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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – Last week when WWAY did a lengthy feature on Wilmington’s Jay Ross, he didn’t appear to be down in the dumps, but then again he wasn’t thrilled to be cut by the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

Just one week later Ross received the news he was hoping for. The team wants the New Hanover High graduate back. Ross is expected to sign with Buffalo on Tuesday. They’ll place him on their practice roster. Buffalo opens the 2012 regular season this Sunday on the road against the New York Jets.

Green Bay released Ross prior to the start of the 2011 regular season. The 6’3″, 302-pound East Carolina product entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with New Orleans in 2010.

Ross had 140 tackles in 52 college games for the ECU Pirates.

Buffalo originally signed Ross in October of 2011. He stayed on the Buffalo practice roster for the remainder of the season. The Bills cut the Wilmington resident August 26. Just over a week later, he’s back.


BLACKSBURG, VA (AP) – Cody Journell kicked a 17-yard field goal in overtime and No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 20-17 on Monday night.

Georgia Tech got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Tevin Washington threw an interception.

Tevin Washington’s 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in regulation had given the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 lead.

The Hokies got runs of 6 and 18 yards on their first two plays from Michael Holmes, before Journell came back out and kept the Hokies from another crushing loss in a big early game.

The Hokies trailed 17-14 until Journell, who had earlier missed from 38 yards, made a 41-yarder as time expired.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) – North Carolina’s players proved they have a good handle on Larry Fedora’s schemes in an easy season-opening victory. The Tar Heels will have to accomplish more this week to impress their new coach in their first Atlantic Coast Conference game at Wake Forest.

The Tar Heels beat FCS opponent Elon 62-0 on Saturday for their biggest scoring output in 17 years.

Fedora said Monday he was impressed by his players’ focus and attention to detail in the opener, where the Tar Heels ran a no-huddle spread offense and a 4-2-5 defense. Quarterback Bryn Renner says the players are working to correct mistakes and master more of the game plan.

Tailback Gio Bernard says he’ll be ready for the Demon Deacons after leaving the opener with an apparent knee injury.

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina State at least knows when one of its top cornerbacks can return as the Wolfpack try to bounce back from their season-opening loss.

Coach Tom O’Brien said Monday the NCAA has suspended cornerback C.J. Wilson for four games because of an academic issue.

Wilson sat out the loss to Tennessee and will miss this week’s game at Connecticut and can return Sept. 29 when N.C. State visits Miami.

O’Brien says Wilson graduated in January but didn’t pass the required six credit hours during the spring semester while dealing with unspecified family issues. The coach says Wilson passed 12 hours this summer and the NCAA informed him of its decision last Friday.

The projected third-year starter had been left off the depth chart while the school waited for clearance.

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WILMINGTON, NC (UNCW sports release) — Senior Stephanie Rose was named Co-Player-of-the-Week and freshman Morgan Leyble was tabbed Rookie-of-the-Week as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its weekly awards on Monday.

“We are delighted that both Stephanie and Morgan were recognized for their outstanding play last weekend,” said UNCW Head Coach Paul Cairney. “Both players played a key role in our success against two quality opponents in Charlotte and Davidson and are deserving of the honor. As with any individual award, however, our entire team shares in these accolades.”

Both natives of Jacksonville, N.C., Rose and Leyble tallied five points apiece to lead the Seahawks to victories over state foes Charlotte (3-0) and Davidson (3-2) last weekend at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

Against Charlotte, Leyble tallied a goal and an assist while Rose recorded an assist to guide UNCW to its first victory against the 49ers since the 2004 season.

Versus Davidson, Rose tallied four points on one goal and two assists while Leyble scored her second goal in as many contests to give UNCW its fourth victory in five matchups with the Wildcats.

UNCW (2-2-1) returns to action Friday as it takes on Campbell at 7:30 p.m. in action in the UNCW Courtyard Marriott Wilmington Invitational at the UNCW Soccer Stadium.

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