Newbies. Some of the top high school talent in the land during 2003 will be wearing ACC uniforms this season. A few to watch include:
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Ode to Brian Piccolo. Most avid sports fans have seen the highly acclaimed movie Brian’s Song. Piccolo, an All-American who played at Wake Forest, died of cancer in June of 1970 at age 26. As a senior in 1964, Piccolo led the nation in rushing with 1,044 yards. Amazingly, he was not picked in the 1965 NFL draft but did sign a free agent contract with the Chicago Bears. He played with the Bears until his death in 1970. Each year the Winston-Salem community conducts the Brian Piccolo Cancer Fund Drive. Since its inception in 1980, the drive has raised over $600,000. Last year, Virginia senior offensive lineman Kevin Bailey received the 2003 Brian Piccolo Award, which is given annually to the “most courageous” football player in the ACC.
Passing the record book. ACC teams averaged 237.7 yards passing per game in 2003, the second-highest average in league history. Twenty-three players combined for 177 touchdown passes, the highest single-season total in league history,
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