ACC's lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

TGIF, ACC fans. It's only a half weekend for me, though, as I'll be traveling to Virginia on Sunday for the Cavaliers' media day. It appears like there's some optimism growing in Charlottesville. Until then, here's what's going on in the rest of the league:

  • Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a different player this year, and that's a good thing for the Hokies' offense.

  • With a new helmet and a chin strap, Georgia Tech backup quarterback Jaybo Shaw returned to practice on Thursday after missing time with a concussion.

  • Miami's secondary is eager to prove it's better than last year, when the Canes recorded a school-record low four interceptions.

  • NC State coach Tom O'Brien doesn't reveal his scrimmage statistics, but Twitter does. Go figure.

  • NC State linebacker Nate Irving doesn't remember anything from the crash that prematurely ended his 2009 season.

  • Can the ACC get its swagger back? Here's a breakdown of the ACC in predicted order of finish.

  • While the ACC and its fans have endured too many offseason stories about players getting hurt this summer, here's an inspiring comeback story about Boston College receiver Clarence Megwa.

  • Clemson is still looking for receivers to help out Jacoby Ford, and coach Dabo Swinney said it just might be an effort by committee. (It will also help to get Ford back to practice.)

  • Florida State's offensive line has bought into Rick Trickett's militant style, and it's paid off.