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Deacon Dump 8/18: Skinner named to Manning Watch List, KJ commits

Congratulations to Riley for being named to the Manning Watch List. That shows a lot of respect and hopefully is an indication that he'll have a big year. Onto the links...

The Top ACC Tight Ends | Fantasy College Blitz
3. Ben Wooster – WF – Wooster is my candidate to have the bigger year of the top three so long that QB Riley Skinner looks his way 25+ times again like he did last year. Wooster will be available for lots of yards and scores, but I am more worried that Wake Forrest abandons the passing game this year and really tries to put each game on the shoulders of their 3 viable running backs, which is why I have Wooster at #3. If he puts up the same numbers as last year, you can expect somewhere around 200 yards and 3 scores.

Four ACC quarterbacks named to Manning Award watch list - ACC - ESPN
Duke senior Thaddeus Lewis, Wake Forest senior Riley Skinner, NC State sophomore Russell Wilson and UNC junior T.J. Yates were among the 38 players named to the 2009 Manning Award watch list on Monday.

ACC's scrimmage stars - ACC - ESPN
The Deacs might have lost their leading receiver, but there are plenty of young players eager to take over, as 13 players caught at least one pass. Chris Givens finished with four catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman Terence Davis led the receiving corps with six catches for 75 yards, including a gain of 25 yards. Riley Skinner completed 12 of 16 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

ACC Vs. SEC: Money Matters (Part 1) Articles
"I think our brand is really, really strong and it’s nationally known, such as North Carolina winning the championship in basketball last season. We feel really good about our preliminary discussions with TV, how they value us, and the presence we feel like we command both in the Eastern part of the country and nationally." College Basketball - Wake Forest's Aminu sticking to his plan
"When the season goes on, people are trying to tell you this and that," Aminu says, "but if you stick to your [original] plan, that's usually the best decision." It certainly was the best decision for Wake.

Football fans have high expectations in August | GoDanRiver
The presumed strategy: Dominant offense must haul the ball as the revised defense matures. The rub: John Russell and Boo Robinson don’t have much experienced support in the middle of the defensive line beyond Michael Lockett because junior Michael Carter became academically ineligible. This seems like a minor irritant, a hypothetical problem unless exhaustion and attrition raise the stakes. With new contenders fighting for defensive jobs and offensive lineman Chris DeGeare coming back strong, optimism prevails three weeks before Wake Forest kicks off against Baylor.

Curry wowed by NFL debut
How big of a leap was it from the EagleBank Bowl to facing the Chargers? "Well, San Diego didn't run the triple option," Curry said, smiling. "Every time I rushed the passer, I learned something new."

No decision on who will kick, punt for Wake Forest
Coach Jim Grobe said yesterday that if he had to play today, he might use Beam to both kick off and kick field goals, and would probably use Popham to punt. But a player who might end up doing all three is freshman Jimmy Newman, in the event that Newman doesn't redshirt to preserve a season of eligibility.

ShootAround: ACC - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
Lots of Wake Forest tidbits here, including Bilas picking us to finish 4th in the conference. Be sure to check it out.

"It's a fun group for me to watch right now," said Grobe. "Some of it is painful because we're not doing things right all the time. But we've sure got a good chemistry, good energy. I've got a good feeling about this football team. I don't know if we can beat anybody but I've got a good feeling about this football team."

Five things to watch in tonight's Seahawks game
1, The Curry Factor: This one's pretty obvious as Mora himself said it'll be interesting to watch rookie linebacker Aaron Curry as he'll see plenty of action in his NFL debut. Mora said Curry will likely play three quarters of the game, an unusual step for a starting player, and will be tried in several roles. He'll be the strong-side linebacker, as expected, but look for him also at right defensive end when Seattle goes to its nickel pass-rush package. The Seahawks want to see how their athletic 248-pounder shows against San Diego's first-unit offensive line, so he'll get his chance there early and often.