Saturday, December 3, 2011
Pregame notes from Charlotte
By Heather Dinich
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- During warmups at midfield, Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney were laughing together, Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer were joking with ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit. And earlier, quarterbacks Logan Thomas and Tajh Boyd exchanged a quick hug and a few words. Despite the ACC championship that's on the line Saturday night, these guys look like friendly foes and respect each other. Virginia Tech, though, has been waiting for this moment since the regular-season 23-3 loss to the Tigers.
For Clemson, there are no lineup changes. Left tackle Phillip Price is expected to start, and just like last week, the staff will see how far he can go or if a nagging knee injury changes the plan. For Virginia tech, Kyle Fuller will start at outside linebacker in place of Alonzo Tweedy. Cris Hill will start at corner in place of Fuller. As for the starting punter? Beamer has said it will be a game-time decision, but receiver Danny Coale kicked the snot outta the ball during warmups and looked like a starter.
It's 43 degrees here, and both teams are wrapping up warmups.
Game on, ACC.