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The ACC by the numbers - Week 1

Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2008

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2 - T he number of consecutive Super Bowl winning quarterbacks coached by new Duke head coach David Cutcliffe. While an assistant at Tennessee, Cutcliffe mentored Peyton Manning of the 2006 NFL Champion Indianapolis Colts, and while head coach at Mississippi, he oversaw the development of Eli Manning, who guided the New York Giants to the 2007 NFL title.

3- The number of pass interceptions which Wake Forest CB Alphonso Smith and LB Aaron Curry each returned for touchdowns this last year which tied the ACC single-season standard set by Marcus McGruder of Wake Forest in 2004. In all, Smith has returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his career, tying the ACC career mark for TD returns set by Virginia's Randy Neal during the 1991-94 seasons. Smith is the NCAA active career leader in interception returns for scores.

5 - The number of winners of the Frank Broyles Award--given annually to the nations's top football assistant coach--who are coaching in the ACC. That's an impressive amount considering only 12 Broyles award-winners have been named. Currently David Cutcliffe (Duke), Ralph Friedgen (Maryland) and Randy Shannon (Miami) are head coaches in the ACC, while Mickey Andrews (FSU) and Bud Foster (Virginia Tech) are defensive coordinators.

10 - The number of non-offensive touch- downs for Wake Forest in 2007. In all, the Deacons returned six interceptions, two fumbles, a kickoff return and a punt return for touchdowns to lead the ACC.

11 - The number of victories Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski led the Eagles to in 2007, the most ever by a fi rst-year coach in the ACC.

20.8 - The career per-catch average for Duke wide receiver Eron Riley on 83 receptions, which places him currently fourth among all ACC career pass receivers with 70 or more catches.

21- The ACC plays 21 games this fall against teams from the other "Big Six" Conferences of the Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, PAC-10 and SEC, the most of any of those conferences. The Big East is next with 16 games, followed by the Big 12 and PAC-10 (14 each) and the SEC with 13 games (10 against the ACC).

25 - Over the past three years, the ACC has seen 25 of its players drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, the most of any conference in the nation. The SEC was next with 24.

39 - Georgia Tech All-ACC offensive tackle Andrew Gardner is one of four players nationally in college football who enter this year having started 39 consecutive games. Gardner joins Houston linebacker Cody Lubojasky, Purdue offensive lineman Kraig Urbik and Central Michigan offensive lineman Andrew Hartline to lead the nation in current consecutive game starting streaks. Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim has started 37 straight games in his career heading into this season.

60 - The number of career field goals for Wake Forest senior placekicker Sam Swank, who enters the 2008 season as the leading returnee in the nation in career fi eld goals made.

65.6% - The percentage of times the media has correctly selected the ACC Champion during balloting at the ACC's pre-season Football Kickoff. On 21 of 32 occasions the ACC media selected a team which won or tied for the ACC Football Championship.

80.0% - The winning percentage when Clemson, the pre-season selection of the media to claim this year's ACC Football Championship, has been tabbed as the favorite to win the Conference football crown. The Tigers have been chosen five times--the last coming in 1991--and have won four of the five years.

82.4 - The winning percentage of Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer in ACC games since the Hokies have joined the ACC. In all, Beamer is 28-6 in ACC games (including both ACC Championship Games)

107 - The number of career victories for Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson in his 11-year career as a head coach at Georgia Southern and the U.S. Naval Academy. Johnson is the first football coach in ACC history to be hired with 100 wins in Division 1.

115 - Over the past three years, 115 ACC players have been drafted into the National Football league, the most by any conference in the nation. During the same time period the ACC has had more first round selections in the NFL Draft as well, with 25 former players tabbed in the prestigious first round.

Virginia Tech Head Coach Frank Beamer

162- Virginia Tech currently has the longest, active scoring streak in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Hokies have scored in 162 straight games.

209 - The number of career victories for Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer, who reached the 200-win milestone with a 28-7 win over Ohio on Sept. 22. Now in his 27th season, Beamer, who has an overall 209-108-4 record, one victory ahead of Ohio State's Jim Tressel for 3rd place, behind only Florida State's Bobby Bowden (373) and Penn State's Joe Paterno (372) among active coaches.

258.7 - The average number of yards allowed by the Virginia Tech defense over the last four seasons. During this impressive 52-game span, the Hokies have led the nation in total defense, twice leading the nation in a single season in 2005 and 2006, and finishing 4th in 2004 and 2007. Only defending national champion LSU (264.4) is close to Tech's standard of defensive excellence during this time.

300 - The number of victories for Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden since he has been the head coach in Tallahassee. Bowden reached the rare 300-win mark at one school last year as the Seminoles defeated Maryland.

373-- The number of overall victories for Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden, who is the winningest coach in college football history by one triumph over Penn State's Joe Paterno who enters this season with 372 wins.

2,383 - The number of yards North Carolina's Brandon Tate has returned kickoffs in his three-year career. Heading into his senior season, the WR-KR has already set the ACC career record for most kickoff return yardage and has returned five kicks--three kickoffs and two punts--for touchdowns.

3,130 - The number of yards which Clem- son senior running back James Davis has rushed for in his first three seasons. Davis is currently ranked 25th on the ACC career list and needs 870 yards this fall to become just the sixth ACC running back to top the career 4,000-yard mark.

7,411 - The number of yards Florida State senior quarterback Drew Weatherford has thrown for in three seasons with the Seminoles. Weatherford enters this year ranked 16th on the ACC's career passing list, needing just 91 yards in FSU's season-opener to pass Virginia's Matt Schaub (7,502) for 15th place

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