ACC Football Daily Links — Miami Hoping Defense Holds Up Against Florida State This Weekend

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

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hurricanes Hoping Defense Will Pass Test Put Forth by Seminoles (Miami Herald)

With seven sophomores and a dozen freshmen on his depth chart, Hurricanes defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio has endured a season’s worth of growing pains through seven games. This University of Miami defense — the youngest in the Atlantic Coast Conference with as many as seven first- or second-year players who are slated to start Saturday night against 12th-ranked Florida State…

NC State Must Refocus for Maryland (Fox Sports Carolinas)

N.C. State football coach Tom O’Brien gave his team three days to celebrate its victory over then-unbeaten Florida State on Oct. 6 and to get away from football. The mid-point of the season arrived and the players needed a mental and physical break. Historically, O’Brien’s Wolfpack clubs have done quite well following open dates, having gone 3-2 with the losses by narrow margins at FSU…

Alex Amidon Catching On for BC Offense (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Boston College receiver Alex Amidon is putting together a pretty impressive season. His 114.7 receiving yards per game ranks No. 8 in the nation. In fact, he and DeAndre Hopkins are the only two receivers in the ACC averaging 100 yards a game. But what is even more impressive? His ability to keep going … and going … and going. “I’ve never been around a wideout who plays as fast as he does,” receivers coach Aaron Smith said…

Maryland in a Rush to Fix Poor Running Game (ACC Sports Journal)

Maryland has made a surprising run to the top of the Atlantic Coast Conference standings in spite of a rushing game that ranks last in the league. The Terrapins (4-2, 2-0) have already doubled their win total of last year and are the lone unbeaten team in ACC play. But their unbalanced offensive attack is a cause of concern for coach Randy Edall…

Tech Braces for Fast-Paced Clemson Attack (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Sammy Watkins hasn’t had his breakout game yet in 2012. The Clemson sophomore wide receiver, last year’s ACC offensive rookie of the year and the league’s preseason offensive player of the year coming into this season, has played in just three games, limited first by a suspension, then by a stomach illness…

It’s Time to Play the Pitt Football ‘Blame Game’ (Cardiac Hill)

Its time to play the Pitt Blame Game (TM). Losses are tough and people are to blame. Heads need to roll. What you didn’t know is that the person or things you blame can tell you a lot about yourself. To begin, you first need to ask yourself, who do I blame this loss on? I’ll provide the blame-getters below. I’ve provided a little insight on the person you are, as well as a some much needed advice…

Hokies’ QB Logan Thomas Headed to Death Valley With a Chip On His Shoulder (Orange and White)

Logan Thomas isn’t normally a player who walks around with a chip on his shoulder. The Virginia Tech quarterback plans to keep one handy this week while preparing for the Hokies’ game at No. 13 Clemson on Saturday. That’s because the Tigers manhandled Virginia Tech twice last season, including the ACC title game. “It’s something that I’m not going to let slip out of the back of my mind,” Thomas said of the motivational chip…

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