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ACC Daily Links, Dec. 18

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 8:45am
By: Carlos Collazo

Boston College
Running back Andre Williams recently became an AP All-American. He's now three for three in first-team All-American honors this year. Junior center Dennis Clifford is expected back within three weeks, but how big of an impact will he have on the court once he returns from his injuries?

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde will be a point of concern for Clemson's defense heading into the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. Sammy Watkins says his classmate and teammate Adam Humphries has what it takes to become an NFL player.

Coach K recently interviewed Ken Jeong - famous for his role in the Hangover series - who was an undergrad at Duke and spent some time as a Cameron Crazie. The Blue Devils have gotten into the habit of using a "shooting guard-by-committee" rotation because of the number of players who can provide value at the position.

Florida State
Ira Schoffel writes that Jimbo Fisher has to seriously consider the head coaching job at Texas, and that it's a good thing for FSU that people are talking about Fisher and the open Longhorn job. Aaron Thomas scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Seminoles to a 106-62 rout against Charlotte.

Georgia Tech
Jeremiah Attaochu was named a third-team All-American by the AP. The defensive end has benefitted from Ted Roof's attacking defensive style this season. Wesley Simms compares Georgia Tech's passing offense, rushing offense and defense to bowl opponent Ole Miss.

2014 center Trayvon Reed talked about how he fits in with the Terrapins offensively and defensively. Maryland athletic director Kevin Anderson said he's in no rush to replace deputy AD Nate Pine. Holy Cross announced that it has hired Pine to be its new athletic director, effective Feb. 1, so Anderson has some time to find a good fit.

State of the U looks back at Miami's 2009-2010 recruiting class to see if the players have under- or over-achieved expectations that were set four years ago. Al Golden is trying to put the finishing touches on his top recruiting class, and this weekend he got two safeties to commit. Marques Gayot and Kiy Hester become the Hurricanes' 28th and 29th commitments of the 2014 class.

North Carolina
David Glenn shared his thoughts on the P.J. Hairston/Leslie McDonald suspension story, and said he believes the school will find out when they will be able to play at some point this week. C.L. Brown writes that the "Free P.J." movement has been gaining momentum now that the season is almost a third of the way through.

N.C. State
Wolfpack commit Jaylen Samuels was busy with his high school team this year, scoring 39 touchdowns on just 109 carries. Backing the Pack previews State's game against Tennessee tonight, and places an emphasis on boxing out and preventing the Vols from getting too many offensive boards.

Notre Dame
In 2011, Aaron Lynch was a true freshman for Notre Dame, and one of the team's best pass rushers. Now he is declaring for the NFL draft. The Irish had a fairly successful week in athletics. They won in women's and men's basketball, and also brought home a national championship after the soccer team defeated No. 5 Maryland.

Aaron Donald keeps hauling in awards and trophies and honors. He was named as CBS Sports' defensive player of the year and also named to the AP first-team All-American team. The Panthers lost an extremely low-scoring affair to Cincinnati, 44-43.

Former Syracuse player Dion Waiters has been making some headlines ... and not for the reasons most fans would hope for.  The Orange are going to have to face High Point's "human highlight reel," John Brown.

Tony Bennett is still trying to find the right mix on the court to dissuade any doubters after a slow start to the season. One of the problems could be Akil Mitchell's production, which is down this season.

Virginia Tech
Andy Bitter goes over the outlook for Virginia Tech post-Logan Thomas. Bud Foster said that the Hokies had ACC Championship defense.  “We fell short a little bit of our goal, and that’s to go play in the ACC championship, but we had an ACC championship defense, if not a national championship-type defense,” he said at the team's media bowl Saturday. “I told them that and that’s something that they can be very, very proud of and I’m proud of them for what they’ve done.” 

Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons overcame an eight-point deficit in the second half to beat St. Bonaventure 77-62. Dave Clawson recently hired Kevin Higgins as he puts together his coaching staff. Higgins is going to be Wake Forest's receivers coach and assistant head coach.