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Daily Links, Sep. 4

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 7:42am
By: Brian Geisinger

Quarterbacks Tajh Boyd and Jameis Winston have captured a lot of headlines the past few days - and rightfully so because, wow, they were superb in their openers. However, there are plenty of other news and happenings in middle of what is a busy week. Check them out in today's links!

Boston College
Steve Addazio released his team’s depth chart for this week’s match against Wake Forest, and fortunately for Eagle fans, there are no major changes to report. Chris Ager, a senior captain on the BC soccer team, was named ACC Men’s Soccer Player of the Week.

Joe Giglio sees no reason to not believe in this year’s Clemson squad - the justification: offensive coordinator Chad Morris. After his sensational performance against Georgia, Tajh Boyd is among the early (note: very, very early) favorites to garner the 2013 Heisman Trophy. The NFL season gets underway this tomorrow, and heading into Week 1, 26 former Clemson Tigers have cracked NFL rosters.

The injuries have made it far from easy, but junior tight end Braxton Deaver finally returned to the action at Wallace Wade Stadium last Saturday, where he hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass. Wideout Jamison Crowder was named ACC Specialist of the Week after his 76-yard punt return touchdown.

Florida State
Quarterback Famous Jameis Winston was named ACC Rookie of the Week (shocker, right?) after his rather impressive debut Monday against Pitt. The Winston-led offense dominated, but if the Noles are going to usurp Clemson in Death Valley in October, their defense will need to continue to improve.

Georgia Tech
The Yellow Jackets beat Elon 70-0 in the season opener, but Paul Johnson is unimpressed with his team's performance. Calvin Johnson is known as the best wide receiver in the NFL; yesterday, Nike released a commercial aimed at promoting his new sneaker.

The Terps are getting ready to take on Old Dominion and the Monarchs' prolific passing attack, which is led by quarterback Taylor Heinicke. Maryland's women's soccer squad seems poised for a big season in 2013.

The Hurricanes and their high-powered offense were able to break into the USA Today Coaches' Poll at No. 24 this week. Running back Duke Johnson, who ripped off 186 rushing yard against Florida Atlantic in week one, is ready to take on Florida this Saturday.

North Carolina
Swingman P.J. Hairston had one of his charges reduced after pleading guilty to speeding and an unsafe movement violation, which is relating to his traffic incident from late July. Here's a Q&A wide receiver Johnathan Howard had with the Daily Tar Heel.

N.C. State
The Wolfpack are hoping OT Tyson Chandler will be able to return to the lineup this week. Here's a well-done feature from Luke DeCock on the recently-deceased Frank Weeden, and all he did for the athletic department at N.C. State.

Notre Dame
There's been a lot of chatter this week - mostly semantics - on the classic Notre Dame-Michigan football rivalry, but Wolverines' coach Brady Hoke says he'd like to see this match-up continue in the future.

The Panthers took one on the chin Monday night against FSU, but despite the harsh loss, there's no reason to panic quite yet - the Noles are a really, really good football team.

Tailback Prince-Tyson Gulley had a rough go of things against Penn State, but he's looking to bounce back this week - which against won't be easy against a stout Northwestern run defense.

After knocking off BYU 19-16, the Cavs received two votes in this week's AP Poll. Two sophomore defensive linemen are quickly becoming leaders and key performers for Mike London's defensive unit.

Virginia Tech
Unfortunately, it looks as though Tech's sellout streak of football games, which dates back to the 1998 season, will come to a close this Saturday against Western Carolina. That Alabama loss hurt, but the Hokies appear to be responding in all the correct ways.

Wake Forest
The Deacons sit at 1-0, and are looking forward to this weekend's showdown with Boston College. That match-up against Steve Addazio and the Eagles will require a strong effort from Wake Forest's defense, writes Dan Collins. In basketball news: the Demon-Deacons landed a four-star center, Isaac Haas.