Deacon Dump 11/9: Ponder out for Saturday's game, big week for the soccer team

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Is Curry the one who got away? | freep.com | Detroit Free Press
"Aaron has had some really great flash plays, where he has just looked phenomenal, and then he has had some rookie errors that you would expect," coach Jim Mora said. "We're just looking for a week-to-week, down-to-down consistency out of him, and he's getting there."

ACC power rankings: Week 11 - College Football Nation - ESPN
8. Wake Forest (4-6, 2-4; LW: No. 9) -- If there’s one team in the conference that is better than its record indicates, this is it. The Deacs have the numbers they need everywhere but the scoreboard, and unfortunately for them, that’s where it counts. They get a break this week against an FSU team that will be missing starting quarterback Christian Ponder.

No. 4 Wake Forest Earns Top Seed at ACC Tournament - WAKE FOREST OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE
No. 4 Wake Forest earned the top seed for the 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Tournament and will face either Clemson or Virginia Tech in the quarterfinals on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

What we learned in the ACC: Week 10 - College Football Nation - ESPN
2. Even the best quarterbacks can’t do it alone. Riley Skinner. Thaddeus Lewis. Christian Ponder. Three of the ACC’s most productive, efficient passers and leaders all lost this past weekend. It certainly wasn’t for lack of effort. Skinner couldn’t shake Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan. Lewis got tied up with UNC defensive end Robert Quinn. And Ponder threw as many interceptions (four) as he had all season. All three of them are still searching for bowl eligibility, but for seniors Skinner and Lewis, it’s their last chance at the postseason.

Are UNC, Duke really that much better than everyone else in basketball? – ACC Insider - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC - Archive
"I think it’s really wide open," Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said. "I think anybody could win this league, and I don’t think that’s just coach-speak."

Wake Forest Deacons - CharlotteObserver.com
Best case scenario: With plenty of size, the Deacons will present problems for opponents, especially if they can find players to replace the scoring lost with the departure of guard Jeff Teague and forward James Johnson. Look for freshman Ari Stewart to make an early impact and for Aminu to emerge as one of the league's top players.

Yet another heartbreaker for Deacons : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
"I think there was a time with our football program when there would be moral victories in losses," Grobe said. "There certainly aren't any moral victories right now."

Nick Friedell's Blog - Precious Time - ESPN Chicago
"I've been working for it," Johnson said. "But if they feel comfortable putting me in, then I'm going to have positive minutes and work my minutes as best I can. But if not, I'm going to cheer for my team and keep working hard."

Tyrus expecting a quick recovery | DailyHerald.com Blogs
With Thomas out, this appears to be a great chance to work rookie forward James Johnson into the rotation. Johnson has played in just one of five games so far, garbage time in the blowout loss at Boston. Before Saturday’s game, Johnson admitted it took him time to get comfortable with the plays and the defensive system, particularly at small forward. But now he feels he’s ready to play both forward spots. Coach Vinny Del Negro suggested Johnson will play the small forward when he does get in.

New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul's motto: 'I hate losing more than I like winning' | New Orleans Hornets Central - - NOLA.com
"You know, it's funny. Everybody is saying I'm playing with this look on my face. Well, they must have just started watching me play yesterday. Because I've been like that. That's my normal thing. A guy like K.G. (Celtics forward Kevin Garnett) who doesn't smile during the game, people love that about him. But me, they want me smiling. That (unsmiling visage), it's been me since Day One." Paul last week succinctly summed up his persona and his passion in one sentence: "I hate losing more than I like winning."

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