Michael Campanaro

Wake loses Campanaro for at least a month

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Wake Forest’s shutout loss to Syracuse Saturday became a whole lot worse thanks to the loss of a key player on the offensive side of the ball.

A school spokesperson confirmed to ESPN.com that Michael Campanaro suffered a broken collarbone in the 13-0 conference loss.  The injury will keep the wide receiver sidelined for at least four weeks and as many as six.

The optimistic prognosis would have the senior back for the Nov. 30 game against Vanderbilt, although it’s more realistic that he will miss the remainder of the season.  That’s unless, of course, the 4-5 Demon Deacons become bowl-eligible by winning at least two of their three remaining games.

Campanaro leads Wake in receptions (65) and receiving yards (792).  Jonathan Williams and Tyree Harris are No. 2 in the former category with 14, Williams No. 2 in the latter with 208.

Campanaro has caught six of the Demon Deacons’ 13 touchdown passes as well.

Wake Forest catching Miami napping, leads 14-10 at half

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Today had all of the ingredients for a classic trap game for Miami. After finding a way to escape last week’s Thursday night game at North Carolina, Miami returned home for an early afternoon game against Wake Forest before getting set to hit the road next week to take on surging Florida State. Playing in to the trap game idea, Miami has looked like a lost team against Wake Forest but a late touchdown drive may have given the Hurricanes some life. Wake Forest is up 14-10 at the half in Miami.

Wake Forest opened the game with a 16-yard touchdown drive that took up roughly half of the first quarter, and then forced Miami to go three-and-out on the ensuing possession. After Miami got on the board in the second quarter with a 34-yard field goal by Matt Goudis, Wake Forest put together another touchdown drive covering 75 yards. The second touchdown drive was given a lift on a 56-yard pass down the right sideline from Tanner Price to Tyree Harris on a long third down attempt right out of a timeout. Miami would later stop Wake Forest a yard shy of a first down inside the red zone but rather than try for a field goal Wake Forest kept the offense on the field and Price rolled left on play action and found Michael Campanaro running free in the end zone for an easy touchdown.

Miami, who finally learned their NCAA fate earlier this week and is now officially eligible for postseason play, may have found a spark on their final offensive possession. Starting from their 38-yard line quickly picked up a touchdown on a four-play drive when Stephen Morris completed a 35 yard pass or a touchdown to Herb Waters.

At the half, Miami has just 126 yards of offense to wake Forest’s 226. Wake Forest has held Miami running back Duke Johnson in check, limiting the Hurricane running back to 37 yards on ten carries.

If that late touchdown will get Miami some confidence, it could lead to some signs of life in the second half. But Wake Forest has been running a solid game plan against Miami’s defense so far and should stick with the methodic style that is eating up clock and moving down field.

Wake to get leading receiver back for ACC opener vs. BC

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Michael Campanaro may have sat out the season opener against an FCS team last weekend, but that won’t be the case when the Demon Deacons open conference play two days from today.

The wide receiver had a lingering hamstring issue that prompted Jim Grobe to keep him off the field against Presbyterian as a precaution.  The head coach confirmed Wednesday, though, that Campanaro will play in the ACC opener against Boston College Friday night.

Not so unexpectedly, Grobe intimated that the decision to keep Campanaro on the sidelines had a lot to do with the level of competition.

“I think Camp could have played last week,” Grobe said. “He had been having problems with his hamstrings since our third scrimmage. He didn’t have a pulled hamstring, but it tightened up and he didn’t practice much leading up to the first game. We just felt it would not be in his best interests or ours for him to play against Presbyterian. He’s full speed again and he should be fine against Boston College.”

In 2012, Campanaro led his team and was third in the ACC in receptions with 79.  He accomplished that despite missing a pair of games with a broken hand.

The fifth-year senior needs just 55 receptions this season to break Desmond Clark‘s school record of 216 catches, set from 1995-98.  As he’s averaged nearly seven catches a game (6.91) over the past two seasons, and provided he can stay healthy, Campanaro should break that standard at some point before the end of the regular season.

Boyd, six FSU players highlight All-ACC Preseason Team

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Earlier this week, media members predicted that Clemson would win the ACC in 2013, with Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd being named the conference’s preseason Player of the Year.

Now, Boyd is getting more preseason love. The ACC has released its all-conference team with Boyd being named as the league’s choice at quarterback. The redshirt senior received 59 first-place votes out of 65, with Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas, North Carolina’s Bryn Renner and Miami’s Stephen Morris each receiving two first-place votes.

Boyd’s teammate, Sammy Watkins, was named all-conference wide receiver along with Michael Campanaro out of Wake Forest. Miami’s Duke Johnson received 58 first-place votes at running back.

Florida State leads all ACC teams with six all-conference selections, followed by UNC with four and Clemson with three. Maryland’s Stefon Diggs, who could work his way into the Heisman conversation as one of the most electric players in the country, was named all-conference specialist in the return game.

Below is the ACC Preseason Team, and you can view the entire release HERE.

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Reigning Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee one of 75 on preseason watch list

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The next stop on our tour of preseason watch lists is the Biletnikoff Award.

The award is presented annually to the top receiver in college football. Last year’s winner was USC’s Marqise Lee.

Lee is featured as one of 75 players on this year’s Biletnikoff preseason watch list. Other notable preseason candidates include Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin), Amari Cooper (Alabama), Stefon Diggs (Maryland), Rashad Green (Florida State), and Sammy Watkins (Clemson). The SEC leads all major conferences with 14 candidates, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with 10. The list is not final, however, as players can be added to it later.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12, 2013.

As always, you can view the entire list of preseason candidates below. You can now also check out our preseason watch lists repository HERE.

Jared Abbrederis, Sr., Wisconsin
Davante Adams, So., Fresno State
Nelson Agholor, So., USC
Alex Amidon, Sr., Boston College
Odell Beckham, Jr., Jr., LSU
Kenny Bell, Jr., Nebraska
Michael Bennett, Jr., Georgia
Chris Boyd, Jr., Vanderbilt
Corey Brown, Sr., Ohio State
Aaron Burbridge, So., Michigan State
Damiere Byrd, Jr., South Carolina
Michael Campanaro, Sr., Wake Forest
Brandon Carter, Jr., TCU
Brandon Coleman, Jr., Rutgers
Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State
Amari Cooper, So., Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke
DaVaris Daniels, Jr., Notre Dame
Mike Davis, Sr., Texas
Quinshad Davis, So., North Carolina
Titus Davis, Jr., Central Michigan
Stefon Diggs, So., Maryland
Phillip Dorsett, Jr., Miami
William Dukes, Jr., FAU
Quinton Dunbar, Jr., Florida
Bruce Ellington, Jr., South Carolina
Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M
Shaquelle Evans, Sr., UCLA
Austin Franklin, Jr., New Mexico State
Jeremy Gallon, Sr., Michigan
Keyarris Garrett, Jr., Tulsa
Ryan Grant, Sr., Tulane
Rashad Green, Jr., FSU
Dorial Green-Beckham, So., Missouri
Deontay Greenberry, So.,  Houston
Noel Grigsby, Sr., San Jose State
Je’Ron Hamm, Sr., Louisiana-Monroe
Justin Hardy, Jr., East Carolina
Chris Harper, So., California
Robert Herron, Sr., Wyoming
Cody Hoffman, Sr., BYU
Josh Huff, Sr., Oregon
T.J. Jones, Sr., Notre Dame
Cody Latimer, Jr., Indiana
Marqise Lee, Jr., USC
Jordan Leslie, Jr., UTEP
Jordan Matthews, Sr., Vanderbilt
J.D. McKissic, So., Arkansas State
Trey Metoyer, So., Oklahoma
Matt Miller, Jr., Boise State
Malcolm Mitchell., Jr. Georgia
Donte Moncrief, Jr., Ole Miss
Tracy Moore, Sr., Oklahoma State
Alex Neutz, Jr., Buffalo
Kevin Norwood, Sr., Alabama
DeVante Parker, Jr., Louisville
Charone Peake, Jr., Clemson
Bernard Reedy, Sr., Toledo
Tevin Reese, Sr., Baylor
Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado
Allen Robinson, Jr., Penn State
Shaq Roland, So., South Carolina
Alonzo Russell, So., Toledo
Jalen Saunders, Sr., Oklahoma
Jaxon Shipley, Jr., Texas
Tommy Shuler, So., Marshall
Devin Smith, Jr., Ohio State
Willie Snead, Jr., Ball State
Josh Stewart, Jr., Oklahoma State
Devin Street, Jr., Pittsburgh
Eric Thomas, Sr., Troy
Jordan Thompson, So., West Virginia
Eric Ward, Sr., Texas Tech
Sammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson
Brandon Wimberly, Sr., Nevada