2002 ACC Football Prospectus


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Derrick Hamilton returns as the Tigers' leading receiver.

2001 Highlights:


- ACC goes 4-2 in Bowl Games

- An all-time high six ACC teams earn bowl bids

- ACC sets attendance record for the second straight year

- Maryland claims first gridiron crown since 1985

- Maryland's Ralph Friedgen National Coach of the Year

- Maryland's E.J. Henderson named ACC Player of the Year

- North Carolina's Julius Peppers wins Lombardi Trophy and Bednarik Award

- Henderson and Peppers earn consensus All-America honors

- Eleven ACC players earn All-America honors in 2001

- Clemson's Woodrow Dantzler first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and throw for 2,000 yards in a season

- ACC-record seven teams post winning records in 2001



They're Back



127 starters and 380 lettermen from a year ago are expected to return for the 2002 season ... Florida State leads all ACC teams with 54 returning lettermen and is tied with Wake Forest for most returning starters with 17 ... Florida State's 17 returning starters mark the first time that the Seminoles will lead the conference in returning starters.



Returning Lettermen for 2002

School      	Off.	Def.	Sp.	Tot.
Florida State	22	30	2	54
Clemson 	22	22	2	46
Georgia Tech	20	22	4	46
Maryland	20	21	2	45
NC State	16	23	3	42
North Carolina	21	18	2	41
Duke    	19	16	4	39
Wake Forest	18	19	1	38
Virginia	15	15	1	31
ACC Totals	173	186	21	380




Returning Starters for 2002

School  	Off.	Def.	Sp.	Tot.
Florida State	7	8	2	17
Wake Forest	8	8	1	17
Georgia Tech	5	9	2	16
Duke    	6	7	2	15
Maryland	8	5	2	15
Clemson	        4	8	2	14
NC State	6	6	2	14
Virginia	7	6	0	13
North Carolina	7	2	1	10
ACC Totals	58	55	14	127




LEADING RETURNEES BY TEAM

CLEMSON
Rusher  	Bernard Rambert, 59-267, 2 td
Receiver	Derrick Hamilton, 49-590, 3 td
Passer  	Willie Simmons, 19-of-51, 311, 1 td
Tackler 	John Leake 121 (11.0)

DUKE
Rusher  	Chris Douglas, 218-841, 7 td
Receiver	Chris Douglas, 26-233, 1 td
Passer  	D. Bryant, 187-of-384, 2454, 11 td
Tackler  	Ryan Fowler 127 (11.5)

FLORIDA STATE
Rusher  	Greg Jones, 134-713, 6 td
Receiver	Talman Gardner, 33-649, 11 td
Passer  	Chris Rix, 165-of-286, 2734, 24 td
Tackler 	Kendyll Pope 113 (10.3)

GEORGIA TECH
Rusher  	Sidney Ford, 69-290, 1 td
Receiver	Jonathan Smith, 53-590, 4 td
Passer  	none
Tackler 	Riccardo Wimbush 99 (8.3)

MARYLAND
Rusher  	Bruce Perry, 219-1242, 10 td
Receiver	Bruce Perry, 40-359, 2 td
Passer  	Latrez Harrison 5-of-14, 25, 0 td
Tackler 	E.J. Henderson 150 (13.6)

NORTH CAROLINA
Rusher  	Andre' Williams, 170-520,  4 td
Receiver	Sam Aiken, 46-789, 8 td
Passer  	Darian Durant, 142-223, 1843, 17 td
Tackler 	Dexter Reid 99 (8.3)

NC STATE
Rusher  	Cotra Jackson, 26-105, 0 td
Receiver	Bryan Peterson, 48-657, 2 td
Passer  	Philip Rivers, 240-of-368, 2586, 16 td
Tackler 	Dantonio Burnette 114 (11.4)

VIRGINIA
Rusher  	Alvin Pearman, 88-371, 1 td
Receiver	Billy McMullen, 83-1060, 12 td
Passer  	Matt Schaub, 140-of-240, 1524, 10 td
Tackler 	Angelo Crowell 143 (11.9)

WAKE FOREST
Rusher  	Tarence Williams, 249-1018, 10 td
Receiver	Jason Anderson, 28-472, 2 td
Passer  	James MacPherson, 113-209, 1555, 5 td
Tackler 	Kellen Brantley 95 (8.6)



RETURNING STARTERS AND SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTORS



CLEMSON TIGERS



OFFENSE (22 lettermen, 4 starters)

WR Derrick Hamilton 6-4 190 So. 2nd-team Sporting News Freshman All-American; led team in receptions (49) and yardage (590)

WR Jackie Robinson 6-1 190 Sr. Started 7 games in 2001; had 7 catches for 82 yards; had 26 catches for 301 yards in 2000

LT Derrick Brantley 6-5 295 Sr. Started the last 5 games of the season; started 6 games overall; averaged 30 snaps per game

RT Gary Byrd 6-4 308 Sr. Started the first seven games of the 2001 season & 8 games overall 2001; has 13 career starts Others

WR J.J. McKelvey 6-4 210 Sr. Led Clemson last year in TD catches (4); 3rd in receptions (28); had receptions in 9 of 11 games

WR Roscoe Crosby 6-3 200 So. 3 starts as a freshman; had 19 catches for 323 yards (3 TDs) over the final 5 games of the season

WR Airese Currie 5-11 175 So. Averaged a school freshman record 18.5 yards per catch (17-for-315); started 3 games

TE Ben Hall 6-5 240 So. 3rd-team Sporting News Freshman All-American; 7 receptions for 74 and 2 touchdowns

RB Bernard Rambert 6-0 200 Sr. Team's leading returning rusher with 287 yards; ran for 101 yards in Humanitarian Bowl

QB Willie Simmons 6-1 195 Gr. 2-year backup to Woodrow Dantzler; has thrown for 914 yards and 9 TDs in 13 career games



DEFENSE (22 lettermen, 8 starters)

LE Bryant McNeal 6-5 230 Sr. Started all 11 games a year ago; 3rd in the ACC in sacks (8.0) and ninth with 11 TFLs

DT Nick Eason 6-4 280 Gr. 2-year starter; has 21 tackles for losses in his career, including eight quarterback sacks

RE Khaleed Vaughn 6-4 260 Sr. Second on the team in tackles for loss (9); sixth overall in tackles (62); started all 11 games

SLB Rodney Thomas 6-0 222 Sr. 3-year letterman; ranked fourth on the team in tackles (92); had two quarterback sacks

WLB John Leake 6-2 215 Jr. Team's leading returning tackler; 10th in the ACC in tackles as a sophomore (11.0) a year ago

SS Eric Meekins 6-3 190 Sr. Fifth on the team in tackles (70), had a season-high 13 tackles against Wake Forest

LC Brian Mance 5-11 185 Sr. Ranked in the top 30 nationally in punt (13.2) and kickoff (24.5) returns; 5 career interceptions

RC Kevin Johnson 6-0 190 Jr. Started 8 games; had 10 passes defended, the best among all returning players
Others:

DT Donnell Washington 6-6 320 So. 2nd-team Sporting News Freshman All-American; led all Clemson freshmen in tackles
(42)


SPECIALISTS (2 starters)

PK Aaron Hunt 5-11 210 Jr. Two-year starter; has converted 18-of-25 field goals and 80-of-83 extra points in his career

P Wynn Kopp 5-9 172 Sr. Averaged 39.3 yards per punt; allowed only one punt return over 15 yards all season



Head Coach Tommy Bowden (West Virginia, 1977)

Career Coaching Record 40-18, five seasons (1997-2001)

Record at Clemson 22-14, three seasons (1999-2001)



Clemson finished 7-5 overall, 4-4 and tied for fourth in the ACC ... the Tigers defeated Louisiana Tech 49-24 in the Humanitarian Bowl ... Woodrow Dantzler, the first Tiger QB to earn first-team All-ACC honors in 20 years, became the first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in the same season ... Dantzler was second in the ACC and eighth nationally in total offense, averaging 305.8 yards per game - the eighth-best single season mark in league history ... Dantzler finished his career as the ACC's all-time quarterback rushing leader (2,615), seventh in total offense (8,249) and 11th in passing efficiency rating (132.9) ... three players were named freshman All-Americans by The Sporting News - WR Derrick Hamilton and DT Donnell Washington earned second-team honors while TE Ben Hall was a third-team choice ... Hamilton led the Tigers and was third nationally among all freshmen in receptions per game (4.5) ... Hamilton's 49 receptions were the third-best freshman single season total in ACC history while his 590 yards were the fourth all-time ... Hamilton also led the ACC and finished third nationally in kickoff returns (31.7)... three of Clemson's top five receivers were freshmen in 2001, including true freshman WR Roscoe Crosby who had 23 receptions for 396 yards and three scores ... Clemson had back-to-back 500 yard games in road wins over Georgia Tech (502) and NC State (567) ... second-team All-ACC LB Chad Carson was fifth in the ACC in tackles per game (11.8) and finished fifth on the school's career tackle list with 441 ... Tommy Bowden has taken the Tigers to a bowl game in each of his first three seasons at Clemson.




DUKE BLUE DEVILS



OFFENSE (19 lettermen, 6 starters)

QB D. Bryant 6-3 215 Sr. 2-year starter; 7th on Duke's all-time passing chart (3,902) and 8th in total offense (3,821)

TB Chris Douglas 5-11 190 Jr. Led the ACC in all-purpose yards (168.1) and was 5th in the ACC in rushing with 841 yards

WR Khary Sharpe 5-11 170 So. Started the final 6 games in 2001; 4th on the team with 23 catches for 274 yards and 2 TDs

OT Drew Strojny 6-8 300 Jr. Has started 19 games at tackle in his career; started all 11 games in 2001; played 713 snaps

OC Luke Bayer 6-5 285 Jr. Played in all 11 games a year ago with 531 snaps and 6 starts; saw action at guard and center

OG Rusty Wilson 6-3 320 Jr. Started in 8 of his 10 games a year ago, missing only the Vanderbilt game; played 606 snaps

Others:

TE Nick Brzezinski 6-5 245 Jr. Played in all 11 games a year ago with 4 starts; caught 13 passes for 133 yards and 3 TDs

OG Daryl Lewis 6-3 330 Jr. Had 5 starting assignments a year ago; played in all 11 games; started 9 games in 2000

WR Reggie Love 6-4 225 Jr. Had 18 receptions for 266 yards as a sophomore a year ago; has 10 career starts in two years

TB Alex Wade 6-1 250 Jr. 250-pound tailback; 2nd on the team with 249 yards rushing and 4th in scoring with 24 points



DEFENSE (16 lettermen, 7 starters)

DE Shawn Johnson 6-5 265 Jr. Started 5 games in 2001; had 31 tackles including five tackles for loss and 2 QB sacks

DT Matt Zielinski 6-2 290 Jr. Played in all 11 games, starting the last 9; tied for 9th on the team with 46 tackles; 2 QB sacks

LB Jamyon Small 6-1 225 Sr. 20 career starts; second on the team a year ago with 83 tackles; had 20 tackles versus Wake Forest

LB Jim Scharrer 6-4 236 So. Freshman All-America pick by both Football News and The Sporting News; 69 tackles in 10 games

LB Ryan Fowler 6-4 235 Jr. 2-year starter; led Duke, and was 6th in the ACC, in tackles (127) for a second-straight year

S Anthony Roberts 6-3 200 Jr. Started 5 games at safety; returned 1st career interception 20 yards for a TD versus Wake Forest

CB Terrell Smith 5-11 175 Jr. 5th on the team in tackles with 53; started all 11 games in 2001 - the final six at cornerback.

Others:

S Alex Green 6-2 195 So. Tied for 3rd on the team with 3 PBUs; 12th on the team with 36 tackles; played in all 11 games

DE Micah Harris 6-4 235 So. Played in all 11 games; had 27 tackles over his last 7 games - 31 for the season

CB Kenneth Stanford 5-9 180 So. Started 5 games as a freshman in 2001; had 48 tackles including five for loss; had 7 PBUs



SPECIALISTS (4 lettermen, 2 starters)

PK Brent Garber 6-1 195 Jr. Second on the team in scoring 36 points a year ago; has made 13 of 21 career FG attempts

P Trey McDonald 6-2 220 So. Punted 60 times for a 38.4 yards per kick average; had 5 punts of 50 yards or better



Head Coach Carl Franks (Duke, 1983)

Career Coaching Record 3-30, three seasons (1999-2001)

Record at Duke 3-30, three seasons (1999-2001)



DUKE finished the 2001 season 0-11 overall and ninth in the ACC with an 0-8 league mark ... honorable mention All-ACC tailback Chris Douglas led the team and was fifth in the ACC in rushing yards per game (76.5) as a sophomore ... Douglas became the first player in school history to lead the team in rushing in both his freshman (503 yards) and sophomore (841) seasons ... Douglas' 841 yards were the seventh-best single season rushing total in school history ... Douglas is already 12th on the ACC's career kickoff return yardage list with 1,541 yards ... Douglas led the ACC and was fifth nationally in all-purpose yards (168.1) and has 13 straight games with 100-or-more all-purpose yards ... first-team All-ACC tight end Mike Hart was second on the team in receiving (30-476, 4 TDs) ... junior D. Bryant started all 11 games at quarterback and was fourth in the ACC in passing yardage with 2,454 yards and 11 touchdowns ... Bryant's 2,454 yards was the eighth-best single season total in school history and the most yards passing by a Blue Devil QB since Spence Fischer threw for 2,668 yards in 1995 ... Bryant averaged 248.0 yards per game passing over the final seven games of the season ... seven of Duke's 12 TD passes were to the team's tight ends, Hart (4) and Nick Brzezinski (3) ... the Blue Devils had back-to-back 500 yard games of total offense against Vanderbilt and NC State ... Duke improved its total offense average by 63.4 yards (23%) from the 2000 season (280.8 to 344.2) ... sophomore OLB Ryan Fowler led the team in tackles (127) for the second year in a row.



FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES



OFFENSE (22 lettermen, 7 starters)

QB Chris Rix 6-4 210 So. ACC Freshman of the Year; set ACC freshman record with 2,734 yards passing; threw for 24 TDs

TB Nick Maddox 6-0 200 Sr. Started 10 games at tailback; 2nd on the team in rushing with 438 yards and 4th in receptions (26)

ST Brett Williams 6-6 317 Sr. Voted the ACC's top blocker a year ago by the coaches; named as 1st-team All-ACC in 2001

SG Milford Brown 6-4 319 Sr. 2nd on the team with 45 intimidations and 15 key blocks; Started all 11 games in 2001

C Antoine Mirambeau 6-4 285 Sr. Started all 11 games; had 37 pancake blocks; graded out at 88 percent; had 4 games over 90%

TG Montrae Holland 6-3 325 Sr. Started every game last season; earned 2nd-team All-ACC honors; had 32 pancake blocks

TT Todd Williams 6-6 315 Sr. Started every game at
right tackle before moving to split tackle for the Florida game


Others:


WR Anquan Boldin 6-2 205 Jr. Had 41 catches for 664
yards and 6 TDs as sophomore in 2000; missed all of 2001 with an injury

WR Robert Morgan 6-0 187 Sr. Missed all of 2001 with
an injury; had 19 catches for 366 yards and 3 TDs as a junior in 2000

WR Talman Gardner 6-2 205 Sr. Second on the team with
33 catches for 649 yards; second in the ACC with 11 touchdown catches

RB Greg Jones 6-1 243 Jr. FSU's leading rusher in
2001 with 713 yards; averaged 5.3 yards per carry; had 3 100-yard games

TT Ray Willis 6-6 288 So. Started at offensive
tackle the last 2 games of the season; played in all 11 games



DEFENSE (30 lettermen, 8 starters)

LE Alozo Jackson 6-4 255 Sr. Led the team in QB sacks
(5) and was second in QB hurries (16) while starting 10 games in 2001

DT Darnell Dockett 6-4 285 Jr. Earned 1st-team All-ACC
honors a year ago; third in the ACC with 19 TFLs; a 2-year starter

NG Jeff Womble 6-3 290 Jr. 2-year starter at
noseguard; 9th on the team in tackles (37); had 5 tackles for loss

RE Kevin Emanuel 6-4 258 Jr. Started the last 7 games
in 2001; 3rd among defensive linemen with 36 tackles; had 7 TFLs

WLB Kendyll Pope 6-2 217 Jr. Honorable mention
All-ACC as a sophomore in 2001; second on the team with 113 tackles

SLB Michael Boulware 6-3 225 Jr. Honorable
mention All-ACC in 2001; 4th on the team with 81 tackles; had three interceptions

LC Rufus Brown 5-9 183 Jr. Started 7 of the final 8
games; had 29 tackles, including 26 solo efforts, and three PBUs

RC Stanford Samuels 5-10 180 Jr. Started in 10
games a year ago; had a career-high 40 tackles, 7 PBUs and one interception



SPECIALISTS (2 lettermen, 2 starters)

PK Xavier Beitia 5-10 200 So. 2nd-team All-ACC as a
freshman; led FSU in scoring with 83 points; made 13 of 14 FG attempts

P Chance Gwaltney 5-10 175 Sr. Averaged 40.1 yards on
53 punts in 2001; had 13 punts downed inside the 20 yard line



Head Coach Bobby Bowden (Samford, 1953)

Career Coaching Record 323-91-4, 36 seasons (1959-62 & 1970-2001)

Record at Florida State 250-59-4, 26 seasons (1976-2001)



FLORIDA STATE finished 8-4 overall and second in the ACC with a 6-2 league mark ... the Seminoles defeated Virginia Tech 30-17 in the Gator Bowl ... senior MLB Bradley Jennings was third in the ACC in tackles
(12.7) and his 127 tackles were the most since Marvin Jones totaled 133 in 1990 ... freshman QB Chris Rix threw for 2,734 yards and 22 touchdowns; led the ACC and was eighth nationally in passing efficiency ... in becoming only the second freshman to lead the ACC in passing, Rix set two ACC freshman records - most total offense yards in a single season (3,123) and consecutive games with a TD pass (11) ... Rix also finished third on the team and 13th in the ACC in rushing with 389 yards ... sophomore RB Greg Jones led the team and was seventh in the ACC in rushing with 612 yards while averaging a team-high 5.3 yards per carry; ran for 120 yards on 23 carries in the Gator Bowl ... senior WR Javon Walker was second in the ACC in receiving yardage per game (85.8) while averaging a league-high 21.0 yards per catch ... junior WR Talman Gardner had 11 TD receptions on only 33 catches ... Walker and Gardner combined for 78 receptions for 1,593 yards and 18 TDs ... PK Xavier Beitia made his last eight field goal attempts ... Beitia was 13 of 14 on the year and tied for leadership in the ACC in field goal percentage
(.929) ... Beitia was the sixth freshman to lead the team in scoring ... first-team All-ACC DL Darnell Dockett was third in the ACC with 19 tackles for loss ... the Seminoles return all five starters on the offensive line for 2002.



GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS



OFFENSE (20 lettermen, 5 starters)

WR Jonathan Smith 5-10 175 Jr. Second on the team in
receiving a year ago with 53 catches for 590 yards and 4 touchdowns

WR Will Glover 5-10 178 Sr. Team's 3rd-leading
receiver in 2001 with 42 receptions for 546 yards and 3 touchdowns

OT Nat Dorsey 6-6 315 So. 9th true freshman in ACC
history to be 1st-team All-ACC; 1st-team TSN Freshman All-American

OT Leon Robinson 6-4 290 So. Started 5 of the last 6
games in 2001; named ACC All-Freshman team by The Sporting News

OC Hugh Reilly 6-4 279 Jr. Started every game at
guard in 2001; will be moved to center this spring


Others:
T Kyle Wallace 6-5 280 So. Will move into Tech's
starting lineup at right tackle after earning playing time as a freshman

WR Nate Curry 5-10 186 So. Missed entire 2001
season with a knee injury; had 22 catches for 298 yards (2 TDs) as a frosh in 2000

TB Sidney Ford 5-9 205 Sr. Leading returning rusher
from 2001 with 290 yards; ran for 129 yards on 22 carries against Navy

TE Will Heller 6-6 250 Sr. Backup tight end the
last 3 years; started 3 games in 2000; has 11 career receptions with 1 TD

WR Kerry Watkins 5-11 186 Sr. 3-year letterman with
100 career catches for 1,630 yards and 17 touchdowns; 7 career starts



DEFENSE (22 lettermen, 9 starters)

DE Greg Gathers 6-1 260 Sr. 2nd team All-American by
Football News and The Sporting News; Tech's career QB sack leader (30)

DT Gary Johnson 6-1 275 Sr. Started all 12 games in
2001; had 48 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and four QB sacks

DT Alfred Malone 6-4 285 So. Finished freshman season
16 tackles, including three tackles for loss while starting nine games

LB Recardo Wimbush 6-1 218 Sr. Has started 37 straight
games; active leader in career tackles (281); 26 career tackles for loss

LB Daryl Smith 6-3 225 Jr. 2-year starter; had 59
tackles, including 7 tackles for losses and 3 QB sacks in nine games

LB Keyaron Fox 6-2 220 Jr. Team's second-leading
tackler a year ago with 95 hits, including 2 QB sacks; started 10 games

CB Marvious Hester 5-11 180 Sr. Honorable mention
All-ACC a year ago; led team in interceptions (3) and passes broken up
(12)

FS Jeremy Muyres 6-3 205 Sr. 2-time All-ACC free
safety; Tech active leader with seven interceptions; started 33 straight games

SS Cory Collins 5-11 194 Sr. Has started 18 straight
games; 4th on the team in tackles a year ago with 74; 2 career interceptions


Others:

PR Kelley Rhino 5-7 179 Sr. 1st-team All-ACC return
specialist a year ago; set ACC record for punt return yardage with 515 yards



SPECIALISTS (4 lettermen, 2 starters)

PK Luke Manget 5-9 176 Sr. 2-time All-ACC pick; has
made an ACC-record 131 consecutive PATs; 15th on ACC scoring chart (257)

P Dan Dyke 5-11 185 Sr. 3-time first-team
Academic All-American & Academic All-ACC; career punting average of 42.3



Head Coach Chan Gailey (Florida, 1974)

Career Coaching Record 24-11, three seasons (1983-84, 1993)

Record at Georgia Tech first season



GEORGIA TECH finished 8-5 overall and tied for fourth in the ACC with a 4-4 league mark ... Tech defeated11th-ranked Stanford 24-14 in the Seattle Bowl ... OT Nat Dorsey became the ninth true freshman to earn first-team All-ACC honors ... Doresy was also named first-team freshman All-America by The Sporting News ... first-team All-ACC PK Luke Manget was second in the ACC in scoring (8.4) and first in field goals (1.6) and has made an ACC-record 131 straight PATs ... Manget is 15th on the ACC's career scoring list with 257 points ... Kelly Campbell finished seventh on the ACC's career receiving yardage list (2,907), third in career receptions (188), tied for eighth in TD receptions (24), 14th in all-purpose yardage (4,474) and 18th in kickoff returns (1,415) ... with 1,165 yards rushing TB Joe Burns was just the fifth 1,000-yard rusher in Tech history and the first since 1995 ... his 1,165 yards is the fifth best single season mark in school history ... Burns, who opted for the NFL draft after his junior season, finished fourth on the school's career rushing list with 2,634 yards ... senior QB George Godsey led the ACC in passing yards per game (257.1) and was third in passing efficiency ... Godsey passed for 200 yards or more in 17 of his last 20 games ... Godsey finished fifth on the ACC career passing efficiency list and 19th in total offense (6,125) ... junior Kelley Rhino set the ACC single season punt return yardage record with 515 yards on 48 returns (10.1) ... DE Greg Gathers, a second-team All-America by the Football News and The Sporting News, led the ACC with 10 sacks and was sixth in tackles for loss with 18.




MARYLAND TERRAPINS



OFFENSE (20 lettermen, 8 starters)

TB Bruce Perry 5-9 180 Jr. ACC Offensive Player of
the Year; ran for 1,242 yards and 10 TDs; had 40 catches for 358 yards

FB James Lynch 5-11 267 Jr. Started 7 games a year
ago; ran for 130 yards and 2 touchdowns; averaged 6.8 yards per carry

WR Jafar Williams 6-2 195 Jr. 3rd on the team with 39
receptions for 425 yards and 2 TDs; caught a pass in all 11 games

TE Jeff Dugan 6-4 266 Jr. 2-year starter; has 32
career receptions for 383 yards and 2 scores; excellent blocker

OT C.J. Brooks 6-5 311 So. 3rd-team Freshman
All-America by The Sporting News; started all 11 games as a redshirt freshman

OT Matt Crawford 6-6 314 Sr. 3-year starter for the
Terps with 31 career starts; 2001 Brian Piccolo Award recipient

OG Todd Wike 6-3 300 Sr. 1st-team All-ACC in
2001; Outland Trophy candidate with 32 consecutive regular season career starts

OG Lamar Bryant 6-3 302 Jr. 18 starts over the past
2 years; one of the strongest players on the team with a 702 strength index


Others:

TB Jason Crawford 6-2 220 So. 4th on the team in
rushing with 146 yards and two TDs in seven games as a true freshman in 2001

WR Scooter Monroe 6-1 193 Sr. Finished 4th on the team
in receptions (14-for-229 yards); started 10 games as a sophomore in 2000



DEFENSE (21 lettermen, 5 starters)

DE Durrand Roundtree 6-3 255 Sr. Started 11 games
a year ago; had 27 tackles including five TFLs; 2nd on team with 4.5 QB sacks

DT C.J. Feldheim 6-3 277 Jr. Had 36 tackles while
starting 11 games in 2001; had 5 TFLs including three quarterback sacks

LB E.J. Henderson 6-2 250 Sr. ACC Player of the Year
and a consensus All-American in 2001; led the ACC in tackles (150)

LB Leon Joe 6-1 223 Jr. 4th on the team in
tackles (76) while starting 11 games as a sophomore last year; had 8 TFLs

CB Curome Cox 6-1 199 Jr. A 2-year starter (19
starts) at cornerback; has five career interceptions including 3 in 2001


Others:

DE Randy Starks 6-4 299 So. Saw action in all 11
games with one start; had 7 TFLs including 3.5 quarterback sacks



SPECIALISTS (2 lettermen, 2 starters)

PK Nick Novak 6-0 189 So. 2nd-team Freshman
All-America by the Football News; led the ACC in scoring (8.09 ppg)

P Brooks Barnard 6-2 182 Sr. 1st-team All-ACC and
2nd-team All-America by the Football News; 7th nationally (44.5) a year ago



Head Coach Ralph Friedgen (Maryland, 1970)

Career Coaching Record 10-2, one season (2001)

Record at Maryland 10-2, one season (2001)



MARYLAND won its first ACC football title since 1985, finishing 10-2 overall and first in the ACC with an 8-1 league record ... the Terps made their first bowl appearance since 1990 and 18th overall, losing to Florida in the Orange Bowl ... the Terps were one of 10 teams nationally to average over 200 yards rushing (220.7) and 200 yards passing (219.0) ... sophomore TB Bruce Perry was named as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year after becoming the first Terp since Charlie Wysocki in 1980 to lead the ACC in rushing (112.9) ... Perry was ninth nationally in all-purpose yardage (156.2) and his 1,242 yards rushing was the fourth-best single season mark in school history ... Perry and Marc Riley were the first Terp duo, and the fourth in ACC history, to each score at least 10 rushing touchdowns in the same season ... seven Terps were named first-team All-ACC - the most since 1976 and one more than the previous seven years combined ... LB E.J. Henderson became just the sixth defensive player since 1974 to be named ACC Player of the Year ... Henderson led the ACC and was seventh nationally in tackles per game (13.6); also led the ACC and was second nationally in tackles for loss
(28) ... WR Guilian Gary finished fifth on the school's career reception list (112), eighth in receiving yardage (1,543) and third in TD receptions (13) ... senior QB Shaun Hill was fourth in the ACC in total offense (244.5) and over the last five games of the season averaged 297.8 yards per game in total offense ... Hill's 2,689 yards of total offense were the third-best season in school history while his 2,380 yards ranked seventh ... freshman PK Nick Novak led the ACC in scoring
(8.09) and made 10 of his last 12 field goal attempts, including all nine attempts from inside of 60 yards.




NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS



OFFENSE (21 lettermen, 7 starters)

TB Andre Williams 6-1 214 Jr, Team's leading rusher a
year ago with 520 yards and 4 touchdowns while starting 8 games;

FB Madison Hedgecock 6-3 247 So. Started 10 games
in 2001 as a freshman for the Tar Heels; impressive blocker

WR Bosley Allen 6-3 190 Sr. 3rd on the team in
receptions in 2001 (39-for-562 yards); 5th in the ACC in punt returns
(10.3)

TE Zach Hilton 6-7 265 Sr. Had 12 catches for 88
yards and two touchdowns while starting eight games in 2001

RT Willie McNeill 6-4 289 So. Started 9 games as a
redshirt freshman a year ago

RG Jeb Terry 6-6 306 Jr. Had outstanding
sophomore season; 1 of only 2 offensive players to start all 12 games last year

LG Jupiter Wilson 6-4 286 Jr. Started 11 of the Tar
Heels' 13 games in 2001


Others:

QB Darian Durant 5-11 226 So. 12th nationally in
passing efficiency a year ago completing 64% of his passes for 1,843 and 17 TDs

TB Willie Parker 5-11 200 Jr. Ran for 400 yards, 3 TDs
and a team-best 4.8 yards per carry; ran for 131 yards in the Peach Bowl

WR Sam Aiken 6-2 196 Sr. Team's leading receiver
in 2001 (46-for-789 yards); had 8 TD catches, one shy of the school record




DEFENSE (18 lettermen, 2 starters)

CB Michael Waddell 5-11 169 Sr. 2nd-team All-ACC as a
junior in 2001; led UNC and was second in the ACC in passes broken up
(14)

FS Dexter Reid 6-0 187 Jr. 3rd on the team with 99
tackles; had two interceptions and 5 passes broken up in 12 starts


Others:

CB Kevin Knight 5-8 175 Sr. Team's third-leading
returning tackler with 49 tackles, including 33 first hits a year ago


SPECIALISTS (2 lettermen, 1 starter)

P John Lafferty 5-10 185 Sr. Fifth in the ACC in
punting (39.6); 15 of his 67 punts downed inside the 20 yard line


Head Coach John Bunting (North Carolina, 1972)

Career Coaching Record 46-19-2, six seasons (1988-92; 2001)

Record at North Carolina 8-5, one season (2001)



NORTH CAROLINA won eight of its last 10 games to finish the season 8-5, including a third place finish in the ACC with a 5-3 mark against league foes ... the Tar Heels closed out their season with a 16-10 Peach Bowl win over Auburn ... UNC became the first team in ACC history to win five straight games after opening their season 0-3 ... junior All-America DE Julius Peppers won both the Lombardi Trophy and Bednarik Award ... Peppers led the team in interceptions (3) and had 29.5 career QB sacks, which ranked the junior DE second all-time at UNC and seventh in ACC annals ... freshman QB Darian Durant finished second in the ACC and was 12th nationally in passing efficiency while his 17 TD passes were the third most by a freshman in league history ... in five games versus ranked opponents, Durant completed 59 of 100 passes for 697 yards and eight TDs ... senior QB Ronald Curry finished his career as UNC's all-time leader in passing yardage (4,987) and total offense (6,125) ... Curry was 17th on the ACC's career total offense chart, 30th in passing yardage and eighth in rushing yardage (1,249) by a quarterback ... senior WR Kory Bailey finished fourth on the school's all-time reception list (139) and fifth in receiving yardage (1,939) ... junior Bosley Allen is eighth on the ACC's all-time punt return yardage list with 810 yards ... junior WR Sam Aiken led the team in receptions (46), receiving yards (789) and TD receptions (8) and over the final three games of the season had 19 catches for 315 yards and three touchdowns.




NC STATE WOLFPACK



OFFENSE (16 lettermen, 6 starters)

QB Philip Rivers 6-5 231 Jr. In 22 career starts
already 21st on the ACC's all-time passing list with 5,640 yards; has 41 TD passes

WR Bryan Peterson 5-11 189 Sr. 7th in the ACC a year
ago in receptions (48-for-657, 2 TDs); has caught a pass in 25 straight games

WR Jerricho Cotchery 6-1 194 Jr. Had 41 catches
for 483 yards in 2001; had 19 receptions over the final 3 games of the season

WR Troy Graham 6-2 188 Jr. Played in 8 games in
2001; had 13 catches for 119 yards; will be moved to defensive back

OL Chris Colmer 6-5 299 Jr. Honorable mention
All-ACC; State's most consistent OL performer in each of his first 2 seasons

OL Scott Kooistra 6-6 313 Sr. Earned grades of over 80
perecent in 10 of 11 games in 2001; had 9 knockdown blocks vs. FSU


Others:

TB Cotra Jackson 5-11 211 Sr. Team's 3rd-leading
rusher (26-for-105 yards) and 5th-leading receiver (23-for-172 yards)



DEFENSE (23 lettermen, 6 starters)

DL George Anderson 6-1 234 Sr. The 2001 team leader in
tackles for loss (11); his 6 sacks were 2nd on the team and 4th in the ACC

DL Terrance Martin 6-4 290 Sr. Started 9 games in 2001;
named co-defensive MVP in the Tangerine Bowl (6 tackles, 1 QBsack)

LB Dantonio Burnette 5-10 228 Sr. 3-year starter;
9th in the ACC in tackles (114) in 2001; 8th all-time in school history with 332 tackles

DB Terrence Holt 6-2 203 Sr. 1st-team All-ACC a year
ago; 3rd on the team in tackles (104); has 9 blocked kicks in his career

DB Julius Patterson 5-11 184 Sr. Started all 11
games a year ago; 4th on the team in tackles (79), including 5 tackles for losses

DB J.J. Washington 5-8 180 Jr. Played in 9 games as a
sophomore, starting 8; had one interception to go along with 31 tackles



Others:

DE Terrance Chapman 6-4 240 Sr. Led the Wolfpack
and ranked 3rd in the ACC with 7 QB sacks despite not starting a game in 2001

DE Shawn Price 6-2 235 Sr. Tied for 2nd on the team
with 10 tackles for loss and 6 QB sacks; had 20 total tackles in 9 games



SPECIALISTS (3 lettermen, 2 starters)

PK Adam Kiker 6-0 182 Jr. Former walk-on; made
13-of-14 field goal attempts last year; fifth in the ACC in scoring
(7.0)

P Austin Herbert 6-0 204 Jr. Ranked 3rd in the ACC in
punting in 2001 with a 40.9 yard average; 3-for-3 in field goal attempts


Head Coach Chuck Amato (NC State, 1969)

Career Coaching Record 15-9, two seasons (2000-2001)

Record at NC State 15-9, two seasons (2000-2001)



NC STATE won four of its last six games to finish 7-5 overall and tied for fourth in the ACC with a 4-4 league mark ... NC State made its second-straight bowl game appearance, losing 34-19 to Pittsburgh in the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl ... the Wolfpack became the first-team in conference history to beat Florida State twice and the first ACC team to beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee when State posted a 34-28 victory on Nov. 10 ... QB Philip Rivers completed 71 percent of his passes for 1,109 yards and six touchdowns in the Pack's last five regular season games ... Rivers is fifth in the ACC in total offense (232.5) and fifth in passing efficiency (134.8) ... Rivers is already 21st on the ACC's career passing list with 5,640 yards, 17th in career passing efficiency
(130.04) and has thrown for more yards than any other quarterback through their sophomore season in ACC history ... second-team All-ACC RB Ray Robinson led the team in rushing (733), receptions (52), all-purpose yardage (1,218) and scoring (68) ... Robinson was the first player to lead the Wolfpack in both rushing and receiving in the same season since Ted Brown did so for three-straight years (1976-78) ... Robinson finished fourth on the school's career rushing list (2,781), fifth in all-purpose yardage (3,911) and sixth in receptions (113) ... walk-on placekicker Adam Kiker made good on 13 of 14 field goal attempts (.929) and finished fifth in the ACC in scoring (7.0) ... WR Bryan Peterson has caught at least one pass in 25 straight games.




VIRGINIA CAVALIERS



OFFENSE (15 lettermen, 7 starters)

QB Matt Schaub 6-5 225 Jr. Started 6 games in 2001;
completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,524 yards and 10 TDs

TB Alvin Pearman 5-10 195 So. Led UVa in rushing
(371), all-purpose yards (1,167); 2nd-team Sporting News Frosh All-America

WR Billy McMullen 6-4 205 Sr. 1st-team All-ACC ;
3rd-team All-America by Football News; 83 catches for 1,060 yards & 12 TDs

WR Michael McGrew 6-2 196 Jr. Had 31 receptions for
302 yards and 2 TDs; 14 of the 31 catches resulted in a TD or 1st down

RT Mike Mullins 6-8 292 Sr. Started the last 4 games
at right tackle; appeared in 11 games as junior in 2001

RG Elton Brown 6-6 340 So. Started 4 games in 2001
to become the first true freshman OL to start for Virginia since 1973

C/LT Kevin Bailey 6-6 300 Jr. Opened as the starting
LT (8 starts); started 3 games at center in the season's final month


Others:

WR Ottowa Anderson 6-0 187 So. Lettered as a true
freshman in 2001; saw action in 11 games with 12 catches for 112 yards



DEFENSE (15 lettermen, 6 starters)

ILB Angelo Crowell 6-1 234 Sr. 2nd-team All-ACC in
2001; 4th leading returning tackler in the nation; led team in tackles
(144)

OLB Raymond Mann 6-1 232 Jr. Team's 3rd-leading
returning tackler (80 tackles); led team with 13 QB hurries; had 2 QB sacks

CB Art Thomas 6-2 205 Jr. Played in all 12 games
with seven starts; had 48 tackles and a team-high 6 pass breakups

CB Almondo Curry 5-8 175 Jr. Led all ACC defensive
backs with 3 QB sacks a year ago; played in 11 games with 1 interception

SS Jerton Evans 5-11 200 Sr. 3-year starter with 32
career starts; 4th on the team in tackles (83) in 2001; 6 career interceptions

FS Shernard Newby 6-1 210 Sr. 3-year lettermen with 26
career starts; led UVa and was 2nd in the ACC with 5 interceptions


Others:

DE Chris Canty 6-7 262 So. Team's leading returning
defensive lineman in tackles with 23 tackles in 12 games

LB Merrill Robertson 6-1 244 Sr. Played in 9
games with 4 starts; had 29 tackles, including 2 quarterback sacks among 3 TFLs

DE Larry Simmons 6-3 280 Jr. Has 25 career tackles,
the most by any returning UVa defensive lineman; has 2 career QB sacks

DB Chris Williams 6-3 208 Sr. Played in all 12 games a
year ago with 1 start; has 5 career interceptions, including 3 in 2001



SPECIALISTS (1 letterman, 0 starters)



Head Coach Al Groh (Virginia, 1967)

Career Coaching Record 31-47, seven seasons (1981-86; 2001)

Record at Virginia 5-7, one season (2001)



VIRGINIA finished 5-7 overall and tied for seventh in the ACC with a 3-5 league mark ... six of the Cavaliers' 12 games were decided by six points or less ... first-team All-ACC WR Billy McMullen led the ACC in receptions (6.9), receiving yardage (88.3) and TD receptions (12) and scored at least one TD in eight of UVa's 12 games ... McMullen's 83 receptions were the second-best single season total in ACC history ... McMullen finished his junior season as Virginia's all-time leader in receptions (141), is fifth in receiving yardage (2,084) and became the first Cavalier to lead the ACC in receptions since Tom Fadden in 1975 ... two UVa quarterbacks - Matt Schaub (1,524) and Bryson Spinner
(1,334) - threw for over 1,250 yards ... Schaub threw 10 touchdown passes and became one of only six sophomores in school history to throw at least 10 TD passes ... as a team, Virginia threw for 24 touchdown passes, tripling the total of eight passed for in 2000 ... senior tailback Antwoine Womack finished his career ranked 10th on Virginia's all-time rushing list with 2,207 yards ... second-team All-ACC linebacker Angelo Crowell led the Cavaliers and was fourth in the ACC in tackles per game (12.0) ... freshman Alvin Pearman led UVa in rushing (371), all-purpose yardage (97.2) and punt returns (9.1) ... Pearman was the first true freshman to lead the team in rushing since 1986 ... Virginia will play nine teams in 2002 that appeared in bowl games last year.




WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS



OFFENSE (18 lettermen, 8 starters)

QB James MacPherson 6-2 197 Sr. Threw for 1,555
yards and 5 TDs a year ago; is 11th on Wake's career passing list with 2,879 yards

RB Tarence Williams 5-10 178 Sr. 2nd-team All-ACC
; was 2nd in the ACC in rushing (1,018 yards & 10 TDs); 9 career 100-yard games

FB Ovie Mughelli 6-2 248 Sr. 3-year letterman; one of
the ACC premier blocking backs; will also see action at tight end this year

WR Jason Anderson 6-3 189 So. Was the first freshman
to lead Wake in receptions (28) and receiving yardage (472) since 1978

TE Ray Thomas 6-4 246 Sr. 3-year starter; 4th on
the team with 20 catches for 241 yards; had 7 games with 2-or-more catches

OT Tyson Clabo 6-6 307 Jr. Started all 11 games at
left tackle; 2-year letterman; a candidate for post-season honors

OT Mark Moroz 6-4 270 Jr. Moved from tight end to
right tackle last fall; earned starts in the last 5 games of the season

OG Blake Henry 6-6 288 Sr. Started 7 of Wake's
final 9 games last season; played at least 34 snaps in all 11 games


Others:

WR Fabian Davis 5-11 180 Sr. Versatile performer; had
24 catches for 306 yards and was 3rd in the ACC in punt returns (10.8)

WR Jax Landfried 5-9 175 Sr. Former walk-on; 4th on
the team with 20 catches for 396 yards; 19.8 yards per catch average

RB Fred Staton 6-0 210 Jr. 2nd on the team and 8th
among league rushing leaders with 583 yards and 7 touchdowns

WR Anthony Young 6-3 198 Jr. Moves to wide receiver
after playing quarterback his first two seasons

DEFENSE (19 lettermen, 8 starters)

DE Calvin Pace 6-6 256 Jr. 2nd-team All-ACC in
2001; led Deacons with 6.5 QB sacks; 4th in the ACC with 18 tackles for loss

DT Montique Sharpe 6-3 272 Jr. Had 5 quarterback sacks
in ACC games; started all 11 games; had 52 tackles, including 7 TFLs

ILB Kellen Brantley 6-3 236 Jr. Wake's leading returning
tackler (95); recorded 11 TFLs (8th in the ACC) and 3 interceptions

DB Caron Bracy 6-0 213 So. Started the last 6 games
of the season at safety; finished with 39 tackles, including 26 solo stops

DB Obi Chukwumah 6-2 200 Jr. Started 9 games; had 53
tackles; 2 tackles for loss and 2 pass break-ups last year as a sophomore

DB Eric King 5-9 183 So. 7th on the team in
tackles a year ago with 55, including 46 solo efforts; had 6 passes broken up

DB Marcus McGruder 5-9 180 So. 3rd-team Freshman
All-America by The Sporting News; tied for the team lead with 3 interceptions

DB Quinton Williams 6-2 185 So. 5th in the ACC
with 11 PBUs; ranked 4th on the team with 72 tackles; had 2 interceptions



SPECIALISTS (1 letterman, 1 starter)

P Chris Rolle 5-11 189 So. Punted 33 times for 37.8
yards per punt; had 5 punts downed inside the 20 yard line



Head Coach Jim Grobe (Virginia, 1975)

Career Coaching Record 39-38-1, 7 seasons; (1997-2001)

Record at Wake Forest 6-5, one season (2001)



WAKE FOREST posted its second winning season in three years finishing 6-5 overall and tied for seventh in the ACC with a 3-5 league mark ... the Deacs' 38-35 season-ending win over Northern Illinois marked the team's seventh-straight game decided by seven points or less ... the Deacs set an ACC record with nine of their 11 games decided by seven points or less ... senior John Stone tied an ACC career record with his third career kickoff return for a touchdown when he returned a 93-yarder in the second quarter against Georgia Tech ... Stone finished second in the ACC and 16th nationally in kickoff returns (26.7) and is fifth all-time in the ACC in kickoff return yardage (1,906) ... junior TB Tarence Williams is one of only four players in school history to have nine career 100-yard rushing games ... Williams became just the eighth player in school history to record 1,000 rushing yards in a season when he totaled 1,018 yards in 10 games ... Williams is 11th on the Deacons' career rushing leader list with 1,729 yards ... Wake Forest rushed for 200 yards or more seven times in 2001, led the ACC and was 10th nationally in rushing yardage per game (221.6) ... the Deacons allowed a league-low 13 quarterback sacks ... freshman WR Jason Anderson caught a pass in all 10 of the 11 games and led the team in receptions (28), and receiving yardage (472) ... junior QB James McPherson is 11th on the school's all-time passing list with 2,879 yards ... Wake's 32-31 win over North Carolina (N10) marked the greatest comeback in school history as the Deacs trailed 24-0 at half.



Returning All-ACC

Twenty players who earned either first or second team All-ACC recognition in 2001 are slated to return for the 2002 season ... Maryland and Georgia Tech lead all schools with five returning honorees while Florida State lists four ... included are Maryland linebacker E.J. Henderson, the 2001 ACC Player of the Year and Bruce Perry, the 2001 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and four players who earned All-America honors - Maryland's Perry, Henderson, Brooks Barnard, Georgia Tech's Greg Gathers and Virginia's Billy McMullen.


Returning All-ACC for 2002


2001 1st Team

Brooks Barnard, P Maryland

Darnell Dockett, DL Florida State

Nat Dorsey, OT Georgia Tech

Greg Gathers, DL Georgia Tech

E.J. Henderson, LB Maryland

Terrence Holt, CB NC State

Luke Manget, PK Georgia Tech

Billy McMullen, WR Virginia

Bruce Perry, RB Maryland

Kelley Rhino, SP Georgia Tech

Todd Wike, OG Maryland

Brett Williams, OT Florida State



2001 2nd Team

Xavier Beitia, PK Florida State

Angelo Crowell, LB Virginia

Matt Crawford, OT Maryland

Montrae Holland, OG Florida State

Jeremy Muyres, DB Georgia Tech

Shernard Newby, DB

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