ACC weekend rewind: Quarterback competitions continue
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Boston College is still looking for a starting quarterback, and Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest are both looking for backups. Here are a few more reports from scrimmages and spring games from sports information directors around the ACC this past weekend:
The Eagles held their second scrimmage of the spring on Friday, and sophomore quarterback Dominique Davis completed 9 of 20 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Tuggle completed 1 of 4 passes for 17 yards. Sophomore quarterback Codi Boek completed 7 of 9 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.
The ball was spread around between the wide receivers, with a total of eight players catching passes. Redshirt freshman Clyde Lee led all receivers with four catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Junior Billy Flutie had a 40-yard touchdown catch from Davis, finishing the day with three catches for 57 yards. Senior Rich Gunnell caught three passes for 23 yards and one touchdown, while senior Justin Jarvis had a 22-yard touchdown reception.
A few younger Eagles got an opportunity to showcase themselves on defense. Redshirt freshman linebacker Alexander DiSanzo led the team with seven tackles. Redshirt freshman defensive end Max Halloway had a great day all around with three tackles, one fumble recovery, one sack, and a blocked extra point. Sophomore defensive end Dan Williams totaled five tackles for the day. Junior defensive tackle Damik Scafe and senior Brendan Deska each recorded sacks.
The Terps' first scrimmage featured a dominating performance by the defense (four interceptions/eight sacks), but the offense rebounded with a number of big plays Saturday, including three receiving touchdowns and a 96-yard kickoff return for a score by Torrey Smith.
Sophomore Jamarr Robinson made a case for the No. 2 quarterback position by completing 15 of 19 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns, the final two to Smith.
Robinson, who completed his last 12 passes, led the second team on a short TD drive after Drew Gloster's interception stopped an early possession for the No. 1 offense. Three plays into a drive that started on the 20, Robinson hit Kerry Boykins on a 20-yard touchdown pass.
"Jamarr threw the ball better and made some plays today and I thought he did a better job in the running game," coach Ralph Friedgen said.
It looked like the defense was in for another runaway after defensive back Jamari McCollough picked off Chris Turner and rambled in for a 35-yard touchdown on the fifth possession of the scrimmage, which featured four 12-minute quarters.
Smith was one of three receivers who had impressive numbers. He had five receptions for 92 yards and Adrian Cannon had three catches for 132 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown from Turner.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Kevin Dorsey continued an impressive spring with four catches for 79 yards, including a 17-yard scoring catch from Robinson.
Turner completed just 9 of 25 passes and threw three interceptions, but he had 154 passing yards and two touchdowns.
The Hokies had a scrimmage on Saturday that featured the backup quarterbacks and kickers -- two areas of major concern for coach Frank Beamer. He's still not ready to make the call yet on who his No. 2 quarterback is, but here's how they fared:
During red zone situations, Matt Waldron kicked field goals of 37 and 35 yards, Chris Hazley made a 29-yarder and Justin Myer hit a 32-yarder. The offense scored four touchdowns, three coming on short runs.
Tyrod Taylor, Josh Oglesby and Kenny Jefferson scored on runs of 2 yards, 4 yards and 1 yard, respectively. The other touchdown came on a 12-yard pass from backup quarterback Ju-Ju Clayton to Dyrell Roberts.
Clayton, a redshirt freshman, completed 7-of-9 for 70 yards and two touchdowns (6-of-7 during the second part of the scrimmage). He also rushed three times for 34 yards, including 22-yard scramble.
Clayton led the Hokies' offense on its best drive of the day with a 90-yard march against Tech's second-team defense that ended with his 8-yard touchdown pass to fullback Kenny Younger. Clayton went 4-for-4 for 51 yards on the drive.
Marcus Davis, another redshirt freshman who is vying for the backup job behind Taylor, completed 3-of-6 for 19 yards on the afternoon. Davis made the biggest play of the scrimmage when he scored a 62-yard touchdown run against the Hokies' second-team defense. He ran six times for 85 yards on the day, but did fumble once on a quarterback-center exchange.
"I thought both of them did some good things," Beamer said. "You can see both of them getting a little bit better all the time and both of them are great kids. Both of them give you something. We'll take a good look at this video and then make a decision from there. I don't know if we're in position to make a definite decision. Both of them had their moments.
"You see some good things. But what I see is hope -- hope that we're going to have a good backup before it's all over with."
A pleasant su
rprise for the Deacs: Cline Beam closed out the scrimmage with a 24-yard field goal.
Placekicker Shane Popham missed the scrimmage with a sprained knee, allowing Beam to handle all of the PATs and field goal attempts on Saturday. Beam recently completed a four-year varsity soccer career for the Deacons and was a member of Wake's 2007 NCAA championship team. He has been working out with the football team this spring in hopes of landing a roster spot in the fall.
"I hope he'll be able to come back this fall and compete for a job," coach Jim Grobe said in the team's practice report. "I like what he's done, especially with Shane down the last couple of days. It's fun to watch him. He's been having fun."
The defense continued its reputation for creating turnovers, and had two interceptions. Quarterback Riley Skinner completed 15 of 23 passes for 272 yards and threw one interception.