ACC Football Daily Links — It’s “National Championship or Bust” for the Clemson Tigers This Season

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

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Clemson Has Eyes on an ACC Title and More (USA Today)

Clemson’s biggest threat remains Florida State, even if the Tigers can feel good about three factors: FSU’s changing personnel, FSU’s new-look coaching staff and – this most of all – its home date with the Seminoles in October. Having those three factors in its corner should aid Clemson’s goal of taking home a second ACC championship in three years. But why stop there? Shouldn’t the Tigers be dreaming bigger?…

Warrant: Agent Provided Ex-UNC Players Cash (Associated Press)

Investigators in North Carolina say a Georgia-based sports agent violated sports agent laws by sending cash payments to former Tar Heels football players. In search warrants unsealed Monday, investigators with the Secretary of State’s office say Terry Watson of the Watson Sports Agency sent $2,000 cash in 2010 to Marvin Austin, who was dismissed from the team that year for receiving improper benefits…

Previewing ACC Football Receiving for 2013 (Tomahawk Nation)

Every year we take a look at what ACC teams have returning for receiving yards. I’m not sure any definitive conclusions can be drawn from this, but it is probably better to be returning more than lost, as it takes time to break in receivers, with the relationship required between receiver and quarterback. This year, I am excited to welcome Pitt and Syracuse to the list…

Duke’s Defense a Priority This Spring (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

In 2008, Duke’s scoring defense finished No. 50 in the country, and over the past six seasons, that was actually the highlight: 2012: No. 108 (36 points per game); 2011: No. 90 (31.17); 2010: No. 109 (35.42); 2009: No. 83 (28.33); 2008: No. 50 (23.42); 2007: No. 98 (33.17). Only twice in the past six years has Duke been able to hold its opponents to under 30 points per game…

2013 Football Spring Primer: Defensive Overview (Gobbler Country)

Defensive coordinator Bud Foster, long time architect of the Lunchpail defense, has to be pleased with how well the defense responded in the final half of the 2012-2013 season. However, the secondary took a blow when Antone Exum went down to a torn ACL, knocking him out for the reminder of spring practices. It also casts doubt into whether or not Exum will make it back in time for the season opener against Alabama…

Optimistic Outlook: Swinney Says Tigers’ D Going to Be “Much Better… Pretty Good” (Orange and White)

Never one to gush with springtime optimism, Dabo Swinney is having a hard time disguising his enthusiasm for Brent Venables’ defense. “We’re going to be a much better defense this year – I’m expecting us to be pretty good on defense,” said Swinney after the Tigers’ first practice. “We were pretty good the first two years on defense…

Coached Up, Moving On (‘NoleNation)

He spent just eight months at Florida State, but Menelik Watson didn’t have the luxury of sentimentality. At 24, the clock was ticking on his NFL dreams, and he’d chosen FSU at least in part because it was a place he could fast-track his football education. The obvious knock on the 6-foot-6 offensive lineman as he prepares for the next level is his limited exposure to football. He has played just 20 games in his life, none until two years ago…

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