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ACC Kickoff: Radio Row, Day One

The Atlantic Division took center stage on Thursday at the ACC Football Kickoff at the Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C. During and after our radio show, we had 10 players and coaches who came to our table to be interviewed. Here are some of the highlights from a long first day:

For fun, Tyrone Crowder mentioned that he’s a fan of Netflix, video games…and karaoke. Apparently he and fellow offensive lineman Maverick Morris like to get together and sing duets on occasion. Their song of choice? “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” by Fall Out Boy.

Christian Wilkins wore a shirt that was a size and a half too small in the neck. Needless to say, he loosened his tie when he sat down at our table.

Wilkins also said he was kind of tired of being asked to do splits after the national championship. He doesn’t think he’ll ever have enough adrenaline to be able to do it again—even if Clemson wins another natty—and he definitely can’t do it on command. So don’t even think about trying to hire him to do stunts at your kid’s birthday party.

Jaire Alexander says he’s the best cornerback in football. He said it to us with a look that suggested he wasn’t at all conflicted. Derwin James told us about 90 minutes later that he was part of the best secondary in college football. I can’t wait to see the trash talk when Louisville and Florida State get together.

Bobby Petrino continues to be one of the most surprisingly engaging interviews in the ACC. He does it every time. I told Kelly she would be shocked, and she was. We had a fun conversation with him.

Zaire Franklin has been at ACC Football Kickoff three times, making him the most veteran attendee in history. It’s not like Syracuse has a ton of options lying around, and the guy is a fun interview. He told us he trusts the process as a Sixers fan. I can’t imagine that perspective hasn’t come in handy at some point as a member of the Orange football program.

Bradley Chubb says he came back to NC State because he wants to have a special season. He also told a neat story about wearing Mario Williams’ old number (9) that involved Dave Doeren holding him to a high standard in order to earn it. He seems like a super dude.

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