ACC gets some quarterback answers

This summer has provided some answers for the conference at quarterback:

  • Kyle Parker is back at Clemson. It's likely his last season, but the decision to return instead of joining the Colorado Rockies with a baseball-only contract dramatically improves the Tigers' chances of repeating as Atlantic Division champs.

  • Ted Stachitas will be Riley Skinner's replacement at Wake Forest. He's had the lead throughout the second half of fall camp, and it's going to be tough for any of his competition to change the staff's mind in the final scrimmage.

  • Even if Frank Spaziani isn't ready to declare Dave Shinskie the starter just yet, Shinskie has been the leader of the group the entire summer. Overall, the position is in a much better situation than it was a year ago.

  • Virginia Tech quickly settled on Logan Thomas as its backup to Tyrod Taylor. The staff feels much more confident in the backup situation than it did a year ago.

  • Duke quarterback Sean Renfree said his knee has completely healed, he's got no fear of re-injuring it, and he's ready to take over for Thaddeus Lewis.

  • Jamarr Robinson was deemed the starter at Maryland earlier this summer, and those within the program have raved about his athleticism, which could allow offensive coordinator James Franklin to do more with the offense this fall. Who knows? By the end of the year, coach Ralph Friedgen just might know his quarterback's name.

The position remains the most unsettled at North Carolina, where coach Butch Davis said this week that T.J. Yates is still the starter, but it's also possible for Bryn Renner to play in the season opener against LSU. My prediction is that Yates is the starter but Renner plays.