Alphabetical Guide to ACC Football: N-Z

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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:

  • Xavier Lee, Quarterback, Florida State (Parade All-American rated as the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation**)
  • Lance Leggett, Wide Receiver, Miami (Rated the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation and the 10th best player overall from Texas.**)
  • Philip Brown , Cornerback, Virginia (Collegefootballnews.com rated Brown the No. 1 junior-college cornerback in the nation and the No. 9 player overall)
  • DeMario Pressley , Defensive Lineman, N.C. State (Prep Star Dream Team – rated as the top defensive tackle nationally)
  • Calvin Johnson, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech (SuperPrep All-American and Prep Star Dream Team)
  • George Bell , Tailback, Virginia Tech (Rated as the No. 12 running back nationally and the fifth-best player in North Carolina**)
  • Bobby Washington, Tailback, Miami (Rated the No. 3 running back in the nation and the No. 3 player in Florida)
  • Calvin Darity, Offensive Lineman, North Carolina (Rated the top guard in the nation**)

    **Rankings by Rivals.com

    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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