ACC Football Daily Links — Wake Forest, Already in Crisis Mode, Need Leaders to Step Up

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

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Deacons Require Better Leadership to Avoid 5th Straight Losing Season (Blogger So Dear)

They trudged by in silence, faces streaked with sweat and devoid of expression, more closely resembling a mill at quitting time than a victorious football team. The Warhawks from the University of Louisiana at Monroe had just dispatched the favored Wake Forest Demon Deacons 21-19 on a chamber of commerce afternoon in Winston-Salem, a brutal fiasco that in no way should have gotten that close…

Is West Virginia an Example for Maryland? (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

On an early January day two years ago, West Virginia unleashed an all-out blitz on Clemson in the Orange Bowl, embarrassing the Tigers and the ACC as a whole with a 70-point barrage that still elicits taunts today. Rather than classify the performance as a farewell from the Big East, people chose to believe West Virginia would be just fine when it began Big 12 play the following September…

Defensive Film Review: Trust in Youth (The Key Play)

The Hokie defense faced a new challenge this week, combating an East Carolina offense that featured quarterback Shane Carden, almost an 80% passer with 7 touchdowns and no interceptions in two wins against Old Dominion and Florida Atlantic. To combat this foe, Bud Foster used a mix of defensive pressure with a variety of coverage looks…

FSU Tailbacks Embrace Committee Approach to Run Game (Orlando Sentinel)

Florida State’s two-man rushing attack featuring playmakers James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman has evolved into a trio.With carries already at a premium among FSU’s crowded backfield, the Seminoles have another back in the mix. Junior Karlos Williams, who shifted positions from defensive back to running back this past week, made his presence felt during Saturday’s 62-7 win against Nevada…

Doeren, Players Accept Underdog Role (The Wolfpacker)

The oddsmakers have established NC State as a two-touchdown underdog for Thursday night’s nationally televised game against No. 3 Clemson, who opened their campaign with a huge victory over a Georgia team still ranked ninth in the country. And that is perfectly fine with new Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren and his players…

Pitt-Duke Once Was Historic Game (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

A few days before his team opened the 1950 season against Pitt, Duke coach Wallace Wade called a meeting. But he didn’t want to discuss football. Pitt was about to travel to Durham, N.C., with a player destined to become part of a scene never witnessed on a college football field in that state: a black man playing against a white man…

Tar Heels’ Defense Eager for Revenge Against Jackets (Winston-Salem Journal)

North Carolina’s defense doesn’t want to get embarrassed by Georgia Tech again. The Yellow Jackets lit them up for 68 points and 588 total yards last year in the highest-scoring game in ACC history, a 68-50 victory over UNC. The Tar Heels (1-1) are determined to avoid a repeat of that this week when they meet in Atlanta in their league opener…

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