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ACC Week: Five freshmen to watch

Will Shipley
Will Shipley

It’s ACC preview week. Here are the top five freshmen coming into the conference.

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1. RB Will Shipley, Clemson  

Shipley has been impressive, and it’s clear he will see the field this season as a pass catcher and runner. His versatility could make him the freshman who makes the biggest impact in the nation.

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2. DE Keeshawn Silver, UNC  

Silver brings much-needed pass-rush ability to UNC, and the early word is that he’ll have a chance to make an impact right away.

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3. DE Jahvaree Ritzie, UNC  

See Silver, Keeshawn. Same deal.

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4. DB Ben Perry, Louisville  

Perry has a chance as a big hitter and rangy defender to play immediately and earn some freshman ACC honors.

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5. DB James Williams, Miami  

Williams didn’t play in the spring but it doesn’t matter because with his size and IQ he will make an impact from the safety position or as a nickel. Heck, he could even play as an undersized linebacker if needed.

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