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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.
Greensboro, NC – The Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week have been recognized following their performances in week two of the 2017 season.
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.
Charlotte, NC – On July 13, ACC Supervisor of Officials, Dennis Hennigan held an officiating forum at the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff. Below is a transcript from the forum.
THE MODERATOR: All right, folks. We will now begin our officiating forum. At this time I will just turn it over to the ACC Supervisor of Officials, Dennis Hennigan.
DENNIS HENNIGAN: Thanks, Ken. I’m sure this is what you’ve all been waiting for all day is to talk officiating. Here’s what I’d like to accomplish. I’m going to review the 2016 season and then talk about the changes for 2017, and I got a little bit of video to show you at the end of this.
First 2016. From an officiating standpoint, we showed some great improvement from 2015, and obviously we want to keep that going forward for 2017. The average number of plays in the ACC went up five last year from 178 up to 183, and that’s a trend that we’re seeing across the country with most teams going at a faster pace, not huddling, so I think that trend is going to continue.
We had several games where there were over 200 plays during the game.
Just some numbers regarding 2016. In regard to the fouls that were called, and this has remained the same throughout the country for as long as I can remember. These are the fouls that are called most often: False start, and then the two really judgment calls that we are really questioned most on, offensive holding and defensive pass interference, and as I say, our numbers are similar to other numbers you see from the other conferences.
A little bit about targeting. In the ACC we had 18 targeting calls, and if you remember, last year there was the rule change which allowed targeting to be called from the replay booth, and we had two of those targeting calls that were initiated by the replay official.
Now, nationally I put these numbers up here. You can see that there was one targeting call every six games across the country. This is at the FBS level, so there was one every six games, and replay — of course every targeting call is reviewed by replay, and you can see that targeting — or replay upheld 71 percent of the targeting fouls that were called throughout the country, a little bit down from the prior year, and I think that’s because when a targeting foul now goes to replay, replay really looks at it fresh, and they look at the entire action that occurred during that play, and that really was a change from prior years where replay would only look at certain aspects of the targeting call.
So when there’s a targeting call on the field, then it goes up to replay. They’re looking at it fresh. So as I say, we have one every six games across college football.
Just some numbers on home versus visitors. And you can see that the difference between all games and conference games. It drops the — the winning percentage drops from 60 percent to 47 percent for conference games, and you can also see that the points scored go down a little bit. And based on my research, I think this was the first time in a long time where the visiting team won more conference games in the ACC than the home team did, in 2016.
So that’s a little bit of review of 2016. Now I want to turn to this year, and the first topic I’ll discuss is the one that’s probably gotten the most attention, and that’s sideline management. The rules committee wanted to address the situation of coaches coming on to the field to express disagreement with or object to officiating decisions, so what we’re trying to do really is to change the behavior of coaches, and I emphasize that it’s really a small minority of coaches that will be affected by this change.
Now starting in 2017, coaches who enter the field of play to express disagreement with or object to an officiating decision will be penalized 15 yards for unsportsmanlike conduct. In the past we would give a warning. In the past you would see an official walk a coach back to the sideline in an attempt to defuse the situation. That will not occur in 2017. Coach steps on to the field to object to a call, there will be a flag thrown, and it will be a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.
Now, last year there was a rule put in place that really brought football in line with other sports, and that rule states that if you get two unsportsmanlike fouls you’re disqualified from the game, and that rule obviously will be in effect in 2017. So a coach who would get two unsportsmanlike fouls would be disqualified.
And this, of course, applies to assistant coaches as well as head coaches. It doesn’t apply just to the head coach.
Now, the purpose of this rule is not to try to eliminate emotional reaction of coaches in the heat of the moment. Our coaches are passionate. It’s an emotional game, and we expect them to react emotionally. All we want is for that to occur on the sideline and to leave the field of play to the players and to the officials.
So as I say, this point of emphasis has gotten some attention this offseason. Hopefully it will not be a big issue. But again, there’s no warning that will be given to a coach who comes on the field to object to an officiating decision or to express disagreement with a call that we made. So long as they stay on the sideline, things will be okay.
Now, the rules that have governed coaches in the past regarding their conduct while on the sideline, those remain in place. Nothing has changed there. And many teams will step on to the field to signal plays. We’re not penalizing that action. A coach wants to call a time-out, that’s not what this rule is intended to address. It’s only intended to address those few instances where a coach comes on to the field really to show his displeasure with an officiating decision. And this is a national point of emphasis. This is certainly not restricted to our conference, and the hope and the expectation is that it’ll be uniformly applied across the country. As I say, with our coaches, they’ve been fully briefed on it, and we really don’t expect it to be a problem.
Are there questions about that change? I’ll be glad to entertain them.
Q. Just clarification: If a head coach gets a flag and then an assistant coach gets a flag, there’s no disqualification, it has to be the same person getting the flag twice, correct?
DENNIS HENNIGAN: That’s correct. Yeah, in order to be disqualified, the individual coach would have to get two fouls. Any more questions about that?
Good, I hope it’s a non-issue.
The second point of emphasis has to do with game length, and not only in football but in a lot of sports, there’s been talk lately about how long games go, and specifically with college football, the rules committee looked at several rule changes in an attempt to address this, such things as not stopping the clock after a 1st down, starting the clock after the ball is spotted after an incomplete pass, and some other things. But what they decided to do was rather than change the rules of the game, they want us as administrators and officials to take some certain steps in an attempt to increase the pace of the game and as a result to decrease the length of the game. So a couple things you might notice this year.
For halftime, in the past what the referee would do is the half would end, he would go to the end zone where the officials’ locker room is. He would wait for the teams to leave the field, usually wait for the coach who’s getting interviewed to at least get by him, and then he would start the 20-minute halftime clock. We’re going to make a change this year, and when I say we, again, I mean across the country. When the first half ends, the referee will make sure that there wasn’t a foul or that the play is being reviewed by replay, and if all is clear on those points, he is going to start the clock immediately, right from where the half ends on the field. There will be no more waiting for the teams to leave the field. There won’t be any waiting for coaches to do interviews.
The rule book provides that the halftime is 20 minutes, and the rules committee wants us to get as close to that 20 minutes as possible. So we will be starting the halftime clock quicker than we have in the past.
We want to try and start not only the game but the second half in a timely manner, and we also want to make sure that media time-outs are the agreed-upon length, so what you will see — in the past you would see the person in the red hat who would really control the length of media time-outs. Now this year what you’re going to see is when he gets 30 seconds from his producer, he’s going to leave the field. The officials will take over the timing from that point on. It will be that way at the start of the second half, and it will be that way for all media time-outs.
So these are just some things that we’re going to try and do across college football to see if we can get the length of games down to a more manageable number.
Now in terms of rule changes for 2017. The way the rules process works in college football, it’s on a two-year cycle, and we’re in the second year of a cycle, which means that the only rule changes that can be implemented have to do with safety. So we have two rule changes this year.
The first one addresses the play which started to gain some popularity last year, both in the NFL and in college, and I’m talking about the situation on a field goal or an extra point where a defensive player would start six or seven yards on the defensive side of the ball, time his hurdle perfect, hurdle over the offensive lineman, and essentially be standing next to the kicker when the kicker kicked the ball. And what the rules committee decided is that that type of play really created a risk of injury to the hurdling player. The concern was that if as he was hurdling the offensive guard, the offensive guard stood up, that that defensive player would be placed at risk, a risk of being flipped and landing on his head. So they decided that, again, in the interest of safety, to eliminate that play, so that will not be allowed going forward.
The other safety issue has to deal with the horse collar tackle. Up until this year, a horse collar tackle, in order for it to be a foul, you had to grab the collar, the inside collar of the back or the side of the ball carrier’s jersey and pull him immediately to the ground. They’ve added to the definition of horse collar this year, so now if you grab the nameplate area on the back and you pull the ball carrier to the ground, this will be a foul. You no longer have to grab the inside of the jersey. So if you grab the nameplate area, that will be a horse collar tackle this year and will be a foul.
So those are the two rule changes. That’s all, and it’s the fewest changes I’ve seen in many years.
Now, there was another rule change that I’ll just mention, and it has to do with pants. You’ll recall that there were some issues last year with players wearing what could only charitably be called pants. So what they decided to do was to put — change the rule so that pants have to cover the knees, which seems logical. However, they’ve postponed that, the implementation of that, until next year, until 2018. So our instructions this year are that pants must reach at least the top of the knee, okay, and then next year the rubber will meet the road when the rule comes in play that says pants have to cover the knee. Again, hopefully that’s not an issue.
Just two other rules that I’ll mention. One is blocking below the waist, which quite honestly is difficult to officiate, difficult to understand, and difficult to coach. This year for the first time in several years, there are no changes to the rule, but the rules committee has sent out a survey to coaches about some possible changes for it, for next year. So we’re not done with that rule.
And the last rule is the ineligible downfield. You may recall that a few years ago, there was a push to reduce the rule which says you can’t be more than three yards downfield before the quarterback releases the ball, to reduce that three yards to one yard, and that was approved during the rule-making process, and then before it got to the final approval stage it was disapproved, if you will, but there’s still a push out there to take a look at that rule, and again, coaches are being surveyed about that, so that is a possibility going forward in 2018.
So that’s 2016, and that’s 2017. And if there are no questions, there’s some — yes, sir?
DENNIS HENNIGAN: Yes. Interesting dichotomy there. But yeah, you can still hurdle if you’re the ball carrier.
DENNIS HENNIGAN: The horse collar does not include front of the jersey.
DENNIS HENNIGAN: Yes, the horse collar applies only to the side or the back, so you can grab somebody in the front, and it’s not a foul.
Okay, I’ve got some plays to show you now, and they have to do with offensive holding and defensive pass interference, and I thought since there weren’t a lot of rule changes that it would be interesting for you folks to see some plays and for me to tell you how we as officials, how I as a supervisor look at these plays and what we’re looking for in terms of a foul or not a foul. And the first group we’re going to look at are defensive pass interference, and you probably remember this play, but let’s take a look at it.
Now, how many think that’s a foul? You could all work for me. We did have a flag on this for a hold, but this is the type of play where we’re seeing this a lot now. We seem to have a run of wide receivers who are 6’5″, and what teams will do is they’ll just throw these jump ball passes into the corner of the end zone, these fade passes with the 6’5″ wide receiver and the 5’10” defensive back, and from an officiating standpoint, what we tell our officials to look for is if the offensive receiver can get both arms up in the air to make a play on the ball, there is no foul. That’s what he is looking at. Can the receiver get his hands up in the air? Which this player clearly could. I mean, there’s contact right off the line of scrimmage here, but there’s not sufficient contact here for defensive interference. The receiver could make a play on the ball. So that’s what we’re looking at on this type of play.
Now, if one of his arms was pinned to his side, yes, we want a flag. But if he can get both arms up in the air to reach for the pass, then we’re good with no flag.
The next play is a similar type of play.
And by the way, what I tell our officials is when you throw a flag, would you be comfortable calling back the game-winning score in the Conference Championship game with that flag? And if you are, then throw the flag. But if you’re not, you’d better keep that flag in your pocket.
So if we could go on to the next play. We’ve got a similar type play here down at the bottom.
A lot of contact, no flag, and rightfully so. The offensive player — great play by the defensive player. We don’t want to penalize great plays. I mean, that’s close, but we want to let that go.
Now, on this next play — this next play is, again, an example of a play we see a lot and you see a lot. It’s a defensive player who has his back to the quarterback. He’s not playing the ball. And when you’re in that position defensively, we give you very little leeway, okay. And any early contact is going to be a foul. You’re not playing the ball. At the very least, you need to turn your head around. I think we get another look at this.
And again, it’s the type of play we see a lot, a defensive back just not playing the ball.
Now, here’s a play over the middle that we get a flag on and we shouldn’t have had a flag on.
Just a bang-bang play. Both players have an equal right to the ball. He didn’t play through the back. When a defensive player plays through the back of on offensive player, you see the offensive player’s body react. It gets knocked forward. He gets — there’s some sort of reaction. Here there’s no reaction. This is just a good play by this defensive back. I think it’s the guy at the top of the screen. Just a good play. I mean, even the receiver didn’t think it was —
Now, watch this play initially and tell me if you think this is interference.
Doesn’t look like much, does it? Now, the back judge is in great position. He’s just where we want him to be. But the Clemson coach knows. You’ll see him come into the picture. I remember watching this, and when it happened initially, I didn’t think there was much there. Just a little push there, and again, our back judge was in great position to make that call, wiped out an interception.
On this next play, we get another example of not playing the ball.
And early contact. See, there’s not a lot of contact there by the defensive back, but he’s got his back to the ball, his back to the quarterback, and he does make contact, and again, we see this often, and from an officiating standpoint, nine times out of ten, he gets there early, the defensive back gets there early.
Now, our last play for pass interference, I want to show you another example of a type of play we’ll see, and we call it a cutoff.
And it’s up at the top of the screen. He just cuts off the receiver’s path to the ball. I mean, there has to be some contact to have pass interference in college. It’s not like the high school rule. There’s not a lot there, but these defensive backs are so good that they just — he just rides him out of bounds, rides him off his path to the ball, and that’s pass interference, and it was rightly called.
Let me turn now to offensive holding. I often hear that you can have holding on every play. Just some things that we look at when it comes to holding.
We’re looking at whether or not the defensive player, whether there was a significant restriction on his ability to affect the play, okay. Some telltale signs: If an offensive lineman gets beat, he typically reaches out and grabs. That’s one thing we look at, okay. If an offensive lineman who’s pulling, oftentimes they overrun the play, defensive player cuts inside, they reach out and grab, so we watch guys who are pulling. Is the defensive player trying to make a play, or in officiating talk, is he just happy to be there? Is he just trying to turn a play in, which often happens on wide plays, a defensive back. He’s not really trying to make a play. There may be a grab there, but when I was on the field, I used to say to players, you have to earn the hold. The player would complain he’s getting held, and I would say, well, you’re not even trying to get away, and that’s what I would mean by you have to earn the hold.
If a player is held into making a tackle, we typically don’t call that, okay. It may be holding, but he made the tackle, so we won’t call that.
But let’s just look at a couple of these. On this first one, watch the left tackle.
Holding? No. This is an example of a player who I think was just turning the play in. We did call it. I didn’t like the call. He was just turning the play in, and he wasn’t making a great effort to get away. This happens — I mean, if we call this, we’re going to have 15 holds a game, and we don’t get a great look at it here, but it’s 77. Not enough of a restriction there. If that No. 12 goes for a touchdown, I don’t want that called back because of that hold.
Now, on this play watch the center.
Those we can’t miss, and we got it. He clearly gets beat to the hole by the defensive player, and we get a good call here for a hold. And we get another look at this. Again, it’s the center, 54, I think. Clearly beat, and clearly a hold.
Now, on this next one we’re going to watch the right tackle.
Again, we’re looking for a significant restriction. I think you would agree we want something more than that before we throw a flag for a hold.
The next play we’re going to watch the left guard.
Again, the left guard here. You can see right there, this is a great example of an offensive lineman who’s beat. The defensive lineman shoots the gap, beats him, and his reaction is to just grab him around the neck. Clearly a hold, and you’ll see it again. See, he’s beat right now, and that’s one thing as officials that we’re looking for.
The next one has to do with wide receivers, and these are difficult plays. Watch the guy at the bottom, the top of the stack.
Not a hold. That defensive player spins on his own, okay. There’s a grab by the offensive player, but again, not enough to warrant a flag. Again, if this play goes for a touchdown, we don’t want it called back for that type of action.
Now, you can prove anything in slow motion, but when you watch that irregular speed, there’s not enough restriction. Now, watch the wide receiver at the bottom here. The reason we don’t want a flag there is he lets go in time, and that’s the issue on these wide plays with wide receivers. Do they let go in time for the defensive back to be able to make a play? And he did here. And so we don’t want a flag on those types of plays.
So that’s a little bit about offensive holding and how I look at it and how we teach our officials. We want it to be a significant restriction that hinders the defensive player’s ability to make a play.
Now, the last play I’m going to show you is — it shows the difficulty we face on some calls. I want you to tell me whether you think this is a catch and a touchdown or an incomplete pass. And we get a lot of views of it.
He loses the ball when he hits the ground. Let’s just take that as a given. There’s a couple more looks at it, I think. So what do you think, do we have a catch and a touchdown or do we have an incomplete pass? I would want this to be a touchdown. I think our NFL brethren might feel different about this, but in order to have a catch, we need possession, we need a body part down, and we need an element of time. And that’s where the judgment comes in. Did he hold on to the ball long enough to indicate that he had control of the ball? Did he hold on to it long enough so that he could really make a second act? And the way I look at this is he did have it long enough. The second act is him taking it from two hands to one and extending for the goal line. But this points out the difficulty of these catch/no-catch plays, and again, I think the NFL might have a different view of this, but I think he’s got it in two hands and he then transfers it to one, so I’m comfortable with that being a touchdown. It was called a touchdown on the field and replay upheld it. Just an interesting, difficult play to look at.
So that’s all I have. I’d be glad to answer any questions now or after.
What are irrelevant? Well, his feet were down when he caught the ball, and then he —
DENNIS HENNIGAN: Well, sure. In order to have a catch, you still have to have a body part down. You need possession of the ball with a body part down, yeah.
Cary, NC – On 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 nffbilldooleychapter.org.
For further information visit the website…nffbilldooleychapter.org and for questions or interview requests, please contact Marie Dooley or Priscilla Kistler at *protected email* or 919-412-0367.
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Charlotte, NC – Here are video snippets of ACC Coastal division football coaches at the podium in front of the TV media at the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff. Coaches include Virginia’s Bronco Mendenhall, Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi, Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson, Duke’s David Cutcliffe, UNC’s Larry Fedora, Miami’s Mark Richt and Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente. Video finishes up with coaches assembling for a coaches’ group shot.
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.
1. Florida State – 118
2. Clemson – 35
3. Louisville – 7
4-t. Virginia Tech – 3
4-t. Miami – 3
6. Duke – 1
(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
(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
Charlotte, NC – FOX Sports’ college football broadcasters Wes Durham and James Bates review and rank the 2017 ACC Football Media Guides.
and the winner is…
From ‘win or be fired’ to ‘untouchable,’ every college football coach gets rated by Dennis Dodd in a story on CBSSports.com
In the story you can check out the ratings key first and see where every coach in college football ranks just two months prior to a ball being kicked off.
|RATING||WHAT IT MEANS||COACHES|
|5||Win or be fired||2|
|4||Start improving now||4|
|3||Pressure is mounting||15|
|2||All good … for now||31|
|1||Safe and secure||66|
We, of course, are most interested to see how Dennis sizes up the football coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Here’s how the current crop of ACC football coaches stack up:
Untouchable 0 –
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Jimbo Fisher, FSU
Safe & Secure 1 –
David Cutcliffe, Duke
Bobby Petrino, Louisville
Mark Richt, Miami
Larry Fedora, UNC
Pat Narduzzi, Pittburgh
Justin Fuente, Virginia Tech
All good … for now 2 –
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
Dave Doeren, NC State
Dino Babers, Syracuse
Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia
Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
Pressure is mounting 3 –
Steve Addazio, Boston College
Start improving now 4 – No ACC coaches
Win or be fired 5 – No ACC coaches
2017 HOT SEAT RANKINGS
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 www.johnmackeyaward.com.
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