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Meet the Wolfpack Day set for August 12

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Raleigh, NC – NC State’s football team will host its annual Meet the Pack Day on Sunday, August 12 from 5-7 pm at Carter-Finley Stadium. Wolfpack fans can grab autographs from their favorite players and coaches, pick up the 2018 schedule poster, check out activities and games in the Wolfpack Fan Zone and more.

Admission to Meet the Pack Day is free, but fans who register beforehand will have a chance to win tickets, sideline passes, an autographed football and more. Register HERE to be entered to win.

Once again in 2018, Wolfpack Football is collaborating with Communities in Schools program to help the children of Wake County be prepared with school supplies for the school year. Fans may donate one or a few of these items at the gates. For a complete list of requested items, click HERE.

Single-Game Tickets for 2018 Pack Football on Sale Friday:
Single-game tickets for NC State’s home ACC contests will go on sale to Wolfpack Club members on Friday, July 27 and will be available to the general public starting on Monday, July 30. Click HERE to purchase single-game tickets.

Season tickets are selling at a strong pace, but a limited number are still available by clicking HERE.

Fans may also purchase the Tropical Smoothie Mini-PACK, which includes the Georgia State game, the Florida State game and a choice of Boston College or Wake Forest. Click HERE for more information on the Mini-Pack.

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ACC announces Football Players of the Week – Week 2, 2017

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Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their performances in week two of the 2017 season.

The selections are determined by a vote of a 15-member media panel. The following are this week’s honorees:

OFFENSIVE BACK – Lamar Jackson, Louisville, Jr., QB, 6-3, 211, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Jackson became the second player in FBS history to record at least 300 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in consecutive games during Saturday’s 47-35 win over North Carolina. Jackson’s 525 yards of total offense were the most ever allowed by the Tar Heels and is the eighth most in ACC history. He accounted for six touchdowns (three passing, three rushing). With 132 yards rushing, Jackson boasts 2,770 for his career and ranks fourth on Louisville’s all-time list. Following his 393-yard passing performance on Saturday, Jackson’s career total of 6,154 yards through the air ranks sixth all-time in school history.

OFFENSIVE LINE – Evan Lisle, Duke, Sr., OT, 6-7, 310, Centerville, Ohio
Lisle led the blocking for a Duke offense that amassed 538 yards and 34 first downs, converted 15-of-22 (.682) third-down snaps and held possession for 41:18 in Saturday’s 41-17 win over Northwestern. Lisle was part of an offensive line that protected quarterback Daniel Jones, who completed 29-of-45 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns. He opened holes for a Duke rushing attack that amassed 233 yards and three touchdowns, including a 108-yard, two-touchdown performance by Jones.

RECEIVER – Jaylen Smith, Louisville, Sr., WR, 6-4, 220, Pascagoula, Miss.
Smith recorded his third-career and second-straight 100-yard receiving game in the Cardinals’ win at North Carolina. He finished the contest with nine catches for 183 yards and one score. His 300 receiving yards are the most by a Louisville receiver in the first two games of a season, surpassing the 251 by Harry Douglas in 2007. Smith’s touchdown versus the Tar Heels came on a career-long 75-yard reception. His 183 receiving yards are the most by an ACC receiver in a game so far this season.

DEFENSIVE LINE – Austin Bryant, Clemson, Jr., DE, 6-4, 265, Pavo, Ga.
Bryant had four sacks to tie a Clemson record and had seven tackles overall in the Tigers’ 14-6 win over Auburn. He became just the third player in school history with four sacks in a game. Bryant led a defensive line that held Auburn to just 117 yards of total offense and just 38 yards rushing on 42 attempts. Bryant was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation on Sunday.

LINEBACKER – Dorian O’Daniel, Clemson, Gr., LB, 6-1, 215, Olney, Md.
O’Daniel had a career-high 14 tackles, including a career-high 10 primary hits in Clemson’s win over Auburn. Ten of his 14 tackles came in the first half. O’Daniel had two tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks, and added a quarterback hurry as the Tigers held Auburn to 117 yards of total offense, just 38 of which came on the ground.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Essang Bassey, Wake Forest, So., CB, 5-10, 180, Columbus Ga.
Bassey had five tackles and an interception return for a touchdown in Wake Forest’s 34-10 win at Boston College on Saturday. Bassey’s pickoff and touchdown return came with 1:36 to play in the second quarter and Wake Forest holding onto a 14-7 lead. The interception led to Wake Forest’s 21-7 halftime lead.

SPECIALIST – Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina, So., KR, 6-1, 205, Matthews, N.C.
Ratliff-Williams returned five kickoffs for a school single-game record 199 yards – an average of 39.8 yards per return – in Saturday’s loss to No. 17 Louisville. Among the five returns was a 94-yard touchdown in the third quarter, Ratliff-Williams’ first career scoring play.

ROOKIE – Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, QB, R-Fr., 6-3, 215, Denver, N.C.
Making his first career start, Surratt completed 12-of-14 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half of Saturday’s loss to No. 17 Louisville. The redshirt freshman hit Brandon Fritts for a pair of scores – a 1-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and a 5-yarder in the second quarter.

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Wake Forest holds second preseason football scrimmage

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Winston-Salem, NC  – Wake Forest went through a two-hour intrasquad scrimmage Saturday afternoon at the Doc Martin Football Practice Complex.

Wake Forest’s offense scored 31 points on three touchdown passes, one rushing touchdown and a field goal.  Senior quarterback John Wolford threw three touchdown passes, hitting freshman Sage Surratt on an 11-yard passing, Cortez Lewis on a juggling 46-yard completion and tight end Devin Pike on a 16-yard route.  Redshirt freshman Greg Dortch added a 63-yard touchdown run and Ben Brown booted a 23-yard field goal.

“From the defensive perspective, the good is it started out real well then we gave up a bunch of explosives,” said head coach Dave Clawson.  “You look at it offensively, we started out slowly then we made a bunch of explosives.  Defensively, I thought Jessie Bates is a really a good alley tackler.  He’s a good player.  I thought we protected better today on offense.  But the offense made some explosives late.  Certainly, John looked very sharp.  He threw the ball accurately again and made some really nice deep ball throws.  It was good to see Greg Dortch make plays in space and see Cortez (Lewis) make a big play.  I thought Arkeem Byrd ran extremely hard which was good to see.  I think defensively, the story is when we had our (first team) out there, when it was Jessie (Bates), Jaboree (Williams), and Duke (Ejiofor), we played well.  When we take those guys off, there was a big drop off.  So the second half of camp, we have to start building depth there and getting the backups ready.”

Despite giving up some big plays, Clawson was encouraged with the play of the defense.

“I thought the corners actually played better today,” said Clawson.  “Amari Henderson is having a good camp, Essang (Bassey) is solid and the freshman, Ja’Sir Taylor is really coming on.  We really have to find a third safety.  Right now, Jessie (Bates) and Cam (Glenn) would have to play the most there.”

Earlier in the week, Clawson spoke about the need for one of three true freshmen linebackers to play this fall.  That picture may be starting to clear up.

“Right now DJ Taylor is starting to make steps and show up on special teams,” said Clawson.  “He has a knack for making plays.  Going into (camp), he was more of a high school running back so I thought he might be one of the last guys to pick up on things but he has really shown a knack for making plays so that’s why we’re feeding him reps.”

Safety Thomas Dillon led the defense with seven tackles while freshman safety Tyriq Hardimon had six.  Defensive end Chris Calhoun had five tackles and a sack.  Also garnering sacks on defense were linebacker Nate Mays, defensive lineman Tyler Williams, and defensive ends Duke Ejiofor and Mike Allen.

On offense, Wolford completed 10 of 15 passes for 204 yards.  Kendall Hinton connected on six of nine throws for 77 yards and Jamie Newman was five-for-six for 56 yards.

“John is playing really, really well and it showed up two scrimmages in a row,” said Clawson a week after Wolford completed 14 of 15 passes in a scrimmage.  “We have three weeks (to make a decision).  I can’t imagine we’re going to go thru the year and not play both of them.  John, the last two scrimmages, has really played well.  And he’s been really sharp, very accurate.  He’s just so smart and he anticipates openings.  He has played a lot of football.  He’s got a lot of reps and when he goes out there he knows where the ball goes and he throws it accurately.  And today I thought we protected better.”

Also making an offensive impact was receiver Greg Dortch who had a team-high six receptions for 99 yards which carrying three times for 69 yards.

“I think with Greg, he makes the spectacular and he’s great in open space,” said Clawson.  “But in a scrimmage where he plays 40 or 50 plays, there are some breakdowns.  It’s the nature of being a redshirt freshman.  That’s why we’ve got three weeks left.  We’ll get him work and we just need to make him more consistent.  He has that God-given playmaking ability that you can’t coach.  Now we just have to get him better at the things we can coach.  Getting the routes at the right depth, timing up the motion exactly when we need it, reading the leverage of the safety.  Knowing when it’s a hot (route) and he has to break it out.  Those are things that just take time and repetition.”

Clawson was also in praise of Hinton and lamented that he is unable to utilize his whole skill-set in scrimmage situations.

“It’s always tough with Kendall,” said Clawson.  “You’re going to run the quarterback more and in a scrimmage, he gets touched and he’s down.  It’s not fair to him.  Who’s the more accurate passer?  I could have told you before we started camp that John would be the more accurate passer.  In a scrimmage when the quarterback is not live and your greatest asset is the ability to break people down and make them miss, it’s not fair to him.  I think you came away from the last scrimmage and said ‘wow, John was 14 of 15.’  But if you look at the film and if you were able to say Kendall had five carries for 175 yards, that’s pretty impressive.”

Wake Forest returns to the practice field Sunday afternoon in preparation for the season opener on August 31 against Presbyterian at BB&T Field.


  • C A’Lique Terry is expected back at practice on Monday after missing time with an injury.
  • PK Mike Weaver was held out of Saturday’s scrimmage with a hip flexor.

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15th annual Triangle Pigskin Preview set for July 20

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Cary, NCOn August 23, 1995, Coach Bill Dooley, one of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, invited Athletic Directors, Coaches and Representatives from the University of North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina Central and North Carolina State University to join him and NC Governor, Jim Hunt, at the State Capitol Old Senate Chambers.

It was at that meeting that the universities pledged their support to the newly formed NFFCHOF (National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame) Chapter and its mission. Since its inception, Executive Director Bill Dooley worked to promote chapter growth.  In 2012, East Carolina University joined the Chapter. In 2014, its board of directors unanimously voted to name the chapter after its founder. Today the NFF Bill Dooley Chapter ranks as the largest in the country.

Each year the Chapter awards up to 38 scholarships to high school football athletes in Wake, Orange, Durham and Pitt counties.  In total, the NFF Bill Dooley Chapter has awarded over $400,000 in scholarship money to deserving football student-athletes in our communities.

On July 20, 2017, The 15th Annual Bill Dooley Pigskin Preview, sponsored by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, will be held at the Embassy Suites, Cary, NC.  Registration starts at 11 am. The program begins at 11:30 am.  The luncheon benefit features Head Football Coaches Duke University David Cutcliffe, ECU Scottie Montgomery, NCCU Jerry Mack, NCSU Dave Doeren, UNC Larry Fedora. WRAL Jeff Gravely, emcee, will lead a panel discussion featuring the upcoming season and more!

Sponsorships and tickets are available at

For further information visit the website… and for questions or interview requests, please contact Marie Dooley or Priscilla Kistler at *protected email* or 919-412-0367.

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Video & transcript: David Cutcliffe talks about team meetings, tardiness, recruiting, social media & annual NCCU game

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Charlotte, NC – Duke football coach David Cutcliffe sat down for media interviews during the 2017 ACC Kickoff. Here’s a bit where he discusses team meetings, tardiness, recruiting, social media and the annual football game against North Carolina Central.

David Cutcliffe: Like we got a problem, team meeting?

Reporter:  Yeah, like we show everyone here tomorrow at…

David Cutcliffe: I’m trying to remember because I really haven’t had many of those instances. I’ve done it generally not anything to do related to football. It would have in that case been related to some form of behavior. Because that’s just me. I’m not going to push panic buttons on the football end of it and I’m not really going to push panic buttons, but there’s a time that you bring everybody in and say … The first one I did at Duke was pretty funny. They didn’t know I had some tech ability. So I was able to get into all of their Facebooks and their posts. I’m just taking over and so I set up a nice little slideshow and called a team meeting and I popped slide after slide, eyes got bigger. And I said “get your asses out of this team room. You’ve got 30 minutes to clean all of this off or you may not be a part of this program moving forward.” You’ve never seen people move faster. That’s a pretty good team meeting.

Reporter:  I was trying to trick you. Brian said his very first meeting of his very first fall camp a veteran player showed up late.

David Cutcliffe: Oh, I did that. That’s a behavior thing.

Reporter: And you waited for him to come in and everyone sat there and then you told him to come back at 4 am the next day.

David Cutcliffe: I can go volatile on behavior. People ask all the time, because we’re a morning practice team, what do I do if they’re late? And I said, rarely are they dumb enough to be late.

We’ve had a great summer of everybody on time. That’s one of the things I ask our strength staff. We did some work with them as coaches in June, which you can do agility. They averaged eight minutes early. I measure teams that way too. That may be so stupid and so old fashioned but that’s me. You know what I’m saying?

I think it tells you something about your squad. But if that were to happen again, the same result would happen. It was ridiculous. Come on, they’re smart guys. They wouldn’t be at Duke, right? Don’t tell me you didn’t know. Don’t even go there. I don’t ever want to hear that. You didn’t know? Really? We got a Duke, former Duke player Zach….

Reporter: I was about to say that’s impossible now.

David Cutcliffe: It’s impossible. This is Duke for Duke, man. You can’t do it.

My phone. I gave my phone away today because I didn’t want to be distracted. That’s fun by the way.

Do you ever just set your phone aside all day long? That is so much fun. I thought I felt it buzz in my pocket a minute ago and then I realized it’s not there. My body just has nerves buzzing now.

Reporter 2: Do you prevent your players from any type of social media or are you just careful about…

David Cutcliffe:  Inappropriate social media.

Reporter 2: So basically nothing that your mom should be embarrassed about reading.

David Cutcliffe: That’s exactly right. I’m not ever going to prevent them from using social media. The day I have to do that then I realize that I don’t have the relationship with our players that I should have. That’s not the way it has to work.

Reporter 1: You had a player that you’d been recruiting really really hard and he comes to your camp and you see stuff that you didn’t know and you’d stop recruiting?

David Cutcliffe: It happens. Those are difficult times because they’re young people. Recruiting happens too fast. Not to get back on that bandwagon, but we’ve got dangerous legislation. You can hurt young people. You can hurt their families. They can hurt you, they can hurt … with no intention.

But how do you know enough about a kid that has actually maybe five semesters in high school. Whether you’re offering or not offering or accepting a commitment or not, you understand what I’m saying. So we have gotten the cart in front of the horse. And when other sports have done that you’ll listen to some of the Olympic sports that kept moving that model up.

Talk to our women’s lacrosse coach, they’re moving it back the other way. There’s a lack of maturity involved in that. I don’t want to have to offer Steve Weisman fall of his sophomore year and then have him in camp two years later and realize he’s not what we thought he was as a person or a player and now we’ve got to retract. But what’s better, retracting or taking someone you don’t want? You understand what I’m saying? That’s complex.

Reporter 1: If you were the NCAA czar and you could-

David Cutcliffe: I wish I was.

Reporter: And you could say this is the way it is without going through committees and all that stuff, how would you structure the [inaudible 00:05:48]?

David Cutcliffe: I don’t have time to answer that because that is complex. But we would not be moving the calendar up. We would be restricting more of the early approach. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with unofficial visits where people come visit and one of the things they talk about, people can’t afford to do it.

Well if you can’t, you don’t need to be traveling all over the country looking at schools. That’s not restrictive, it’s really not. That’s been going on forever. What was wrong with that? If you looked at Ohio State’s roster under Woody Hayes where do you think most of the players would have come from?

Reporter: Ohio..

David Cutcliffe: Is there anything wrong with that? No.

Reporter: He did quite well.

David Cutcliffe: So we’ve got to come to grips.

The other thing, we want to protect players emotionally and physically. We’ve got to be able to have people making decisions that understand the emotional parts. Goes back to whoever asked me about transfer. That’s dangerous to a kid. They’re still kids in graduate transfers. You understand what I’m saying. So it’s pretty complex. I am a trustee on the AFCA board. I was a member of the Football Issues Committee before it was … there’s only one coach on the Football Oversight Committee. If you look at those things as a football coach, we should have the interest of the student athlete more dearly at heart than any other [inaudible 00:07:38].

Reporter: So that’s something you have in common with your basketball coach, you’d both like to be commissioners of your respective sports if there was such a position nationally?

Reporter 3: I bet every coach wants to be.

David Cutcliffe: Well and when we have a head coaches meeting at the convention and I try to listen as a board member what the majority wants and we vote, the majority in a big way did not want these early visits. We keep hearing that it’s a compromise. What are we compromising with? We’re compromising health and welfare of the game if we’re not careful.

Reporter 2:  What’s your assessment of the football game between Duke and NC Central?

David Cutcliffe: Well, Mose Rison was the coach and I approached him, just thought it would be a healthy thing for Durham, a healthy thing for both institutions. I certainly hope it has been. I wanted to build some community in that regard. That was really important to me. I felt like I’d come in, right when I came in there was some strain between the Durham community and Duke. Maybe even Duke athletics. And I think it’s worked to a large degree in that model and something that I would continue.

I love the fact that it’s called the Bull City Classic. I’m very proud to be a part of the Bull City, I think we have a great community. I drive by Central a lot, see the improvements of the institution. It’s not a mistake maybe that they’re winning championships in their league and it’s probably been beneficial being a part of the Bull City Classic. I feel good about it.

Reporter 3: Sounds better than City of Medicine was.

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Transcript: WFU football coach Dave Clawson with players Wendell Dunn and Cam Serigne at 2017 ACC Football Kickoff

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Charlotte, NC – Wake Forest football coach Dave Clawson and players Wendell Dun and Cam Serigne represented the Demon Deacons at the ACC Football Kickoff. Below is the transcript of their time at the podium in front of the television media.

DAVE CLAWSON: Certainly at Wake Forest, we’re excited to be here, and we’re looking forward to building off the momentum and the improvement that we made in the ’16 season. Last year was our first winning season since ’08, and I thought it was very important for our players, as last year was year three in our program, that I felt we were making improvement. But it was very important that we show tangible evidence of improvement, and certainly improving by four wins, getting to a bowl, beating a 10-win team in the bowl game, I think showed that we are a very improved football team, and now our challenge is to continue to elevate the program.

We really want the standard to be that we’re a team that makes a bowl every year, that that’s just an annual event at Wake Forest, and we start becoming a team that competes for championships. As we head into year four, certainly the process continues, becoming a stronger, faster, more mature, more experienced team.

Overall our experience level is better. Even though we only have nine returning seniors on our football team, this will be the first time in our time there that the amount of seniors and juniors in the two-deep outnumbers the amount of freshmen and sophomores. And so what you’re seeing is all the benefits of the redshirting we’ve been doing, is that we have a lot of fourth year juniors, third year sophomores. These guys are all coming into their own. They’re becoming stronger, they’re becoming faster, and I think without question now we have more players now in our program that are good ACC players and now our challenge is just to continue to build depth.

I certainly feel the confidence level of our players has never been higher. I think after last year in the bowl win, you could see it in the bowl practices. You could see it in the spring practices. You can could see it in the offseason workouts. Having said that, we’re also very aware that improvement in this conference is especially — is difficult. You know, we are in the best division, in the best conference, in all of college football, but it’s a challenge our players love, and we’re certainly looking forward to getting the season kicked off when we start camp on July 27th.

Q. Just what can you say about having a new defensive coordinator and learning under him, just what your takeaways have been so far?
WENDELL DUNN: Having a new defense, I was kind of skeptical about it at first, but Coach Sawvel came in and made everybody extremely comfortable. He had a meeting with us and told us everything, and we’ve been in the new defense for some time now, and it’s going pretty well. We’re excited about it.

Q. You’re sort of the old man on the roster these days. What have you learned throughout your time at Wake, and what’s the outlook that you have going into your last year?
WENDELL DUNN: One thing I’ve learned was to truly trust the process. You know, Coach Clawson came in my freshman year, and he was saying that: The process, the process, the process. And I was like, come on, man, like really? But now it’s unfolded like crazy for me. I preach that to the freshmen all the time, tell them, man, just trust the coaches and they’ll have your best interests, and don’t fight it, because the sooner you just let it happen and do what you’re told and buy in, it unfolds.

Q. I think it’s safe to say that in much of Coach Clawson’s tenure, the defense has been ahead of the offense. The offense has gotten better a lot over the last two years. You go against these guys every day in practice. What’s different about the offense that you go against now versus what you went against two years ago?
WENDELL DUNN: Our offense, their confidence has skyrocketed like crazy. I don’t like it, but it’s great. It’s going to be great for us. We’re out there, and they’re confident. They’re running their plays. They do what they have to do, and we go against them every day, and it’s like, man, these dudes — I’m extremely excited about our offense. I just can’t wait to see them. I tell them every day, I can’t wait to see y’all out there in action.

Q. I just wanted to ask you, with the way this team has made strides going to your first bowl game, you’re now having guys being put on watch lists, do you sort of feel like this program has turned a corner and people are starting to recognize that this is a team in the ACC that they’re going to be hearing some noise from in the future?
WENDELL DUNN: Yes, I do. And the thing about that is people doubt us a lot, you know. I don’t know if you guys heard the saying little old Wake Forest, but it’s a true saying. Everybody thinks that about us. When we talk about beating the top teams, people look at you like you’re crazy, and the thing about us right now is we embrace that. We like to say that and for you to look crazy, because once we do it, you’ll look crazy then, and it’s just something that we embrace. We talk about it all the time as being — and we take that, and that’s our motivation. We want people to doubt us. We want the other teams to doubt us. We want them to think, oh, it’s just Wake Forest we’re playing, so when we get out there and we punch them in the mouth, and come off that field with that win, then it’s like you just let little old Wake Forest do what they have to do.

Q. How frustrating is it for you when you come to something like this and all you hear from everybody is Clemson this, Clemson that or Florida State this, Florida State that?
WENDELL DUNN: It’s not frustrating at all. I mean, we expect it, and it’s actually motivation. It’s so much motivation. It’s, hey, come in and talk like we’re the underdogs, and at the end of the day, it’s our motivation. That’s our fuel. I go back — the players are going to be like how was it? You tell them, man, same ol’. They talk about this and they talk about that, but we know what we got to do. We grind every day, day in and day out. Even on days that’s supposed to be off-days, we come in and we grind and we work hard and we keep preaching that if we keep working hard and do what we’ve got to do, it’s going to happen.

Q. Cam, you heard your teammate touch on the offense. Is this the year that we start seeing this offense make a few more explosive plays, maybe take strides where the defense doesn’t have to carry a bulk of the load this year?
CAM SERIGNE: Definitely our goal this year. I look around our offense. We’re more experienced than we’ve ever been. We have more playmakers than we’ve ever had, and there’s way more excitement around the guys, and I really truly have high expectations and high hopes for our offense this year.

Q. Cam, can you just speak on navigating through the two-quarterback system and what you’ve taken away from both of your quarterbacks so far?
CAM SERIGNE: Yeah, we have two great quarterbacks in John and Kendall, and they both bring positives to the table. So as the rest of us, we’ve just got to work with both of them equally and stay with them both and support them, and at the end of the day, whoever is the best man will come out on top and we’ll support them 100 percent.

Q. Cam, this time next year, who are the young guys that we’re going to be talking about? Who in 2017 do you think will shine?
CAM SERIGNE: You know, Cade Carney, who kind of broke out into the spotlight last year. He’s going to be a horse for us again. You know, between the O-linemen we’ve got Ryan and Justin Herron, Phil Haynes. You’ve got to give love, they worked their butts off and O-linemen don’t always get all the credit they deserve.

As far as receivers go, you have Tabari Hines and a few others. So we have a lot of guys who are going to see their name pop up more often.

Q. Cam, Syracuse, one of the wins you guys got last year was pretty much in a hurricane against Syracuse. What do you remember from that game, and how much of a character builder was that for this program?
CAM SERIGNE: Yeah, it was definitely a wet one. A lot of rain, a lot of wind, I remember, just a battle in the trenches, a lot of run game, and it was a good fight.

Q. Coach, if you could evaluate your quarterback situation out of spring ball, and also not just playing in a bowl game but the value of winning a bowl game.
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, the first with our quarterback situation, as we go into camp, Kendall will go in as the starter, and when he got hurt last year, he was the starter. But John will get reps with the ones, and we’ve got to keep those guys healthy. I mean, we don’t want to be a two-quarterback system. We don’t want to shuttle guys in and out. Unfortunately John and Kendall, neither of those guys have been able to stay healthy the past two years. So I think we’ve got to keep them healthy, and they’ve got to keep themselves healthy, and that will play itself out.

Last year we even had to play a third quarterback quite a bit. Getting Jamie Newman ready becomes important, too.

In terms of winning the bowl game, I mean, it was — I think you can’t underestimate how much that meant to the confidence level of our players. Obviously getting — when I got up here a year ago, I thought being a bowl team was a very attainable goal, but just to go to a bowl and end up with a losing record certainly wouldn’t have the same feel going into the offseason coming off a winning record.

You know, certainly the team we beat was a championship team that had won 10 games, that was nationally ranked, and I think that speaks to the strength of our conference, that this league prepared us for that game.

Like I said earlier, I think the confidence level of our players has never been higher, but we have an older, experienced team, but they also know how difficult this conference is.

Q. Cade Carney, he’s a local boy here, he graduated last year. How did he help you guys out?
DAVE CLAWSON: I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear you.

Q. Cade Carney is a local boy and he graduated two years ago. How did Cade Carney help you guys as a team?
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, Cade Carney, who is from Davie County and then graduated from Davidson Day, just came in mid-year, and Cade is what you look for at Wake Forest. He was a great student, very mature, high-character guy, and he picked up things right away. He gave us a physical presence in the run game that we hadn’t had. Cade is one of those guys that can lower his shoulders and make a two-yard run a four-yard run. He helped us move the chains. He helped us make more first downs. He made some tough touchdown runs for us. Certainly he had a couple runs against Duke that were game-changing plays, and the touchdown he scored in the bowl game. His best football is ahead of him. Now that he has a year under his belt, just watching him in the spring, he’s faster, he plays quicker because he understands the offense better, he understands protections better. He’s a very underrated receiver, and I think he’s just scratching the surface of what he can do and what he can be for us.

Q. When you look at your coaching staff, obviously some changes going into this year. Just what you can say about their development together and their cohesiveness going into the fall.
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, I think that’s still a little bit of a work in progress. You know, the only downside of having a good year is your coaches are going to get maybe recruited at other places and have other opportunities. I certainly am going to miss Mike Elko. I hired Mike when he was 23 years old. He had been with me at Fordham, Richmond, Bowling Green, and Wake Forest, but I think it speaks volumes that when Mike left, we were able to attract somebody like Jay Sawvel who had been a BCS coordinator at Minnesota, had a top 25 defense and was very highly regarded.

I said this a year ago, that I view our program always as somewhat developmental, and we have recruited specifically for a defensive system that we run, so when Mike left, I did not want to blow up the system and start over. You know, we recruited to be a 4-2-5, and the reason Jay was such an attractive candidate is at Minnesota they ran a combination of a 4-2-5 and a 4-3, so we weren’t misplacing personnel when he got there. We’re going to do things a little bit different. He’s got his wrinkles, the way he likes to do things on third down, and we’ll bring his personality to our defense. But the base structure of what we do is going to be very similar because that’s what fits our personnel.

Q. I want to talk about one of the seniors you mentioned, Mike Weaver, a kid who’s a little bit older than a lot of seniors. How good a kicker has he become?
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, he was an All-ACC kicker last year, and I love having Mike on the team because of all the players on the team, he’s the closest to my age group. Sometimes he’s the only one that understands my jokes or listens to the music I like to listen to. But he had a great junior year for us. He’s really improved, matured, and I think he’s set to have a really good senior year for us.

He had a really good year three years ago, then struggled the year before, and then last year came through for us, and I think he has a chance to, again, be the All-ACC kicker.

Q. Wendell mentioned the process, and you kind of alluded to maybe exceeding expectations last year. What is the next step in the process for you at Wake?
DAVE CLAWSON: Well, I think the next step in the process is that we don’t want people to be surprised when Wake Forest goes to a bowl game. We want that to become the expectation. So it’s about rising the expectation level within our program but also to a degree how you guys perceive us, that we don’t want the media to be — we want the expectation to be that this is a good, solid program, that every year they’re going to be a bowl team.

And then the next step is the start — when you get to that level, now the next step is to start competing for championships. Easier said than done. But you know, I’m not going to set a limit to what we can accomplish. You know, how we’ve got to develop a program at Wake is different than other schools in the league. But I don’t think that limits what we can accomplish. We’re not where we want to be. We’re certainly a lot better than three years ago, and we just got to keep the arrow going up, and I think this year’s team certainly has a chance to do that. I feel top to bottom, we’re stronger, faster, more mature, and we should be a better football team than we were a year ago, but I also think the schedule is more difficult. It’s a more challenging schedule, so we’re going to have to be better. But that’s why people come to Wake is they love the challenge of playing in the games that we get week in and week out in the ACC.

Q. What are some of the biggest things you focus on trying to generate motivation for your players, especially when looking at the improvements of last season, ensuring that there’s no letup in moving forward with the program?
DAVE CLAWSON: Can you say that just a little bit louder?

Q. Yeah, sorry. What are some of the things that you focus on when motivating for your players for this season after looking at the last season, ensuring that there’s no letup?
DAVE CLAWSON: Yeah, I just don’t think successful people or successful programs are ever complacent. I can’t imagine that Coach Swinney went to his team and said, hey, we won a national championship, now we can relax. We always talk to our players about having a championship mindset, and the championship mindset is you’re always pushing yourself to get better. You’re always trying to raise the bar of what you can accomplish, and we try to motivate our players individually knowing that if individually they all improve, collectively we’re going to make a bigger jump.

You know, a lot of the teams in our division, we want to have that big, signature win against one of the top teams in the conference. That’s something that we still haven’t accomplished, and that is certainly a big goal for this year is you win one of those games, you’re like, wow, Wake got it done. And we’ve been close. We’ve had leads in the fourth quarters, but we haven’t been able to finish it, and our goal is to get in those games, to be competitive, and to find ways to win them.

Q. Following up on your comment that you play in the best division in the best conference, for the last eight, nine years, Florida State and Clemson have occupied the penthouse. Do you see a day — the rest of you have all gotten better. Do you see a day when someone else climbs into the penthouse, and at Wake Forest, how much ground do you have to make up to be in that position?
DAVE CLAWSON: I mean, we have to make up ground because we haven’t beat those two schools certainly since I’ve been here and it’s been a while. When you say, geez, do you get upset that Florida State and Clemson get all the attention, they’ve earned that attention. They deserve that attention. They’ve won National Championships, they’ve won the ACC. Do I envision a day that we can be there? Absolutely. Now, how we do that isn’t going to be the formula they use. We’ve got to have our Wake Forest formula. But that is our goal. I mean, if we set a goal any lower than that, we’re doing every player in our program a disservice.

Q. You talk about that depth that you now have. Does that allow you to be more creative, do things differently? Were these things on a timeline that you had set for yourself when you first got to wake?
DAVE CLAWSON: You know, I think any time you take over a program that’s struggled, that there’s a blueprint. We have played — this is just — in our three years there, I believe, I believe we’ve had 10 players sign NFL contracts. Nine of those players have been defensive players. The one player on offense was a graduate transfer. So when we got to Wake, certainly the talent level we inherited on defense was significantly better than what we inherited on offense. Because of that, we’ve been a better defense. We’ve been a lot younger on offense. We have played at times conservatively to make sure our defense wasn’t going to play too many snaps, and that was the way to stay in games. I think we’re finally at a point that the talent level on the offensive side of the ball has caught up with the defense. For two years our practices were almost non-competitive. The offense would struggle to make a first down. Last year it became more competitive. The spring it was back and forth.

So what I’m most excited about is I think the overall development of our program is better. I think on offense for the first time, you’re looking at a lineup that isn’t freshmen and sophomores. Even last year I think there was a game that we started nine freshmen and sophomores on offense. You know, and even though Cam Serigne going into camp is the only senior, the amount of fourth year juniors, third year sophomores, kids that are now 20 and 21 years old on our offense, we haven’t had that in three years. That’s the thing I’m most excited about is you can become more creative when kids understand the system, they’ve played, and they’re physically capable of executing the things that you need them to do. And we’re certainly further ahead with that than we’ve ever been, but it’s no different than a year ago. I can get up here after 3-9, 3-9 and say we’re better. Until we do it, it’s just words.

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Transcript: NC State football coach Dave Doeren with players Bradley Chubb and Jaylen Samuels

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Charlotte, NC – NC State football coach Dave Doeren and players Bradley Chubb and Jaylen Samuels represented the Wolfpack at the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff. Below is the transcript of their time at the podium in front of the television media.

DAVE DOEREN: First of all, just excited about the year to come and the culture in our program and the chemistry of our team and our staff, and you hear me say it, our players say it, “One Pack, One Goal” is our mission statement. It’s a united mission to win a championship, and it comes — driven through work ethic and blue-collar values and everything we talk about programatically is becoming the best us we can be, outworking ourselves the day before, thinking about who we’re going to play against on the other side of the football, and not taking any of our opportunities for granted, not just as a player or as a coach but in life. I’m proud of our players and our coaches for the journey that we’ve had and the obstacles and the adversities have made us more together, more strong, more tough, and all the challenges that stand in front of you as a person, as a man, as a coach, as a father, they’re there for a reason. They’re there for you to face them, and that’s what we’ve done. And we’ve become harder, we’ve become tougher, we’ve become more together because of all of us, and that’s what we’re all about.

People ask me about our program, the identity of our program is hard, tough, together. That’s us. We want to play hard, and we’re going to be tough, and we’re going to have great love for each other in the room. And I’ve got such a great staff of coaches and strength coaches and trainers and football operations and recruiting and academics and nutrition and sports psychology, you name it. Our player development is as good as it’s ever been. And that’s — my job is to surround these great kids, these great young men, with positive role models, people that help them become great at what they want to be and what they want to do, and it’s a pleasure to see them grow.

And to have Bradley and Jaylen here, two guys that I recruited, our staff recruited, that have worked so hard and bought in and brought tremendous leadership, culture, and now ownership and accountability to what we want; to sit here now in year five with an experienced roster of guys that we’ve battled hard with and to see them get the notoriety that I believe they deserve is just the beginning, and to me, it’s just part of the journey. By no means is it something that satisfies you, it just inspires you, and like I’ve told all of them when I’ve congratulated them, I’m proud of them for the recognition, but let’s hunt it. Let’s go get those goals.

To me the best teams always have the most recognized players, and that’s what we want to have at the end of the season.

To go into this season, just from a program standpoint, last year I stood here and there was a lot of unanswered questions for me going into fall camp. It’s probably the opposite. We’ve got more depth on both line of scrimmages. We’ve got more depth at different positions. We’ve got more proven players in certain areas, and there’s opportunities at other positions. You know, we have great competition and experience back at running back, but we have to replace a great player in Matt Dayes, and I know the guys in that room look forward to that.

Last year we didn’t have anyone at receiver really besides Bra’Lon that had proven himself, and all of a sudden Steph Louis averages 19.9 yards a catch, Kelvin Harmon comes in as a true freshman and breaks the NC State record for touchdowns. So you hope you can have something like that happen in the backfield for you.

Similarly on defense we lost three starters in the secondary, and people worry about that. I’m excited for the opportunity that’s there for these young guys, and Nick McCloud, I think, is going to be a great player for us, and so for him to have an opportunity, Jarius Morehead, Dexter Wright, these guys have worked hard, and that’s what it’s all about is seeing a young player grow up, opportunity presents itself, giving him that chance to be great at it, and him seizing that moment. That’s really what ’17 will be about for our program.

I know I’m supposed to introduce these two young men sitting to my left, so I will do that. Bradley Chubb and Jaylen Samuels, not just great football players, but great human beings from great families and tremendous representation for us on what you want a student-athlete to look like in four years. They’re sitting right there to my left.

Tremendous, tremendous players, people, citizens, future fathers, future husbands, you name it. These guys are the best. I’d like to bring them up to the stage now. Come on up, Jay-Sam.

Q. I mentioned to you last night they basically added a position on the preseason All-ACC team to recognize what you do for the Wolfpack. How does that make you feel?
JAYLEN SAMUELS: It makes me feel very good just to add another position. I mean, that’s crazy just to think about that. But that means something special to me, and I’m going to keep working hard to prove people wrong.

Q. Not just yourself but also Nyheim Hines, both of you offensively and your versatility, how you can play off each other and really become a dangerous offense this year?
JAYLEN SAMUELS: Yeah, me and Nyheim, we have a lot of versatility that we can bring to the table. Me and him, we have a lot of the same kind of skill sets together, being able to move out of the backfield, catch the pass, go in the backfield, run the ball. You know, it’s going to be kind of scary for defenses to prepare for us next year.

Q. Jay-Sam, you probably made big plays from as many different spots in the field as anybody at NC State history, as many different play calls. Do you stay awake at night fantasizing new ways to make your mark, and can you tell us one that you really are thinking about making happen this year?
JAYLEN SAMUELS: Like every night, like, in the off-season, I’m just thinking about the upcoming season and like what I’ve got planned going into my senior season, my last year at NC State. Just trying to leave a mark for myself as a player on and off the field. You know, just at night I think about the plays that I could have made last year, but I don’t try to think about it, I just try to move forward. But just try to work on the little things every day with Coach “Thunder” [Dantonio Burnette], him getting us right in the weight room. We’ve got one of the best weightlifting coaches in the country. Just every day just trying to push myself to be better so I know I can do better than what I did last year.

Q. You’ve got a former Syracuse offensive coordinator now in the staff, George McDonald who works with the offense. I wondered how much interaction you’ve had with him and if you can speak to what he’s been like.
JAYLEN SAMUELS: Can you repeat that?

Q. Yeah, George McDonald is now one of the assistants at NC State, used to be at Syracuse. I wonder what your thoughts are.
JAYLEN SAMUELS: Oh, Coach McDonald, he’s a great coach. He stays on me a lot. He’s one of them type coaches he likes to joke around. He’s joking with you, but he’s really telling the truth. He’s a great coach. He pushes me to the limit. He knows what I can do, and he just wants to see me be successful, and I thank him for so much, for all he has done, and I’m looking forward to spending my last senior season with him.

Q. Bradley, you had the close calls against Clemson, a game you probably clearly should have won, Florida State, also. What is a fair expectation for you guys this year, and how much of it is based off what you were close to being able to do last year?
BRADLEY CHUBB: Like Jaylen said, we try not to think about last year. It’s a new year. We’re striving to be the best that we can possibly be, on and off the field, and when you’ve got guys that are going to go out there and play their hearts out for each other and for one another, I just never know what’s going to happen. I feel like if we all just continue to play for each other, like I said, then the sky’s the limit for this team, and those close calls won’t be close anymore, and those games that y’all say we should have won, I feel like those games are going to be won.

Q. A lot of depth on your defensive line. Talk about the other guys. Talk about how you guys make it work as a group.
BRADLEY CHUBB: The guys we have in the defensive line room are just phenomenal, B.J. Hill, Justin Jones, Kentavius Street, Tyrone Riley, Darian Roseboro, Eurndraus Bryant; the list could go on. Those guys are like my brothers. I talk to them every day. I see them every day. We hang out even when we’re not supposed to — even when we’re not together, we’re always talking, hanging out, we’ve got a group message, we’re always joking around, and I feel like just that brotherhood that we have with each other, it just helps us to rely on one another because we don’t want to let somebody down. Because if I let Justin down, if I let B.J. down — I’ve known Justin since I was in eighth grade, and if I let him down, I know it’s going to hurt me more than it hurts anybody else. And so I feel like that’s what makes us so good. We just love each other so much and we care about each other so much that whatever we do, we’re just trying to do it for one another.

Q. Speaking of the decision to come back to NC State, why that was the right thing for you to do at this point in your career and what it means to play for the Wolfpack.
BRADLEY CHUBB: It means everything. This University means everything to me. Coach Doeren, I met him when I was 17 years old at a time where I didn’t think I was going to play college football because I was — off an injury that happened to me previously. But this University has made me into the man I am today, and I’m thankful for it every day. When you talk about the decision, I just prayed to God. I just talked to my family the most. I just felt like it was the best thing for me at the time, and I still — 100 percent behind that decision. Nobody could sway my head one way or another because I feel like when I prayed to God that he put me in this position right now, and I feel like I can’t doubt God. Just coming back here, I’m just excited to see what we can do as a team and just excited for the season.

Q. They say every team every year has a different personality. What do you want the personality of this year’s team to be?
BRADLEY CHUBB: We just want to be that team that you don’t want to play because you know we’re going to hit you hard in the mouth. We’re going to try to — the offense is going to run the ball down your throat. They’re going to pass it over your head. We just want to be that team that you don’t want to play because you know we’re going to play as hard as we possibly can, and you’re going to get the best from us every week.

Q. Running back is one of the very few positions on offense where you don’t return the starter. You have recruited very well at that position. How do you see the competition to replace the great Matt Dayes unfolding?
DAVE DOEREN: I’m excited to see it. I think it’s opportunity for Dakwa Nichols, for Reggie Gallaspy, for Nyheim Hines, for Jaylen Samuels. Those four guys are all very skilled players that deserve chances at the football, and that’s what fall camp will be about. I think the positive of the unknown is that there’s options in it, and so I’m looking forward to seeing that room compete because I’m going to tell you, Coach Kitchings, he’s a hard coach. He gets on those guys and coaches them tough. It’s going to be demanding in fall camp to see who can do the best job, and it may be a deal where we’re rotating guys. We’ll just see how it plays out.

Q. I asked Jaylen this, I’d ask you the same thing about George McDonald and why you thought he’d be a good guy to bring in.
DAVE DOEREN: Yeah, George McDonald is a tremendous coach. He’s a great man. He’s a great father, a great husband. He’s a really good mentor. He’s recruited his butt off for us and developed players in that room. He’s earned tremendous respect, not just from a player standpoint but from a coaching standpoint and in our staff room. He’s well-liked, and I’m very blessed to have him on our staff.

Q. Just speak a little bit further on Jaylen Samuels, and because he’s so versatile what he can do for this offense without Matt Dayes.
DAVE DOEREN: Yeah, I think there was 271 touches Matt Dayes had last year and 40 some through the air, the rest on the ground, so that’s a lot of opportunity right there for Jay-Sam and the other guys that I just mentioned and for Coach Drinkwitz and his staff to figure out where the ball goes. Obviously for Jay-Sam, you’d love to see him having the ball in his hands as many times as you can and not having Matt there creates that void for him and others to take advantage of.

Q. Do you think the depth you’ve been able to accumulate is going to lead to more redshirting freshmen?
DAVE DOEREN: You know, it should, unless there’s someone like Kelvin that comes in that’s ahead of his years from a development standpoint. You would hope that that happens. There are some spots like I’d mentioned in the secondary where we may have not necessarily a starter but a guy that plays on special teams and may have a role in a sub package, just because we’ve lost more back there than we have anywhere else. But I would like to think that 90 percent of our freshmen coming in would have to redshirt because of the experience we have and how we’ve developed and staggered the roster over the last four years.

Q. Dave, similar to what I asked Bradley, you’ve not shied away from putting some expectations on this team, and not only the games you won last year but a couple of the games you lost were stepping stones I think for the program. How do you manage expectation because Wolfpack fans sometimes get a little bit scared about that?
DAVE DOEREN: Well, first of all, you want expectations, and you have to earn them. That’s the one thing I told our guys, be proud of people talking nicely about you, but also understand that changes quickly when you don’t live up to those things. And so the bottom line for me and our program is we don’t look at where you want us to end up. We all want to be champions in college football. There isn’t a coach that won’t tell you that.

Our focus is on the daily grind, the daily competition, the daily opportunity to get better, and if you realize that opportunity, then your roster is getting better on a daily basis, which makes you a better team when you get to the game. It’s the same thing for my staff. I challenge them all the time, we’ve got to be our best every day, and I think if we just take that daily approach — we call it one more — what one more thing can I do today that I didn’t do yesterday to get better, then we’re putting ourselves at a place difficult to beat and that’s the bottom line game. You want to walk out of every game knowing you did everything you could do. Win or lose, you didn’t do anything in retrospect from an effort standpoint that you could have done differently.

Q. Do those close losses at Clemson and to Florida State, do those serve as motivators? Do you still think about those games?
DAVE DOEREN: Oh, I think about every game. I think any time you have a game that really exaggerates the importance of one play, it helps your program because you can go to that and say, hey, when we work out today, guys, this last rep, it matters because every rep matters. Remember when, you can go right to one play in the game that changes the game. Everyone goes like this. So they know how important a finish to a rep is, whether it’s a weight room rep, whether it’s a running rep, whether it’s a mental thing in a meeting room, a walk-through rep, but there is no rep in a football game that can’t change the game. And when you have those tight games like that where it goes one way or the other, it’s quick to point to a play and say, that could have changed it. And that helps your development and it helps your off-season, and I think it helps kind of hammer home the word finish, which is what it’s all about. It’s finishing plays, finishing games, finishing quarters, the whole deal.

I think any obstacles that we’ve had in front of us has only made us stronger as a team, as a family.

Q. Two-a-days, how have you guys adjusted the schedule for camp this year?
DAVE DOEREN: You know, we haven’t done two-a-days. Last year’s camp we didn’t do them. So we use the opportunities to teach at night in a walk-through environment or in a run-through environment. We just have really studied injuries and the best way to prevent those kind of things in our program. For us the biggest change was the day off during camp. You’ve never had that before. This is the only time of the year where we get to coach football without classes going on. Once you get into that phase, and now they have a day off with no class, which is — and they’re not even allowed to come talk to us. Like a player could call me and say, Coach, I’d really like to watch film with you today and I have to say no, which I think is a crazy rule personally. If a young man wants to do something, let him do it. Don’t let us mandate it, but people want to get better.

I understand a lot of sports use off days as travel days and do — we don’t do that in football. Don’t do it. You know, we give our guys days off.

I think fall camp to me — it’s like my favorite time of the year from a coaching standpoint. Once that last summer school final is over and we hit the field with those guys for 10 to 14 days without academics and just get to talk about the chemistry and the football and the Xs and Os and what it’s all about to be at our school, that’s a huge program time for you, and so I’m really excited about it.

You know, using the current format which was your question, I think it’s all about trying to maintain the quality of your practice and keep as many players in back to back to back to back sessions that you can so they can improve.

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Seminoles lead 2017 ACC football preseason poll

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Greensboro, NC – Florida State is the preseason favorite to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, according to a poll of 167 media members held in conjunction with last week’s 2017 ACC Football Kickoff.

The Seminoles, who posted a 10-3 overall record last season and defeated Michigan in the Capital One Orange Bowl, are also picked to capture the Atlantic Division, while Miami received the nod as the likely Coastal Division winner.

Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville was chosen to repeat as ACC Player of the Year after a record-setting 2016 campaign in which he averaged 393.4 yards per game of total offense and accounted for 51 touchdowns, both ACC single-season records. His 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns were also ACC records for a quarterback.

Jackson, a rising junior from Pompano Beach, Florida, who is the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy, also was named the 2016 National College Football Player of the Year by the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp, the Sporting News and CBS Sports.

Florida State was named the likely 2017 ACC champions on 118 ballots, followed by defending national champion and two-time defending ACC champion Clemson with 35 votes. Louisville received seven votes, followed by Virginia Tech and Miami with three each and Duke with one.

In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Florida State led the way with 121 first-place votes and 1,108 total points. Clemson followed with 37 first-place votes and 1,007 points, while Louisville received nine first-place votes and checked in with 843 total points.

NC State (658 total points) was tabbed for a fourth-place Atlantic Division finish, followed by Wake Forest (415), Syracuse (362) and Boston College (283).

Miami, beginning its second season under head coach Mark Richt, was selected the likely Coastal Division winner by 103 voters and amassed 1,065 total points. Defending division champion Virginia Tech followed with 40 first-place votes and 932 points. Georgia Tech placed third with nine first-place votes and 708 points.

Pitt (seven first-place votes) totaled 673 points, followed by North Carolina (four first-place votes) at 606, Duke (four first-place votes) at 473 and Virginia at 219.

The Atlantic and Coastal Division winners will meet in the 2017 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 2, at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium. If this year’s media predictions prove correct, it will be a first-ever title game matchup of teams from the Sunshine State and a rematch of an early regular-season showdown. The Seminoles and Hurricanes meet in Tallahassee on September 16.

Florida State owns 15 ACC championships since joining the league in 1992, just behind leader Clemson’s 16 conference crowns. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will welcome back 20 starters this season, including talented sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois and a deep defensive secondary led by Tavarus McFadden, Nate Andrews and Derwin James, a redshirt sophomore who returns after being sidelined by a knee injury in the second game of last season.

Louisville’s Jackson led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 113 votes, while Florida State’s Francois was listed on 23 ballots and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins on 11.

Boston College defensive end Harold Landry received eight ACC Preseason Player of the Year votes, followed by NC State all-purpose standout Jaylen Samuels with seven and Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey with two. Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman, Miami wide receiver Ahmmon Richards and Duke quarterback Daniel Jones each received one vote.

ACC Championship
1. Florida State – 118
2. Clemson – 35
3. Louisville – 7
4-t. Virginia Tech – 3
4-t. Miami – 3
6. Duke – 1

Atlantic Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Florida State (121) – 1,108
2. Clemson (37) – 1,007
3. Louisville (9) – 843
4. NC State – 658
5. Wake Forest – 415
6. Syracuse – 362
7. Boston College – 283

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Miami (103) – 1,065
2. Virginia Tech (40) – 932
3. Georgia Tech (9) – 708
4. Pitt (7) – 673
5. North Carolina (4) – 606
6. Duke (4) -473
7. Virginia -219

ACC Player of the Year
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – 113
2. Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State – 23
3. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson – 11
4. Harold Landry, DE, Boston College – 8
5. Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State – 7
6. Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse – 2
7-t. Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami – 1
7-t. Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami – 1
7-t. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke – 1

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ACC leads all conferences with nine selected to the 2017 John Mackey Award Watch List

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Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference led all conferences with nine players selected to the 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watch List, which was announced Tuesday by the Friends of John Mackey.

Wake Forest senior Cam Serigne (Ashburn, Virginia) is making his third appearance on the preseason watch list, having been so honored before the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Florida State junior Ryan Izzo (Highland Lakes, New Jersey) is being honored for the second time, having been named before the 2016 season.

Louisville was one of three schools nationally to have two players chosen to the list in juniors Micky Crum and Jordan Davis.

Given annually to the most outstanding collegiate tight end, the award recipient is selected by vote of the John Mackey Award Selection Committee and the 2017 Mackey Award recipient will be announced on December 6, 2017. He will then be presented live on December 7, 2017, at The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. All future announcements can be found at

NFL Hall of Fame member John Mackey, who played collegiately at current ACC member Syracuse from 1960-62, is considered to be the best to have played the tight end position.  A tight end by whom all others are measured, Mackey was a role model on and off the field as demonstrated by his Super Bowl Championship, his commitment to community and his place in history as the first President of the NFLPA.

Since the Award’s inception for the 2000 season, four players from current ACC schools have won the Mackey Award, most recently Florida State’s Nick O’Leary in 2014. Clemson’s Dwayne Allen (2011), Virginia’s Heath Miller (2004) and Miami’s Kellen Winslow II (2003) also captured the honor.


ACC Players Selected to the 2017 Preseason John Mackey Award Watch List:

Cole Cook                 NC State              Sr.           Carrollton, Ga.

Micky Crum              Louisville            Jr.           Columbus, Ohio

Jordan Davis            Louisville            Jr.           Clear Lake, Texas

Brandon Fritts         North Carolina   Jr.           Mentor, Ohio

Daniel Helm              Duke                    Jr.-R        Chatham, Ill.

Chris Herndon, IV    Miami                  Sr.           Norcross, Ga.

Ryan Izzo                  Florida State       Jr.-R        Highland Lakes, N.J.

Cam Serigne             Wake Forest       Sr.-R       Ashburn, Va.

Tommy Sweeney     Boston College   Jr.           Ramsey, N.J

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