Greensboro, N.C.—A total of 51 players from Atlantic Coast Conference schools have signed free agent contracts or received invitations to attend free agent camps from teams in the National Football League.
Combined with the 31 ACC players drafted by the NFL, a total of 82 players from ACC schools will head to NFL training camps this year.
When draftees (3) and free agents (10) from Pittsburgh and Syracuse are included, teams which will join the ACC this July 1, the number of players headed to the NFL grows to a total of 95 players.
ACC NFL Free Agent Signees (as of May 9)
Boston College (5)
Nick Clancy LB Atlanta Falcons
Emmett Cleary T Indianapolis Colts
Jim Noel DB Seattle Seahawks
Chris Pantale TE New York Jets
John Wetzel T Oakland Raiders
Dalton Freeman C New York Jets
Xavier Brewer DB Dallas Cowboys
Spencer Benton PK Dallas Cowboys
Tig Willard LB Tennessee Titans
Brandon Ford TE New England Patriots
Jaron Brown WR Arizona Cardinals
Jackson Anderson LS Houston Texans
Tony Foster DB Kansas City Chiefs
Conner Vernon WR Oakland Raiders
Florida State (3)
Anthony McCloud DT Minnesota Vikings
Lonnie Pryor FB-RB Jacksonville Jaguars
Rodney Smith WR Minnesota Vikings
Georgia Tech (5)
T.J. Barnes DT Jacksonville Jaguars
Izaan Cross DE Buffalo Bills
Rod Sweeting CB New Orleans Saints
Orwin Smith RB Tampa Bay Buccaneers (invited to free agent camp)
Tyler Morgan LS Carolina Panthers
Devonte Campbell TE Atlanta Falcons
Darin Drakeford LB Kansas City Chiefs
A.J. Francis DE-DT Miami Dolphins
Matt Furstenburg TE Baltimore Ravens
Joe Vellano DE-DT New England Patriots
Dalton Botts P (Tryouts with Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints)
Ramon Buchanan LB Seattle Seahawks
Jeremy Lewis OL Tampa Bay Buccaneers
North Carolina (4)
Casey Barth PK Atlanta Falcons
Jheranie Boyd WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Erik Highsmith WR Minnesota Vikings
Kevin Reddick LB New Orleans Saints
NC State (6)
Zach Allen G Carolina Panthers
Brandan Bishop S Minnesota Vikings
R.J. Mattes OL New England Patriots
Tobais Palmer WR Jacksonville Jaguars
Cameron Wentz C Minnesota Vikings
C.J. Wilson CB Chicago Bears
Ray Graham RB Houston Texans
Hubie Graham TE Tamp Bay Buccaneers
Mike Shanahan WR New York Jets
Ryan Turnley C New York Giants
Lou Alexander T New Orleans Saints
Zack Chibane G Buffalo Bills
Dean Goggins DE Atlanta Falcons
Alec Lemon WR Houston Texans
Marcuse Sales WR Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Sharpe DE Washington Redskins
Paul Freedman TE Dallas Cowboys
Steve Greer LB Washington Redskins
Perry Jones RB Baltimore Ravens
Colter Phillips TE Tampa Bay Buccaneers
La’Roy Reynolds LB Jacksonville Jaguars
Virginia Tech (5)
Nick Becton T San Diego Chargers
Marcus Davis WR New York Giants
Antoine Hopkins DT Pittsburgh Steelers
Bruce Taylor LB Cincinnati Bengals
Alonzo Tweedy LB New York Giants
Wake Forest (1)
Kenny Okoro DB San Diego Chargers
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Monday, May 6, 2013
2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Bowl Schedule
(Chronological Order, All Times Eastern)
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 2:30 p.m. ESPN
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl (conditional)
Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 9:30 p.m. ESPN
Russell Athletic Bowl
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 6:45 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 3:20 p.m. ESPN
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 3:15 p.m. ESPN
AdvoCare V100 Bowl
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 12:30 p.m. ESPN
Hyundai Sun Bowl
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 2 p.m. CBS
Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013 8 p.m. ESPN
Discover Orange Bowl
Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 8 p.m. ESPN
Friday, May 3, 2013
Former South Carolina defensive tackle Stanley Doughty is the key figure in this Atlantic story taking the NCAA to task for not better regulating healthcare for student-athletes.
Specifically, Doughty says he was abandoned by the Gamecocks after NFL doctors discovered he had a spine injury he thinks was suffered during his South Carolina playing days.
Now, he says he is disabled and unable to afford surgery or to return to school to complete his degree.
Another example in the story is former Oklahoma basketball player Kyle Hardrick, who says the Sooners, under then-coach Jeff Capel (now a Duke assistant), pushed him out after he suffered a knee injury, and wouldn't pay for his medical care.
Capel, to his credit, wrote a letter on Hardrick's behalf after Capel had left Oklahoma, but the school declined to declare Hardrick a medical hardship case.
From the Atlantic's story:
Stories like Doughty's and Hardrick's speak to the larger paradox of college sports, wherein players are treated like employees of their institutions—but don't get paid or receive the same benefits as recognized workers. Let's say the athletic director walks through the stands, slips on spilled soda and breaks his leg. Because he is considered an employee of the university, worker's compensation will cover any costs, short and long-term. But if a player 15 feet away breaks his leg on the field, running a play at the coach's request, the school has no legal or financial obligations since he is considered a student-athlete, not an employee.
Few of these stories come to light, and the Atlantic points at that some, and perhaps most, schools treat their athletes' medical needs fairly. But few athletes ask about medical care when they are being recruited, and are left to take the school's word.
An interesting, if long, read, but worth your time.
-- Mike Persinger
A sports marketing professor at Emory University studied the 2013 NFL draft through the lens of which teams did the best at turning recruiting talent into draft picks.
ACC winners? Florida State, North Carolina and N.C. State.
Tops in the SEC were South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
There were also rankings for the Big Ten, Pac-12, and an overall ranking.
Interesting look at the power conferences in college football.
Surprised by anything you read?