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ACC Daily Links - Oct. 8

Tuesday, October 8, 2013 7:40am
By: Brian Geisinger

Boston College
Tailback Andre Williams garnered most of the media attention after his performance against Army - rightfully so - but LB Kevin Pierre-Lewis had a big day, too; he's been named ACC Linebacker of the Week. BC's hockey team will be headlining this year's Three Rivers Classic Tournament, which gets going December 27th in Pittsburgh.

Clemson
The depth of Clemson's front four - not just freaky athletic rush-end Vic Beasley - is why the Tigers are at the top of the FBS in sacks and TFLs. OC Chad Morris knows it's critical to establish a run game, but his play-calling will always center around what the defense is giving him. Mark your calendars: October 19th, 8 PM, Jameis Winston and FSU take on Clemson in Death Valley.

Duke
The school is preparing to renovate Wallace-Wade Stadium; however, this season's drop in attendance has caused them to reconsider their initial plan of closing the stadium's bowl. Buffalo Bills rookie QB E.J. Manuel was hurt in last week's loss to Cleveland; former Duke quarterback Thad Lewis will replace him in the starting lineup this week against the Bengals (#goacc?).

Florida State
Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston received multiple weekly awards for his dizzying aerial assault of Maryland. The No. 6 Seminoles - who jumped UGA in the AP Top 25 Poll - have gotten a lot of praise from the media for their victory over the Terps, but head coach Jimbo Fisher is making sure the hype doesn't become a distraction.

Georgia Tech
It may not be FSU-Clemson, but we do have a kickoff time for Tech's Oct. 19th showdown with Syracuse - 12:30 PM. Here's an early positional breakdown of the Yellow Jackets' basketball squad for 2013-14.

Maryland
QB C.J. Brown took an absolute shot in last Saturday's loss to FSU, which resulted in a concussion for the signal caller. His status, however, is day-to-day, and he's currently listed as the Terps' starter for this weekend's clash with Virginia. They weren't many positives for Randy Edsall's squad to take from their beatdown in Tallahassee, but it was nice to have wideout Nigel King back, healthy, and making a few grabs.

Miami
LB Denzel Perryman, who has been fantastic for the 5-0 Canes, is dedicating his junior season to a recently deceased fan. After their impressive individual performances in their team's 45-30 win over Georgia Tech, DB Ladarius Gunter and RB Duke Johnson earned ACC weekly honors.

North Carolina
Tight end Jack Tabb has been suspended for the first half of next Thursday's game against Miami for punching a Virginia Tech player in last Saturday's contest. The Tar Heels will add another chapter to their annual hoops rivalry against Kentucky Dec. 14th; here's a breakdown of the young and talent-rich Wildcats. Andrew Carter offers some perspective on the Jack Halperin/tutor story.

N.C. State
This Wolfpack football team is banged up, but after last week's loss at Wake Forest, health isn't the only thing causing concern for coach Dave Doeren. Going forward, especially as ACC play continues, the Pack will need to cut down on penalties.

Notre Dame
With a 4-2 first half of the season - and coming off an upset win over No. 22 Arizona State - in the books, which Fighting Irish football players will be worth keeping an eye on during the second half?

Pittsburgh
Old Big East (wait, am I allowed to mention that name here?) rivals square-off this Saturday in Lane Stadium, when Pitt takes on No. 24 Virginia Tech. Quarterback Tom Savage - who's been recovering from a concussion - is expected to play against the Hokies.

Syracuse
Head coach Scott Shafer says there's a reason only six recruits were on hand for the team's contest against Clemson; however, several recruiting analysts don't agree with him. Most of the Orange's basketball roster played their prep ball at private high schools.

Virginia
If UVa - currently 2-3 - is going to turn their season around, then they need to first pick and establish an identity. After Saturday's loss to Ball State, some members of the football team are being very cautious about how they speak to the media.

Virginia Tech
The No. 24 Hokies won convincingly over UNC this past weekend, but - as it's been said previously - it is imperative that VT find a way to get their run game going (I mean, they even had trouble moving the pile against Carolina's defense, and that's saying something). Tech will look to avoid another upset against Pitt, who defeated the then-ranked No. 13 Hokies last September at Heinz Field.

Wake Forest
Wide receiver Michael Campanaro: all he does is catch footballs, and baffle his opponents in the process of doing so. Steed Lobotzke and Tom Elrod deserve a great deal of credit for the offensive game plan they cooked up for the Deac's 28-13 win over NCSU.