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ACC Daily Links - Oct. 15

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:27am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
CBS college basketball writer Jon Rothstein stopped by a Boston College practice recently, and tweeted out a lot of great observations - here's a compilation. The Eagles are all about spacing & shooting from long range. BC went toe-to-toe with Clemson last week, but going forward chief dude Steve Addazio on opening up the offensive playbook even more.

As we get ready for this week's epic showdown between Clemson and FSU, here's a look back at 2012's Tigers-Noles thriller, which Florida State won 49-37. Coordinator Chad Morris is pumped to put his offense to the test against a powerful Seminoles defense, especially All-ACC defensive back Lamarcus Joyner. 

Head coach David Cutcliffe really liked what he saw from his defense against Navy on Saturday, but he wants them to continue to make strides and improve. Here's even more coverage of the Blue Devils' domination on defense against the Midshipmen. QB Anthony Boone, who returned to the line-up just last week, showed no signs of rust, and was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week

Florida State
You're going to want to check this out: here's a breakdown of every pass QB Jameis Winston has tossed this season. Analysis (Lucille Bluth voice): he's very good. Is this weekend's colossal match-up with No. 3 Clemson the biggest game in ACC history? DC Jeremy Pruitt is preparing his defense to handle the mighty spread attack of the Tigers.

Georgia Tech
Here are some takeaways from the Yellow Jackets' loss out in Utah to BYU - spoiler alert: going forward, Tech needs to play a lot better. Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski sat down for an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he discussed the state of the school's football program.

Unfortunate news out of College Park: pass rushing maven Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil - a transfer from Division II Seton Hill (Pa.) University - is lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. Sophomore swingman Jake Layman appears poised for a breakout season.

Can the Hurricanes' passing attack continue to improve, finally breakout this Thursday at Kenan Stadium? Tailback Duke Johnson - who leads the ACC in all-purpose yards (190.8 YPG) - comes in at No. 6 on this top ten list of ACC players.

North Carolina
Some very sad news broke from Chapel Hill yesterday: women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell has been diagnosed with leukemia, and will temporarily step aside from her coaching duties (let's hope for a speedy recovery!). A Georgia-based real estate agent has been arrested in the UNC sports agent investigation. Bryn Renner will return to the Heels' lineup as their starting quarterback this Thursday against Miami.

N.C. State
It's safe to say things haven't been going well for Dave Doeren recently, but there are reasons to hope for a turnaround, and for a better second half to the season. Former NCSU signal-caller Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers took down Andrew Luck and the Colts last night on Monday Night Football, 19-9.

Notre Dame
The outlook appears good for this season's Fighting Irish frontcourt, which will be led by fifth-year seniors Garrick Sherman and Tom Knight.

On offense last week against Virginia Tech, things didn't...well...go so smoothly for the Panthers, but they have an opportunity to rebound this weekend when Old Dominion comes to town. If Pitt is going to bounce back against ODU, then they will have to bottle up the Monarchs' dual-threat QB Taylor Heinicke, who reminds coach Paul Chryst of a certain Wolfbadger - Russell Wilson.

In their inaugural ACC season, the Orange have displayed a physical running game, which is paced by their powerful and bearded offensive line. Here's the final video evaluation of this season's Syracuse basketball roster: freshman Chinonso Obokoh, who will redshirt during 2013-14.

QB David Watford wants to put his team's shaky start behind them, and refocus on the second half of the season. 

Virginia Tech
The Hokies have one of the best defensive units in all of college football, but their ground game on offense still leaves a lot to be desired. The 2016 "Battle at Bristol" between Tech and Tennessee could be worth a lot of money for both programs.

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons are preparing to go up against an unpredictable Maryland team this weekend in Winston-Salem. Former Wake PG Chris Paul's play in the NBA and Olympics has made him - perhaps - the most influential member of the Team Jordan brand.