Caulton Tudor

Triangle primer for ACC Kickoff event

Posted July 19, 2014

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe during action at Kenan Stadium between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke University Blue Devils on November 30, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— 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.)


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  • dave437 Jul 21, 2014

    what three ACC teams does Tudor believe the Pack is going to beat?

  • heelsforever Jul 20, 2014

    Not seeing how State improves that much in one season.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 20, 2014

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    I am with you guys! Ready for it to start. The ACC and local should be interesting this year. The national with the new playoffs should be really interesting this year. Let's get it on.

  • Jeanne Gunn Jul 20, 2014
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    I know, right! The system may be flawed, but the product sure is entertaining. I've learned not to wish my life away, but I'm looking forward to the end of August when football starts up in earnest, and college basketball isn't far behind.

  • uBnice Jul 20, 2014

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    Count me in!

    As much as I rant against the "evils" of big-time college football, I do know that I am addicted.

  • John Lawson Jul 20, 2014
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    Can't wait to watch the Heels stomp the turkeys on Oct 4th!!! Can't wait to see vatechhokeyturkey rant then!!!!

  • roberttherugguy Jul 20, 2014

    Top Offensive Skill Players: Arkeel Newsome, Casey Cochran, oh wait that's the AAC.

  • NothingButNet Jul 20, 2014

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    Looking forward to your rants. Oh wait, I don't have to.....

  • vt94hokies Jul 19, 2014

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    Looking forward to your esteemed predictions. It should be a solid year for the cheaters at UNC-CH.

  • 903 Born To Be Hateddddddddddddd Jul 19, 2014

    Top 5 Offensive Skill Players
    1.Ryan Switzer, UNC WR (5-10, 180, So.)
    2.Jamison Crowder, Duke WR (5-9, 175, Sr.)
    Complete garbage...

    Crowder's the best offensive player in the triangle and it isn't even close.




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