Clemson, FSU, UNC lead preseason All-ACC team


ACC media voted on this year’s preseason all-conference team, and the results were released Wednesday.

In all, 11 of the 12 members were represented by at least one selection, the lone team not on the list being Boston College. Preseason favorite Florida State had four selections, with Clemson and UNC also having four.

The only unanimous selection was Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins. Personally, I was a little surprised to see NC State cornerback David Amerson did not receive the same recognition.

Anyway, here’s the preseason All-ACC team, with votes in parenthesis.

WR Conner Vernon, Duke (41), 6-2, 195, Sr.
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (68), 6-1 ,200, So.
TE Matt Furstenburg, Maryland (35), 6-4, 245, Sr.
T James Hurst, North Carolina (48), 6-7, 300, Jr.
T Oday Aboushi, Virginia (29), 6-6, 310, Sr.
G Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (57), 6-3, 300, Sr.
G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (55), 6-3, 295, Sr.
C Dalton Freeman, Clemson (58), 6-3, 285, Sr.
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (29), 6-1, 225, Jr.
RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (60), 5-10, 205, So.
RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (53), 5-10, 190, Sr.

DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (59), 6-3, 265, Sr.
DE James Gayle, Virginia Tech (31), 6-4, 250, Jr.
DT Joe Vellano, Maryland (58), 6-1, 285, Sr.
DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (33), 5-11, 260, Jr.
LB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (49), 6-3, 240, Sr.
LB Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech (42), 6-2, 253, Sr.
LB Steve Greer, Virginia (32), 6-2, 225, Sr.
CB David Amerson, NC State (63), 6-3, 194, Jr.
CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (25), 6-0, 181, Jr.
S Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (45), 5-8, 204, Jr.
S Earl Wolff, NC State (30), 6-0, 207, Sr.

PK Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (54), 6-2, 190, Sr.
P Dalton Botts, Miami (65), 6-3, 198, Sr.
SP Greg Reid, Florida State (35), 5-8, 186, Sr.

Kyle Whittingham confirms Darren Carrington is at Utah, not yet a Ute

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Former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington‘s father confirmed his son of the same name was headed to Utah on Wednesday, and the head coach of the team in question has now double confirmed it.

But just because Carrington is at the University of Utah does not make him a Ute. Not yet.

Speaking at Pac-12 media days, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said Carrington is in school but has hurdles to clear to join the team.

“Not just yet. There’s a process that has to occur, some things that have to transpire and we’ve just got to wait for all that to kind of take place,” Whittingham said, via Deseret News.

It’s not sure what “things” have to transpire and when that is expected to happen; Whittingham couldn’t be sure Carrington would be with the team when camp opens Friday.

“Right now I don’t have a good answer because everything’s being sorted through right now,” Whittingham said.

Carrington will be immediately eligible to play as a graduate transfer. He caught 43 passes for a team-leading 606 yards and six touchdowns last season. Utah’s leading returning receiver, junior Raelon Singleton, nabbed 27 passes for 464 yards and four scores a year ago.

Clay Helton: O.J. not welcome back at USC

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OJ Simpson is one of the greatest Trojans of all-time. A unanimous two-time All-American, Simpson won the 1968 Heisman Trophy and was a member of USC’s 1967 national championship team.

OJ Simpson will also soon be a free man.

Granted parole from his felony armed robbery conviction last week, Simpson will be free on Oct. 1. The question, then, if you’re a reporter at Pac-12 media days is whether or not USC will welcome back one of its most accomplished — if not favorite — sons.

The answer? Uh, no.

To be clear, Simpson has not indicated he wanted to be part of USC football again. The 70-year-old indicated to the parole board he would return to Florida if granted his freedom.

USC has distanced itself from Simpson ever since his 1994 double-murder trial, but his Heisman Trophy remains on display at Heritage Hall.

4-star QB explains why he picked Princeton over Power 5 offers

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The NCAA likes to remind us that it represents thousands of athletes and most of them will go pro in something other than sports. Most of those athletes consciously know that, yet their college decisions are usually based on what school will help them go pro in sports.

Not Brevin White.

The Lancaster, Ca., quarterback is a 4-star prospect in 247Sports‘s 2018 rankings, with reported offers from Tennessee, Washington, Auburn, North Carolina and others. He’s going to Princeton. White committed to the Tigers on Wednesday, making him Princeton’s highest-rated recruit since Woodrow Wilson.

On Thursday, White appeared on The Dan Patrick Show to talk through why he turned down the SEC for the Ivy League.

Nevada names ‘Bama transfer as starting QB, but doesn’t say he’ll start opener

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David Cornwell, an Alabama transfer, will be Nevada’s starting quarterback — until he isn’t.

Wolf Pack head coach Jay Norvell said at Pac-12 media days that Cornwell will enter fall camp, which begins Monday, as the starter but that doesn’t mean Cornwell will actually start Nevada’s opener at Northwestern.

“David’s the starting quarterback right now and he’ll have to compete and earn that spot throughout training camp and if there’s reason for him not to be (the starting quarterback) we’ll address,” Norvell said, via the Reno Gazette-Journal. “Until we see that, we won’t make any changes at that position.”

A junior from Jones, Okla., Cornwell did not throw a pass with the Crimson Tide. He started Nevada’s spring game and completed 22-of-33 throws for 302 yards with two touchdowns.

“David fits those qualities and demonstrated those strengths the best out of all of our quarterbacks in the spring, and that’s why he was the starting quarterback,” said Norvell. “And the way he played in the spring game gave us even more evidence of that.”

Cornwell’s competition for the starting spot will be incumbent Ty Gangi, also a junior. Gangi appeared in 10 games last season, nailing 99-of-172 throws for 1,301 yards with eight touchdowns against six interceptions whilst rushing 49 times for 217 yards and three scores.