Friday, April 20, 2012
Maryland, NC State, VT close out spring
By Matt Fortuna
What will we do without live, open football to look forward to between now and September?
I don't want to think about it just yet, so let's take a look at the remaining ACC spring games, which will be completed Saturday. (We looked at Georgia Tech on Thursday, since the Yellow Jackets play Friday night.)
As a reminder, two of these games can be seen live on ESPN3.
Maryland (1 p.m. ET)
Quarterback depth is an issue for the Terrapins, as the transfer of Danny O'Brien to Wisconsin leaves C.J. Brown as the only signal-caller with any experience. Transfer Ricky Shultz looks like the No. 2 quarterback at the moment, with two more coming to Maryland in the fall. Head coach Randy Edsall was pleased with Brown and the offense during a recent intrasquad scrimmage, but the defense was less than stellar. Still, with plenty of young talent, it will be interesting to see how the unit progresses under new defensive coordinator Brian Stewart's 3-4 scheme.
North Carolina State (3:30 p.m. ET)
There is no more shadow of Russell Wilson lurking every day in practice. The Wolfpack are Mike Glennon's team now, alleviating concern at the biggest position and allowing for the talent behind him to be a bigger priority in the spring game. Protecting the signal-callers should not be a problem, as NC State brings back a veteran-laden offensive line. Keep an eye on Manny Stocker, an early-enrollee signal-caller capable of making plays with his legs.
Virginia Tech (4 p.m. ET)
The Maroon side is already down 21-0 to the White squad, as coach Frank Beamer has spotted the second-team a three-touchdown lead before a snap is taken Saturday. Michael Holmes appears to be the leader in the clubhouse to fill David Wilson's spot as the No. 1 running back, but keep in mind several freshmen are on the way as well. The defensive line has played exceptional at times this spring, returning every significant contributor from 2011.