Deacon Dump 10/13: Challenge at Death Valley

After a completely miserable game two years ago against Clemson in Memorial Stadium, Riley Skinner will look to end his career against the Tigers on a high note.  Since anyone can win the Atlantic at this point, getting a road win this weekend would be absolutely huge for the Deacs.  Today's links feature a few Clemson stories along with a basketball preview as well.  In case you didn't know, basketball practice officially begins this Friday.

Tigers still major factor in Atlantic race
"The Atlantic Division is very competitive," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said after practice on Monday. "We can go from fourth to first in one weekend. Our players realize our goals are still there."

Clemson secondary prepping for showdown with Wake’s dangerous Skinner : Football : TigersXtra.com
Fifth-year senior cornerback Crezdon Butler’s career has paralleled Skinner’s; while watching film last week, Butler noticed a definite evolution. "I think he’s improved on playmaking ability," Butler said. "I remember when he was younger he used to look just to run. Now if he’s dropped back, if he’s under pressure he’ll look to scramble and pass the ball so his playmakers can make plays. I think he’s matured a lot. We’ve got our hands full."

FayObserver.com - East Carolina, Wake Forest football midseason reports
Junior Marshall Williams has gone from playing second fiddle to D.J. Boldin to becoming one of the ACC's most-productive receivers. The Durham product leads the league in receptions per game (5.3) and is first with five touchdown catches. Williams has come on strong near the midseason mark, making 24 catches for 323 yards and four touchdowns over Wake Forest's last three games.

Chris Paul Q&A - Dime Magazine
Dime: Speaking of motivation, talk about your dreams of going to North Carolina but ending up at Wake Forest. CP: I woke up. I realized that I was crazy to want to go to Carolina.

ACC/SEC TOP 20 WEEK 7
13. Wake Forest (4-2) The Demon Deacons Moved back into their annual spot atop the Atlantic division with consecutive wins against division opponents they can really separate themselves this week against Clemson.

OL Freeman eyed to start The Post and Courier - Charleston SC newspaper
While no decision has been declared, it appears Dalton Freeman might make his first start at center Saturday against Wake Forest as the freshman continues to split first-team reps with Mason Cloy.

Wake Forest Basketball Preview - DukeBasketballReport.com
Whatever his faults, and we know some people consider him a dirty player, the kid has busted his ass to become a real player and deserves some appreciation for that if nothing else. He’s a worker and he’s not scared to go up against anyone.

Rookies lead disruptive defense | The News Tribune - Seattle Seahawks
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