Triangle primer for ACC Kickoff event
Posted July 19
Greensboro, N.C. — The unofficial kickoff for the ACC football season starts Sunday at Greensboro’s Grandover Resort with the league’s 39th summer rouser.
All 14 football-playing members will send coaches and players for media interviews and related functions. It will be the first trip for new ACC member Louisville, which moves in as Maryland goes to the Big Ten.
The Triangle’s representatives will be Duke coach David Cutcliffe with players Laken Thompson (offensive guard) and Kelby Brown (linebacker).
From N.C. State: head coach Dave Doeren, running back Tony Creecy and defensive end Art Norman.
From UNC: head coach Larry Fedora, quarterback Marquise Williams and linebacker Norkeithus Otis.
Defending national champion Florida State will send head coach Jimbo Fisher, Heisman Trophy quarterback Jameis Winston and corner P.J. Williams.
From Wake Forest: new head coach Dave Clawson, fullback Jordan Garside and cornerback Kevin Johnson.
Here’s a brief preseason primer for the ACC’s Triangle schools:
Projected Team Records
Duke (9-3, 5-3 ACC Coastal)
N.C. State (7-5, 3-5 ACC Atlantic)
North Carolina (8-4, 5-3 ACC Coastal)
Top 5 Offensive Skill Players
1.Ryan Switzer, UNC WR (5-10, 180, So.)
2.Jamison Crowder, Duke WR (5-9, 175, Sr.)
3.Anthony Boone, Duke QB (6-0, 230, Sr.)
4.Shadrach Thornton, State RB (6-1, 207, Jr.)
5.T.J. Logan, UNC RB (5-10, 185, So.)
Top 5 Interior Blockers
1.Laken Thompson, Duke OG (6-3, 320, Sr.)
2.Matt Skura, Duke C (6-4, 305, Jr.)
3.Jonathan Heck, UNC OT (6-6, 300, So.)
4.Tyson Chandler, State OT (6-7, 354, Sr.)
5.Landon Turner, UNC OG (6-3, 315, Jr.)
Top 5 Specialists
1.Ryan Switzer, UNC KR (5-10, 180, So.)
2.Niklas Sade, State PK (6-3, 199, Sr.)
3.DeVon Edwards, Duke KR (5-9, 175, So.)
4.T.J. Logan, UNC KR (5-10, 185, So.)
5.Tommy Hibbard, UNC P (5-10, 200, Sr.)
Five Offensive Newcomers to Watch
1.Jacoby Brissett, State QB (6-4, 236, Jr.)
2.Thomas Sirk, Duke QB (6-4, 215, So.)
3.Mitch Trubisky, UNC QB (6-3, 215, RFr.)
4.Elijah Hood, UNC RB (5-11, 220, Fr.)
5.Bo Hines, State WR (6-1, 180, Fr.
Top 5 Defensive Down Linemen
1.Art Norman, State DE (6-3, 252, Sr.)
2.Jamaal Bruce, Duke DT (6-1, 285, Sr.)
3.Ethan Farmer, UNC DT (6-3, 295, Sr.)
4.Thomas Teal, State DT (6-1, 308, Sr.)
5.Justin Thomason, UNC DT (6-4, 275, Jr.)
Top 5 Linebackers
1.Kelby Brown, Duke (6-3, 240, Sr.)
2.Norkeithus Otis, UNC (6-1, 235, Sr.)
3.David Helton, Duke (6-4, 240, Sr.)
4.Travis Hughes, UNC (6-2, 220, Sr.)
5.Brandon Pittman, State (6-2, 218, Sr.)
Top 5 Defensive Backs
1.Jeremy Cash, Duke S (6-2, 205, Jr.)
2.Tim Scott, UNC CB (5-11, 195, Sr.)
3.DeVon Edwards, Duke S (5-9, 175, So.)
4.Justin Burris, State CB (6-1, 207, Jr.)
5.Dominique Green UNC S (5-11, 190, So.)
Five Defensive Newcomers to Watch
1.B.J. Hill, State DL (6-4, 283, Fr.)
2.Nazier Jones, UNC DL (6-5, 280, R-Fr.)
3.Germaine Pratt, State S (6-3, 215, Fr.)
4.M.J. Stewart, UNC CB (5-11, 195, Fr.)
5.Justin Jones, State DL (6-3, 275, Fr.)