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Terrapins envision return to 10-win form after down season

(09/02/05 4:00am)

When Ralph Friedgen took the head coaching position at Maryland in 2001, he adopted a 5-6 football team which hadn’t finished in the top four of the conference in a decade. In the first year under Friedgen’s tutelage, the Terps developed a high-powered offense that averaged 35 points per game, fueled Maryland’s first ACC championship since 1985 and secured a berth in the Bowl Championship Series.

In search of revenge

(11/10/04 5:00am)

Fifth-seeded Duke will have the chance to avenge its most disappointing loss of the season when it plays fourth-seeded Virginia today. The Blue Devils and Cavaliers will face off at 2:30 p.m. at the SAS Soccer Complex in Cary. The match is the second ACC Tournament quarterfinal game and the winner will face either Wake Fores or Virginia Tech.

Duke blanks Tigers, streak continues

(09/20/04 4:00am)

Freshman Spencer Wadsworth didn’t waste much time notching the first goal of his ACC career. Only 5:33 into Saturday night’s conference opener against Clemson, junior midfielder Danny Kramer collected the ball on the right side of the and sent a low cross to the near post, where Wadsworth poked it past the goalkeeper. The goal was all the cushion the stingy Duke defense needed to beat the Tigers (3-2, 0-1 in the ACC) and extend the Blue Devils’ (7-0, 1-0) undefeated and unscored-upon streak to seven games.

WAKE FOREST: Tripple running threat makes Wake

(09/06/04 7:00am)

Wake Forest running back Chris Barclay wants to be a physical therapist after college, but this season he’ll be breaking ankles rather than mending them. Described as a “shake and bake” back by running backs coach Billy Mitchell, Barclay looks to be a star in one of the ACC’s most talented backfields. Barclay, who led the ACC in rushing last season with 99.3 yards per game, is only one third of the Wake Forest running attack. The three “B’s”—Cornelius Birgs, D’Angelo Bryant and Barclay—led the ACC’s top rushing offense last season and are all returning for a Wake Forest team that went 5-7 and 3-5 in the ACC in 2003. Blocking for the Demon Deacon trio is an offensive line anchored by senior Blake Lingruen, who is on the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy—the award for the nation’s best lineman. “Blake is our leader on offense right now. He’s our bell cow,” said head coach Jim Grobe, now in his 4th season at the helm. Although the Demon Deacons led the ACC in rushing in 2003, their mediocre pass offense, averaging only 151.5 yards per game, prevented them from being one of the top teams in the league. Coaches, however, describe this year’s receiving corps as one of the team’s strengths. Last season, Jason Anderson was one of the top wide receivers in the ACC and Willie Idlette was a freshman All-American at the all purpose position. He will step into a primary receiving role this season. Wake Forest will have to rely on their offense to put up big numbers, as defense remains the biggest question mark going into 2004. The defense includes eight returning starters from last year’s team, but they ranked second to last in the conference in total defense, pass defense and rushing defense. “Many of the guys we’re asking to play right now do not have a lot of game experience,” Grobe said. “I like what we’re doing structure-wise; it’s just finding the right guys to play it.” Senior cornerback Eric King, who says he models his game after NFL star Champ Bailey, is a bright spot on defense. The 2003 team MVP, King was the first Wake Forest defensive back to be named first team All-ACC since 1987. “King is just a great player and he had a great spring. We take him for granted sometimes because he is so dependable,” Grobe said. The Demon Deacons will have their work cut out this year as the face four opponents in the preseason top 25 including fifth-ranked Florida State. They will also finish the regular season with a trip to the Orange Bowl to play ACC newcomer and perennial national powerhouse Miami. Wake Forest plays Duke on October 30. Last season the Demon Deacons embarrassed Duke on homecoming, leading to the dismissal of head coach Carl Franks.

Exhibition thriller ends in tie

(08/30/04 4:00am)

Before a large crowd Friday night, the men’s soccer team played its final exhibition match against the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies. Much of the game was a stalemate, as neither team was able to score until the last seven minutes. In dramatic fashion, Blake Camp tied the game at one goal apiece with only eight seconds remaining when his penalty kick slid under an outstretched UConn goalie.