Friday, September 30, 2022

14 players in ACC ready to be dropped in 2022

A look at the Atlantic Coast Conference players this spring, who are gearing up for the season this fall:

Atlantic Division

Boston College: TE Jorge Tacques is a transfer from Notre Dame, who started five games last season, serving as a massive blocker. But at 6-foot-6, 247 pounds, Takak could be a top target for his past and current teammate at quarterback Phil Jurkovec.

Clemson: WR Joseph Nagata was injury free and living up to a reputation as the next great Tigers in the spring. Nagata, in his first three seasons troubled by injuries and inconsistencies, has 47 career catches for 761 yards and four TDs.

Florida State: Day Derrick McClendon II, 6-4, at 240 pounds, could be a defensive disruptor with ACC defensive player of the year for the NFL with Jermaine Johnson of the year. McClendon had 3.5 sacks and forced a fumble while playing in all 12 games as a backup.

Louisville: WR Tyler Hudson is a transfer from FCS Central Arkansas, who is expected to increase the Cardinals’ offense. Hudson had 1,242 yards to catch with eight touchdowns.

North Carolina State: TE Fred Seabrough, a new player, emerged as a target for QB Devin Leary, as Wolfpack coach Dave Doren had limited reps for the old start. Seabrough caught three passes for 38 yards in the spring game and could be an option this fall.

Syracuse: QB Justin Lamson played in place of injured starter Garrett Schrader and showed Orange can be well behind center. Lamson completed 7 of 10 throws for 151 yards and two touchdowns.

Wake Forest: DT Coby Turner is a 6-3, 285-pound transfer from Richmond, who could find a spot in that spot. He made 54 tackles, including 10.5, for a loss in FCS play last season.

coastal division

DUKE: WR Samir Hagans is a sophomore who made a mark this spring. Hagans had six catches and one score for 82 yards in the Blue Devils spring game.

Georgia Tech: RB Deontay Smith would like to take a step forward with the transfer of Jahmir Gibbs to Alabama. Smith had 296 yards last season, including a team-best 6.9 yards per carry.

Miami: De Jaffrey Harvey has put on a strong show this spring that impressed new coach Mario Cristóbal. While Harvey missed the spring games, he is likely to get a long look at starting this fall.

North Carolina: QB Drake Mai had a strong spring as the Tar Heels were looking to replace four-year-old starter Sam Howell. Mai completed nine of 12 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game.

Pittsburgh: LB Bengali Kamara is a rising junior who will look to stabilize the situation where the Panthers lost two out of three starters to their ACC Championship team. Kamara last played just 80 snaps.

Virginia: RB Mike Hollins was the Cavaliers’ third major rush, behind quarterback Brennan Armstrong and tailback Wayne Taulapapa. But with Taulappa in the transfer portal, there is a chance for Hollins to fill the void.

VIRGINIA TECH: QB Grant Wells South Carolina Transfer There is a Marshall transfer in the position war with Jason Brown. Wells threw 178 yards and two touchdowns in the spring game. First-year coach Brent Pry said the competition would continue at fall camp.


Associated Press Sports Writers Charles Odum in Atlanta and Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.


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