Best of the spring in the ACC

May, 7, 2010
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Best spring game atmosphere: A school-record 51,300 fans showed up at Doak Campbell Stadium for FSU's first spring game under the direction of Jimbo Fisher. That was more than both Virginia Tech (a school-record 41,000) and UNC (a school-record 29,500). The day also featured a halftime flag football game with some of the top football players in FSU history, including Peter Warrick, Casey Weldon and Brad Johnson.

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AP Photo/Rich AddicksTevin Washington was a standout performer in Georgia Tech's spring game.
Best spring game performance: Georgia Tech redshirt sophomore quarterback Tevin Washington ran for three touchdowns and threw for another in a game that ended at halftime because of severe weather. Washington's performance helped solidify his position as the backup to Josh Nesbitt.

Best performance by a freshman: UNC redshirt freshman quarterback Bryn Renner closed the gap in the competition with T.J. Yates by leading the White team to a 17-0 win. He completed 15 of 21 passes for 184 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Best story of the spring: Comebacks across the league. At BC it was the return of linebacker Mark Herzlich, who was diagnosed with cancer last May. At Georgia Tech it was Cooper Taylor, who returned to action for the first time since being diagnosed with Wolff-White-Parkinson Syndrome last September. At NC State it was linebacker Nate Irving, who suffered serious injuries in a car crash last summer. And Virginia Tech running back Darren Evans made his recovery from a torn ACL last summer.

Best position change: Kenny Anunike (Duke) -- With Duke in need of depth along the defensive line, Anunike moved from TE to DE for spring practice and posted nine tackles including two for loss in the spring game. The former backup tight end, who has been injured for most of his career at Duke, proved he can help a unit that lost two starters who combined for 78 career starts.

Best quote: "We were admitted to the emergency room last year, with the quarterback situation. We were in dire straits. We came out of the emergency room and we lived. We're still in intensive care." -- BC coach Frank Spaziani to ESPN.com's Ivan Maisel.

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