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Deacon Dump 10/16: Predictions, Basketball begins & AC is a monster

Friday is finally here.  I can't wait to see the Deacs in Death Valley tomorrow...

Seahawks | The two sides of Seahawks rookie linebacker Aaron Curry | Seattle Times Newspaper
"God made him the way he is, that's my only explanation," linebacker Lofa Tatupu said. "Every attribute, he's got it. Speed, athleticism, a nose for the ball just instinctively. "Usually when you see a guy his size and speed, they don't have the awareness of those good football players, but he does."

Quality 2009 class raising bar for rookies in MLS - Soccer America -
"It depends on who comes out early, like Gonzalez, but other guys, like Sam Cronin and O'Brian White, when you watched them in college, you could tell what they could do," says Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid, who took Zakuani with the No. 1 pick. "I remember seeing Rodney Wallace as a freshman and thinking, 'This guy can play.' None of them were a real surprise, at the end of the day.


2009-10 Wake Forest Men's Basketball Media Guide

Wake Forest (4-2, 2-1 ACC) at Clemson (2-3, 1-2 ACC)
Prediction: Demon Deacons 23, Tigers 20. College Football - Midseason report: Freshman All-America team
CB Kenny Okoro, Wake Forest PARTICULARS: 6-0/190 HIGH SCHOOL: Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley BUZZ: Okoro has two interceptions, and they came in wins over Stanford and N.C. State. He also has 16 tackles, three pass breakups and a forced fumble.

WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest PARTICULARS: 6-0/200 HIGH SCHOOL: Wylie (Texas) High BUZZ: After suffering two torn anterior cruciate ligaments in high school and redshirting last season, Givens has emerged with 26 catches for 356 yards. He has five touchdown catches in his past four games.

ACC predictions: Week 7 - ACC - ESPN
Wake Forest 14, Clemson 13 -- If Clemson’s offense was going to show improvement, it would have done it by now. Dabo Swinney has had this team since the middle of the season last year. A bye week isn’t going to fix the problem, but the defense will keep this game close, as will the Death Valley crowd. The Deacs’ coaches and their offense will be the difference.

What to watch in the ACC: Week 7 - College Football Nation - ESPN
9. Wake Forest wide receiver Chris Givens. Quarterback Riley Skinner can’t rack up these numbers by himself. In last week’s win over Maryland, Givens caught five passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. It was his first multiple touchdown game, and his second straight 100-yard receiving performance. Givens will face a better secondary in Death Valley this weekend.

WFU women pick up win
Allie Sadow scored two goals, and Coach Tony da Luz earned his 200th career women's soccer victory last night in Wake Forest's 2-0 victory over N.C. State.

Rising Again Wake Forest's Adams is looking a lot like he did when he was a freshman
"Josh, he's starting to run pretty hard," quarterback Riley Skinner said. "You can see it in his determination. "When I hand the ball off to him, he kind of jerks me a little bit every time. It seems like he's kinda grabbing that thing ready to roll. That's been good to see."

FRESH START: Juices flow as Deacs hit court
Oct. 15th changes the script. Gaudio expects to coach a conference contender, led by sophomore Al-Farouq Aminu and Smith. In his coach's eyes, Smith might emerge as the ACC's finest point guard. In Smith's eyes, the Deacons possess the fastest big men in the country and great shooters, fueled by the impulse to run like rabbits and finish the job.