College Sports

Maners notches name among ACC leaders

Clemson punter Jimmy Maners, who played at Northwestern High School, is atop the ACC in one category this season, his first as a starter.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior, Maners has the longest punt in the league this year with a 71-yarder against Louisiana-Monroe. The kick is 10 yards shy of the school record of 81 held by Mitch Tyner in 1973 against Texas A&M.

North Carolina's Te Brown, Kevin Jones of Duke and Wake Forest's Sam Swank are tied for the second-longest this season (64 yards).

Maners is ranked fourth in the ACC with a 42-yard average. A year ago, Maners punted once for 42 yards against Temple.

This season, he has 714 yards on 17 punts. Ryan Weigand of Virginia leads the league at 48.6.

• APPALACHIAN STATE: Mountaineers defensive back Corey Lynch earned national recognition for his last-second blocked punt in ASU's 34-32 upset of Michigan a few week ago.

Lynch, a senior from Cape Coral, Fla., is also engaged to a young lady with a familiar name -- Graham. Lynch's future wife is Cissie Graham, daughter of Franklin and Jane Austin Graham and granddaughter of Billy and the late Ruth Bell Graham.

• NORTH CAROLINA: There's one player on the Tar Heels' softball team with a very recognizable name.

Third baseman Alyssa Francona is the daughter of Boston manager Terry Francona. She's a sophomore from Chestnut Hill, Mass.

A year ago, she appeared in 42 games, batting .195 with three homers and 29 RBIs. She had a pinch-hit grand slam against Elon.

The Tar Heels are scheduled to visit Winthrop April 23 for a doubleheader at Terry Field.

• N.C. STATE: Freshman middle blocker Jana Angel has seen a lot playing time for the Wolfpack's volleyball team.

The 6-3 Angel, who participated in volleyball, track and basketball at Northwestern, has played in 24 games for the 'Pack, who are 3-10, 0-3 ACC. She has 25 kills, 20 blocks and four digs.

• ST. FRANCIS: Freshman defensive back Wayne Johnson, a former York Comprehensive High School standout, leads the Fighting Saints in kickoff return average.

The 5-7, 145-pound Johnson has seven returns for 162 yards, an average of 23.1 yards. He has played in two games for the Saints (0-4) and has one assisted tackle and a broken-up pass.

• TENNESSEE: Volunteers defensive back Jonathan Hefney, a former Rock Hill High School standout, is listed among the top 32 college football prospects by USA Today Sports Weekly.

The 5-9, 185-pound Hefney, a free safety and cornerback, was ranked No. 25 last week.

Hefney, a second-team All-SEC selection last season, was named to preseason all-SEC teams by Phil Steele's SEC Football, Street & Smith and The Sporting News.

Hefney is third on the team with 20 tackles -- 12 assists and eight solo. He has returned six punts for 17 yards and one kickoff for 15 yards.

• UAB: Ex-Chester High School standout Marquis Coleman is listed on Alabama-Birmingham's roster, wearing No. 8.

The 6-1, 185-pound freshman defensive back hasn't played this season and will most likely wind up with a redshirt season.

• WOFFORD: Former Northwestern junior lineman Derek Wooten is the starting offensive right tackle for the Terriers.

The 6-6, 300-pound Wooten has been instrumental in the Terriers' rushing attack, which is averaging 305 yards a game and ranked third nationally in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistics.

Wooten started 11 games last season and has started all four games this season for the Terriers, 3-1 and ranked No. 8.

The Terriers are coming off a 42-31 upset of Appalachian State. They rushed for 291 yards and had 411 yards of total offense.

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