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Caulton Tudor

Triangle primer for ACC Kickoff event

Posted July 19

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, 1:15 p.m.

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

  • heelsforever Jul 20, 3:36 p.m.

    Not seeing how State improves that much in one season.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 20, 2:48 p.m.

    Are you ready for some football??? I am!! Can't wait - should be a great year!

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    Count me in!

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

    — Posted by uBnice

    I know, right! The system may be flawed, but the product sure is entertaining. I've learned not... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    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.

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Jul 20, 12:41 p.m.

    Are you ready for some football??? I am!! Can't wait - should be a great year!

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    Count me in!

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

    — Posted by uBnice

    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, 12:20 p.m.

    Are you ready for some football??? I am!! Can't wait - should be a great year!

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    Count me in!

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

  • rduguyhere Jul 20, 9:28 a.m.

    Are you ready for some football??? I am!! Can't wait - should be a great year!

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

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

    — Posted by vt94hokies

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

    — Posted by NothingButNet

    Can't wait to watch the Heels stomp the turkeys on Oct 4th!!! Can't wait to see vatechhokeyturkey rant then!!!!

  • roberttherugguy Jul 20, 7:49 a.m.

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

  • NothingButNet Jul 20, 6:23 a.m.

    Are you ready for some football??? I am!! Can't wait - should be a great year!

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

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

    — Posted by vt94hokies

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

  • vt94hokies Jul 19, 10:12 p.m.

    Are you ready for some football??? I am!! Can't wait - should be a great year!

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    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, 9:14 p.m.

    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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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
Half
CHI 52
NYK 45
 
2nd
HOU 35
NOP 37
 
10:00pm Tonight
SAC
MIL
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
OKC
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
 
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
 
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
1st OT
SDKST 65
IDST 63
 
2nd
RIDE 57
MRGST 46
 
2nd
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
2nd
CHAR 50
APP 45
 
2nd
MISS 47
CCAR 51
 
2nd
DUKE 36
UCONN 30
 
2nd
BRAD 57
EUREK 31
 
2nd
PEAY 50
OAKC 36
 
2nd
JST 44
SMISS 22
 
Half
SD 27
MNTST 26
 
1st
UAB 19
LSU 14
 
1st
EVAN 13
OHIO 15
 
10:00pm Tonight
CSFU
CSDH
 
10:00pm Tonight
ORST
DEP
10:00pm Tonight
PAC
NEV
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USF
PORST
 
10:00pm Tonight
IDAHO
WALLA
 
10:05pm Tonight
UTST
CALST
 
3rd
PIT 0
COL 0
 
3rd
PHI 1
FLA 1
 
3rd
CAR 3
TOR 1
 
3rd
CLB 3
WAS 3
 
2nd
MON 0
ANA 1
 
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
EDM
10:30pm Tonight
LOS
STL
2nd
JAC 0
TEN 7