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Grobe and Wake Forest Demon Deacons aim for back-to-back bowls[Aug. 19, 2012]
Of all of the teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference that dropped close games in 2011, Wake Forest probably played the "what-if" game the most. Coach Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons were just a missed field goal away from claiming a berth in the ACC Football Championship Game, but instead saw Clemson emerge with a 31-28 last-second victory and a trip to Charlotte. Wake dropped four games last fall by seven or fewer points, including an overtime defeat at Syracuse and late-season heartbreakers to Notre Dame (24-17) and Mississippi State (23-17). The latter loss to the Bulldogs occurred in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl-Wake's fifth bowl trip under Grobe--and dropped the Deacons' final record to 6-7 overall.
Larry Fedora's Tar Heels in a hurry to open new era[Aug. 19, 2012]
North Carolina's football program begins a new era on Sept. 1, when the Tar Heels' host in-state foe Elon at Kenan Stadium. New head coach Larry Fedora brings a distinctively different style, featuring a wide-open spread offense which plays faster, and one the Tar Heels hope is more productive. Fedora's offenses averaged almost 12 more plays per game in compiling 34-19 record at Southern Miss than UNC ran in 2011. With marquee talents such as junior quarterback Bryn Renner (10th nationally in passing efficiency in 2011) and running back Giovanni Bernard (first-team All-ACC after 1,253 yards and 13 TDs) on hand, plus four of five returning starters on its offensive line, UNC's offense should be among the most potent in the ACC this year.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe looks to continue positive momentum in Durham[Aug. 19, 2012]
Back-to-back three win seasons don't wow the casual fan, but if one looks below the surface, Coach David Cutcliffe is building something in Durham. Duke knocked on the door of bowl eligibility in 2011, losing heartbreakers to Richmond (23-21), Wake Forest (24-23) and Virginia Tech (14-10) to miss a 6-6 finish by a total of seven points. The Blue Devils were ravaged by injuries in 2011 and are hoping to avoid that fate in 2012. Unfortunately, it has already started with more of the same: linebacker Kelby Brown tore his ACL in spring practice, and the entire team was dealt a blow when wide receiver Blair Holliday suffered a severe head injury in a summer water skiing accident.
Grammy award winning group Lady Antebellum to perform at 2012 Belk Bowl[Jul. 17, 2012]
Country Music Awards' 2011 Vocal Group of the Year, Lady Antebellum, will be the featured act at the 2012 Belk Bowl this coming December. The 11th annual Belk Bowl will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27 at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. and will feature a matchup of the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East Conference.
ACC announces student-athletes attending the 2012 ACC Football Kickoff[Jul. 11, 2012]
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday the names of the 24 football student-athletes who have been chosen by its 12 league schools to attend the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff, July 22-23 at the Grandover Resort located in Greensboro, N.C.
Atlantic Coast Conference announces ACC Football Players of the Week[Nov. 14, 2011]
Clemson center Dalton Freeman and Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas headline a list of eight players named as the ACC Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Freeman, the Offensive Lineman of the Week, helped the Tiger offense accumulate 522 yards of offense in a 31-28 win over Wake Forest to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship. Thomas, the Offensive Back of the Week, accounted for five touchdowns as Virginia Tech defeated Georgia Tech 37-26.
Atlantic Coast Conference announces ACC Football Players of the Week[Nov. 10, 2011]
Virginia wide receiver Kris Burd, offensive guard Austin Pasztor, and safety Rodney McLeod headline a list of nine players named as the ACC Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Burd, the Receiver of the Week, caught nine passes for 112 yards to help the Cavaliers defeat Maryland, 31-13. Pasztor, the Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week, had six knockdown blocks to help the Virginia offense amass a season-high 527 yards. McLeod, the Defensive Back of the Week, had three interceptions in the second half to secure the win.
General public tickets sold out for 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game[Nov. 10, 2011]
General public tickets for the 2011 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game are sold out, as announced today by Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford. The only tickets remaining are the 10,000 that will be made available to each participating institution once the Atlantic and Coastal Divisional Championships are clinched.
Atlantic Coast Conference announces ACC Football Players of the Week[Nov. 2, 2011]
Boston College running back Rolandan Finch and Georgia Tech defensive back Jemea Thomas headline a list of eight players named as the ACC Football Players of the Week, announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday. Finch, the Offensive Back of the Week, compiled 243 rushing yards - the most by an ACC back since 2009 - on 39 carries in Boston College's 28-17 win over Maryland. Thomas, the Defensive Back of the Week, intercepted two passes in his first career start to help Georgia Tech beat previously undefeated Clemson 31-17.
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