N.C. State’s Bryant Shirreffs will transfer, a spokesperson for the Wolfpack’s football team confirmed Wednesday.
Shirreffs, a backup quarterback last season, ran for 158 yards and a touchdown and threw for one touchdown in a “wildcat” role as a freshman. He was moved to fullback in the spring.
Shirreffs told the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald that he wants to play quarterback and he didn’t want to wait behind designated starter Jacoby Brissett at N.C. State. Shirreffs, who chose N.C. State over Yale out of Jefferson (Ga.) High, did not indicate where he plans to transfer. Joe Giglio
Wolfpack, Pirates headed to Bahamas: N.C. State and East Carolina will take part in the Junkanoo Jam tournament in Freeport, Bahamas, this November. Each team will play two games in separate divisions.
The Wolfpack will open against George Washington on Nov. 28 at 1 p.m. and then play either Texas Tech or Purdue on Nov. 29.
The Pirates play Syracuse on Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. and will meet Wisconsin or South Carolina on Nov. 28.
U.S. National Team: Eight current or former UNC players and two from Duke were announced as part of the 38-player roster for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Players were selected from an 81-player invite-only tryout pool, and were evaluated by the U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff, led by head coach Ricky Fried, as well as several top-level college coaches.
The team will train and compete in several exhibition events in the lead-up to the 2017 Women’s World Cup in Surrey, England. Ultimately, 18 players will represent the U.S. as the team goes for a third consecutive world title.
Eight players from the squad that won gold at the 2013 World Cup return to the training team, including former UNC defender Jenn Russell, who graduated in 2010. She is joined by fellow Tar Heels Becky Lynch (2012), Laura Simmerman (2012), Emily Garrity (2013), Sloane Serpe (2014), Courtney Waite (2015), Maggie Bill (2017) and goalie Caroline Waters (2017).
Duke is represented by midfielders Sarah Bullard (2011) and Taylor Trimble (2015).
North Carolina: Freshman Jamie Loeb was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s women’s Player of the Year.
Loeb wrapped up an impressive season with a 53-4 singles record, including a 34-3 record this spring. She won singles titles at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships and Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships while setting a UNC record for wins.
She has been the No. 1 ranked player in the country since Feb. 11, the first woman from UNC to top the rankings. Loeb led the Tar Heels to the Tar Heels to a runner-up finish at the NCAA championships and was named ITA Rookie of the Year as well as an All-American in singles and doubles.
Alabama’s Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen were named the Doubles Team of the Year. UCLA’s Marcos Giron was named the men’s Player of the Year. Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese of Tennessee were the top men’s doubles team.
All the players will be honored on July 12 in Newport, R.I., at an awards luncheon prior to the International Tennis Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony.