ACC Football Team by Team Previews

ABC 13 Sports previews the 12 other teams in the ACC besides Virginia Tech and Virginia. Just like we have for the past few weeks, we'll continue to provide stories throughout the week on the Hokies and Cavaliers leading up to the August 30th kickoffs. Tune in to ABC 13 News at 6 p.m. from August 17th through the 28th for team by team previews.

Boston College
Head coach: Steve Addazio (2nd year) Last year's record/postseason result: 7-6, lost to Arizona 42-19 in AdvoCare V100 Bowl Key Players: Tyler Murphy, QB, Myles Willis, RB, Tyler Rouse, RB, Bryce Jones, CB Game to circle on the calendar: Sept. 13th - Southern Cal, Nov. 1st - at VT Click this link to see Boston College's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: The Eagles lost more than virtually any other ACC team. Fifteen of the teams 22 starters are gone including running back Andre Williams. He ran for a nation's-best 2,177 yards and became the first ACC Player to win the Doak Walker Award. Williams is now with the New York Giants in the NFL. QB Chase Rettig is also gone. Tyler Murphy, a transfer from Florida is expected to win the QB job for Addazio's team. All told, only three offensive starters return and all three are offensive linemen. Don't count them out though. Addazio took a 2-10 team and turned them into a 7-6 team in 2013.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clemson Tigers Head coach: Dabo Sweeney (7th year) Last year's record/postseason result: 11-2, beat Ohio State 40-35 in Orange Bowl Key Players: Vic Beasley, DE, Adam Humphries, WR, Cole Stoudt, QB Game to circle on the calendar: Aug. 30th - at Georgia, Sept. 20th - at Florida State, Nov. 29th - South Carolina Click this link to see Clemson's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: QB Tajh Boyd (68.5%, 3851 yds, 34 TD, 11 INT) is gone. So is WR Sammy Watkins (101 catches, 1464 yds, 12 TD). The Tigers went 11-2, averaging 40 points a game, with those two leading the offense and it's worth to note - those two losses were to Florida State and South Carolina. Eleven starters (4 offense, 7 defense) are back. QB Cole Stoudt will take over after being named the starter following spring practice. Beasley led the ACC and finished 3rd in the country in sacks with 13 a season ago. More pressure may be on the defense this year with so many dynamic playmakers gone from last season's squad. Clemson will have plenty of credit on its side based on its schedule. They'll face Georgia and South Carolina of the SEC in non-conference play.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Duke Blue Devils Head coach: David Cutcliffe (7th year) Last year's record/postseason result: 10-4, lost to Texas A&M 52-48 in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl Key Players: Jamison Crowder, WR, Anthony Boone, QB, Kelby Brown, LB, David Helston, LB Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Sept. 27th - at Miami, Oct. 18th - UVa, Nov. 15th - VT, Nov. 20th - North Carolina Click this link to see Duke's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: Teams won't be able to sleep on the Blue Devils this year. Duke had arguably its best season ever in 2013, earning ten wins. Cutcliffe was named national coach of the year and this season the schedule sets up for more success. Duke won't get any points of pride for its non-conference schedule though (Elon, at Troy, Kansas). They don't lose a whole lot on either side of the ball. Sixteen starters (8 offense, 6 defense) are back. QB Boone will have star WR Crowder to throw to. He had 108 receptions last year. If he does that again he'd pass his former teammate Conner Vernon for the most in Duke history. Duke does lose QB Brandon Connette. Although he was technically the backup he still threw for 13 TDs and complete 62% of his passes. Connette, who already graduated from Duke, transferred to Fresno State to be close to his mother in California, who is battling cancer.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Florida State Seminoles Head coach: Jimbo Fisher (5th year) Last year's record/postseason result: 14-0, beat Auburn 34-31 to win the BCS national championship Key Players (with positions): Jameis Winston, QB, Rashad Greene, WR, Eddie Goldman, DT Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Aug. 30th - vs. Oklahoma St., Sept. 20th - Clemson, Oct. 18th - Notre Dame, Nov. 29th - Florida Click this link to see Florida State's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: The Seminoles will likely be ranked in the top 5 in the preseason and they have the horses to make another run at a national title. QB Jameis Winston (Heisman Trophy winner) and 13 other starters (7 offense, 6 defense) return for Fisher. Last season's team set or tied 23 conference individual or team records. The Seminoles averaged an astounding 51.6 points a game and they bring in the 3rd ranked recruiting class ( FSU's defense didn't mess around either, allowing just 281.4 yards per game. They'll be led by another new defensive coordinator. Jeremy Pruitt left for Georgia. Fisher promoted linebackers coach Charles Kelly to the position.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Georgia Tech Head coach: Paul Johnson (7th year) Last year's record/postseason result: 7-6, lost to Ole Miss 25-17 in the Music City Bowl Key Players: Michael Summers, WR, Quayshawn Nealy, LB, Isaiah Johnson, S Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Sept. 20th - at VT, Nov. 29th - at Georgia Click this link to see Georgia Tech's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: The Yellow Jackets are going to run the ball even more this season. Johnson's option-oriented attacked produced 299.3 yards a game on the ground but GT went 7-6. Johnson wants more rushing this season and to do so he'll rely on a fresh crop of guys. GT's top three rushers are gone. QB Vad Lee transferred to JMU and Robert Godhigh and David Sims are in the rear view mirror. The new starting QB is expected to be third-year sophomore Justin Thomas who got a few looks last season. The Yellow Jackets have been 6-7, 8-5, 7-7, 7-6 over the past four seasons but somehow they tend to impact the Coastal Division race is some form or fashion.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Louisville Cardinals Head coach: Bobby Petrino (Returning for 1st year since coaching there from 2003-2006) Last year's record/postseason result: 12-1 in the AAC (beat Miami 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl) Key Players: Jake Smith, C, Dominique Brown, RB, Terell Floyd, CB Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Sept. 13th - at UVa, Oct. 11th - at Clemson, Oct. 30th - FSU, Nov. 22nd - at Notre Dame Click this link to see Louisville's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: Out with the old, in with the old? The Cardinals have brought back scandal-stricken coach Bobby Petrino following stints with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and Western Kentucky. Petrino went 41-9 in four years at Louisville. The Cardinals ended 2013 with a win over Miami in the bowl game. They'll open the season against Miami, the Cardinals first in the ACC. QB Teddy Bridgewater left early for the NFL (Vikings) and sophomore QB Will Gardner is the favorite to replace him. Freshman Kyle Bolin and senior Brett Nelson may have a shot. There is no doubt what this team's strength is - the offensive line. Four starters are back that have combined to start a whopping 112 games.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Miami Hurricanes Head coach: Al Golden (4th year) Last year's record/postseason result: 9-4, lost to Louisville 36-9 in the Russell Athletic Bowl Key Players: Duke Johnson, RB, Phillip Dorsett, WR, Anthony Chickillo, DE, Denzel Perryman, LB Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Sept. 1st - at Lousiville, Sept. 20th - at Nebraska, Oct. 23rd - at VT, Nov. 22nd - at UVa Click this link to see Miami's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: The 'Canes were looking like the team to beat following a 7-0 start in 2013 but then they ran into FSU, VT, and Duke - losing all three. Johnson is a conference player of the year candidate who is coming back from a broken ankle that sidelined him for the final five games of last season. Miami will have power up front with three offensive linemen back. Six starters are back on offense, 7 on defense. QB Stephen Morris, who seemed to play at Miami forever, is gone. Ryan Williams was supposed to take over but tore the ACL in his right knee during spring drills. The timetable for his return is still up in the air. Four other guys - Kevin Olsen, Jake Heaps , Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier are battling for the chance to be the Hurricanes' No. 1 signal caller.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

North Carolina Tar Heels Head coach: Larry Fedora (3rd year) Last year's record/postseason result: 7-6, beat Cincinnati 39-17 in the Belk Bowl Key Players: Marquise Williams, QB, Quinshad Davis, WR, Tim Scott, CB Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Aug. 30th - Liberty, Sept. 6th - San Diego State, Oct. 4th - VT, Oct. 11th - at Notre Dame, Oct. 25th - at UVa Click this link to see North Carolina's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: The Tar Heels are still trying to turn Fedora's high-tempo offense into wins. They averaged 425.7 yards of offense per game last season but a lackluster defense gave up 403.2 a game. Two of UNC's seven wins last season were against Middle Tennessee (40-20) and Old Dominion (80-20). A large portion of stellar offensive numbers came from those two games. UNC did win six of its last seven games. VT fans wish it was 7 of 7 (VT would have played in the ACC Championship if UNC had beaten Duke on the last Saturday of the regular season). However five of those six wins came against the bottom feeders of the ACC. As far as 2014 is concerned, an injury to QB Bryn Renner may have been the best thing for QB Marquise Williams. He filled in admirably in the second half of the season (58.1%, 1698 yds, 15 TD, 6 INT). TE Eric Ebron led UNC in receiving. He left for the NFL but Williams will have three seasoned WRs to throw to. All told, UNC has 16 starters back.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

N.C. State Wolfpack Head coach: Dave Doeren (2nd year) Last year's record/postseason result: 3-9, did not qualify Key Players: Tyson Chandler, OL, Art Norman, DE, Thomas Teal, DT Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Sept. 27th - FSU, Oct. 4th - at Clemson Click this link to see N.C. State's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: The Wolfpack failed to win an ACC game for the first time since 1959. They need consistent play from the QB position. Last year Brandon Mitchell and Pete Thomas combined for 14 TDs and 15 INTs. This season Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett is the likely starter. 14 of 22 starters are back. They should be good in the kicking game. Niklas Sade (19-23 FGs) is back. The non-conference schedule is less than desirable - Ga. Southern, ODU, at So. Fla., Presbyterian. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Pittsburgh Panthers Head coach: Paul Chryst (3rd year) Last year's record/postseason result: 7-6, beat Bowling Green 30-27 in the Pizza Bowl Key Players: J.P Holtz, TE, Matt Rotherman, OL, Isaac Bennett, RB, Todd Thomas, LB, Lafayette Pitts, CB, Tyler Boyd, WR Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Oct. 4th - at UVa, Oct. 16th - VT Click this link to see Pittsburgh's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: Thirteen starters are back from a team that made steady improvements in 2013. Chad Voytik takes over the QB duties. He'll have 8 offensive starters back. Their offensive line is intact with four of five starters returning. The secondary will be the strength on defense. Boyd will be a focal point for defenses. He led all freshmen in the country last season with 85 catches. That was also the ACC single-season record for freshmen. Pitt faces Delaware, FIU, Iowa, and Akron in non-conference play.----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Syracuse Orange Head coach: Scott Shafer (2nd year) Last year's record/postseason result: 7-6, beat Minnesota 21-17 in Texas Bowl Key Players: Terrel Hunt, QB, Ashton Broyld, WR, Dyshawn Davis, LB, Michal Robinson, DE Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Sept. 27th - Notre Dame, Oct. 11th - Florida State Click this link to see Syracuse's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: The Orange weren't too bad in their first season in the ACC. They had a new coach and a new QB and they still got seven wins. Hunt will try to improve upon 1,638 yds, 10 TDs, and 66% passing numbers. He took over starting duties in Syracuse's 4th game. They face a difficult schedule with 8 teams that made it to bowl games in 2013. 15 starters return. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Wake Forest Demon Deacons Head coach: Dave Clawson (1st year) Last year's record/postseason result: 4-8, did not qualify Key Players: Tyree Harris, WR, Merrill Noel, CB, Kevin Johnson, CB Game(s) to circle on the calendar: Sept. 13th - at Utah State, Nov. 6th - Clemson Click this link to see Wake Forest's schedule: CLICK HERE Summary: Jim Grobe's tenure in Winston-Salem is over. Dave Clawson, after five years as the head coach of Bowling Green, takes over. He'll have his hands full trying to turn things around. The Demon Deacons had 4 wins last year. They had two two-point losses to Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Monroe. ULM is the opener this year. Only ten starters are back and the ones making the highlights will be all new. Wake will have new starters at QB and RB. Clawson recently named true freshman John Wolford as his starting QB. He beat out three other QBs following a scrimmage on Aug. 10th. Wake needs him to improve an offense that averaged just 18.3 points a game in 2013.

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