Monday, September 27, 2010
ACC offenses flat in Week 4
By Heather Dinich
In case you need to be reminded -- in case you didn’t hear it enough this past summer and the entire offseason -- Virginia Tech has two 1,000-yard rushers on its roster. It has a senior quarterback. And it has five or six experienced wide receivers.
And yet after one month of football, the Hokies have scored just 13 touchdowns. Only North Carolina (8) and Boston College (7) have fewer. Virginia Tech had to rely on four field goals in its 19-0 shutout against Boston College and has scored just nine touchdowns in 18 trips inside the red zone. The best news for the Hokies -- aside from their rapidly improving defense -- was that Boston College’s offense was worse.
That seemed to be a trend this past weekend in the ACC.
Wake Forest and Duke appeared to take a step backward, Georgia Tech B-back Anthony Allen fumbled twice, and he wasn’t alone -- every team in the ACC that played this past Saturday had at least two turnovers with the exception of Maryland, which was the only team that didn’t have any. Maryland!
For a conference that entered this season excited about the offensive potential -- particularly in Blacksburg -- two shutouts and 24 turnovers this past weekend didn’t exactly punctuate a spectacular September.
Part of that can be attributed to new faces at quarterback for Wake Forest and Duke. Inconsistency is to be expected for first-time starters. Georgia Tech is missing Jonathan Dwyer and Demaryius Thomas more than expected, and quarterback Joshua Nesbitt can’t do it all by himself.
But it’s time for the turnovers to stop at Miami. It’s time to find a dependable quarterback at Boston College. And it’s time for Frank Beamer to start putting some heat on offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring or offensive line coach Curt Newsome if he hasn’t already.
It's almost October. It's time for some ACC offenses to start looking like they've been playing for a month.