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Seminoles make a pair of tweaks to starting offensive line


Ahead of its Week 5 game against Wake Forest, and coming off a bye, Jimbo Fisher is shaking up his offensive line a bit.

Fisher announced after practice Thursday that Ryan Hoefeld will likely get the start at center for the road trip to the Demon Deacons.  Hoefeld, who will replace redshirt freshman Corey Martinez, has not played at all this season after missing an extended portion of spring practice following surgery to repair a meniscus issue in his knee.

Fisher seemed to be more impress with Hoefeld, who is finally healthy enough to take the field, as he improved the mental aspect of the game as much as the physical.

It’s amazing listening to him after one year,” the coach said. “Last year he was like the other guys. This year, he’s directing. It’s amazing when you settle in. That position, when the light comes on it makes a difference because it’s such a cerebral position.”

Hoefeld started four straight games (Syracuse, Notre Dame, Louisville, Virginia) in a stretch from mid-October to early November last season before being Cam Erving, a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL draft, moved from left tackle and replaced Hoefeld at center.

Additionally, Derrick Kelly will get the start at right tackle. Kelly replaced previous starter Brock Rubie during the Sept. 18 win over Boston College.

Hurricane threat pushes start of Michigan-Maryland way up

IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 30:  In this handout from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Joaquin is seen chruning in the Caribbean September 30, 2015. Joaquin was upgraded to a category 1 hurricane early on September 30. The exact track has yet to be determined, but there is a  possibity of landfall in the U.S. anywhere from North Carolina to the Northeast.  (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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With Hurricane Joaquin either headed toward the United States or out into the Atlantic Ocean but still impacting the Eastern seaboard, depending on which computer model is the weather flavor of the minutes, the system has the potential to impact a handful of college football games this weekend.

In fact, the threat of it has already impacted one game.

Due to expected adverse weather, Michigan announced early Thursday afternoon, the start time for its game Saturday against Maryland in College Park has been moved up to noon ET.  The Wolverines and Terrapins had originally been scheduled to kick-off at 8 p.m. ET.

The stated reason for the move is “the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin.”

“The weather experts are still dealing with uncertain probabilities for the course of Hurricane Joaquin,” UM athletic director Jim Hackett said in a statement. “Thus we remain vigilant on developments and will err on the side of safety for all participants and fans.”

As a side effect of the Michigan-Maryland move, the Big Ten announced that “Nebraska’s game with Illinois, which was scheduled to kick off at 2:42 p.m. (central), will now kick off at 3:02 p.m.” The delay is to accommodate any potential weather-related delays that could arise during earlier games.

Other games that could potentially be affected by Hurricane Joaquin include, among others, Pittsburgh-Virginia Tech, Louisville-North Carolina State, Boston College-Duke, Florida State-Wake Forest and the huge Notre Dame-Clemson matchup. Thus far, though, none of those games have been impacted, although that could obviously change over the next 24-48 hours as the system moves closer to landfall, if that’s indeed its eventual path.

In fact, one of the schools hosting one of the games mentioned seems to have adopted a “bring it on” attitude when it comes to the weather.

ACC, SEC announce 2015 legends classes, including eight players who never played in ACC or SEC

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Imagine if, someday, you take your grandchildren to the Big Ten happen upon a bust of Jameis Winston. Or perhaps you take those same grandchildren to the Pac-12 championship game and out on the field among a group of honorees walks Johnny Manziel.

Ludicrous as that sounds, that’s the shock that the past selves of Chris RedmanBubba BeanTony DorsettClinton Portis and a host of others are working through today as the ACC and SEC announced a group of 28 legends class honorees that includes a collective eight players that never actually competed in the respective conferences that are honoring them.

It’s weird. But it’s a weird that all conferences do in this weird post-realignment world we live in.

Each group will be honored Friday, Dec. 4 and then again Saturday, Dec. 5, at their respective conference championships.

They are as follows:

Boston College: Dan Koppen, center
Clemson: Anthony Simmons, inside linebacker
Duke: Chris Douglas, running back
Florida State: Warrick Dunn, running back
Georgia Tech: Bobby Ross, head coach
Louisville: Chris Redman, quarterback
Miami: Clinton Portis, running back
North Carolina: Ken Huff, guard
N.C. State: Fred Combs, cornerback
Pittsburgh: Tony Dorsett, running back
Syracuse: Chris Gedney, tight end
Virginia: Patrick Kerney, defensive end
Virginia Tech: Corey Moore, defensive end
Wake Forest: Chuck Ramsey, punter

Alabama: Woodrow Lowe, linebacker
Arkansas: Madre Hill, running back
Auburn: Takeo Spikes, linebacker
Florida: Fred Taylor, running back
Georgia: Richard Seymour, defensive tackle
Kentucky: Dave Roller, defensive line
LSU: Alan Faneca, guard
Ole Miss: Ken Lucas, defensive back
Mississippi State: Mario Haggan, linebacker
Missouri: Roger Wehrli, defensive back
South Carolina: Andre’ Goodman, cornerback
Tennessee: Chuck Smith, defensive end
Texas A&M: Bubba Bean, running back
Vanderbilt: Earl Bennett, wide receiver