ACC: ACC spring wrap

Wrapping up Maryland's spring game

April, 27, 2009
4/27/09
4:00
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Miami isn't the only team in the ACC with a plethora of young receivers to choose from.

All nine scholarship wide receivers showed promise this spring, and it's a competition that should play out through summer camp for Maryland. In Saturday's Red-White game, it was Quinton McCree's turn to make a case for playing time.

McCree gained a game-high 163 receiving yards on four receptions and had three touchdown catches, including scores of 58 and 75 yards. Adrian Cannon was the top receiver for the red team, with five catches for 99 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass from Chris Turner in the third quarter.

Turner also threw a late touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Kevin Dorsey, another one of the young receivers. Turner completed 15 of 21 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.

The young receivers turned heads on the same day former receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was chosen seventh overall in the NFL draft. For the entire report on the Terps' spring game, click here.

Wrapping up BC's spring game

April, 27, 2009
4/27/09
2:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Not surprisingly, Boston College's defense stole the show in the Eagles' spring game. This makes sense for a team that returns the ACC's Defensive Player of the Year to one of the nation's best defenses in 2008, and is still searching for a dependable quarterback.

Many have asked if linebacker Mark Herzlich will repeat as the ACC's top defender. Well, he should if he keeps playing like he did this past weekend -- nine tackles, one tackle for loss, and three pass breakups. Typical day at the office for Herzlich, but he wasn't the only one. Cornerback Donnie Fletcher had eight tackles and two pass breakups.

Here's where the Eagles' problem lies, though, and why expectations from outsiders aren't too high for a team that made back-to-back appearances in the ACC championship game: Nobody scored a touchdown. If they did, it wasn't listed in the school's report.

If the Eagles are going to be in the hunt for the Atlantic Division this year, somebody has to emerge as a leader at quarterback. It appears Dominique Davis has been getting the most reps, but he completed 20 of 40 pass attempts for 145 yards and one interception. This is obviously an area the staff knows needs to improve, especially since the spring game scoring system won't win them any games this fall.

Wrapping up Virginia Tech's spring game

April, 27, 2009
4/27/09
1:30
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The Hokies finished the spring they way they started it -- with redshirt freshman running back Ryan Williams stealing the spotlight.

With teammates Darren Evans and Josh Oglesby sidelined with injuries, Williams led with 85 rushing yards on 10 carries, including a 56-yard screen pass for a touchdown from backup quarterback Ju-Ju Clayton. Williams also caught two passes for 66 yards.

He's got such an enthusiasm to play, and it shows every time he gets the ball. Williams told reporters he wants to be the "big X factor," the kind of player the Hokies can count on in the clutch, and he's shown this spring he's got the potential to do that.

There were standouts on both sides of the ball. One interesting stat came from Marcus Davis. Just days after it was announced he lost the No. 2 quarterback job to Clayton and was moved back to receiver, Davis caught three passes for 48 yards.

Defensively, Virginia Tech picked up where it left off last year -- scoring touchdowns. Antoine Hopkins' fumble return for a touchdown turned out to be the winning touchdown.

There were reports of about 40,000 people at the Maroon-White game -- Frank Beamer thought it was the biggest crowd ever. In case you missed it, though, the school has the complete recap and box score.

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