ACC: Aaron Taliaferro
Joe Gore, DE, Knee
David Smith, OG, shoulder
Rashard Hall, FS, knee
S Jordon Byas (foot) – Probable
K Will Snyderwine (foot) – Questionable
QB Brandon Connette (upper body) – OUT
C Brian Moore (arm) – OUT
RB Desmond Scott (leg) – OUT
RB Josh Snead (foot) – OUT
- Senior wide receiver Bert Reed practiced with the team Thursday for the first time since suffering an ankle sprain against Charleston Southern. Coach Jimbo Fisher said he expects the Seminoles' most experienced wideout to be ready for Saturday with two more days of rest.
- Junior wide receiver Willie Haulstead will not play. Haulstead, who suffered a concussion in FSU’s final preseason scrimmage, has not practiced all week, nor played in either of the first two games.
- The only other player out for Saturday’s contest is offensive guard Henry Orelus (concussion). Safety Nick Moody (quad contusion) and Reed are listed as questionable on the report filed with the ACC.
Jabari Price, DB Finger
Devon Ramsay, RB Knee
Joshua Adams, WR Illness
TJ Leifheit, OT Ankle
Terry Shankle, CB Knee
PJ Clyburn, LB Foot
Norkeithus Otis, LB Concussion
Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Henry Coley (lower extremity)
Tim Cwalina (lower extremity)
Stephen Lawe (lower extremity)
Darius Lee (upper extremity)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Colter Phillips (lower extremity)
Aaron Taliaferro (upper extremity)
Corey Mosley (lower extremity)
Kevin Parks (lower extremity)
LaRoy Reynolds (lower extremity)
Out for Season
Kwamaine Battle (ACL)
David Wang (foot)
Eric Martin (shoulder)
- Doug Roberson of the AJC breaks down Georgia Tech's game against NC State.
- The focus has shifted back to football for BC linebacker Mark Herzlich, and that's exactly where he wants it.
- Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers is in better shape and it has resulted in better production so far.
- NC State's Taylor Gentry went from walk-on to scholarship player and has an important contributing role now on offense.
- The tutor involved in the NCAA investigation of UNC hasn't been very cooperative.
- FSU quarterback Christian Ponder "looked great" in practice despite a bruised triceps.
- Wake Forest wide reciever Chris Givens used his two-game suspension as motivation and a learning experience.
- Maryland isn't overlooking FIU -- nor should it be.
- Virginia linebacker Aaron Taliaferro has ascended the depth chart in impressive fashion.
- Ryan Williams will miss the game against BC, but that's not unexpected.
What’s new: Everything. New coach, new coordinators, new schemes, philosophies and attitudes.
Sidelined: Sophomore guard Aaron Van Kuiken is out with a wrist injury but is expected back by September. Redshirt defensive end Brent Urban is coming off knee surgery. Academically, today is the last day of summer school finals, so grades won’t be reported until early next week.
Key battle: Running back. The top four rushers from 2009 are gone. Perry Jones ended the spring at the lead tailback spot, but he faces competition this month from Keith Payne, Torrey Mack, freshman Kevin Parks, and Dominique Wallace, who missed the second half of last season with a foot injury.
New on the scene: The 4-3 defense. First-year defensive coordinator Jim Reid is taking the Cavaliers back to the traditional defense.
Breaking out: Junior inside linebacker Aaron Taliaferro, who got all of Steve Greer’s snaps this past spring while Greer was out with an injury. Taliaferro was previously buried on the depth chart, but he really impressed the coaching staff enough to push Greer this month.
Don’t forget about: Tight end Joe Torchia. Virginia has a great tradition of tight ends, but last year the staff deviated from it by implementing a spread offense. Torchia only had 15 catches in 12 games for what is usually a much more productive spot.
All eyes on: Quarterback Marc Verica and how he fits into the new pro-style offense. Verica said he is much more comfortable in this scheme, but he hasn’t been a dependable starter since 2008, when he threw eight touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He made far fewer mistakes this spring.
Quotable: "This is exactly what I know about him: that as a father, this is who you get down on your knees and pray that your daughter brings home some day. That is the type of character that he is. You would be so proud to call Ras-I Dowling your son, and I've told his family that." -- Defensive coordinator Jim Reid on cornerback Ras-I Dowling.
A few quick points:
- Three positions on defense feature co-starters, including two of the three linebacker spots. Junior Aaron Taliaferro and Steve Greer are listed as co-starters at middle linebacker, while senior Jared Detrick and sophomore Ausar Walcott are the co-starters at weak side linebacker. Junior Chase Minnifield and sophomore Devin Wallace are listed as co-starters at one cornerback spot, opposite co-captain Ras-I Dowling.
- As expected, senior Marc Verica tops the depth chart at quarterback, while Ross Metheny and Michael Strauss are listed as co-backups.
- Offensive line will continue to be a position to monitor during preseason camp, but here are the starters coming out of spring ball: left tackle Landon Bradley, left guard Austin Pasztor, center Anthony Mihota, right guard B.J. Cabbell, right tackle Oday Aboushi.
- Sophomore Perry Jones is listed as the top running back ahead of senior Keith Payne, who rejoined the team after a one-year leave of absence.
- The depth chart doesn't include specialists, but the competition at kicker will spill into the fall after a poor showing at the spring game April 10.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Each team is going to need a little bit of help this fall (some more than others). Here's a look at where everyone in the ACC needs the most help heading into summer camp:
BOSTON COLLEGE -- Quarterback. It's easily the biggest question mark in Chestnut Hill, and it will also be one of Frank Spaziani's first major decisions as head coach. Regardless of whom he picks -- Dominique Davis, Codi Boek or Justin Tuggle -- experience will be at a minimum.
CLEMSON -- Wide receivers. Somebody needs to help Jacoby Ford, and Aaron Kelly and Tyler Grisham are no longer around to do it. Xavier Dye didn't quite have the consistency he'd hoped for this spring. Marquan Jones and Terrence Ashe could also be factors.
DUKE -- Offensive line. The Blue Devils lost three starters there and moved a fourth (Kyle Hill from left guard to left tackle), so it will have an entirely new look. The one player back in his original position is center Bryan Morgan.
FLORIDA STATE -- Receivers. FSU is waiting until the legal process unfolds to determine the length of Rod Owens' suspension, and it's uncertain how quickly Taiwan Easterling will be cleared to play after an injury to his Achilles. Bert Reed, Louis Givens and Jarmon Fortson will be heavily depended upon.
GEORGIA TECH -- Linemen. The Yellow Jackets have to replace three of four starters on the defensive line, and injuries to Cord Howard, Dan Voss and Nick Claytor slowed the progress on the offensive line this spring.
MARYLAND -- Offensive line. The Terps lost three starters and will have four players in new positions. Phil Costa should be the leader of an otherwise inexperienced group.
MIAMI -- Linebacker depth. There were a few position changes, and Colin McCarthy missed the spring. Sean Spence is proven, but depth remains a concern.
NORTH CAROLINA -- Receivers. This group had to be completely rebuilt, as UNC lost players who accounted for 17 of 21 receiving touchdowns last year. Greg Little had a good spring and should be the leader now, and freshman Joshua Adams benefitted from enrolling early.
NC STATE -- Safety. This is coach Tom O'Brien's biggest concern, and the Pack need Javon Walker, who tore his ACL and missed the spring, back and healthy. Clem Johnson played well last year despite being hindered by several injuries. O'Brien is looking for more from Jimmaul Simmons and Justin Byers.
VIRGINIA -- Linebackers. The backups to Antonio Appleby, Jon Copper and Clint Sintim rarely played, as Al Groh wanted to keep his best players on the field. Darren Childs, Steve Greer, Aaron Taliaferro, Cam Johnson, and Darnell Carter will have to grow up quickly.
VIRGINIA TECH -- Kicker. For the third straight year, Frank Beamer is in search of a new kicker, this time to replace Dustin Keys. Matt Waldron was the leading candidate out of the spring, but the competition is wide open.
WAKE FOREST -- Linebackers. Gone are Aaron Curry, Stanley Arnoux and Chantz McClinic. Introducing Gelo Orange. Yes, that's his name. Orange, along with Hunter Haynes, Jonathan Jones and a host of others have some big shoes to fill.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich