I'm not sure what I use more frequently as a metric to determine the seasonal change from summer to fall: the leaves changing colors, temperatures dropping, or football season starting hit its stride. Wait, who am I kidding? It's definitely football season. Enjoy your last week of summer, folks. I, however, am ready for the fall. And with that said, make sure to check out today's daily links, which are heavy on gridiron news!
The Eagles are 1-0 in the ACC right now, but things will get tougher when they head down south two Saturdays from now to take on FSU and the Noles; kickoff is set for 3:30 PM.
The Tigers have unfortunately lost wideout Charone Peake for the season to ACL surgery, but OC Chad Morris likes the progress he's seen, and is excited to play at Thursday night against N.C. State. A kickoff time of 3:30 PM has been set for Clemson's home match-up against Wake Forest on September 28 - ABC has the television coverage, too.
Head coach David Cutcliffe credits his father and his own thirst for knowledge as the two driving forces behind his success at the collegiate level.
Here are some quick notes from the Noles' practice yesterday afternoon. For the second time this season, quarterback Jameis Winston, who has more touchdown passes than incompletions through two games, has been named ACC Rookie of the Week.
Quarterback Vad Lee, who was masterful during his homecoming performance against Duke last Saturday, has been named ACC Player of the Week. Lee's four touchdown passes were the most for a Tech QB in the Paul Johnson era. Check the numbers: in the early stages of the 2013 season, the Yellow Jackets triple option attack has been clicking - they rank among the nation's best in multiple categories.
Senior DB A.J. Highsmith's intelligence is allowing him to not only make plays all over the field, but to also be a leader in the locker room. The Hurricanes are 2-0 on the season, but their offense has been far from perfect; they'll look to improve this Saturday against Savannah State.
Larry Fedora says the Tar Heels haven't forgotten about last season's match-up against Georgia Tech, which ended in a 68-50 loss (the highest scoring game in ACC history). Yesterday, former running back Giovani Bernard appeared on the David Glenn Show, then he went out and scored two touchdowns - the firsts of his NFL career - in a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
Head man Dave Doeren says his team is preparing itself to handle the rapid pass rush of Clemson. His offseason preparation got him to this point, and through two games, kicker Nik Sade has been perfect.
Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels has the potential to become a big-time playmaker, and recently, his talents have started transferring into on-field results.
After a dynamic performance against New Mexico - 6 catches, 134 yards and a touchdown - wideout Tyler Boyd was named the ACC's Receiver of the Week. Freshman OT Dorian Johnson played last week against New Mexico, and will no longer be redshirting.
The Orange demolished Wagner last week, but things will get tougher this Saturday: Tulane travels north to the Carrier Dome. Also, sophomore QB Terrel Hunt gets the starting nod against the Green Wave - the first of his young career.
With a record of 7-0, the UVa women's soccer team is now ranked No. 1 in the nation; they have outscored their opponents 28-3 so far this season. Expect quarterback David Watford to carry the ball more as the season progresses.
Kicker Cody Journell had a brutal afternoon against ECU on Saturday, but Frank Beamer still has confidence is the redshirt senior. James Johnson and company picked up another 2014 commitment - wing T.J. Lang.
Dan Collins gives his take on the state of Wake's football program and head coach Jim Grobe.