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Thursday, April 30, 2009
ACC spring rewind: quarterbacks

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

One of the overriding themes of this spring was backup quarterback situations across the ACC. Georgia Tech and North Carolina were actually the only teams that entered the spring certain of their two-deep. Here's a quick rundown of who made progress and who is still in a holding pattern heading into summer camp:

PROBLEM SOLVED

Virginia Tech -- Ju-Ju Clayton won the job and Marcus Davis was moved back to wide receiver, giving both of them plenty of time to develop in their solidified roles.

Duke -- Former backup Zack Asack was moved to safety and Sean Renfree proved he's capable of being the No. 2 behind Thaddeus Lewis and even earned himself some playing time this fall.

NC State -- Finally. The Wolfpack has a dependable backup in Mike Glennon, and odds are he sees playing time this fall.

LINGERING ISSUE

Maryland -- Jamarr Robinson isn't a lock, but he put himself in a great position and could be a lock if he continues to develop over the next few months. His biggest competition won't come until summer when true freshmen Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown arrive.

Miami -- Randy Shannon said that Taylor Cook finished the spring as the No. 2 quarterback, but he didn't sound like the decision had been cemented. Shannon said Cannon Smith will continue to compete for the job during fall camp, but Cook was better this spring.

Florida State -- E.J. Manuel, who injured his finger on the first day of practice, didn't get quite as many reps as the staff would have liked.

Wake Forest -- Skylar Jones, Ryan McManus and Ted Stachitas finished the spring in a three-way tie.

STARTER UP

Virginia -- The competition between Jameel Sewell, Marc Verica and Vic Hall will continue this summer. Hall was the first quarterback on the field in the spring game, but Verica completed 14 of 19 throws for 148 yards, including a 21-yard yard TD toss to Raynard Horne. Sewell, who admitted he was rusty this spring, was 7-of-11 for 61 yards.

Boston College -- Dominique Davis got the most reps with the first team, but nobody seems to have separated himself as the leader of the offense. Justin Tuggle and Codi Boek are still in the mix.

Clemson -- Kyle Parker was arguably the best performer this spring, but Willy Korn is the better runner of the two, and that's hard to evaluate when the quarterback can't be tackled.