ACC applauds Duke’s Boone, Simmons

Oct. 14, 2013 @ 11:45 PM

The Atlantic Coast Conference singled out Duke quarterback Anthony Boone and his right tackle Perry Simmons as two of the best players in the league this past Saturday.

Boone, a redshirt junior, was ACC Offensive Back of the Week, while Simmons, a redshirt senior, was ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week after the Blue Devils beat Navy 35-7 at Wallace Wade Stadium.

That makes three straight weeks that a Duke player has earned weekly honors in the ACC.  Boone and Simmons got the recognition for the first time this season.

It was Boone’s first game since breaking his collarbone in Duke’s  Sept. 7 win at Memphis. Boone started under center against Navy and completed 31 of 38 passes for 295 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. His .816 completion percentage was the sixth-highest single-game mark in Duke history, and it was the second time in his career that threw for more than one touchdown in a game.

Boone put up those numbers against a Navy defense that entered Wallace Wade holding opponents to just 205.0 passing yards and 17.8 points per game, both top-35 averages nationally.

Simmons, who leads the ACC with 43 consecutive starts, helped Duke’s offense pile up 435 total yards and convert 10 of 16 third downs.

Duke rushed for more than 130 yards for the eighth consecutive game while allowing just two sacks on 38 pass attempts.

The Blue Devils have rushed for more than 130 yards and passed for more than 300 yards in three straight games.

NCCU coach and kicker on “Eagle Talk”

DURHAM -- N.C. Central placekicker Oleg Parent will be featured on “Eagle Talk” when the show airs today at 12:30 p.m. on NCCUEaglePride.com.

NCCU play-by-play announcer Chris Hooks will interview Parent, as well as NCCU interim coach Dwayne Foster about last Thursday’s 44-3 loss to S.C. State and this Saturday’s homecoming game against Morgan State.

Questions for Foster, Parent and Hooks may be sent to NCCUSN@nccu.edu or on Twitter @NCCUAthletics.

“Eagle Talk” airs live from Café Renaissance, 1903 N.C. 55.

Some tough outs on Tar Heels 2014 baseball schedule

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina’s baseball 2014 baseball schedule includes 37 games at Boshamer Stadium, and the Tar Heels will play 20 games against teams that reached last season’s NCAA Championship, head coach Mike Fox announced Monday.

Atlantic Coast Conference matchups with Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Florida State and league newcomer Pittsburgh highlight the home slate that launches with a three-game set against College of Charleston Feb. 14-16.

“The ACC will once again be very strong and our league schedule will take on a new look this coming season as we host Pitt for their first conference series,” Fox said. “It is always our hope to field a competitive ball club and one capable of challenging for another ACC championship and NCAA tournament appearance.”

UNC will begin ACC competition with a March 7-9 series against Pittsburgh, the Tar Heels’ the first league opener at home since 2009.

N.C. State is not on UNC’s league schedule, but the rivals will meet in April 15 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.

The 2014 ACC Baseball Championship at Greensboro’s NewBridge Bank Park runs May 20-25.

UNC volleyball to serve opening act for Late Night hoops

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina’s volleyball team plays Maryland at the Dean E. Smith Center on Oct. 25 prior to Late Night with Roy festivities that will usher in the Tar Heels basketball season.

Doors open at 4 p.m. for the 5 p.m. match. There is no admission fee for either the volleyball game or the basketball event.

Jordan set to launch sports hall of fame

DURHAM -- Jordan High School boosters are gearing up for the Oct. 26 banquet that will kick off the school’s sports hall of fame.

The inaugural class will include the 19 Jordan teams that won state championships since it opened 50 years ago, as well as the coaches of those teams. Some of Jordan’s key educators over the years are getting inducted, too.  

To find out more, contact Jordan’s alumni association president Stephen Barringer at stephenbarringer@aol.com.