Young ACC corners make their mark early
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Young ACC corners make their mark early

Florida State's Tavarius McFadden leads returning ACC corners

Photo: Duke corner Bryon Fields

Cornerback is one of those positions that used to require seasoned veterans. Rare was the incoming freshman that played. They needed time to learn the college game.

But that’s not necessarily the case anymore. The mature true freshmen with ability are pressed into action. Nine of the top 10 returning ACC cornerbacks began their career playing as a true freshman. That made them veterans by their true junior year if not as a true sophomore

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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