Phase Three

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Phase Three

Each year I look forward to what I call each of the five phases of the off-season in college football.

First is the recruiting season wrapping up with signing day which February.

Second is spring practice which usually ends in April.

The third began for me this weekend. This is the release of the pre-season magazine.

The fourth is the release of EA Sports' College Football video game.

The final phase of the off-season is the beginning of fall camp.

This weekend marked the beginning of the third phase as I picked up a copy of Lindy's Southeastern Preview. Below are some notes from what Lindy's thinks about Clemson and some ACC notes:

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Lindy's has Alabama number one. The Crimson Tide is followed by Ohio State, Stanford, Oregon and Texas A&M. Georgia is sixth, Clemson is seventh, LSU is eighth, South Carolina is ninth and Louisville is tenth.

Lindy's sees the rest of the ACC like this:

13. Florida State

24. Miami

34. Georgia Tech

38. Virginia Tech

41. UNC

47. Maryland

58. Pittsburgh

64. NC State

76. Boston College

79. Virginia

81. Syracuse

82. Duke

84. Wake Forest


The magazine has Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
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as a second-team All-American. Offensive lineman James Hurst of North Carolina is the only other offensive player from the ACC on his first two All-American squads on offense. Hurst is also a second-team All-American.

Florida State's Lamarcus Joyner is a first-team All-American at safety. Pittsburgh's Aaron Donald is a second-team All-American on the defensive line.

Position Rankings

Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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is the magazine's fourth ranked quarterback. Other quarterbacks in the ACC that are ranked are Bryn Renner of North Carolina at 10 and Stephen Morris of Miami at 16.

At running back Duke Johnson of Miami is ranked number six at his position.

Sammy Watkins is the nation's third ranked wide out. He is the only receiver from the ACC in the top 20.

Bryan Stork of FSU is ranked as the nation's fourth best center. Russell Bodine of UNC is sixth. James Hurst of UNC is the nation's third ranked offensive tackle. Clemson's Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
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is ranked seventh at the position.

Virginia Tech's James Gayle is ranked fifth at defensive end. Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu is moving to defensive end and is ranked 13th.

Pitts Aaron Donald is the nation's fourth best defensive tackle according to Lindy's. FSU's Timmy Jernigan is ranked seventh.

Virginia Tech's Jack Taylor is ranked 10th at the inside linebacker spot. Denzel Perryman is ninth at outside linebacker followed by FSU's Christian Jones at number ten.

Lamarcus Joyner of FSU is ranked third at cornerback. Duke's Ross Cockrell is ranked tenth.

Clemson's Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
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Greenville, SC

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is the nation's third best kicker according to Lindy's. Duke's Ross Martin is seventh.

Duke's Will Monday is ranked third among the nation's punters.

Stephon Diggs of Maryland is third in the country as their all-purpose returners.

Unit Rankings

The magazine has Miami's backfield ranked sixth in the country. Florida State has the nation's seventh best offensive line and the eighth best defensive line according to Lindy's.

Heisman Candidates

Lindy's has Tajh Boyd as the nation's ninth rated candidate to win the Heisman.


The magazine projects Clemson to face Louisville in the Orange Bowl.


Lindy's has Tajh Boyd as the number two player in the 2014 NFL Draft. Other ACC players on their list are:

25. Kareem Martin DE North Carolina

32. Logan Thomas QB Virginia Tech

38. James Gayle DE Virginia Tech

46. Seantrel Henderson OL Miami

48. Christian Jones LB FSU

50. Stephen Morris QB Miami

Top Games

Lindy's says the Clemson-Georgia game is the best non-conference game of 2013. They rank Alabama-Virginia Tech at number three, Florida State-Florida at number four, Clemson-South Carolina at number six and Florida at Miami at number ten.

They rank the Clemson-FSU game as the eighth best conference game of the season.

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