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    Courtesy of the Orange Bowl Committee:

    Miami Lakes, Fla. (www.orangebowl.org) - The Orange Bowl will induct Peter Boulware, Terry Kinard and Mike Tranghese into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame presented by Deloitte. The induction will take place at the AvMed Orange Bowl Coaches Luncheon presented by Deloitte at Jungle Island in Miami on January 2, 2014. Boulware is the seventh player from Florida State to be inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame. Kinard will be the fourth Tiger to receive the honor, including his former head coach Danny Ford. Tranghese is the third commissioner to make into the Hall.

    Peter Boulware is arguably the greatest pass-rusher to ever play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He cemented himself with that recognition in the 1996 season when he led the nation and set an FSU single season record with 19 quarterback sacks. The ACC rewarded him with the Defensive Player of the Year Award. That same year, Boulware and the Seminoles staged a fourth quarter comeback against Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. An outstanding student, he graduated early from Florida State and chose to enter the NFL draft. He finished his three - year college career with 34 sacks, which was only 1.5 sacks short of FSU's school record. The Baltimore Ravens selected him fourth overall in the 1997 NFL Draft. The young linebacker did not disappoint as he collected an impressive 11.5 sacks and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He played his entire nine-year professional career with the Ravens. He was selected to the Pro Bowl four times and led the team in sacks in three seasons. He ranks among the top in career sacks with the Baltimore (70). In 2000, he along with the Ravens' tenacious defense won their first Super Bowl. 

    Terry Kinard is one of the most decorated players in Clemson football history. The star safety led the Tigers' defense that helped capture the school's first and only national championship in the 1982 Orange Bowl.  He was the first Clemson player to be a unanimous All-America pick, first two-time Clemson All-American defensive back and a first-team AP All-American two years in a row. He was also named the CBS National Defensive Player of the Year for the 1982 season. Kinard was the all-time Clemson leader in interceptions with 17, a mark that tied the 20-year-old ACC record. He also holds Clemson's record for tackles by a defensive back with 294 in his career. Kinard was drafted by the New York Giants tenth overall in 1983. He was instrumental in helping the Giants win their first Super Bowl in 1986. He played with the team from 1983-89 and was a Pro Bowl selection in 1988. He then completed his NFL career with the Houston Oilers in 1990, finishing with 31 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries. Kinard was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame in December 2001.

    Mike Tranghese has worked as an administrator in collegiate athletics for more than 40 years. Tranghese was the first full-time employee in the Big East Conference and was named the league's second commissioner - a post he served from 1990 until 2009, making him the longest tenured commissioner Big East history. During his reign as commissioner, he led the launch of Big East football which included the addition of football powerhouses Miami, Virginia Tech and Syracuse. He also recruited Notre Dame as a member of the conference for basketball and other sports. Tranghese was one of the founding commissioners of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) which started in 1998 - 99. Beginning with that year, under his leadership, the Big East Champion or the ACC Champion became the host team of the Orange Bowl.  For two years Tranghese was a lead administrator for the BCS. He also lent his talents to another sport when served on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee from 1996-2001. In October of 2013, Tranghese was selected as one of the thirteen inaugural members of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. 

    The 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, which will be played on January 3, at Sun Life Stadium in South Florida, is part of the Bowl Championship Series and pits the ACC Champion (or another high-ranking team in the event that the ACC Champion is selected to play in the BCS National Championship) against a BCS at-large team. The Orange Bowl is currently accepting online applications for media credentials for the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl. Accredited media can access the application by logging on to www.orangebowl.org/pressbox. For additional information about the Orange Bowl Committee or 2014 Discover Orange Bowl, photos or logos, please visit www.orangebowl.org or e-mail media@orangebowl.org. 

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    About the Orange Bowl

    The Orange Bowl is a 351-member, primarily-volunteer non-profit sports organization that promotes and serves the South Florida community. The Orange Bowl features a year-round schedule of events culminating with the Discover Orange Bowl on January 3, 2014. Other Orange Bowl core events include the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic, Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority, Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships, Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, Orange Bowl Swim Classic and Orange Bowl Paddle Championships. For more information on the 2013-14 Orange Bowl events, including promotional and volunteer opportunities through the Ambassador Program presented by Panera Bread, log on to www.orangebowl.org.

    Winston, Benjamin earn weekly ACC honors

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    Courtesy of the ACC:

    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Three quarterbacks - Duke's Anthony Boone, Florida State's Jameis Winston and Maryland's C.J. Brown - were selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Backs of the Week in the final 2013 ACC Football Players of the Week announced on Monday. 

    The trio of quarterback evenly split the votes among the ACC's media panel after leading their teams to road wins in last Saturday's regular-season finales.  Boone threw for 274 yards and a pair of scores as Duke clinched the Coastal Division title with a win at North Carolina. Winston keyed Florida State's victory at rival Florida by throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Brown passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more while accumulating 138 rushing yards in Maryland's win at NC State.

    Winston also shared ACC Rookie of the Week honors with Miami wide receiver Stacy Coley. Other ACC honorees include Virginia Tech's Andrew Miller as Offensive Lineman of the Week, Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin as Receiver of the Week, Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu as Defensive Lineman of the Week, Maryland's Matt Robinson as Linebacker of the Week, Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller as Defensive Back of the Week, and Miami's Pat O'Donnell as Specialist of the Week. 

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - Anthony Boone, Duke, Jr.-R, QB, 6-0, 230, Weddington, N.C.

    Boone completed 23-of-34 passes (.677) for 274 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in the 20th-ranked Blue Devils' 27-25 Coastal Division-clinching win over North Carolina. Boone engineered Duke's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter - an 11-play, 66-yard march that resulted in Ross Martin's 27-yard field goal with 2:22 left. On the afternoon, Boone directed a Duke offense that committed no turnovers and allowed no sacks while rolling up 27 first downs and 461 total yards (187 rushing and 274 passing). Duke entered the week converting an ACC-low 25.3 percent on third down, but Boone led the Blue Devils to an 8-of-15 conversion rate (.533) versus UNC.

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK/CO-ROOKIE - Jameis Winston, Florida State, Fr.-R, QB, 6-4, 225, Bessemer, Ala.

    Winston threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in leading Florida State to a 37-7 win at Florida on Saturday. Winston became the first opposing quarterback to pass for 300 yards in over three years - a 42-game stretch - against the Gators. Florida entered the game ranked third in the nation in passing defense, allowing 157.7 yards per game, and had given up a nation-low five passing touchdowns all season. By halftime, Winston had already totaled 208 yards passing - his eighth 200-yard first half of the season - and two scores. On the day, Winston set a new FSU single-season record for passing touchdowns (35), breaking the old mark of 33 set in 2000 by Chris Weinke, and recorded his sixth 300-yard passing game of the season as FSU's 30-point victory was the largest by the Seminoles ever versus Florida in Gainesville.

    CO-OFFENSIVE BACK - C.J. Brown, Maryland, Jr.-R, QB, 6-3, 210, Cranberry Twp., Pa.

    Brown accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing and two passing) for the second time this season in a 41-21 win over NC State. Brown rushed for a season-high 138 yards, which is the third-best rushing performance by a quarterback in school history, and averaged 9.2 yards per carry. His three touchdowns on the ground are the most by a Terrapin in a single game since 2010. He also passed for 259 yards, including a 53-yard scoring strike for Maryland's first touchdown. It marked the third time this season Brown has passed for over 250 yards and rushed for over 100 yards.

    OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech, Sr.-R, LB, 6-4, 293, Bassett, Va.

    Playing in his final game against Virginia Tech's in-state rival, Miller had perhaps the finest game of his career in Saturday's 16-6 win at Virginia.  Miller played all 75 offensive snaps, grading out at 92 percent with a career-high 20 knockdown blocks as the Tech offensive line paved the way for nearly 150 yards on the ground by the running backs. He finished the regular season with an 86 percent grade and a team-high 115 knockdowns, 56 more than his closest teammate.

    RECEIVER - Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State,-So. -R., WR, 6-5, 238, Belle Glade, Fla.

    Benjamin became the first Seminole in 10 years to tally 200 yards receiving in a game and single handedly outgained the Gators' entire offense in Saturday's 37-7 win at Florida. Benjamin's 212 receiving yards are the most in a game in the ACC in 2013, and the three touchdown receptions tied the ACC high for the season. Benjamin's first touchdown put FSU ahead 10-0 in the second quarter when he broke three tackles en route to a 45-yard score. The Gators entered the game with the nation's No. 3 pass defense, allowing just 157.7 per game, and had given up only five passing touchdowns all season, but were unable to slow down Benjamin, who had 108 yards and two scores before halftime. 

    DEFENSIVE LINEMAN - Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, Sr. DE, 6-3, 242, Washington, D.C..

    Attaochu recorded a career-high 4.0 sacks - the third-most single-game sacks in Georgia Tech history - in a double-overtime loss to Georgia on Saturday. Attaochu, who also had eight tackles and a pass break-up, tied the Yellow Jacket all-time career sack record of 31.0, which ranks fifth in ACC history.

    LINEBACKER - Matt Robinson, Maryland, Jr, LB, 6-4, 230, Columbia, Md.

    Robinson finished with a career-high 17 tackles, the second-highest total for a Terp this season, including a personal-best 3.5 tackles for loss in Saturday's 41-21 road win at NC State. He also registered a half-sack and one pass break-up.

    DEFENSIVE BACK -Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, Fr., CB, 5-11, 180, Baltimore, Md.

    Fuller was a lockdown corner all day for the Hokies in shutting down the Virginia offense in Virginia Tech's 16-6 win. He had a career-high eight tackles and four pass break-ups to go along with a half-sack and his team-leading and Tech freshman record sixth interception of the year.

    SPECIALIST- Pat O'Donnell, Miami, Gr., 6-5, 220, P, Lake Worth, Fla.

    O'Donnell booted four punts for a 44.2-yard average, including three kicks inside Pitt's 20-yard line, in Miami's 41-31 road win at Pitt. However, O'Donnell's biggest play occurred on the opening kickoff ,when the graduate punter forced a Pitt fumble which was recovered by Miami's Garrett Kidd. O'Donnell's first career forced fumble resulted in the first of three Stacy Coley touchdowns in the Miami win.

     CO-ROOKIE - Stacy Coley, Miami, Fr., WR, 6-1, 180, Pompano Beach, Fla.

    Coley accumulated 171 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in Miami's 41-31 road win at Pitt. Coley hauled in two receiving touchdowns and later posted a rushing score  to his total. Coley now has touchdowns in three straight games. He finished with three catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers, while rushing for a 73-yard TD in the second quarter. With his 73-yard touchdown run, Coley became the only FBS player in 2013 to record a touchdown via receiving, rushing, punt return and kickoff return. He is the third Miami freshman in the past 20 years to record 10-plus touchdowns in his rookie campaign, joining Clinton Portis (1999) and Duke Johnson (2012).

     

    FSU's Winston named Manning Award finalist

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    Courtesy of the Allstate Sugar Bowl:

    NEW ORLEANS - The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its 10 finalists for this year's award on Tuesday. The winner will be announced after the bowls in January and will be honored at a ceremony in New Orleans. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that takes the candidates' bowl performances into consideration in its balloting.

    The finalists for this year's Manning Award are:

    Tajh Boyd, Sr., Clemson

    Teddy Bridgewater, Jr., Louisville

    Derek Carr, Sr., Fresno State

    Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois

    Johnny Manziel, So., Texas A&M

    Marcus Mariota, So., Oregon

    AJ McCarron, Sr., Alabama

    Aaron Murray, Sr., Georgia

    Bryce Petty, Jr., Baylor

    Jameis Winston, Fr., Florida State

    While the statistics for the group are exemplary, one stat stands out above the rest - they have combined to win nearly 90 percent of their games with an overall record of 96-12; six of the quarterbacks have already led their teams to double-figures in wins. The finalists average over 3,000 passing yards and 28 passing touchdowns while averaging less than six interceptions each. Showing the increasing number of dual-threat quarterbacks, three of the finalists have rushed for over 500 yards this year, while the full group has totaled 64 rushing touchdowns. 

    "This has been another great year for quarterbacks; and it's getting more interesting as the games get bigger," Archie Manning said. "We really appreciate our selection committee's work in choosing this outstanding group of finalists. I'm looking forward to seeing how they all do over the next couple of weeks and through their bowl games as we prepare to honor our 10th winner in January."

    This year's group includes six returning finalists from last year (Boyd, Lynch, Manziel, Mariota, McCarron and Murray). There are five seniors on the list, as well as two juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The finalists come from seven different conferences, including the Southeastern Conference with three honorees, the Atlantic Coast Conference with two, and the American Athletic, the Big 12, the Mid-American, the Mountain West and the Pac-12 with one each.

    The winner is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

    The Manning Award will be recognizing its 10th winner this year. USC's Matt Leinart was the inaugural winner of the award in 2005, followed by Texas' Vince Young in 2006. Both went on to be top 10 NFL draft picks. In 2007, LSU's JaMarcus Russell earned the award and was the NFL's No. 1 draft pick. Boston College's Matt Ryan claimed the award in 2008 and was drafted No. 3, quickly becoming the starting quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009, Florida star Tim Tebow earned the honor - he also went on to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. The 2010 winner was Texas signal-caller Colt McCoy, then the winningest quarterback in college football history, who was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the draft. McCoy was followed by top-two NFL Draft picks - Auburn's Cameron Newton earned the award in 2011, prior to being selected No. 1 overall by the Carolina Panthers and then Robert Griffin, III, from Baylor, was the 2012 winner prior to being the No. 2 overall pick by the Washington Redskins. This past season's winner was Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel, who became the first freshman to earn the honor.

    Florida State assistant coach Jeremy Pruitt is one of five finalist's for Football Scoop's annual defensive coordinator of the year award. For the full announcement click here.

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    Terrence Brooks accepts Senior-Bowl invite

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    Greatest ACC QB ever? Charlie Ward

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #IDAHOvsFSU radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' record-breaking victory over Idaho last weekend:

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    Audio: Gene Deckerhoff's top #CUSEvsFSU radio calls

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    Courtesy of the Seminole IMG Sports Network, here are Gene Deckerhoff's top radio calls from the Seminoles' 59-3 victory over Syracuse this past weekend:

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    Video: Jimbo and Candi Fisher on 'Fox & Friends'

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