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Texas A&M pulls LBs coach from Wake Forest

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For its newest assistant, Texas A&M football turned to an ACC school.  And, a familiar face for that matter.

Thursday, A&M announced that Tyler Santucci has been hired by Fisher as linebackers coach.  Santucci will replace Bradley Dale Peveto, who was still under contract but won’t return for the 2020 season.

Santucci’s hiring marks a homecoming of sorts as the assistant spent the 2018 season as a defensive analyst for the Texas A&M football program.

Last season, Santucci was the linebackers coach at Wake Forest.  That was his first on-field job at the Power Five level.  His first on-field job at the FBS level came as linebackers coach at Texas State in 2016.

In 2017, Santucci was a defensive analyst at Notre Dame.  During that brief stint in South bend, Mike Elko was the Fighting Irish’s defensive coordinator, the same position he’s held with the Aggies since he was hired in January of 2018.

The first coaching job for Santucci, who played his college football at Stony Brook, was at his alma mater as safeties coach.

In Jimbo Fisher‘s second season in College Station, the Aggies posted an 8-5 record.  A&M has won both bowl games since Fisher took over the program.  After finishing tied for second in the SEC West his Fisher’s inaugural season, the Aggies dipped to fourth in 2019.

ACC announces full 2020 football schedule

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College hoops might be the focus for many along the eastern seaboard but planning can soon commence for the fall after the ACC released their full 2020 football schedule on Wednesday.

You can find the full composite ACC football schedule here or the team-by-team breakdown here.

“The accomplishments by our collective football programs over recent years has been remarkable and a compliment to our players, coaches and the leadership at our schools,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “As we look ahead, there’s no shortage of excitement and anticipation for what the 2020 season will bring. Once again, our fans will have an opportunity to watch all of our games across a variety of platforms, including ACC Network which continues to be successful in showcasing our schools and programs.”

On top of the usual ACC slate of divisional and crossover games, Notre Dame will once again be featured heavily on the schedules of league opponents as a result of the school’s annual agreement with the conference. All told there will be six matchups involving the Irish, including a neutral site game against Wake Forest at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte (Sept. 26).  Notre Dame travels to both Pitt (Oct. 17) and Georgia Tech (Nov. 14) while Duke (Oct. 31), Clemson (Nov. 7) and Louisville (Nov. 21) will play in South Bend.

That game against the defending conference champ Tigers is particularly notable given the College Football Playoff implications it carries with Dabo Swinney’s group having a great shot at starting as the preseason No. 1 in 2020 and Brian Kelly likely fielding a top 15 (or higher) team.

Also interesting is the number of trips the ACC will make down to Atlanta for some big non-conference outings (which were obviously previously announced). Florida State will open the Mike Norvell era against West Virginia on Sept. 5 while Virginia plays SEC East champ Georgia on Labor Day. A week later, North Carolina plays Auburn as part of a very tough start to the season for Mack Brown and company with UCF and FCS powerhouse James Madison also on the docket.

We’ll see how it all sorts itself out come September but something says that for all the change that has gone on in the league, the end result of Clemson holding up the trophy probably isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Wake Forest lands Maryland transfer Terrance Davis

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Wake Forest football has countered a personnel loss on offense with a huge addition on the same side of the ball.

247Sports.com confirmed Tuesday that Terrance Davis has decided to transfer into the Wake Forest football program and continue his collegiate playing career for the Demon Deacons.  The offensive lineman’s addition has yet to be confirmed by Wake.

“Davis is enrolled in classes and will likely be able to participate in spring camp,” the website wrote. On his personal Twitter account, Davis also indicated that he’s headed to Wake.

Davis announced he had opted to transfer from Maryland the same day he confirmed a move to Wake.

“These past 4 years have been beyond what I could imagine when I decided to attend the University of Maryland,” the lineman wrote. “You all let a kid live out his dream of playing for and representing his hometown school.  You watched that same kid grow into a man right before your eyes.”

Because he leaves the Terrapins as a graduate of the university, he’ll be eligible to play immediately for the Demon Deacons in 2020.

A four-star 2016 signee, Davis was the No. 3 offensive guard in the country and the No. 2 player regardless of position in the state of Maryland.

His first three seasons, he started 27 games at right guard for the Terps.  In 2019, the 6-3, 317-pound lineman started the first four games at the same position as well before going down with a knee injury.  That injury allowed him to take a redshirt for this past season.

According to 247Sports, “Davis will have more starting experience than every other [returning] Wake Forest offensive lineman combined.”

Report: A ‘Jamie Newman’ is now listed in the University of Georgia student directory

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More and more, it’s looking as if Georgia will be the landing spot for Jamie Newman, one of the most sought-after quarterback transfers.

New Year’s Eve afternoon, Newman stunned most observers by announcing that he is entering the NCAA transfer database.  Not long after, it was reported that there was “mutual interest” between the erstwhile Wake Forest quarterback and Oregon.  Not only that, the Ducks were, at the time, the favorites to land the signal-caller.

A week later, however, there was a shift.  A significant one, in fact, as Georgia emerged Thursday as the likely landing spot.  A day later, it’s being reported that a “Jamie Newman” is now listed in the University of Georgia’s online directory.

An official announcement from Newman and/or UGA could come as early as this weekend.

If Jamie Newman were to move on to Georgia, he’d be the early favorite to replace three-year starter Jake Fromm, who announced this week that he is entering the 2020 NFL Draft.

Newman started 16 games at Wake, going 10-6 in those starts.  This season, Newman completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  He set a school record in 2019 by throwing a touchdown pass in 12 straight games.

The redshirt junior also ran for 574 yards and six touchdowns.

The 2020 campaign will be Newman’s final season of eligibility, so he will be a one-year rental for whichever FBS school lands him.

Georgia could be landing spot for Wake Forest transfer QB Jamie Newman

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Given all of the recent attrition for the Georgia Bulldogs football program, there could actually be some positive personnel news on the horizon.

New Year’s Eve afternoon, Jamie Newman stunned most observers by announcing that he is entering the NCAA transfer database.  Not long after, it was reported that there was “mutual interest” between the erstwhile Wake Forest quarterback and Oregon.  Not only that, the Ducks were, at the time, the favorites to land the signal-caller.

A week later, however, there’s been a shift.  A significant shift.

According to 247Sports.com, “the ex-Demon Deacons passer is trending toward landing at Georgia.” Seth Emerson of The Athletic tweeted Thursday evening that “I have been hearing for more than 24 hours that Jamie Newman and Georgia are a likely match and have heard nothing yet to change that.”

Regardless of which direction Newman ultimately heads, a decision could come as early as this weekend.

If Newman were to move on to the Georgia Bulldogs football program, he’d be the early favorite to replace three-year starter Jake Fromm, who announced this week that he is entering the 2020 NFL Draft.

Newman started 16 games at Wake, going 10-6 in those starts.  This season, Newman completed 60.9 percent of his passes for 2,868 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.  He set a school record in 2019 by throwing a touchdown pass in 12 straight games.

The redshirt junior also ran for 574 yards and six touchdowns.

The 2020 campaign will be Newman’s final season of eligibility, so he will be a one-year rental for whichever FBS school lands him.