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Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginia’s Micah Kiser is the ACC’s most prominent returning linebacker, but rival Virginia Tech tops the conference in linebacker numbers and talent. All three starters are back with two who earned All-ACC honors.The defending ACC Coastal Division champions again line up with...

Virginia far ahead of last year as spring ball opens

Virginia far ahead of last year as spring ball opens

This time a year ago Bronco Mendenhall was a new hire taking over a program mired in four straight losing seasons. Now he has established a new direction as Virginia’s second-year head coach.That’s one different aspect which gives the Cavaliers renewed hope for 2017.Two more are...

Black History panel with Gene Washington

Black History panel with Gene Washington

Michigan State College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington participated on a panel discussion recognizing Black History Month at the College Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 22 at Atlanta. He was joined by College Football Hall of Famers Thom Gatewood of Notre Dame and John...

Lawrence arrived at Clemson ready to play

Lawrence arrived at Clemson ready to play

A big guy like Dexter Lawrence usually arrives on a college campus for his initial practices as a true freshman suffering an eye-opening experience.No longer can such specimen dominate high school opponents purely on superior physical ability. An 18-year-old loses much of that...

Babers prepares Syracuse for second year jump

Babers prepares Syracuse for second year jump

Duke is a full week into spring football leading up to its March 4 spring game. Syracuse is next up in the ACC.Orange head coach Dino Babers begins preparations for his second ACC season on Feb. 23 with a spring game scheduled for March 2. Babers’ history at Eastern Illinois and...

Clemson leads returning ACC offensive linemen

Clemson leads returning ACC offensive linemen

It’s not hard to identify the top returning offensive linemen in the ACC. There were 10 underclassmen “big uglies” – to use the catch-phrase legendary retired ABC announcer Keith Jackson popularized – who earned 2016 All-ACC honors.The most prominent of them was Florida State’s...

My NFF story on La Roi Glover and mentoring

My NFF story on La Roi Glover and mentoring

La’Roi Glover began his playing days as a San Diego third-generation football star. And then just like his grandfather John Glover and father Lawrence Glover, he transitioned into a third-generation San Diego football mentor.Glover played 13 NFL seasons before until 2008 and was...

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

The ACC does wide receivers, too. Dynamic wideouts were one reason the ACC supplanted the SEC as the nation’s top football conference in 2016.The so-called basketball conference was highlighted by the play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to the national...

No better time for Coryell and Pro Football Hall

No better time for Coryell and Pro Football Hall

What delicious irony if Don Coryell were to be named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. We’ll know soon if he earns his place when the voters gather on Saturday in Houston on the eve of Super Bowl LI.The Los Angeles Chargers abandoned their San Diego home of 56...

Antonio Brown embarrasses Central Michigan

Antonio Brown embarrasses Central Michigan

You’re not alone, Pittsburgh Steelers fans. If you’re fed up with Antonio Brown’s antics as diva wide receiver, you have company with Central Michigan University’s football fans.The two fan bases have different levels of frustration, but what they share is they feel let down by...