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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Thomas Jefferson Day!

Thomas Jefferson, a founding father of the United States, was born on April 13, 1743. He held many roles and did much during the formative years of the country, including being the main author of the Declaration of Independence and the country's third president. He wrote his own epitaph, highlighting what he most wanted to be remembered for: "HERE WAS BURIED THOMAS JEFFERSON AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE OF THE STATUTE OF VIRGINIA FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND FATHER OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA."

SU News (SI; McAllister)

Ayers is from Long Island and played at LI Lutheran before prep school at St Thomas More...

Class of 2024 defensive lineman Shaun Ayers may only have one offer to date (from Central Florida), but the 6-4, 270 pounder is on the radar of several power five programs. He has visited Penn State, Tennessee, Boston College, Rutgers, Florida State and South Carolina. This past weekend he added Syracuse to that list.

"It was awesome," Ayers said. "I loved everything about it. I can't wait to get back down for the spring game. While on campus we got to start off by watching practice, then got a tour of the school and saw all the facilities. After that we went inside to position meetings, then did a photo shoot and talked to some coaches again. My favorite part of the visit was definitely the position meeting with coach Achuff, getting to look at the scheme they run and the assignments the defensive line has. It's just a great way to see if I fit into the school's scheme and I feel like I do."

Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse | NFL Draft Scouting Report (pfn; video; Cummings)

He entered the 2022 season as a high-upside sleeper in the 2023 NFL Draft OT class. Has Syracuse’s Matthew Bergeron done enough to rise beyond that moniker and establish himself as a legitimate target in the early rounds? Here’s a look at Bergeron’s updated scouting report as the NFL Draft approaches.

Matthew Bergeron NFL Draft Profile

  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • School: Syracuse
  • Current Year: Senior
  • Height/Weight: 6’5″, 318 pounds
  • Length: 33 3/4″
  • Wingspan: 81 7/8″
  • Hand: 9 1/2″
More and more eyes flocked to the Syracuse offense to watch Sean Tucker in recent years. But through the process, another name began to catch steam on the blocking front — Matthew Bergeron.

Now coming off his senior season, Bergeron is a second-team All-ACC honoree and team captain aiming to make the leap to the NFL stage. His 2022 campaign wasn’t without its lumps, but against a gauntlet that included three potential future first-round picks in Myles Murphy, Isaiah Foskey, and Jared Verse, Bergeron more than held his own.

NFL Draft 2023 offensive line rankings: Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse (nbcsports; video; Simms)

Chris Simms and Connor Rogers dissect what makes Matthew Bergeron an "instant starter" at guard, after he landed No. 2 on Simms' interior offensive line rankings for the 2023 NFL Draft.

Syracuse CB Garrett Williams reportedly visited Jaguars (; Stities)

Pass rushers and cornerbacks have been the focal point of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ preparation for the 2023 NFL Draft and Syracuse defensive back Garrett Williams can be added to the list.

According to Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 in Houston, Williams has visited five teams including the Jaguars in the lead up to draft day.

Williams is a 5’10, 192-pound cornerback who suffered an ACL tear in October 2022. While the injury kept the Syracuse alum from participating in the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day, he’s reportedly making good progress in his recovery.

Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke typically targets cornerbacks with more size and length than Williams, but there’s no arguing with his production on the field. In three years as a starter, Williams earned All-ACC nods three times.

Jacksonville has a rising star at cornerback in Tyson Campbell and may already have its starter on the other side in Darious Williams. However, depth at the position is thin after the team cut ties with Shaquill Griffin in March.

Syracuse football has named three of six captains for 2023 season (PS; Leiker)

During an appearance on ACC Network’s ACC PM on Tuesday, Dino Babers shared that Syracuse football has named three of its six captains for the 2023 season.

Each is designated to a certain phase of play: Justin Barron is the special teams captain, Marlowe Wax is the defense captain and Garrett Shrader is the offense captain.

Another three captains will be named when the team concludes its fall camp in late August.

SU named seven captains last season. Babers told ACC PM hosts Mark Packer and Taylor Tannebaum that it will become a program tradition to name at least six.

“There’s so many things going on with injuries and transfer portals and name, image and likeness that I think you need as much leadership as you can in the locker room ‘cause sometimes you don’t know what’s going to happen with that leadership,” Babers said.

Syracuse O-lineman named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society (; Leiker)

Former Syracuse football offensive lineman Dakota Davis was one of 1,734 players named to the National Football Foundation (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society, NFF announced Wednesday.

Requirements for membership include being a senior player without remaining eligibility or a graduated player, having a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and being a starter or significant contributor in the most recent season.

Davis, who is enrolled in Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management, was a five-time member of the ACC honor roll. He made the Syracuse Athletic Director’s honor roll in each of the past eight semesters.

In the fall, Davis was a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, which honors the college football player with the most outstanding resume of academics, community service and on-field performance.

Davis made 37 starts for the Orange across 52 appearances from 2017-2022. He started all 13 games in his final season.

This is the 17th year of the Hampshire Honor Society. The number of new members is a record, and 43 of them are from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Jim Nagy "The 315" 4-12-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Jim Nagy, Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl, joins Brian Higgins to discuss some of the biggest talking points from the upcoming NFL Draft, including why he believes Syracuse fans could see offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron starting in the NFL immediately.

ACC News

44 From ACC Included in 2023 NFF Hampshire Society (

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2023 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, including 44 Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes representing 11 league schools.

The NFF is comprised of college football players from all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA and sprint football who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers. An elite group of 1,734 players from 328 schools qualified for membership in 2023, setting a record for the number of members in a single year during the program’s 17-year history.

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA and sprint football who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college careers.

Nominated by their respective schools, members of the NFF Hampshire Honor Society must be either:

  • A senior player, who will graduate this spring/summer, and just completed his final year of playing eligibility in 2022; or
  • A graduated player, who has been out of high school at least (3) years;
    And must have:
  • Attained a minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.2 (4.0 scale); and
  • Been starters or significant contributors throughout the 2022 season.
ACC Players included in the 2023 NFF Hampshire Honor Society:
K.J. Henry, Clemson
B.T. Potter, Clemson
Trenton Simpson, Clemson
Jack Burns, Duke
DeWayne Carter, Duke
Evan Deckers, Duke
Cam Dillon, Duke
Ja'Mion Franklin, Duke
Darius Joiner, Duke
Anthony Nelson, Duke
DJ Daniels, Florida State
Dillan Gibbons, Florida State
Wyatt Rector, Florida State
Mike Roussos, Florida State
Dylan Leonard, Georgia Tech
Yaya Diaby, Louisville
Brock Domann, Louisville
Ramon Puryear, Louisville
Lou Hedley, Miami
Timothy McKay, NC State
Kameron Walker, NC State
Deslin Alexandre, Pitt
Habakkuk Baldonado, Pitt
Chris Maloney, Pitt
Shayne Simon, Pitt
Blake Zubovic, Pitt
Dakota Davis, Syracuse
Paul Akere, Virginia
Jaylon Baker, Virginia
Chico Bennett, Virginia
Kam Butler, Virginia
Antonio Clary, Virginia
Derek Devine, Virginia
Brendan Farrell, Virginia
John Paul Flores, Virginia
Coen King, Virginia
Jared Rayman, Virginia
Keytaon Thompson, Virginia
Jarrett Brown, Wake Forest
Chase Jones, Wake Forest
Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest
Michael Kern, Wake Forest
Kobie Turner, Wake Forest
Isaiah Wingfield, Wake Forest

Impact transfers, recruiting in Carolina, Virginia Tech's progress: ACC mailbag (; $; Raynor & Navarro)

We asked for ACC questions. You guys delivered. There were so many good ones, we split our mailbag into two parts. Part 2 will run next Thursday.

What transfer do you think will have the biggest impact? — Regis M.

The easy choice here would be to go with a quarterback like Brennan Armstrong or Phil Jurkovec considering they’re experienced starting quarterbacks reuniting with their former coaches at new schools. Same with Jack Plummer at Louisville. But I’d rather give you a well-rounded top-12 list without a QB on it. One filled with players who could all legitimately make All-ACC teams. — Navarro

  1. Virginia Tech receiver Ali Jennings (first-team All-Sun Belt in 2022 at Old Dominion)
  2. Miami center Matt Lee (three-year starter at UCF)
  3. Florida State right tackle Jeremiah Byers (two-time All-Conference USA selection at UTEP)
  4. Florida State cornerback Fentrell Cypress (second-team All-ACC in 2022 at Virginia)
  5. Miami left guard Javion Cohen (two-year starter at Alabama)
  6. Louisville receiver Jamari Thrash (led Sun Belt with 1,122 yards on 61 catches at Georgia State in 2022)
  7. North Carolina receiver Devontez Walker (58 catches, 921 yards, 11 touchdowns at Kent State in 2022)

2023 NC State Wolfpack Spring Football Game (; video; ACC DN)

The Wolfpack's spring practices ended on a rainy Saturday in Raleigh with the NC State Spring Game. Wolfpack fans got their first chance to see Virginia transfer quarterback Brennan Armstrong throw the ball in an NC State uniform. Armstrong led two touchdown drives and finished the game 14-28 for 127 yards with two interceptions. MJ Morris was NC State's leading passer. Playing for both the red and white teams, he went 10-12 for 151 yards and an interception. Darius Edmundson and Shyheim Battle each had an interception returned for a touchdown in the first quarter. Watch the full 2023 NC State spring game right here!

Nebraska Football trying to flip local athlete from ACC (; Jaillet)

Nebraska football had a busy day on Tuesday, landing an in-state commitment from Ashton Murphy and also extending an offer to 2024 athlete Eric Ingwerson on Tuesday night.

Ingwerson is a local kid. He is the 148th overall athlete in the 2024 class, and the 11th overall player in the class from the state of Nebraska per the 247Sports rankings. The composite rankings have him as the 10th overall athlete at this time.

He has zero crystal ball predictions, but he does have an offer sheet that is growing. Right now, he is committed to Pittsburgh. He did so on March 21. Tight ends coach Bob Wager was the one who gave him an offer to Nebraska.

Blessed to have received an Offer from the University of Nebraska! @CoachMattRhule @BobWager31 #GBR
— Eric Ingwerson (@Ericingwerson85) April 12, 2023

Ingwerson lined up as both a tight end and defensive end for Papillion-LaVista. On the offensive side, he lined up more so as a tight end. He has the size to be a matchup nightmare at six-foot-seven, 230 pounds. He is able to get out into the open field, and make things happen after the catch. He uses his strength to barrel over defenders, and that makes him difficult to cover as well.

2023 ACC Football Helmet Schedule (

The 2023 ACC Football Helmet Schedule is now available. The PDF schedule features the team helmets, date, and opponent for each ACC team.

The 2023 season gets underway for the ACC on Thursday, Aug. 31 with one team in action. The Wake Forest Demon Deacons play host to the Elon Phoenix in that contest.

Three ACC teams open their seasons on Friday, Sept. 1. The Louisville Cardinals face the fellow ACC member Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., which kicks off ACC action, while the Miami Hurricanes will host the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks.

Week 1 of the 2023 season also features a couple of big non-conference matchups that are slated for Saturday, Sept. 2. The North Carolina Tar Heels battle the South Carolina Gamecocks at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., while the Virginia Cavaliers will square off with the Tennessee Volunteers at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.

Links, News and Rumors 2023 April 12th (RX; HM)

Links, News and Rumors 2023 April 12th

In "ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips gets 3 year extension. Is that good?", JFann of AllSportsDiscussion gives a balanced view of what the Commish has (Comcast, divisionless scheduling, baseball on ACCN instead of RSNs) and has not (media rights revenue) accomplished. A good read!
Phillips graduated from the University of Illinois.

"Big Ten to hire Tony Petitti as next commissioner" - ESPN

The Big Ten is expected to hire former MLB and television executive Tony Petitti as the conference's next commissioner, sources told ESPN. An announcement is expected in the upcoming days...
Petitti brings a diverse background in both sports and media. He is the former COO of Major League Baseball, where he succeeded current MLB commissioner Rob Manfred in that role in 2015.
His media experience comes from working for ABC Sports, CBS and the MLB Network. His work with college sports includes helping create the Bowl Championship Series back when he was with ABC and working with the NCAA tournament while at CBS. He also worked extensively with the NFL while at CBS...

Petitti is a Harvard graduate.

From SaturdayBlitz: "Ranking the 10 best helmets in college football", here are the ACC-related entries...

9. Miami Hurricanes
...The U is one of the most iconic logos in college and green on a white background just looks clean...
4. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
...95 percent of people would be able to tell you which school this helmet belongs to... It’s just that recognizable...Yes, I know it’s plain...but that doesn’t make it less beautiful.
3. Florida State Seminoles



Flower sales at the CNY Regional Market in Syracuse, May 11, 2019, Michael Greenlar | Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syr

Facing ‘critical’ infrastructure failures, CNY Regional Market pitches $90 million revitalization plan (PS; 4; Cazentre)

The Central New York Regional Market, which says it’s facing a “large-scale failure” of its buildings and facilities, has put together a plan to seek $90 million in public money for an ambitious “revitalization” project.

The market at 2100 Park St., much of which dates to the 1930s, offers year-round space to wholesale food vendors, seasonal stalls to farm-and-retail vendors and rental space for other businesses.

It is looking to secure public money, likely from the state, for repairs in phases, with an initial emphasis on some of the most “critical” infrastructure issues, said market director Amanda Vitale.

“Because so much of what we have here is 80 years old, and some even older, it’s a constant struggle,” Vitale said.

She cited last year’s collapse of a building wall that required the market to get a $600,000 mortgage to pay for repairs. A pending deal for an existing wholesale vendor to move into a larger building is being held up by the need for an estimated $1.8 million new roof, she said.

There’s more: A state fire inspector last year considered shutting down the “entire wholesale market – due to concerns of structural integrity of the space,” according to a detailed report on the revitalization project at the market web site. The report also notes severe settling across the grounds, leading to potholes and drainage issues, along with damage to infrastructure such as underground power lines.

In addition to the critical repairs, the overall project could include new windows, modernized heating, ventilation, electrical and sewer systems, added parking and a welcome center. It also envisions new wholesale warehouse space. In the long-term, the biggest expense, $35 million, could go to improvements in the property’s three “commission buildings,” at least one of which could be leased for an operation like a brewery or distillery, the report said.


Micron update: New idea for workforce training, key steps needed before breaking ground (PS; $; Coin)

Top Micron Technology officials returned to Central New York again this week to talk about beefing up workforce training throughout the Northeast and to explain a couple of key steps needed this year to keep the semiconductor chipmaking complex on track for Clay.

The crucial next step is Micron’s application for billions of dollars in federal money – a public investment the company says is needed to create as many as 9,000 jobs. Without that federal money, Micron officials say, building in the U.S. would be too expensive.

The federal subsidies were included in the CHIPS and Science Act, which set aside $52 billion worth of incentives to lure chipmakers back to the United States as a national security priority.

At the same time, Onondaga County is starting to design part of the infrastructure needed to build up to four chip plants – called fabs – north of Syracuse. Town officials in and around Clay are taking steps to update their comprehensive plans to accommodate a projected surge in housing and population.

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