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Frank Beamer

Special teams return to center stage around the ACC

Special teams play is thriving again in the ACC and it could not have come at a better time. One season after the league managed just five kickoff and punt returns for touchdowns, there have been seven already this season — and another near miss. That's good news in a league where quarterbacks are getting hurt seemingly every week; points that come from special teams and defense are more appreciated than ever. No surprise, explosive players put the "special" in special teams. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said coverage teams need to recognize they are a constant threat. "People, I think, have changed their mentality a little bit and see it more as opportunity for...