Clemson basketball attendees announced for 2022 ACC Basketball Tipoff

Head coaches Brad Brownell and Amanda Butler along with three student-athletes will represent the Tigers at the ACC Basketball Tipoff event in Charlotte, NC next week.

Via ACC press release:

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Wednesday the basketball student-athletes selected by its 15 league schools to attend the 2022 ACC Tipoff, which will be held October 11-12 at the Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. The women’s event will be held on Tuesday, October 11 and the men’s event on Wednesday, October 12.

ACC Network will be live from ACC Tipoff for two days of expansive coverage from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The 24/7 national network dedicated to ACC sports will provide the event’s most robust television coverage to date.

The attendees for the 2022 ACC Tipoff are:

WOMEN’S TIPOFF (October 11)

Boston College
Head Coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamee
Maria Gakdeng
Dontavia Waggoner

Head Coach Amanda Butler
Amari Robinson

Head Coach Kara Lawson
Reigan Richardson
Celeste Taylor

Florida State
Head Coach Brooke Wyckoff
O’Mariah Gordon
Makayla Timpson

Georgia Tech
Head Coach Nell Fortner
Bianca Jackson
Cameron Swartz

Head Coach Jeff Walz
Olivia Cochran
Mykasa Robinson
Hailey Van Lith

Head Coach Katie Meier
Destiny Harden
Ja’Leah Williams

North Carolina
Head Coach Courtney Banghart
Deja Kelly
Kennedy Todd-Williams

NC State
Head Coach Wes Moore
Jakia Brown-Turner
Diamond Johnson

Notre Dame
Head Coach Niele Ivey
Dara Mabrey
Olivia Miles

Head Coach Lance White
Dayshanette Harris
Channise Lewis

Head Coach Felicia Legette-Jack
Dyaisha Fair
Teisha Hyman

Head Coach Amaka Agugua-Hamilton
Sam Brunelle
Camryn Taylor

Virginia Tech   
Head Coach Kenny Brooks
Georgia Amoore
Elizabeth Kitley

Wake Forest     
Head Coach Megan Gebbia
Jewel Spear
Olivia Summiel

MEN’S TIPOFF (October 12)

Boston College
Head Coach Earl Grant
Makai Ashton-Langford
Quinten Post

Head Coach Brad Brownell
Chase Hunter
Hunter Tyson

Head Coach Jon Scheyer
Jacob Grandison
Jeremy Roach

Florida State
Head Coach Leonard Hamilton
Matthew Cleveland
Caleb Mills

Georgia Tech
Head Coach Josh Pastner
Rodney Howard
Kyle Sturdivant

Head Coach Kenny Payne
El Ellis
Sydney Curry

Head Coach Jim Larrañaga
Jordan Miller
Isaiah Wong

North Carolina 
Head Coach Hubert Davis
Armando Bacot
RJ Davis
Caleb Love

NC State           
Head Coach Kevin Keatts
Jarkel Joiner
Terquavion Smith

Notre Dame      
Head Coach Mike Brey
Dane Goodwin
Cormac Ryan

Head Coach Jeff Capel
Jamarius Burton
Nelly Cummings

Head Coach Jim Boeheim
Joseph Girard III
Jesse Edwards

Head Coach Tony Bennett
Kihei Clark
Jayden Gardner

Virginia Tech
Head Coach Mike Young
Hunter Cattoor
Justyn Mutts

Wake Forest     
Head Coach Steve Forbes
Tyree Appleby
Daivien Williamson

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Uiagalelei still outsider looking in according to latest Top 10 QB Rankings

Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei was still noticeably absent from USA Today’s Top 10 quarterbacks despite two back-to-back ranked wins.

It seems Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei may still be an outsider looking in.

In USA TODAY’s latest college football Top 10 quarterback rankings, the starting quarterback was still noticeably missing from the list despite having two impressive back-to-back wins over top-ranked ACC opponents in Wake Forest and NC State.

The college football quarterback rankings by USA TODAY’s Paul Myerberg ranked Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud as the top dog followed by Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker (previously 3) and Alabama’s Bryce Young to round out the top 3. In addition, Myerberg included Caleb Williams (Southern California), Sam Hartman (Wake Forest), Jalon Daniels (Kansas), Stetson Bennett (Georgia), Drake Maye (North Carolina), J.J. McCarthy (Michigan) and Will Rogers (Mississippi State) in the top 10.

Sophomore Drake Maye joined Sam Hartman as the lone pair of ACC quarterbacks ranked within in top 10. Clemson remains the only top 5 team to not have a quarterback included.

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Clemson holds on to Top 5 in ESPN’s latest undefeated ranking

Clemson continues to rank consistently across the board within the Top 5.

With the chapter of Week 5 for college football coming to a close, ESPN came out with its latest college football rankings for the remaining undefeated teams this season.

Clemson came in at No. 5 on the list, which is consistent to both their previous ranking on the list in Week 4 as well as in several other recent college football polls.

With five teams losing for the first time in 2022, the list is down to just 16 teams. NC State, Washington and Kentucky all ended up adding a loss to their record after facing an unbeaten opponent while Florida State and Minnesota fell to big upsets over the weekend.

Here’s what ESPN’s Bill Connelly had to say about Clemson remaining at No. 5:

What they did in Week 5: defeated NC State 30-20. The Tigers’ defense sacked Devin Leary three times and allowed just 279 total yards, and DJ Uiagalelei combined a steady 209 passing yards with two short-yardage rushing touchdowns. Clemson slowly pulled away from the Pack, leading by 17 before a late State score.

Why they’re ranked here: The Tigers are in an interesting place at the moment. Their defense struggled against both Louisiana Tech and Wake Forest but came together last week; their offense has battled inconsistency but is now up to 16th in points per drive thanks in part to good field position and great red zone production. My SP+ ratings don’t trust them because they aren’t really dominating a weak ACC landscape, but their odds of running the table are obviously increasing by the day.

They have two tricky road trips remaining — at Florida State on Oct. 15, at Notre Dame on Nov. 5 — but should be favored by double digits in all other regular-season games.

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USA TODAY Reporter: ‘The ACC race is wide open’

Clemson remains undefeated (5-0_ after a dominant win over No. 10 NC State.

A USA TODAY Sports writer weighed in on the current college football landscape after a Week 5 that was full of prime-time matchups, upsets and close games.

In his 5 overreactions from Week 5, USA TODAY Sports Eddie Timanus gave his two cents on what the rest of the season may look like for the ACC. Timanus mentions that while the Coastal Division is certainly still up in the air, Clemson will likely dominate the ACC as a whole this fall.

“The Coastal Division certainly is, especially in the aftermath of defending league champion Pittsburgh’s disastrous effort against Georgia Tech. Any number of teams could emerge, but none appears to be even a remotely significant favorite.

In reality though, the conference race is likely over. Yes, there are four ACC Atlantic teams currently in the Top 25 and a fifth, Florida State, that could work its way back in. But Clemson already owns wins against two of them, and it seems unlikely the Tigers will lose twice the rest of the way or that Syracuse will somehow upset things. Clemson will then be heavily favored against whoever survives the Coastal – North Carolina? Duke? – in the conference title game.”

The Tigers hit the road for the third time this season this weekend when they travel to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College for the third ACC matchup in a row. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

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Clemson vs. NC State: Offensive and Defensive Players of the Game

Check out Clemson Wire’s Players of the Game following the Tigers 30-20 win over No. 10 NC State.

Each week Clemson Wire will choose an offensive and defensive Player of the Game following each of the Tigers matchups this season.

In their latest win over a Top-10 opponent in NC State, the Tigers offense was firing on all cylinders once again with bright spots in quarterback DJ Uiagalelei and his receiver core who together tallied 209 yards and one passing touchdown.

On the defensive side, Clemson still had many starters missing from the action including Bryan Bresee, cornerback Sheridan Jones, defensive end Xavier Thomas and cornerback Malcolm Green. Despite this, the Tigers were still able to put together a lights out performance that limited the Wolfpack’s offense to just two trips to the end zone and the final 10 point deficit that led to NC State’s first loss of the 2022 season.

Here are Clemson Wire’s picks for this week’s offensive and defensive Players of the Game.

Sooners unranked in latest AP Poll after getting dismantled by TCU

Oklahoma suffers another loss and officially drops out of the poll for the first time since October of 2020.

Oklahoma hasn’t hit rock bottom yet, but in 8 days, the outlook of Oklahoma’s season has drastically changed. Saturday’s thrashing from TCU had to make even the most die-hard Sooners fans a bit dizzy.

With the 55-24 loss to the Horned Frogs, Oklahoma is officially out of the top 25 in the latest AP Poll receiving just two votes. The last time they were unranked? October of 2020 after losing to Kansas State and Iowa State in back-to-back weeks to open Big 12 play.

Want a little optimism? The Sooners won the Big 12 that season, anyway.

The loss sets the stage for an unranked Red River matchup between Texas and Oklahoma next Saturday. It’ll be the first time this has happened since 1998.

Multiple Big 12 teams saw their stocks rise across the conference while Oklahoma plummeted. Oklahoma State moves up two spots to No. 7 after beating a previously ranked Baylor team on the road in a rematch of last season’s Big 12 championship game.

TCU went from unranked to 17th in the polls after they put on a clinic against Oklahoma. Behind TCU at No. 19 stands the Kansas Jayhawks, who are ranked for the first time since Oct. 18, 2009. That’s the longest drought for a Power Five team since the last round of realignment.

Kansas State moves up from 25th to 20th after another strong game from Adrian Martinez and Deuce Vaughn.

At the very top, Alabama takes back the top spot after Georgia struggled and escaped a bit of a fight with former Big 12 member Missouri. Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan, and Clemson round out the rest of the top five.

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Uiagalelei cruises into the end zone, extends lead 30-13

Clemson now leads 30-13 after DJ Uiagalelei’s second TD of the night.

It looks like the Tigers are running away with this one. Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei extended the Tigers lead to 17 over NC State in the fourth quarter.

After just one passing play and six rushing plays for 10 yards and 26 yards respectively, Uiagalelei ran it in for the Clemson for a nine yard trip to the end zone, extending the Tigers lead to 30-13.

It took Clemson nine plays for 58 yards in 4:35 to score the third touchdown of the night.

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Uiagalelei-Briningstool connection stretches lead 20-10

Tigers now lead by 10 early in the third quarter at Memorial Stadium.

In the first drive of the second half, Clemson struck yet again with another trip to the end zone thanks to DJ Uiagalelei’s connection with tight end Jake Briningstool for a seven yard touchdown reception.

With the grab, the Tigers extend their lead to 10 after only being up by three at the half. It all came down to a quick first drive for Clemson’s offense to start off the third quarter.

After a quick five yard reception by Davis Allen and back-to-back rushing plays by Uiagalelei and Will Shipley for a combined 40 yards, Uiagalelei connected with Briningstool for a seven yard touchdown grab for the sophomore’s second touchdown reception of the season.

In total, the drive comprised of just four plays for 58 yards and a seven yard touchdown reception in 1:52.

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Potter strikes again to give Tigers 6-3 lead

Clemson now leads 6-3 thanks to two B.T. Potter field goals for a combined 66 yards.

Clemson regained the lead once again in the second quarter thanks to another field goal from veteran B.T. Potter, this one for 46 yards.

In the Tigers third drive of the night, Clemson had the ball for 14 plays and 59 yards for a total of 7:27 in the second quarter.

Freshman receiver Antonio Williams currently leads the Tigers with three receptions for 20 yards closely followed by tight end Jake Bringingstool with two receptions for 16 yards and Joseph Ngata’s one grab for 16 yards.

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Former Clemson defender placed on NFL IR

This former Tiger is expected to miss six weeks with a left knee injury.

A former Clemson defender has been placed on the NFL injured reserve.

Current Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle D.J. Reader was placed on IR on Thursday after leaving the Bengal’s Week 3 win over the New York Jets with a left knee injury.

Reader will have to miss at least four weeks while under the injured reserve designation, but is expected to be out for six weeks with an MCL injury, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

In his time at Clemson (2012-15), Reader recorded 145 tackles, nine tackles for loss, five sacks and 24 quarterback pressures over the course of 1,087 snaps and 46 games. At the time, the North Carolina native was the second Tiger (first was Kyle Parker in 2009-2010) to play both football and baseball at Clemson since 1994-95.

After four seasons with the Tigers, Reader was drafted in the fifth round (No. 166 overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

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