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ACC Daily Links, Dec. 13

Friday, December 13, 2013 8:31am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
Andre Williams won the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation's top running back. Boston College fell to Maryland last night 88-80, and is now on a three-game losing streak.

Defensive tackle Grady Jarrett said that he would not be entering the NFL draft but would return for his senior season with Clemson. USA Today named Vic Beasley a first-team All-American on Wednesday and Sammy Watkins a second-team All-American.

ACC coaches named Duke head coach David Cutcliffe as the coach of the year. With the Blue Devils taking on Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Cutcliffe had a lot of praise for Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Florida State
Jameis Winston won the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. Unsurprisingly, Winston's teammates are hoping that he brings home a Heisman Trophy Saturday night.

Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets were shut out at last night's College Football Awards. Georgia Tech QB Vad Lee is trying to build on his performance against Georgia during the last week of the season.

Jake Layman's homecoming in Massachusetts this year was much better than his first one. Dez Wells led the Terrapins to what Mark Turgeon called "a really big win" against Boston College.

Hurricanes pitcher Andrew Suarez leads the nation's group of rising college arms. Miami pitching coach J.D. Arteaga talked about his improvement. “His average fastball velocity is up 8 miles an hour — it’s crazy,” Arteaga said. “That slider is like 82-85, the changeup is getting better and better.”

North Carolina
The Walter Camp Football Foundation named UNC tight end Eric Ebron as a second-team All-American. North Carolina was the only D1 team averaging less than three 3-pointers per game at the beginning of the week, a trend that will likely be a problem as long as Leslie McDonald and P.J. Hairston are sidelined.

N.C. State
Redshirt senior Jordan Vandenberg is emerging as an important part of the Wolfpack's success this season. State is showing signs of being a pretty good defensive team this season, and T.J. Warren is leading the improvement.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame has three uncommitted players taking official visits to watch the 2013 Awards Banquet that has previously been a strong recruiting tool. Bob Diaco's departure marks the end of an era at Notre Dame.

The Panthers are the only undefeated basketball team that isn't ranked in the Top 25. But coach Jamie Dixon is fine with that, because it gives his team something to continue working toward. Aaron Donald picked up his third and fourth trophy of the week, winning the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award.

In this edition of the Upstate Orange Podcast, Syracuse's first trip to Madison Square Garden as a member of the ACC is previewed. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins had a chat through Twitter about Orange basketball.

Doug Doughty writes that it's time to get the quarterback situation straight at Virginia. In USA Today's database of assistant coaching salaries, Virginia is shown to have some of the highest paid assistants in the nation.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies added another player to their 2015 recruiting class last night with a commitment from defensive back Ashton White. Even though he didn't play much of the season, cornerback Kyle Fuller was named a second-team All-American.

Wake Forest
Athletic Director Ron Wellman said that new head football coach Dave Clawson learned from hard experience. J.P. Mundy compiles the media reactions to the question, "Who is Dave Clawson?"