Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Updates on Whitlock, Bernard and more
By Andrea Adelson
There were a few injury updates today on the ACC coaches call. The two that are most pressing: Wake Forest nose guard Nikita Whitlock and North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard.
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said it was looking shaky for Whitlock to be able to play against Florida State. Whitlock hurt his ankle last week against North Carolina and was in a walking boot after the game.
"My experience has been with ankles no matter how slight or how serious, kids are all different, they all heal differently," Grobe said. "For him, he’s pretty active so he needs to be full speed. He’s probably the shakiest one right now but we’ll see."
He offered a more hopeful outlook on defensive end Zach Thompson, who has an eye injury.
"He’s been given a green light," Grobe said. "Not sure until he gets some activity what’s going to happen. If he had any type of problems with his eye, we wouldn’t take any chances."
As for Bernard, North Carolina coach Larry Fedora would only offer this: "Gio practiced yesterday and said he felt fine so we’ll see how that goes."
NC State coach Tom O'Brien said left tackle Rob Crisp will miss the South Alabama game. Tyson Chandler will make his second straight start at the position, and O'Brien is hoping for better results from the offensive line. Last week, NC State gave up six sacks against UConn.
O'Brien also added that he was hopeful starting safety Earl Wolff will play Saturday, though he would not say whether Wolff practiced. Wolff was hurt late in the win over UConn.
One more injury note: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said starting left guard David Beasley (ankle) would be a game-time decision against Furman.
There was one bit of terrific news to come out of the call as well. Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Blair Holliday has plans to attend Saturday's game against NC Central. Holliday has progressed rapidly since he was severely injured in a personal watercraft accident in July, and is now walking and talking.
"I know when I went down there two weeks ago on Wednesday, it lifted my spirits incredibly just to be with him, to sit and talk to him," Cutcliffe said. "His friends haven’t seen him and talked with him in quite some time other than by text or phone. There’s nothing like face-to-face contact. It would absolutely do great things for our squad."