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ACC In The NFL, Sept. 11

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:32am
By: Riley Johnston

It was a big week for former ACC players in the NFL, especially a few rookies who made their NFL debuts in Week One.

Boston College
Luke Kuechly is one of the cornerstones for the Carolina Panthers moving forward.

Clemson
Former Clemson wide receiver DeAndre "Nuke" Hopkins had a good first game with the Texans, recording five catches (on six targets) for 66 yards. Most of his plays were taken from the slot position, meaning he could be a viable No. 2 to Andre Johnson.

Duke
Patrick Bailey, a linebacker for the Tennessee Titans, recorded two tackles in a 16-9 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Florida State
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel made his debut in the NFL to mostly positive reviews. Meanwhile, Anquan Boldin had one of the best games in his career for his first start as a San Francsisco 49er after making the move from Baltimore in the offseason.

Georgia Tech
There is still a lot of confusion in the NFL surrounding the "Calvin Johnson Rule", even for Calvin Johnson. Current Jets receiver Stephen Hill is showing improvement from his rookie season.

Maryland Terrapins
Tight end Vernon Davis also had a nice performance for the 49ers, but he needs to repeat it frequently for the offense to be successful. The Colts expect WR Darrius Heyward-Bey to have a big year.

Miami
Safety Ed Reed was inactive for the Texans on Monday Night against the Chargers. RB Willis McGahee could be signed by the Giants if they wish to replace former Virginia Tech RB David Wilson.

North Carolina
RB Giovani Bernard also made his NFL debut on Sunday, carrying the ball four times for 22 yards, while also catching one pass for eight yards. Hakeem Nicks had a nice game for the Giants on Sunday night, and he is also one of the stars in a New Era cap commercial.

N.C. StatE
The Redskins started former Wolfpack CB David Amerson. He accrued four tackles and a pass deflection on Monday Night Football against the Eagles. Philip Rivers pulled a performance against the Texans that he is known for.

Pittsburgh
LeSean McCoy benefited tremendously from Chip Kelly's new fast-paced offense, accumulating 184 yards on 31 carries with a touchdown.

Syracuse 
There is "no end" to DE Chandler Jones' ability for the New England Patriots.

Virginia
Despite throwing an interception on the first play of the year, QB Matt Schaub led the Texans to a stunning rally on MNF against the Chargers.

Virginia Tech
Michael Vick had a great game for the Eagles Monday night, and Chip Kelly said that he won't start sliding on running plays either.

Wake Forest
The Jets started FB Tommy Bohanon and he made a crucial 21-yard reception in the second quarter.