ACC: ACC breakout 2011

ACC viewer's guide: Week 9

October, 24, 2014
Oct 24
10:00
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Miami silenced Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium fairly early Thursday night. Will we find more drama in the rest of the Week 9 slate?

Noon

North Carolina at Virginia, ESPN3, #UNCvsUVA: Marquise Williams is coming off consecutive career outings. Virginia is looking to get back on the winning track after losing to reigning Coastal division champion Duke last week. Can its defense make another big stand and make life difficult for the red-hot UNC offense? Or have the Heels found their second-half groove after a poor start, much like they did last year?

3:30 p.m.

Boston College at Wake Forest, ESPN3, #BCvsWAKE: John Wolford is good to go for Wake after leaving last week's 30-7 home loss to Syracuse. He'll face a BC team that gave Clemson all it could handle last week before falling just short. Still, the 4-3 Eagles are on the brink of back-to-back bowl games under Steve Addazio in his first two years, and their rushing game (No. 9 nationally) should be a handful for a Demon Deacons defense that has been stout this season.

Georgia Tech at Pitt, ESPNU, #GTvsPITT: Is it panic time in Atlanta? A 5-0 start has been met with consecutive losses, including a 48-43 defeat last week at North Carolina in which the defense simply could not make a stop late. Pitt hopes it turned the corner last Thursday in its win over Virginia Tech, but it needs more diversity on the offensive side of the ball, which has been too reliant on James Conner and Tyler Boyd. Its defense does not have Aaron Donald and his dominant performance last year against the Yellow Jackets, but it has been playing well so far this season, ranking 14th nationally in scoring average (18.6).

7 p.m.

Syracuse at No. 21 Clemson, ESPNU, #CUSEvsCLEM: Scott Shafer and Dabo Swinney have made up after last year's Tigers rout in the Carrier Dome. Both teams are in their second straight week with their current signal-caller, as freshman AJ Long led the Orange past Wake Forest in their first career start and Cole Stoudt returned as Clemson's starter in its win at BC. Will the Orange's offensive line give Long a chance against the Tigers' stout front? This game ends a brutal stretch for the Orange, who faced Notre Dame, Louisville and Florida State before Wake last week.

ACC breakout players: Wake Forest

June, 6, 2011
6/06/11
3:30
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The series continues today with Wake Forest ...

A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Wake Forest:

Tanner Price, QB: He earned his first start as a true freshman. On the road. At Stanford. Yikes. That experience should pay dividends this fall, though. Price started nine games last season and completed 56.8 percent of his passes for 1,349 yards and seven touchdowns. He also ran 75 times for 120 yards and four more touchdowns. He should show significant progress in Year 2 as a full-time starter for the Deacs.

Zach Thompson, DE: He played in nine games last season and started five. He brings speed off the edge and has the ability to get after quarterbacks, but he's got to do it on a consistent basis. Coach Jim Grobe said following the spring game that Thompson had all-ACC-caliber talent, and the Deacs' defense could use it.

More in this series:
  • Boston College
  • Clemson
  • Duke
  • Florida State
  • Georgia Tech
  • Maryland
  • Miami
  • North Carolina
  • NC State
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Tech
  • ACC breakout players: Virginia Tech

    June, 3, 2011
    6/03/11
    10:30
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    The series continues today with Virginia Tech ...

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Virginia Tech:

    David Wilson, RB: Rookie quarterback Logan Thomas is just getting his feet wet. Wilson? He's ready to make a huge splash. The track star led the ACC in kickoff return average (26.5) and touchdowns (two) last season with scoring returns of 92 yards against NC State and 90 against Georgia Tech. He's an explosive runner and ACC fans will finally get to see that burst full-time as he takes over as the Hokies' No. 1 running back this fall. Last season he was Virginia Tech's third leading rusher with 619 yards and 5.5 yards per carry.

    Derrick Hopkins, DT: He was in the two-deep as a true freshman last season, but defensive line coach Charlie Wiles said Hopkins “kind of leveled off a little bit” at the end of the season. Here's what Wiles told me this spring about Hopkins' progress: “Derrick came out and really has had a superb spring. He’s a playmaker. He has all those things I saw in camp that have been elevated through a year of growth and a year of maturity not only in the weight room, but he’s mentally grown up a little bit. He’s made a lot of plays -- a lot of plays this spring.” Expect him to make a lot more this fall.

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    ACC breakout players: Virginia

    June, 2, 2011
    6/02/11
    9:00
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    The series continues today with Virginia ...

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Virginia:

    Kevin Parks, TB: With 2010 leading rusher Keith Payne gone, Parks will have an opportunity to live up to the hype he created as a prep star. He redshirted last year, but came to Virginia as a highly touted, record-setter from North Carolina. He ran for 10,895 yards in high school -- a North Carolina state record. He was also rated the No. 56 running back in the nation in his class by ESPN Recruiting. He set a national high school record of 55 games with at least 100 yards rushing.

    Tim Smith, WR: The redshirt sophomore could be a major contributor when he's healthy, but his season was cut short last year by a foot injury. He only played in two games last year and caught three passes for 28 yards. He showed promise in 2009, when he started three of the 11 games he played in. He caught 15 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

    Daquan Romero, OLB: He enrolled in January and finished the spring listed as No. 2 at outside linebacker heading into fall. He was rated the No. 98 defensive end in his class by ESPN Recruiting. He had 19 sacks in 15 games to help Phoebus High win its third-straight AAA Div. 5 state championship in 2010. He was also named to the ESPN RISE All-Junior team after recording 30 sacks, including 11 in the playoffs, his junior season.

    More in this series:
  • Boston College
  • Clemson
  • Duke
  • Florida State
  • Georgia Tech
  • Maryland
  • Miami
  • North Carolina
  • NC State
  • ACC breakout players: NC State

    June, 1, 2011
    6/01/11
    9:00
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    The series continues today with NC State ...

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at NC State, starting with the most obvious:

    Mike Glennon, QB: In his first season as full-time starter, Glennon doesn't have much choice other than to have a breakout season if the Wolfpack is going to build upon last year's nine-win season. He entered NC State with plenty of hype -- he was named the No. 3 quarterback in the nation in his recruiting class by ESPN Recruiting. Glennon has earned the praise of the coaching staff this offseason, not only for his performance during the spring, but for his dedication to the film room and playbook. The only thing he's lacking is significant game experience, as Glennon only played in three games last season as Russell Wilson's backup and has 52 career pass attempts.

    Jarvis Byrd, CB: Byrd has waited long enough to make a lasting impact on NC State's defense, and he's a projected starter once again heading into summer camp. Byrd redshirted last seaosn as he recovered from a torn ACL. In 2009, he was one of the top contributors on special teams and was promoted to the starting boundary corner in November. He started against Clemson, Virginia Tech and North Carolina but tore an ACL against UNC and missed 2010 spring practices. Now healthy, Byrd is on the brink of a breakout season.

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    ACC breakout players: North Carolina

    May, 27, 2011
    5/27/11
    3:30
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    The series continues today with North Carolina ...

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at North Carolina:

    Bryn Renner, QB: He's tasked with replacing a record-setting four-year starter in T.J. Yates, but Renner had a good spring and distanced himself from the other quarterbacks as the undisputed leader of the offense. Renner has been in the program two seasons, but he has only played in three games and has two pass attempts. A talented offensive line and veteran group of receivers should help Renner flourish in his first season as a starter.

    Tre Boston, S: He was forced to play as a true freshman last year, and this spring moved from corner to free safety. He played in 10 games last year and started four, but his season was derailed when he sprained his ankle against Miami and missed the next three games. Still, he finished the season with 32 tackles, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and an interception. Three starters must be replaced in the secondary this fall, so there's plenty of opportunity for Boston to make a name for himself.

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    ACC breakout players: Miami

    May, 26, 2011
    5/26/11
    5:00
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    The series continues today with Miami ...

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: Players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Miami:

    Tommy Streeter, WR: He's got good speed for a 6-foot-5, 215-pound receiver, but he's fallen short of expectations as one of heralded recruits out of Miami Northwestern in the class of 2008. Part of that can be attributed to a wrist injury he suffered his freshman year which set him back and led to a redshirt season, but he has underachieved in each of the past two seasons. He played in eight games last year and started one, against Maryland, and finished the season with one catch -- a 42-yard touchdown against Notre Dame in the Sun Bowl. Streeter had a good spring and earned the confidence of coach Al Golden, but he's still got work to do this summer in order to reach his potential this fall.

    JoJo Nicolas, CB: The converted safety had a good spring and will give the Canes a physical presence in the secondary. His experience at safety should help him with run support as a boundary corner. He started 10 games at safety last year and finished with 36 tackles. He also had two tackles for loss and two pass breakups. One thing Miami learned this spring is that Nicolas can help them at his new position, and as a redshirt senior, he's ready to leave his mark.

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    ACC breakout players: Maryland

    May, 25, 2011
    5/25/11
    3:30
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    The series continues today with Maryland ...

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: Players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Maryland:

    Kerry Boykins, WR: The fourth-year player was a reserve at the slot position last year, but emerged as one of quarterback Danny O'Brien's favorite targets this spring. He played in all 13 games last year as a backup and contributed on special teams. He has only started two games in his career and has 16 receptions for 203 yards and one touchdown.

    Matt Robinson, S: He's never been a full-time starter, but he saw extensive playing time last year and enters fall camp as a projected starter. Robinson played in all 13 games last year (including one start) and posted 29 tackles and forced a pair of fumbles (tied for second on the team). He has good size and is a strong tackler. He was one of five true freshmen to play last year, and also contributed on special teams.

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    ACC breakout players: Georgia Tech

    May, 24, 2011
    5/24/11
    5:00
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    The series continues today with Georgia Tech ...

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: Players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. The top candidates at Georgia Tech:

    Daniel Drummond or Quayshawn Nealy, ILB: One of them will start at inside linebacker this fall, but it's up to them to determine which one. Drummond, who came to Tech as a running back, made the switch to linebacker in the spring and ran with the first unit most of the spring. Nealy, however, showed great athleticism and played very well in the spring game while Drummond sat out with an injury.

    Charles Perkins, B-back: Anthony Allen's old position will likely be filled by committee, but expect Perkins to get his share of carries. He has the potential to become a 1,000-yard rusher, but it might not happen this fall. He's only a redshirt freshman, but he has good size and speed, and he has learned both A- and B-back positions.

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    ACC breakout players: Florida State

    May, 23, 2011
    5/23/11
    5:00
    PM ET
    I'm back from vacation, and so is the series on the ACC's breakout players for 2011.

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. We'll pick one on offense, one on defense. The Noles are up next:

    Jacob Fahrenkrug, OL: The junior college transfer was the heir apparent to Rodney Hudson at left guard, but because of injuries, he ended up finishing spring practices at center. Fahrenkrug had never really played the position before, but proved capable of it this spring. The offensive line is the biggest question mark facing the Seminoles, and it's also one position group where a player like Fahrenkrug has a chance to make an immediate impact.

    Lamarcus Joyner, S: Joyner was a reserve cornerback as a true freshman last year, but coach Jimbo Fisher has since been raving about Joyner's move to safety, which was his natural position in high school. Some thought Joyner was a bit undersized to play safety, but he excelled at it this spring and there's a good chance he could emerge as the starter this fall.

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    ACC breakout players: Duke

    May, 11, 2011
    5/11/11
    5:00
    PM ET
    We'll sneak one more in this series in today as we look at which players in the ACC made a splash this spring and showed potential of having a breakout season in 2011.

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. We'll pick one on offense, one on defense.

    Brandon Braxton, WR: Duke has two of the most talented receivers in the ACC in Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner, but it won't be long before Braxton's name is as well known. He played in all 12 games last season and started five. He finished sixth on the team with 14 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 12.9 yards per catch and eight of his catches resulted in first downs.

    August Campbell, S: He's an outstanding athlete who lacks experience as a redshirt sophomore. He played in three games in 2009 before he was injured and played in 10 games last season with two starts. Campbell had 10 tackles but showed a glimpse of something special by returning a fumble a school-record 95 yards for a touchdown against Boston College.

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    ACC breakout players: Clemson

    May, 11, 2011
    5/11/11
    2:00
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    The series continues today with the Tigers as we look at which players in the ACC made a splash this spring and showed potential of having a breakout season in 2011.

    A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. We'll pick one on offense, one on defense.

    Mike Bellamy, RB: This true freshman is one who could definitely have an immediate impact once he arrives on campus, especially with the early departure of Jamie Harper to the NFL. Bellamy was ranked the No. 72 player in the nation by ESPN Recruiting, and the No. 6 running back in his recruiting class. He had 7,329 rushing yards and 110 touchdowns in his high school career. He averaged 8.7 yards per carry in high school. Wow.

    Malliciah Goodman, DE: He's a big, strong athlete who hasn't reached his potential yet but will have a chance to do that this year as he is working this offseason to replace Da'Quan Bowers. Goodman's hands measure 11.5 inches from finger tip to finger tip, a figure that would have been among the best at the 2009 NFL combine. He only has one career start, but has played in 27 games. There's no question his role will increase this year and more will be expected of him.

    Spring breakout players: Boston College

    May, 10, 2011
    5/10/11
    3:30
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    It's time to take a look at which players in the ACC made a splash this spring and showed potential of having a breakout season in 2011. I'm following Big East blogger Brian Bennett's lead in defining exactly what a "breakout player" is: Players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars.

    We'll go in alphabetical order, looking at one player on offense and one on defense, starting with the Eagles:

    Colin Larmond Jr., WR: He was expected to be the Eagles' go-to receiver in 2010, but never got a chance because he tore his ACL two weeks before the season began. He was limited to running, lifting and watching this spring, but expects to be fully cleared to return to the starting lineup this fall. He redshirted last season, but in 2009 led BC receivers in average yards per catch (20.6) and had four of BC’s five longest receptions of the year. He finished 2009 second on the team in receptions (29), yards (596), touchdowns (5) and average per game (45.8).

    Kaleb Ramsey DT: He led BC's defensive linemen with 39 tackles last year and also had 7.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He played in 11 games last year and started 10 games, but with Damik Scafe gone, Ramsey proved to coach Frank Spaziani this spring that he is ready to assume the leadership role up front.

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