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Coaches tab Donald as ACC Defensive Player of the Year

Written by Sam Werner on .

This should come as no surprise to anyone who has been following this awards season, but Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by league coaches Wednesday (he won the media award last week). Donald took home the Bronko Nagurski Trophy last night, is up for the Lombardi Award tonight and will attend ESPN's College Football Awards show for the Outland Trophy and Bednarik Award tomorrow night (for everyone who has asked, it's my understanding that Donald wrapped up his final exams last week).

Pitt freshman receiver Tyler Boyd was named to the third team, and fellow receiver Devin Street garnered honorable mention (it probably didn't help that Street missed pretty much all of Pitt's final two games with a couple of injuries).

Here are the full teams...

ACC Player of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Offensive Player of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB Florida State

ACC Defensive Player of the Year – Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

ACC Rookie of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year – Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

ACC Coach of the Year – David Cutcliffe, Duke

2013 ACC Coaches All-ACC Football Team
(Voting points in Parentheses)

First Team
Offense
QB—Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (39)
RB—Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College (39)
RB—Devonte Freeman, Jr., Florida State (28)
WR—Sammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson (39)
WR—Rashad Greene, Jr., Florida State (31)
WR—Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (31)
TE—Eric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina (38)
T—Cameron Erving, Jr.-R, Florida State (31)
T—Brandon Thomas, Sr.-R, Clemson (23)
G—Laken Tomlinson, Jr.-R, Duke (26)
G—Tre' Jackson, Jr., Florida State (23)
C—Bryan Stork, Sr.-R, Florida State (38)

Defense
DE—Vic Beasley, Jr., Clemson (35)
DE—Jeremiah Attaochu, Sr., Georgia Tech (29)
DT—Aaron Donald, Sr., Pitt (35)
DT—Timmy Jernigan, Jr., Florida State (33)
LB—Telvin Smith, Sr., Florida State (37)
LB—Denzel Perryman, Jr., Miami (30)
LB—Kevin Pierre-Louis, Sr., Boston College (28)
CB—Lamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State (38)
CB—Kyle Fuller, Sr., Virginia Tech (32)
S—Terrance Brooks, Sr., Florida State (33)
S—Anthony Harris, Jr., Virginia (22)
PK—Roberto Aguayo, Fr.-R, Florida State (28)
P—Pat O'Donnell, Sr.-R, Miami (31)
SP—Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (27)

Second Team
Offense
QB—Tajh Boyd, Sr.-R, Clemson (27)
RB—Duke Johnson, So., Miami (27)
RB—Kevin Parks, Jr., Virginia (18)
WR—Kelvin Benjamin, So.-R, Florida State (22)
WR—Michael Campanaro, Sr., Wake Forest (20)
WR—Allen Hurns, Sr., Miami (17)
TE—Nick O'Leary. Jr., Florida State (27)
T—Morgan Moses, Sr., Virginia (22)
T (Tie)—Matt Patchan, Sr.-R, Boston College (21)
T (Tie)—James Hurst, Sr., North Carolina (21)
G—Brandon Linder, Sr., Miami (19)
G (Tie)—Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State (15)
G (Tie)—Andrew Miller, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (15)
C—Macky MacPherson, Sr., Syracuse (10)

Defense
DE—Kareem Martin, Sr., North Carolina
DE (Tie)—Kenny Anunike, Sr.-R, Duke (15)
DE (Tie)—Kasim Edebali, Sr.-R, Boston College (15)
DT—Nikita Whitlock, Sr., Wake Forest (30)
DT—Derrick Hopkins, Sr., Virginia Tech (16)
LB—Christian Jones, Sr., Florida State (26)
LB—Jack Tyler, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (25)
LB—Kelby Brown, Jr.-R, Duke (17)
CB—Ross Cockrell, Sr.-R, Duke (21)
CB—Kendall Fuller, Fr., Virginia Tech (18)
S—Jeremy Cash, So.-R, Duke (21)
S—Tre Boston, Sr., North Carolina (21)
PK—Nate Freese, Sr., Boston College (22)
P—A.J. Hughes, So., Virginia Tech (19)
SP—Ryan Switzer, Fr., North Carolina (25)

Third Team
Offense
QB—Stephen Morris, Sr., Miami (11)
RB—Jerome Smith, Jr., Syracuse (13)
RB—Roderick McDowell, Sr.-R, Clemson (13)
WR—Kenny Shaw, Sr., Florida State (16)
WR—Tyler Boyd, Fr., Pitt (16)
WR—Alex Amidon, Sr., Boston College (14)
TE—Braxton Deaver, Jr., Duke (8)
T—Seantrel Henderson, Sr., Miami (15)
T—Perry Simmons, Sr.-R, Duke (11)
G—Tyler Shatley, Sr.-R, Clemson (14)
G—Shaquille Mason, Jr., Georgia Tech (13)
C—Shane McDermott, Jr., Miami (9)

Defense
DE—James Gayle, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (13)
DE—Mario Edwards Jr., So. Florida State (12)
DT—Luther Maddy, Jr., Virginia Tech (14)
DT—Jay Bromley, Sr., Syracuse (11)
LB—Spencer Shuey, Sr.-R, Clemson (12)
LB—Stephone Anthony, Jr., Clemson (11)
LB—Marquis Spruill, Sr., Syracuse (11)
CB—Bashaud Breeland, Jr.-R, Clemson (11)
CB—Kevin Johnson, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (9)
S—Kyshoen Jarrett, Jr., Virginia Tech (15)
S—Durell Eskridge, So., Syracuse (9)
PK—Chandler Catanzaro, Sr.-R, Clemson (15)
P—Will Monday, So.-R, Duke (14)
SP—Stacy Coley, Fr., Miami (10)

Honorable Mention
(8 points or higher)

Offense: RB—David Sims, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (9); WR—Martavis Bryant, Jr., Clemson (13); WR—Devin Street, Pitt (13); Stefon Diggs, So., Maryland (8); C—David Wang, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (8); T—Ian White, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Bobby Hart, Jr., Florida State (8).

Defense: DE--J.R. Collins, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech, (11); Corey Crawford, Jr., Clemson (8); DT—Grady Jarrett, Jr., Clemson (9); LB—Steele Divitto, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Marcus Whitfield, Sr.-R, Maryland (8); CB—Jabari Price, Sr., North Carolina (8).

Special Teams: PK—Niklas Sade, Jr., NC State (12).

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Tomlin to Texas?

Written by Dan Gigler on .

A possibility, according to the always right, never wrong, Internets machine: 

tomlin texas

This all stems from a Texas-based site called OrangeBloods that said that the Longhorns' top 3 coaching choices are Nick Saban, Urban Meyer and Mike Tomlin. 

As it happens, my top three wife choices are Kate Upton, Joan from Mad Men and Padma Lakshmi, so let's see who gets lucky first.

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Three keys for Duquesne (3-3) vs. Penn State (7-3)

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

GoDuquesne.com

DUQUESNE vs. PENN STATE

It's game day again, friends.

Duquesne hosts Penn State in a 7 p.m. tip tonight at Consol Energy Center on the Bluff. I'll have a recap up right at the final buzzer. Fire away in the comments section and follow on Twitter at both @dukespg and @stephenjnesbitt for more frequent updates throughout the day.


SCOUTING REPORT

Matchup: Duquesne (3-3) vs. Penn State (7-3), 7 p.m. today, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh.

Radio, Internet: WPGB-FM 104.7, Atlantic10.com, GoDuquesne.com.

Duquesne: Dukes have won three of the last four meetings in Pittsburgh and are 13-7 all-time at home vs. Penn State. … Duquesne is 2-2 in its last four games against Big Ten schools. … Dukes’ .472 early-season field goal percentage is their best since 1985-86 (.492).

Penn State: Nittany Lions lead the all-time series 25-19. … Leading scorers are junior guards D.J. Newbill (19.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Tim Frazier (18.6 ppg, 7.8 apg). … Penn State is coming of a 90-77 victory over Marshall.

Hidden stat: Last year’s meeting was a foul-filled affair in State College. There were 54 fouls called, including four technical fouls, and six players fouled out.

[AFTER THE CLICK: THREE KEYS]

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Empty Netter Assists - 12-11-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-“It’s something I can’t do, and I know that. I have to respect what the NHL has done and put it behind me and move forward.” - James Neal (above) on his suspension.

-"There needs to be some education there. There needs to be some learning in how he needs to play the game and how he can play the game. There definitely has to be a learning aspect to the situation that James was in. He's a 40-goal scorer and has to be able to play that way without crossing that line." - Dan Bylsma on Neal.

-Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will have a disciplinary hearing Friday for his attack on Brooks Orpik.

-Brian Dumoulin is waiting to get into an NHL game.

-The Penguins assigned forward Harry Zolnierczyk to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Neal speaks:

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Nick Drazenovic returned to practice for the first time since suffering an undisclosed injury Nov. 10.

-After the Jump: Jarome Iginla returns to Calgary.

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Blue Jackets' Johnson on Orpik and Thornton - 12-10-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson knows Brooks Orpik. They were defensive partners for the United States Olympic team during the 2010 Olympic in Vancouver. They could potentially be teammates once again in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Like just about anyone with any connection to the NHL, Johnson saw what happened to his friend when he was attacked and knocked unconscious by Bruins forward Shawn Thornton.

Prior to yesterday's game between the Blue Jackets and Penguins, Johnson offered an outside perspective on the attack.

What was your reaction to what happened between Orpik and Thornton?

"Obviously I’m biased towards Brooks. He’s a great guy. He plays hard. I think the way the game is now, whenever there is a hard hit, for whatever reason, there always seems there has to be a fight. I don’t necessarily agree with that. It’s an unfortunate thing. I doubt think Shawn Thornton tried to knock him out and hurt him. I think he’s just trying to do his job."

Why do you think that mentality of responding to hits, legal or otherwise, has developed?

"I think a lot of hit has to do with over the years, coaches and management have viewed it as if you don’t do that, you’re not tight as a team or you’re not a team guy. It forces guys, whether you think it’s a clean hit or not, guys are going to jump in. That’s become the culture of hockey. Guys almost feel like they have to whether it’s a clean hit or not."

If you were on the receiving end of a hit regardless of the legality, do you want a teammate to respond?

"If it’s a clean hit, obviously you’d like for your teammates to stick up for you but not if it’s going to put your team in a situation where you’re killing a penalty. If it’s me personally, I’d say it’s my responsibility to keep my head up. It’s a contact sport and I know what I signed up. It’s easy to say that. If one your teammates or one of your friends … it’s your natural instinct to go stick up for him. I kind of understand both sides of the coin."

What is Thornton's reputation around the league?

"I think, from what I’ve seen, an honest player. He plays his role well. Everyone knows it. I don’t think he’s had incidents in the past. I think it was a case where Brooks wasn’t lying there and got hurt, nobody would be talking about it."

Could any adjustments with regards to rules on fighting impact what happened between Orpik and Thornton?

"I don’t know. I think there have been some restrictions put on it with visors and if you fight with less than five minutes [remaining in regulation]. They’ve tried to put some restrictions on it but it’s part of the game. If you don’t want to be involved in fights, don’t play hockey. It’s part of it. If you don’t want to get hit in the head, don’t play football. I don’t know if I have a solid opinion on it to be honest with you."

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