ACC: ACC rebuilding 2010

Rebuilding offenses in the ACC

May, 4, 2010
Earlier today we looked at some of the defenses in need of repair. As the headline indicates, it's time to check out the other side of the ball. Here's a look at which offenses in the ACC are most in need of a quick fix this fall, and who will make the repairs in the most timely manner:


1. Virginia -- The Cavaliers tried to switch to a spread offense in 2009 and realized a few weeks into the season they didn't have the playmakers to do it. Virginia finished No. 112 in rushing offense, 105th in passing offense, 118th in total offense and 105th in scoring offense.

2. North Carolina -- Turnovers plagued the Tar Heels -- they surrendered the ball 27 times and gained it 29. UNC finished 102nd in passing offense, 108th in total offense and 83rd in scoring offense.

3. Maryland -- Ah, the Terps show up again. No wonder they won just two games. Maryland was 105th in rushing offense, 102nd in total offense, and 98th in scoring offense. Much of that had to do with a young offensive line.


1. North Carolina -- The Tar Heels are older, wiser and healthier. Quarterback T.J. Yates is a senior and knows that if he doesn't make better decisions, Bryn Renner is waiting in the wings.

2. Maryland -- The Terps have significant depth at running back, more experience on the offensive line and several talented young receivers to help take the pressure off of first-year starting quarterback Jamarr Robinson.

3. Virginia -- This is a work in progress, as first-year coach Mike London hasn't had the chance to recruit the players he wants in his system. Marc Verica is the only quarterback on the roster who has taken a collegiate snap, and he has been inconsistent.

Rebuilding defenses in the ACC

May, 4, 2010
When it comes to defense, the ACC has earned a reputation as having some of the best in the country on a consistent basis. Last year was no exception, as four teams -- Virginia Tech, UNC, Boston College and Clemson -- were ranked among the top 25 nationally in scoring defense, allowing fewer than 21 points per game. Those same four teams were ranked among the top 26 nationally in total defense.

Much of the focus, though, was on what the conference didn't do defensively -- i.e., Florida State, NC State and Georgia Tech. The latter was a middle-of-the-pack defense, hardly horrendous, but it disturbed coach Paul Johnson enough to fire Dave Wommack and hire Al Groh as defensive coordinator.

Here's a statistical look at which teams are in need of the most defensive improvement in 2010, followed by a guess at which programs will show the most progress the fastest:


1. Florida State -- The Seminoles ranked 108th in rushing defense, 110th in pass efficiency defense, 108th in total defense, and 94th in scoring defense.

2. Maryland --The best news for Ralph Friedgen last year was that Florida State's defense was worse -- and it stole the show. The 2-10 Terps, though, allowed 31.25 points per game and ranked No. 100 in the nation in scoring defense.

2. NC State -- The Pack had a young secondary and were without their best player in Nate Irving. They finished No. 99 in the country in scoring defense, and No. 106 in pass efficiency defense.


1. Maryland --The Terps return all of their linebackers and should be more productive in the second season under defensive coordinator Don Brown.

2. Florida State -- The Seminoles have nowhere to go but up, and first-year defensive coordinator Mark Stoops is installing a scheme that better fits the personnel.

3. NC State --The secondary is still young, and all four starters up front must be replaced. The additions of Jon Tenuta and Irving should help.