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ACC FB Kickoff a homecoming for group of student-athletes

Posted June 27

— Charlotte will again be the host to the ACC Kickoff event in July, and this year, five of the player representatives will be going home.

Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, Duke defensive back Bryon Fields, Jr., UNC tackle Bentley Spain, NC State all-purpose back Jaylen Samuels and Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander all attended high school in Charlotte and will represent their teams at the Westin Charlotte on July 13-14.

Also attending the media event will be the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. It is Jackson’s second time attending and the second time a defending Heisman Trophy winner has appeared at ACC media days (Jameis Winston, 2014).

UNC corner back M.J. Stewart will join Spain for the Tar Heels. NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb with represent the Wolfpack along with Samuels.

Kurt Benkert, a former East Carolina quarterback who transferred to Virginia, will rep[resent the Cavaliers.

Syracuse linebacker Zaire Franklin will represent the Orange for the third time, becoming the first student-athlete to do so.

Team                       Student-Athletes, Position, Ht., Wt., Hometown

Boston College       Jon Baker, Offensive Lineman, 6-3, 298, Senior, Millis, Mass.
                                Harold Landry, Defensive End, 6-3, 250, Senior, Spring Lake, N.C.

Clemson                  Tyrone Crowder, Offensive Guard, 6-2, 340, Redshirt Senior, Marston, N.C.
                                Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, 6-4, 310, Junior, Springfield, Mass.

Duke                        Daniel Jones, Quarterback, 6-5, 210, Redshirt Sophomore, Charlotte, N.C.
                                Bryon Fields, Jr., Cornerback, 5-11, 185, Redshirt Senior, Charlotte, N.C.

Florida State           Deondre Francois, Quarterback, 6-2, 205, Redshirt Sophomore, Orlando, Fla.
                                Derwin James, Defensive Back, 6-3, 211, Redshirt Sophomore, Haines City, Fla.

Georgia Tech          Ricky Jeune, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 212, Redshirt Senior, Spring Valley, N.Y.
                                KeShun Freeman, Defensive End, 6-2, 250, Senior, LaGrange, Ga.

Louisville                 Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, 6-3, 200, Junior, Pompano Beach, Fla.
                                Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, 5-11, 192, Junior, Charlotte, N. C.

Miami                       Mark Walton, Running Back, 5-9, 205, Junior, Miami, Fla.            
                                Shaquille Quarterman, Linebacker, 6-1, 240, Sophomore, Orange Park, Fla.

North Carolina       Bentley Spain, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 300, Senior, Charlotte, N.C.
                                M.J. Stewart, Cornerback, 6-0, 200, Senior, Arlington, Va.

NC State                   Jaylen Samuels, All-Purpose, 5-11, 223, Senior, Charlotte, N. C.
                                Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, 6-4, 275, Senior, Marietta, Ga.

Pitt                           Brian O’Neill, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 305, Redshirt Junior, Wilmington, Del.
                                Avonte Maddox, Cornerback, 5-9, 180, Senior, Detroit, Mich.

Syracuse                  Eric Dungey, Quarterback, 6-3, 221, Junior, Lake Oswego, Ore.
                                Zaire Franklin, Linebacker, 6-0, 244, Senior, Philadelphia, Pa.

Virginia                    Kurt Benkert, Quarterback, 6-4, 229, Redshirt Senior, Cape Coral, Fla.
                                Quin Blanding, Safety, 6-2, 215, Senior, Virginia Beach, Va.

Virginia Tech          Cam Phillips, Wide Receiver, 6-0, 199, Senior, Laurel, Md.
                                Andrew Motuapuaka, Linebacker, 6-0, 233, Redshirt Senior, Virginia Beach, Va.

Wake Forest           Cam Serigne, Tight End, 6-3, 250, Redshirt Senior, Ashburn, Va.
                                Wendell Dunn, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 250, Redshirt Senior, Miami, Fla.

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