DURHAM — The Sports Network named N. C. Central junior Adrian Wilkins to its 2014 FCS Preseason All-America team as a first-team punt returner.
In 2013, Wilkins was the only student-athlete in the Football Championship Subdivision with five special teams return touchdowns three on kickoff returns (100, 96, 91 yards) and two on punt returns (89, 73 yards).
A native of Forest City, Wilkins topped the MEAC in punt returns (13.4 yards per return) and ranked second in kickoff returns (30.3 yards per return). As a receiver, he led the Eagles with 37 catches for 427 yards and two touchdowns.
Saint Augustines: The Falcons promoted assistant MarQus Johnson to mens basketball coach.
Johnson was assistant coach the past two seasons. He had also been an assistant there from 2008 to 2010 before leaving to coach the Cary Invasion, a semi-professional basketball team. A Knightdale native, Johnson was also an assistant at N.C. Central, where he was a star player, and Shaw.
Johnson starred at East Wake High School in Wendell.
N.C. State: Lucas Kozeniesky, a sophomore on the rifle team, finished third in the junior division of the three position smallbore rifle at the USA Shooting National Championships in Fort Benning, Ga., earning a spot on the USA Junior World Championship team.
Duke: Six Blue Devils were selected to the 2014 All-ACC academic team. They are seniors Grace Cassidy and Caroline Kiritsy, juniors Sophia Staal, Claire Vannelli and Caroline Williams and sophomore Alex Stonehill.
North Carolina: Three Tar Heels were named to the All-ACC academic team. They are seniors Allie Davis and Maria Santoyo and junior Sarah Priest.