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Thursday, August 14, 2008
ACC in the morning: Tiller and P. Johnson disagree

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Morning, ACC fans. Getting ready to roll out to Winston-Salem today, but not before we check out the small disagreement between Joe Tiller and Paul Johnson.

Regarding the transfer of former Tech receiver D.J. Donley, Purdue coach Joe Tiller says the Yellow Jackets are "dragging their feet."

This Yellow Jacket isn't. With Josh Nesbitt listed as day-to-day for a shoulder injury, backup Jaybo Shaw has no time to stand around against the first-team defense.

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski certainly doesn't have to worry about his defense. But can the offense get a first down by the season opener?

Maryland can, if Ralph Friedgen ever decides on a starting quarterback or three.

Randy Shannon needs to name a starter, too. That news could come any time next week, and Friday's scrimmage is a good time for one of them to make a move.

The quarterbacks aren't the only ones working to make an impression, though. Not that Marcus Forston hasn't made one already.

Has sophomore safety JoJo Nicolas already earned the starting nod? Some people think so.

Miami had four players miss practice with "nagging injuries."

NC State receiver Geron James is finally healthy and seems to have everything in order this season, but how much of an impact can he have after missing the first season in Tom O'Brien's system? At this point, maybe he should switch to safety.

Virginia linebacker Denzel Burrell is done with his crutches and in a "dogfight" for the spot opposite Clint Sintim at outside linebacker.

When will Tavares Pressley, Florida State's transfer running back, finally start practicing? It looks like it's still dragging on. Once he finally arrives, how will it affect the position? Not much, other than boosting the competition.

After a bleak outlook early on, Florida State's offensive line is quickly progressing. Not that they didn't have a little motivation.

At Clemson, Mason Cloy appears to be a player who can help out an offensive line trying to replace four starters.

Duke offensive lineman Cameron Goldberg seems ready to make the most of his second chance.

Here's more on the man I'll be visiting today at 2:30 p.m., followed by a scrimmage. Much of Jim Grobe's success has come as a result of his emphasis on defense. Can the Demon Deacons repeat last year's defensive scoring?

I'll let you know later this afternoon.