ACC Football Daily Links — After Stint in Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez Cleared to Play at Clemson

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

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Rodriguez Eager to Trade Army Green for Clemson Orange (Greenville News)

Daniel Rodriguez has completed his journey from combat to Clemson. Rodriquez, a 24-year-old United States Army veteran, was cleared by the NCAA on Tuesday to join the Tigers’ football team. He will open fall camp with his new teammates Friday. “It’s been kind of a long journey,” Rodriguez said. “When everything set out, I really wasn’t sure what exactly was going to happen as far as where I would end up and what my future held”…

Replacing Greg Reid at FSU After Florida State Dismisses Senior (Tomahawk Nation)

With the news that Greg Reid has been dismissed by Florida State following multiple arrests and team violations, and what is rumored to be multiple failed drug tests, Florida State fans are wondering who will replace Greg Reid. To answer that, let’s first understand Reid’s role on the team. He was the starting field corner, and was pretty good at that, though highly overrated by folks who just watched highlights…

Five Things About the ACC: September is Put Up or Shut Up Month (CBS Sports)

Think September isn’t a big month for the ACC? College football’s four-team playoff arrives in 2014, which means the ACC has a couple of years to reverse the nagging narrative that it is not ready to play with the four big boys (SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12) on the national stage. The ACC has placed 15 teams in BCS games since 1998…

The ACC’s 10 Biggest Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice (Athlon Sports)

1. Can Brent Venables Fix Clemson’s Problems on Defense? If Clemson’s Orange Bowl performance were an isolated incident, maybe it would be easier to accept (or maybe not, ask a Clemson fan or Kevin Steele). The 70 points allowed to West Virginia was the worst of the season by far, but Clemson’s defensive shortcomings were apparent all season…

Syracuse Football Safety Shamarko Thomas Says He Always Intended to Return for His Senior Season (

Shamarko Thomas said he wasn’t seriously considering the NFL last fall when he had Syracuse University contact the league’s scouting service to get an idea of his value in the April draft. The strong safety, who will likely be a key player in the Orange defensive secondary this season, did test the waters. But he decided to return to SU for his senior year…

Kenny Anunike Ready to Rebound Again (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

You can hardly blame Duke defensive end Kenny Anunike if he never wants to see the inside of another rehab facility again. Anunike has spent way too much time in rehab, thanks to three knee injuries that have taken a huge chunk out of his career. The good news is that he has been granted a sixth year of eligibility because of all the lost playing time…

Georgia Tech Football Season Preview: A-Backs (From the Rumble Seat)

Similar to our Quarterbacks, on offense our A-Backs are marked by certainty AND uncertainty. The certainty: Orwin Smith will be starting. Seeing as he’s a returning starter and far-and-away our best A-Back, I feel comfortable guaranteeing you that, barring injury or committing a felony, he will be a few feet to Tevin’s left or right on their first snap in Blacksburg…

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2 thoughts on “ACC Football Daily Links — After Stint in Afghanistan, Daniel Rodriguez Cleared to Play at Clemson

  1. I think it’s really cool that the army dude will get to play for Clemson. Best of luck to him.

    FSU did right by getting rid of Reid, even though it won’t help ’em on the field. I wish the SEC would hold themselves to that standard too (wish all schools would).

    That’s a great list of non-conference games. Can you just imagine what chaos would ensue if the ACC managed to win all of ’em? I don’t see it happening (I hope they manage to win at least half), but it would be quite awesome. Interesting thing about the list – three are “neutral site” games, one is at an ACC site (VA) and the remaining seven games are all on the road.

    • It’s a challenge, for sure. But I’m not as worried about the non-conference schedule as in the past. If the league goes 5-3 in those listed games, I think I’d be content for now. As always, I’m trying to view it as building blocks for future years. Given the conference’s success on the recruiting trail lately, I hope that’s the case.

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