College Football notes

July 30, 2009 |

The ACC held its media get together this past weekend. There was some good news and some bad news for the Terps program. Of course it all depends on how much credence you give this pre-season stuff.  We’ll go with the bad first. Maryland was picked to finish just 5th in the Atlantic division, ahead of only Boston College. B.C. is the defending Atlantic division champ, but was decimated by graduation, transfers, a coaching fiasco, and a terrible cancer diagnosis to their top defensive player. The Terps return much of their offense from last season (minus Heyward-Bey), but were still not given much love by the voting media.

Here is the full chart

ATLANTIC                                                              COASTAL

1.   Florida St.               479 pts                         Virginia Tech            512 pts

2.  Clemson                      387                                   Georgia Tech                   415

3.  NC State                      364                                   N. Carolina                       350

4.  Wake Forest              295                                   Miami (FL)                      282

5.  Maryland                   157                                    Virginia                            148

6. Boston College          145                                    Duke                                  120

Virginia Tech was predicted to defeat Florida St. in the ACC championship game. And Georgia Tech running back and returning player of the year Johnathan Dwyer was voted 2009 preseason player of the year.

Some better news for the Terps came with the selection of the ALL-ACC first team. Maryland put two players on the squad led by LB Alex Wujciak. Preseason favorite Virginia Tech led all schools with four selections.

ALL-ACC TEAM

QB Russell Wilson,  NC State

RB Johnathan Dwyer, Ga Tech

RB CJ Spiller,  Clemson

WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson

WR Demaryius Thomas,  Ga Tech

TE Greg Boone,  Va  Tech

T Jason Fox,  Miami

T Anthony Castonzo,  BC

G Sergio Render,  Va Tech

G Rodney Hudson,  Florida St

C Matt Tennant,  BC

K Matt Bosher,    Miami

DE Jason Worilds,  Va Tech

DE Willie Young,  NC State

DT Marvin Austin,  UNC

DT Vince Oghobaase,  Duke

LB Dekoda Watson, Florida St

LB Alex Wujciak,  Maryland

LB Quan Sturdivant,  UNC

CB Ras-I Dowling,  Virginia

CB Kendric Burney,   UNC

S Morgan Burnett,  Ga Tech

S Kam Chancellor, Va Tech

P Travis Baltz,  Maryland

In the Colonial Athletic Association, poor Towson did not fare very well. They had no Tigers put on the conference first team and were projected to finish last in their division in 2009. Of course it is probably the toughest division in all of 1-AA (I refuse to say FCS), with 3 of the last 4 schools to win national championships residing in the South division.

Here is the complete table

SOUTH                                                              NORTH

1.                Richmond                                                 New Hampshire

2.               Villanova                                                       UMass

3.                James Madison                                          Maine

4.                Delaware                                                       Hofstra

5.                William and Mary                                     Northeastern

6.                Towson                                                         Rhode Island

The MEAC will have their media day tomorrow, so all you Bears fans don’t think I forgot about you.

Just think, College Football begins 5 weeks from today. I can’t wait

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