Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Making a name in the ACC
By ESPN.com staff
There were some impressive performances throughout the ACC this spring by younger players who didn't get much pub, but could eventually make an impact in their program. Some names will be more familiar than others, and some players came out of nowhere this spring or had a fleeting moment to shine in the absence of veterans:
Boston college sophomore defensive end Max Holloway: He made six tackles, which included four sacks for a net loss of 24 yards in the Eagles' spring game.
Clemson freshman linebacker Quandon Christian: He was third on the depth chart entering the spring and first coming out. He had seven tackles in the Tigers' spring game.
Duke redshirt sophomore Kenny Anunike: With Duke in need of depth along the defensive line, Anunike moved from tight end to defensive end this spring and made nine tackles including two for loss in the spring game.
Florida State redshirt freshman defensive back Xavier Rhodes: He was named the top newcomer on defense this spring and had six tackles in the spring game.
Georgia Tech backup quarterback Tevin Washington: He ran for three touchdowns and threw for one touchdown in a game that ended at halftime because of severe weather.
Maryland redshirt freshman running back D.J. Adams: He rushed for a game-high 70 yards on 14 carries with two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help the White team earn a 21-13 come-from-behind victory in the Terps' spring game. Adams also caught a pair of passes for 29 yards.
Miami backup quarterback Stephen Morris: A.J. Highsmith is the front-runner to be the No. 2 behind Jacory Harris, but in the spring game, Morris completed 12 of 21 passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
North Carolina defensive end Michael McAdoo: He had four sacks and one interception in the White team’s 17-0 spring game win. The junior was in the rotation as a pass-rush specialist last year.
NC State freshman defensive end Daryl Cato-Bishop: He had 10 tackles for loss and five sacks in three scrimmages, helping a line that lost all four starters.
Virginia quarterback Ross Metheny: He connected on 6 of 10 passes, compiling 140 yards and completing a game-long 57-yard pass to wide receiver Ray Keys.
Virginia Tech offensive tackle Nick Becton: He filled in well this spring at left tackle for former three-year starter Ed Wang, despite just playing 46 snaps last year.
Wake Forest freshman linebacker Justin Jackson: He led the team with six tackles and added a tackle for loss in the spring game.