all the absences the Tar Heels have made impressive strides to re-enter the national conversation.   

4.) Someone has to go to the Orange Bowl, but who? - Most teams are only a couple games into conference play, but with seven teams boasting one loss or less the race for the conference title is still wide open.  Florida State and Virginia Tech are clearly the leaders of each division, but one slip either division could be up for grabs.  As mentioned above, Florida State - N.C. State game on October 28 will go a long way to setting up the Atlantic Division.  Virginia Tech still has Georgia Tech at home, and away games against Miami and North Carolina keeping them from locking up the Coastal Division.  With more than half of the conference still in contention, every conference game left on the slate will carry weight in the chase for the 2010 ACC Championship.

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 4:16 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2010 7:42 pm
 

Florida State tightens grip on division lead

Posted by Chip Patterson

It hasn't been pretty, but the Seminoles have scratched and clawed their way to the top of the Atlantic Division.  After holding off a late charge from Boston College, the Seminoles escaped with a 24-19 victory.  It was not the finest performance for Florida State, particularly after such a strong performance a week ago against Miami.  The Seminoles turned the ball over four times, and quarterback Christian Ponder was held to only 170 yards passing.  But when they needed a play, there was a stable of playmakers ready to answer.  In this case it was wide receiver Bert Reed, who broke loose on a 42 yard run to score the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

With their win over Boston College and Maryland's loss at Clemson, the Seminoles have separated themselves from the rest of the Atlantic Division.  Florida State will have an extra week to prepare for a Thursday night showdown at N.C. State, one of the last large hurdles between the Seminoles and the ACC Championship game.  Florida State has become a smash-mouth football team, relying on the ability to run and stop the run.  It is not always pretty, but it's worked out pretty well so far.  

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Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:54 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:16 pm
 

Game day weather updates, Week 7

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. It's another gorgeous day across the country, but it's starting to get just a little bit chilly. You should still bring the sunscreen. All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Boston College at No. 16 Florida State , 12:00, Tallahassee, FL: Low 70s, clear

Illinois at No. 13 Michigan State, 12:00 , East Lansing, MI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

Missouri at No. 21 Texas A&M, 12:00 , College Station, TX: Low 70s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 15 Iowa at Michigan , 3:30, Ann Arbor, MI: Low 60s, partly cloudy

No. 12 Arkansas at No. 7 Auburn , 3:30, Auburn, AL: Low 70s, clear

Texas at No. 5 Nebraska , 3:30, Lincoln, NE: Low 70s, clear

Evening kickoffs

No. 10 South Carolina at Kentucky , 6:00, Lexington, KY: Low 60s, clear

No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin , 7:00, Madison, WI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

Mississippi State at No. 22 Florida , 7:00, Gainesville, FL: Low 60s, clear

Late night kickoffs

Ole Miss at No. 8 Alabama , 9:00, Tuscaloosa, AL: Low 50s, clear

No. 24 Oregon State at Washington , 10:15, Seattle, WA: Mid 40s, partly cloudy


Posted on: October 13, 2010 2:27 pm
 

Georgia turning to true freshman on line

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Back in August, the Georgia offensive line was, to say the least, well-regarded; the players combined for 155 starts coming into the season, which was tops in the nation. Phil Steele ranked the Dawgs' front five as the best in the NCAA in his preseason magazine. Georgia placed two linemen in the SEC's preseason all-conference teams this season, which doesn't sound fantastic, but no SEC school had three. It's a good year for linemen in the SEC, and Georgia looked like they were at the top of the heap.

But along the way, ugh. Josh Davis was ineffective at right tackle, forcing head coach Mark Richt to move LT Clint Boling to the right side and install Trinton Sturdivant (who's coming off two knee injuries) at RT. Chris Davis and Tanner Strickland both struggled at right guard, so that paved the way for true freshman Kenarious Gates to start at RG last Saturday.

“Gates did a nice job,” Richt told the Athens Banner-Herald. “He did not have a bunch of busted assignments. Being next to [center Ben Jones] and Clint [Boling] helped him a lot, I’m sure, for those guys to get him where he’s supposed to be. … He pass protected pretty good. There might have been one pressure or one sack that was attributed to him. Overall, he did well.”

From the top O-line to only two of the five starters keeping their original assignments, all in the first week of the season. Not good form, Dawgmollies.

It's worth noting that Gates wasn't even Georgia's most highly-regarded offensive lineman by a longshot; Rivals and Scout both gave Gates a 3-star rating, and his only other major college offers were from the drecks of the SEC. That isn't to point out that Richt took the redshirt off the wrong true freshman, but just to further illustrate the folly of strictly adhering to the arbitrary 5-star ranking system. Gates is playing because he was best-suited to the task, and once camp starts, those ratings don't really mean much of anything.

At any rate, Georgia's 2-4 and facing a road test at Vanderbilt this Saturday. A win puts them one step closer to .500 -- and a bowl berth. No, sneaking into the Music City Bowl at 6-6 to face, like, Maryland wasn't really ideal for the Dawgs at the outset of the season, but Georgia's not really in a position to get choosy about their postseason prospects at this point.

 
 
 
 
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