ACC Stars Shine in Combine

The NFL Combine concluded on Tuesday.  Some ACC players were able to impress scouts with strong performances in Indianapolis over the extended weekend.

Virginia Tech wide receiver Marcus Davis
Virginia Tech wide receiver Marcus Davis posted the 10th best vertical leap at the NFL Combine.

Miami cornerback Brandon McGee clocked the 13th-fastest 40 yard dash time of the combine, timed at 4.40 seconds.  The time was also sixth-best amongst cornerbacks.  Georgia Tech’s Rod Sweeting was only 0.02 seconds behind with a 4.42 40 time, good for ninth amongst cornerbacks.  Fellow ACC corners Xavier Rhodes of Florida State and David Amerson of NC State clocked in at 4.43 and 4.44, respectively, placing them 11th and 12th at the position in the drill.

Rhodes also posted a 40.5” vertical leap,which tied him for third overall at the combine and first amongst cornerbacks.  Virginia Tech wide receiver Marcus Davis recorded a 39.5” vertical to tie for 10th overall, and NC State safety Earl Wolff tied for 13th with a 39.0” vertical.  Wolff was also third overall in the broad jump with a distance of 11 feet, 2 inches.  Rhodes was sixth overall with an 11 feet, 0 inch jump.

Wake Forest fullback Tommy Bohanon tied for fourth amongst all prospects in the bench press, with 36 repetitions.  Tying for seventh with 35 reps was North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, while NC State guard Zach Allen and Virginia Tech offensive tackle Vinston Painter completed 32 reps to tie for tenth overall in the drill.

Conner Vernon registered a time of 11.34 seconds in the 60 yard shuttle drill, good for 11th-best at the combine.  Just behind him in 13th was North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard, with an 11.41.

Bernard, along with Miami’s Mike James, clocked a 4.53 40 yard dash time, tying for eighth amongst running backs. James also completed 28 reps in the bench press, third-best for rushers at the combine behind Bohanon and Arkansas’s Knile Davis, as well as a 35.0” inch vertical (7th for runningbacks).

Virginia Tech’s Corey Fuller was the seventh-fastest wide receiver at the event in the 40 yard dash, with a time of 4.43 seconds.

BASEBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Florida State’s Marcus Davis and Maryland’s Charlie White were named ACC Players of the Week, while NC State’s Carlos Rodon was Pitcher of the Week.  Davis hit three home runs for the Seminoles last week, as they defeated Jacksonville 9-7 on February 20 and swept South Florida over the weekend.

White batted .667 in 15 at-bats for the Terrapins in a four-game series with Oakland, a sweep for Maryland. White also stole ten bases during the four games, including four in the first game of the set.

Carlos Rodon bounced back from a rough outing on opening day in spectacular fashion, combining with Karl Keglovitis to no-hit the La Salle Explorers Saturday.  Rodon struck out a career-high 14 batters, pitching seven innings in the 5-0 NC State win.  His only blemish was a walk allowed in the third inning.

HOWL OF A TURNAROUND: Just as Rodon had a very different outing from opening weekend, NC State’s fortunes were much better.  Following the cancellation of two games with Appalachian State, the Wolfpack defeated Charlotte 5-0 and Vilanova 14-3 before no-hitting LaSalle.  On Sunday, NC State outscored Wagner 43-4 in a doubleheader with the Seahawks.

Brett Williams hit three home runs and three doubles while recording 10 RBI during the twinbill, leading the offense for the Wolfpack. Trea Turner and Grant Clyde both hit grand slams during the day, while Sam Morgan added two homers and Tarran Senay had another round-tripper.

MARCH BASEBALL MADNESS?: This weekend, several ACC teams will participate in tournaments facing elite national competition.

Virginia Tech (7-1) will participate in the Irish Baseball Classic, hosted by USA Baseball at their National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.  Over the course of the weekend, the Hokies will face Rhode Island, Ohio, and Tennessee along with 22nd-ranked Notre Dame.

NC State (5-1) are Myrtle Beach bound, as they will be in the Caravelle Resort’s Baseball at the Beach Tournament.  While in South Carolina, they will face UMBC, Florida Atlantic, and hosts Coastal Carolina.  The Chanticleers have been in the NCAA Tournament every season since 2007.

Considerably further away, The Astros Foundation College Classic at Houston’s Minute Maid Park will host North Carolina (6-0), along with five other teams.  The Tar Heels, #1 in the NCBWA poll, will face 12th-ranked Rice, California, and 30th-ranked Texas A&M.

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