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Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Best of the spring in the ACC

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here are a few helmet sticker-worthy awards for the best of the best in the ACC this spring:

Best highlight-worthy play: Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams took off on an 80-yard touchdown run in the Hokies' first scrimmage of the spring. So much for waiting to make a statement.

Best hands: Maryland receiver Quintin McCree. He caught a game-high 163 receiving yards on four receptions, including touchdown catches of 58 and 75 yards in the Terps' spring game.

Best defensive performance: BC's Mark Herzlich had nine tackles, one tackle for loss and three pass breakups in the Eagle's spring game.

Best performance by a quarterback: Nobody can beat Kyle Parker's day at the park. He completed 13 of 21 passes for 171 yards and a score, and also ran for a touchdown in the spring game. Then he changed into his baseball uniform and went 3-for-7 with two home runs and five RBIs in a doubleheader against Miami.

Best comeback: The return of Re'quan Boyette at Duke. Sure, Toney Baker had a good spring, but while Tom O'Brien said his former leading rusher still wasn't 100 percent, Duke coach David Cutcliffe was calling his an "all-star."

Best position change: Miami receiver Sam Shields to defensive back. If any unit needs help in Coral Gables, it's the secondary, where the Canes picked off just four passes last season.

Best coaching decision: Butch Davis' decision to release cornerback Angelo Hadley from his letter of intent. Hadley was arrested twice in April.

Best quote: "I hope he competes for the job and tries to take it away from Russell [Wilson]," NC State coach Tom O'Brien said of backup quarterback Mike Glennon. "... Glennon has that potential tag, potential means you haven't done anything yet. He'll certainly have his opportunity, he's worked extremely hard out of season. He looked at a lot of tape. He's much better than he was a year ago.

"It became pretty obvious to us after the first couple of scrimmages [last year] our choice was going to be either Glennon or Wilson coming into the fall. Russell ended up winning that competition then. He's the incumbent and it's his job, but I think Michael Glennon wants to take it away from him."