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ACC Fantasy Football Preview: Wide Receivers

As you know, this will be year 2 of the Confidential’s Individual Player ACC Fantasy Football Game.  See here.  This year, we thought we would do a quick ranking of the top 10 ACC WRs (we include Notre Dame in the game) from a fantasy football perspective:

  1. Tyler Boyd, Pitt.  It is pretty hard to believe that a Panthers team with Conner and Boyd did not dominate opposition last year.  But both top their respective positions heading into 2015.
  2. Will Fuller, Notre Dame.  Fuller had over 1,000 yards receiving last year, along with 13 touchdowns.  Notre Dame will have a good passing game again this year too.
  3. Quinshad Davis, North Carolina.  With the Tar Heels passing for 300 yards a game, someone is going to have to make a lot of receptions for a lot of yards.  The Confidential likes Davis as the #3 ACC Wide Receiver.
  4. Mike Williams, Clemson.  Although Williams had 1,000 yards receiving, Clemson has a lot of talent, including wide receiver Artavis Scott.  This could help or hurt Williams’ overall production.
  5. Artavis Scott, Clemson.  See above.  Deshaun Watson will have a lot of talent to spread the ball too.
  6. Stacey Coley, Miami
  7. Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech.
  8. Ryan Switzer, North Carolina.
  9. Corey Robinson, Notre Dame.
  10. Travis Rudolph, Florida State.

What do YOU think?

Click here for the QB preview.  Click here for the RB preview.

The ACC School Mount Rushmores: Syracuse Final

Well, this was certainly a tough one.  Frankly, narrowing it down to four Syracuse icons is very difficult.  Too many deserving folks get left off.  Based on the comments, and upon further review, it has to come down to Ben Schwartzwalder and Ernie Davis.  For all the lacrosse accomplishments, lacrosse remains a non-revenue sport.  Although many basketball players made contributions, only a few won a national title–Anthony, McNamara, and Warrick.  Does it get won without either of the three?

Still, Ben Schwartzwalder created Syracuse football.  And Ernie Davis won a Heisman Trophy–the only Syracuse player to do so and the first African-American to ever do so.  While Ernie Davis is a hero, it is difficult to choose a player over a legendary coach.  This is especially true when the coach brought the player to campus.  Without Schwartzwalder, perhaps Davis goes elsewhere.  And maybe Davis ends up a linebacker.  Who knows?

The Ernie Davis story deserved to be a movie, but we’ll have to go with the hero here: Ben Schwartzwalder.  He was a military hero, receiving a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, four battle stars, a Presidential Unit Citation and his actions during the Normandy invasion led to a promotion to major.  He coached Syracuse for 24 years, winning 178 games and a national title in 1959.  He brought Jim Brown, Davis, John Mackey, Floyd Little, and Larry Csonka to Syracuse.

Upon further review, however, it is impossible to keep Ernie Davis off the Syracuse Mount Rushmore.  For all that Dave Bing accomplished on and off the court, there is a clear lack of notoriety.  Part of that is because Dave Bing is a very classy individual.  But Bing did not win an award equivalent to a Heisman Trophy.  Bing is certainly a top 5, but we are going to switch things up and give Davis the spot previously reserved for Bing.  Mea culpa.

The final Syracuse Mount Rushmore: Jim Boeheim, Jim Brown, Ben Schwartzwalder, and Ernie Davis.

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The ACC School Mount Rushmores: Syracuse

The Confidential has been having some fun with league-wide coaches Mount Rushmores.  Football and Basketball, plus polls for each of football and basketball to share your thoughts.  In fact, it was so sufficiently fun and controversial that we are going to do school-wide Mount Rushmores now.  And we will only put three people on the list, leaving you–our readers–to comment as to who should be the fourth.  We will not do polls anymore.  For today, let’s go with the school that has been with the ACC a very short time: Syracuse.

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