The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced that Mike James and Brandon McGee will represent the University of Miami at the conference's 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff, July 22-23 at the Grandover Resort located in Greensboro, N.C.. Selections made by the coaches generally point to the players they think are team leaders and most likely to make significant contributions during the upcoming season.
James is the teams leading returning rusher having played behind the departed star Lamar Miller. No. 5 rushed for 275 yards on 72 carries in 2011, good for 7 touchdowns. He's being asked to carry the load this year leading a relatively inexperienced group of running backs that includes highly touted incoming freshman Randy 'Duke' Johnson. True junior, Edurado Clements and red shirt freshman Dallas Crawford will also be in the mix in the Hurricane backfield.
As for McGee, he's the leader of a senior laden secondary for the Hurricanes. He's coming off a solid spring during which he climbed the depth chart returning to his starting position after coming in listed third. After a solid spring game (one interception), McGee's presence on the team appears to be solidified at starting cornerback. McGee finished eighth on the team with 38 tackles (25 solo, 13 assists) last season.
The Hurricanes kick off their regular season and ACC play on September 1st when they travel to face the Boston College Eagles.
Here's the full ACC Release:
GREENSBORO, NC –The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday the names of the 24 football student-athletes who have been chosen by its 12 league schools to attend the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff, July 22-23 at the Grandover Resort located in Greensboro, N.C.
The football student-athletes who will be attending the 2012 ACC Football Kickoff are:
Boston College: Emmett Cleary, Offensive Tackle, 6-7, 313, *Senior-R, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Kaleb Ramsey, Defensive Tackle, 6-3, 288, *Senior-R, Uniontown, Pa.
Clemson: Dalton Freeman, Center, 6-5, 285, *Senior-R, Pelion, S.C.
Malliciah Goodman, Defensive End, 6-4, 280, Senior, Florence, S.C.
Duke: Conner Vernon, Wide Receiver, 6-1, 195, Senior, Miami, Fla.
Kenny Anunike, Defensive End, 6-5, 255, Senior-R, Galena, Ohio.
Florida State: EJ Manuel, Quarterback, 6-5, 245, *Senior-R, Virginia Beach, Va.
Brandon Jenkins, Defensive End, 6-3, 265, Senior, Tallahassee, Fla.
Georgia Tech: Tevin Washington, Quarterback, 6-0, 205, *Senior-R, Wetumpka, Ala.
Jeremiah Attaochu, Outside Linebacker, 6-3, 235, Junior, Washington, D.C.
Maryland: Kevin Dorsey, Wide Receiver, 6-2, 210, Senior-R, Forestville, Md..
Joe Vellano, Defensive Lineman, 6-1, 285, Senior-R, Rexford, N.Y.
Miami: Mike James, Running Back, 5-11, 222, Senior, Haines City, Fla.
Brandon McGee, Defensive Back, 6-0, 190, Senior, Plantation, Fla.
North Carolina: Bryn Renner, Quarterback, 6-3, 215, Junior, West Springfield, Va.
Kevin Red***** Linebacker, 6-3, 240, Senior, New Bern, N.C.
N C State: Mike Glennon, Quarterback, 6-6, 232, *Senior-R, Centreville, Va.
Earl Wolff, Safety, 6-0, 207, *Senior-R, Raeford, N.C.
Virginia: Perry Jones, Running Back, 5-8, 185, Senior, Chesapeake, Va.
Steve Greer, Linebacker, 6-2, 225, Senior-R, Solon, Ohio.
Virginia Tech: Logan Thomas, Quarterback, 6-6, 262, Junior-R, Lynchburg, Va.
Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, 6-0, 181, Junior, Baltimore, Md.
Wake Forest: Tanner Price, Quarterback, 6-2, 205, Junior, Austin, Texas
Nikita Whitlock, Noseguard, 5-11, 260, Junior-R, Wylie, Texas
*Denotes a senior in athletic eligibility who has already graduated or will graduate in August.
R-Denotes player was redshirted
The Atlantic Coast Conference website—theACC.com—will provide complete coverage of the 2012 ACC Football Kickoff including original written and video content, as well as coverage of interview sessions with the student-athletes on July 22 and the coaches on July 23. Visit www.theACC.com on Friday, July 20 for more information regarding coverage of the ACC Football Kickoff. The official Twitter hashtag for the 2012 ACC Football Kickoff is #ACCKickoff. Official tweets will include this hashtag and all media and fans are also asked to use it in their tweets related to the event.