ACC internal affairs
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Boston College -- Yes, the Eagles' defense is among the best in the country on paper, allowing just 6.5 points per game, but defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani subtly pointed out it hasn't exactly faced the New England Patriots. "We're going to find out more about ourselves here in the next few games," he said. Regardless of who starts at quarterback for NC State, Spaziani will be focused on stopping the Wolfpack's running game first.
Florida State -- FSU coach Bobby Bowden said his young offensive line is run blocking well enough that the running game is starting to become the team's offensive identity. Antone Smith is coming off a strong rushing performance against Colorado, but Miami's defense is holding opponents to just 65 yards per game on the ground. Bowden said he is looking for more from all of his playmakers against Miami, not just Smith.
Miami -- Coach Randy Shannon told the Miami Herald he is considering making changes to the secondary, as cornerbacks Bruce Johnson, Chavez Grant and DeMarcus Van Dyke are "not doing what we want them to do." Problem is, Shannon only has five corners to choose from. Miami's secondary has already allowed eight touchdowns compared to 15 all of last season. The lone interception this season has come from defensive end Eric Moncur.
Georgia Tech -- The Yellow Jackets will be focused on containing Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, and coach Paul Johnson has stressed staying in the rushing lanes and being prepared for the quarterback draw. He said until a week ago, that was the Blue Devils' best play. "I'm sure if our defensive ends are getting up-field and giving pressure we are going to see that a few times, so you have to have a plan for that," Johnson said. "They have to be smart about their rush lanes and if we aren't getting it done that way, we have to have a plan."
NC State -- Safety Clem Johnson, a projected starter this preseason, came back last week against South Florida for the first time since breaking his jaw in fall camp and played six snaps. With the other starters in the secondary taking so many snaps, the coaching staff is expected to work him in more and more each week. Johnson was originally expected to be out all season, but he could provide some much needed depth there. The four starters have played basically the whole game every week and could use some relief.
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