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Pirates TE Williams commits to Senior Bowl

Pirates TE Williams commits to Senior Bowl

East Carolina tight end Bryce Williams has formally committed to play in the Senior Bowl.

The 67th annual Senior Bowl, which is scheduled to be played Jan. 30 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala., showcases the nation’s top NFL draft prospects.

Williams, who has started all 10 games this season, has 47 catches for 502 yards (10.7 ypc) with three touchdowns. He is on the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List on Oct. 14.

During his four-year career, Williams has 85 receptions for 959 yards (11.3 ypc) with 12 touchdowns, a school record for tight ends.

Williams is the 18th Pirates player in school history who has committed to play in the Senior Bowl.

Wake Forest: Senior outside linebacker Hunter Williams has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded annually to the most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk-on.

Men’s Basketball

Duke: Sophomore Grayson Allen and freshman Brandon Ingram are two of 50 players named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Tuesday.

Campbell: Austin Burnette, a 6-foot-7 forward from Broughton, and 6-5 forward Damontez Oliver of Glen Allen, Va., signed national letters of intent, coach Kevin McGeehan announced Tuesday.

Women’s Basketball

Duke: The John R. Wooden Award announced the Women’s Preseason Top 30 with the duo of Rebecca Greenwell and Azurá Stevens included on the list, which was chosen by a preseason poll of national women’s college basketball media members.

▪ The Blue Devils already have a boost for the 2016-17 campaign after receiving a National Letter of Intent from five-star prospect Leonna Odom of Chaminade College Prep in Los Angeles. A 6-2 forward, Odom is currently tabbed as the top wing in the class and ninth overall on the 2016 HoopGurlz recruiting rankings list.

Swimming and Diving

UNC: Swimmers Nic Graesser and Caroline Baldwin and diver Elissa Dawson were named this week’s ACC Performers of the Week.

N.C. State: After an undefeated performance over the weekend, senior Rachel Mumma was tabbed ACC Female Diver of the Week.


Elon: The team will go abroad for the first time in program history as players and coaching staff will travel to Tokyo over the Thanksgiving break from Nov. 20-28, as a part of the university’s commitment to students achieving a global experience.

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