ACC Football Daily Links — Examining Conference Realignment’s Impact on Recruiting

Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

How Conference Realignment Can Kill Recruiting (Carolina March)

Just when we thought Clemson and Florida State were out the door and on their way to the Big 12, the Clemson coaching staff decided to speak up and say just how bad an idea it is: “We are a thousand percent committed to the ACC and committed to making this the best program and best conference we possibly can”…

ACC 2012 Heisman Contenders: The Way It Should Be (Athlon Sports)

The Heisman Trophy may be the most coveted trophy in all of sports. Ten of the last 11 winners of this priceless award have been quarterbacks. And since 1950, only one time has a non-offensive skill player — e.g., quarterback, running back or wide receiver — claimed the historic award (Charles Woodson, 1997). Yes, the quarterback is the most important position on the field…

Ranking the ACC’s Quarterbacks (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Disclaimer: This is an impossible task. The ACC has five, 3,000-yard passers returning — the most in league history. The quarterback position will finally be a strength of the conference. The players are experienced, they have matured, and they are legitimately good. This season will reveal which one is the best, but here’s a preseason ranking of the group…

In the Blink of a Weekend, Dabo Swinney’s Tigers are Rich in Defensive Ends (Orange and White)

Suddenly, in the blink of a weekend, the Tigers are rich in defensive ends. Even with Shaq Lawson and Martin Aiken in the fold, Clemson’s coaches made a late push last recruiting cycle to sign another defensive end for their class of 2012. The need carried over to the class of 2013, and the Tigers hit the jackpot during the final days of Dabo Swinney’s summer camp by securing commitments from Robert Nkemdiche and Elijah Daniel…

ACC Commish: BCS Playoff Plan Is Progressing (WTVD-TV: ABC Raleigh-Durham)

One BCS conference commissioner believes he and his colleagues can reach a compromise on the model for a four-team playoff — possibly as soon as this week. There are still plenty of details to be hammered out, but at least one BCS conference commissioner believes he and his colleagues can reach a compromise on the model for a four-team playoff to determine college football’s national championship…

Sizing Up the ACC: Tigers’ Secondary With Something to Prove in 2012 (Orange and White)

There may not be a more motivated unit on the 2012 college football scene than Clemson’s secondary. Going into the Orange Bowl, the Tigers ranked in the top-35 in pass defense nationally and top-four in the ACC (202.9 yards per game), but then West Virginia happened. 407 passing yards (69.6 completion percentage). 6 touchdown passes. 3 touchdown rushes. 70-33 final…

Football Commitments Keep Rolling In: Terps Snag Two More (Testudo Times)

We move north from doing work in D.C. to doing work in the general Baltimore area. Per Scout’s Brian Dohn and half a dozen others: Their names aren’t as big as the weekend commitments of Derwin Gray and Yannick Ngakoue, but two commitments in quick succession is nothing to sneeze at, either…

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