ACC FB Kickoff a homecoming for group of student-athletes
Posted June 27
Charlotte, N.C. — 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.