Clemson's Tajh Boyd tops preseason All-ACC team

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason all-league team.

The ACC on Wednesday announced the team following a vote of 65 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Boyd appeared on 59 ballots and is one of three Tigers on the team along with receiver Sammy Watkins and kicker Chandler Catanzaro.

Florida State had a league-best six players selected while North Carolina placed four players on the team.

Georgia Tech had one player picked – senior defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu.

GEORGIA: Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham addressed Wednesday how he might replace Josh Harvey-Clemons in the secondary during his one-game suspension.

Harvey-Clemons won’t be on the field for the opener Aug. 31 at Clemson after an incident involving marijuana in a dorm room.

At strong safety, Corey Moore, junior college transfer Shaq Fluker and Connor Norman are candidates.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Several SEC coaches were riled this week upon hearing comments from ACC coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads that he would have penalized South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney for targeting on his now-famous hit in the Outback Bowl last season.

Mike Pereira, the former NFL vice president of officiating, also agreed there was a “great chance” Clowney’s hit would have resulted in an ejection in 2013 under the new targeting rules.

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier begged to differ.

“Our head of officials, Steve Shaw, told us it was a clean hit because he hit him in the chest and sort of ricocheted up and knocked his helmet off,” Spurrier said. “I think what they’re trying to prevent, and I agree, is when a player launches himself helmet to helmet into a guy. But that wasn’t the case with Jadeveon’s hit.”

OHIO STATE: Coach Urban Meyer says he will make a decision about running back Carlos Hyde once he evaluates the facts surrounding the case.

The school announced Monday that Hyde and three other players had been disciplined.

Hyde was suspended indefinitely after he was named a person of interest in an investigation into an alleged assault of a woman at a downtown Columbus bar.

Meyer said he was furious when he was notified of the legal problems for the players.

FLORIDA: The state attorney’s office has dismissed charges against Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, who was arrested early Sunday morning after allegedly barking at a police dog and resisting arrest.

State attorney William Cervone said that he made the decision after watching police video of the arrest. He believed Morrison did not do anything that warranted being arrested.


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