ACC POST-SPRING POWER RANKINGS
“4. NC State: This team is quietly preparing a championship-caliber roster. Quarterback Mike Glennon is still under the radar, and he’s got an experienced offensive line to work with. This is a team that could surprise some people. (Via ESPN)”
“5. N.C. State: Head coach Tom O’Brien navigated his team through an up-and-down season in 2011 but finished strong, ending the year on a three-game roll including wins over Clemson and a bowl victory over Louisville. Quarterback Mike Glennon cut down on his interceptions late in the year, but the Wolfpack need James Washington, Tony Creecy or the troubled Mustafa Greene to emerge to improve on a rushing attack that ranked No. 109 in the country last fall. An experienced offensive line will help. (Via NationalFootballPost)”
HEART ISSUES NOT SLOWING DOWN WATSON
J.P. Giglio, of the N&O, wrote an incredible read on RS Junior Tight End Asa Watson. In the article, you learn about Watson’s battle with WPW, his Christian faith, and his emergence in this years Kay Yow Spring Game.
In response to his play in the Spring Game:
“Nobody was surprised by how he played in the spring game, because that’s the he plays in practice,” O’Brien said. “We’re looking for different ways to make him an option.” (Via N&O)
In response to his recent health struggles:
“This whole thing has taught me that I’m not really in control of my life,” Watson said. “If God wants to use my life as an example, I’m willing to learn.” (Via N&O)
JONES: ACC NO LONGER A HOOPS-CENTRIC CONFERENCE
It is very well noted that the ACC has been traditionally known as a basketball conference. Andrew Jones of FoxSports wrote an incredible article last week that might shake up people’s traditional perception of the conference.
Check this out…
“For example, current ACC schools have 12 NCAA titles in basketball since the ACC opened for business in 1952. But during that same span, current programs have won 11 national championships in football. If you look at history, ACC programs have 13 national titles in hoops and 13 in football.
If you add Syracuse and Pittsburgh, which have agreed to move to the ACC perhaps as soon as next summer, the totals are 14 titles in hoops and 15 in football.
If a spot in a BCS bowl carries similar status to reaching the Final Four, consider this: Only four ACC schools have advanced to a Final Four since the beginning of the BCS era, which began in the mid-1990s with the Bowl Alliance, while seven different schools have played in BCS games.
Lastly, current ACC schools have given the sport five Heisman Trophy winners, and when Pitt and Syracuse join that number will grow to seven.” (Via FoxSports)