ACC: Andy Gallik
For all those Florida State fans booking flights to Pasadena today, I recommend flying into the Burbank Airport rather than LAX.
- All Florida State did Thursday was travel to North Carolina, but the Seminoles still moved into prime position for a spot in the BCS championship game and a Heisman in their trophy room, writes Tomahawk Nation.
- FSU still has to win out to make it to Pasadena, and they’ll get a test Saturday with Terrence Brooks out with a concussion. Jimbo Fisher expects to use two freshman safeties against Wake Forest, writes the Orlando Sentinel.
- For Virginia Tech, success is all about cutting down on the turnovers, writes the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
- It’s the Hokies’ defense that has Miami’s attention, writes the Miami Herald.
- Cornerback Kyle Fuller is expected to play against the Hurricanes, writes the Roanoke Times.
- Wake Forest fans hoping to see Michael Campanaro play in the regular-season finale shouldn’t get their hopes up, writes the Winston-Salem Journal.
- Syracuse figures to catch a break this week, as Maryland linebacker Cole Farrand is expected to miss Saturday’s game, writes The Post-Standard.
- Maryland shelled out $3,000 to a PR firm to try to boost enthusiasm for the move to the Big Ten, the Baltimore Sun reported.
- Tar Heel Blog considers what the North Carolina offense might look like moving forward with Marquise Williams.
- Boston College center Andy Gallik has been a crucial ingredient in the Eagles’ offensive success this season, writes The Boston Herald.
- Pitt’s improving defense figures to get a good test against Notre Dame’s pro-style offense this week, writes the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wonders if Georgia Tech still has a realistic shot at winning the Coastal Division.
- Quarterback play will be crucial in NC State’s game against Duke, writes the Duke Report.
Can't wait to get to a game ...
- Georgia Tech kicker David Scully says God is smiling on him. Must be, if his girlfriend transferred from Georgia to Georgia Tech.
- Andre Ellington has worked hard this offseason to improve his pass-catching abilities out of the backfield.
- Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is ready for a new start with Wisconsin.
- UNC running back Gio Bernard could touch the ball more than he has in the past in Larry Fedora's spread offense.
- There's David Amerson and then there's the Pack's "other cornerback." Meet the other guy.
- The NCAA has denied Duke's appeal for immediate eligibility for Ohio State transfer Jeremy Cash.
- BC center Andy Gallik wanted to be a part of "O-line U."
- The Hokies still have a few decisions to make on redshirts.
- UVa has added a commitment from a highly touted running back.
- FSU defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel is likely to receive a medical redshirt this season.
- Miami freshman cornerback Vernon Davis has been released from his scholarship and is expected to transfer to West Virginia, according to the Miami Herald.
August, 22, 2011
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com
The summer is almost over. Next week is game week, when the teams will shift their focus to their Week 1 opponents, if they haven't already. The goal of this series is to quickly catch you up on what has happened at each ACC school during summer camp, a quick-hit recap of the main storylines and most notable injuries. We'll go in alphabetical order, starting with Boston College:
- There has been significant change on offense. There is an excitement around first-year offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, and for the first time in three years, the Eagles know who their starting quarterback will be for the season opener -- Chase Rettig. In the first two scrimmages, the offense dominated the defense, and that doesn't happen at BC. In the two years prior to this year, BC's offense had never scored a touchdown in a scrimmage. Linebacker Luke Kuechly made it a point heading into the third scrimmage to make sure his teammates knew that scrimmage would be about the D, but the main storyline out of Chestnut Hill this month has been the offense.
- Running back Montel Harris underwent another arthroscopic knee surgery last week, and will miss three to four weeks, and then his backup, Andre Williams, sprained his ankle in Sunday's scrimmage. Still, the staff is confident in the depth and talent at the position, and Williams was walking around today and looked fine, according to a school spokesman, who added that Williams said it wasn't too swollen.
- The depth on the offensive line remains a question. There have been a few nagging injuries, but John Wetzel has taken over for Anthony Castonzo at left tackle, and the staff has been pleased with his progress. Mark Spinney has been working with the first team at left guard, and redshirt freshman Andy Gallik has been taking most of the first-team reps at center.
- Defensively, the Eagles are still looking for who will emerge as their starter at strongside linebacker, and Steele Divitto appears to be the frontrunner, but Nick Clancy had a good scrimmage.
- True freshman defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad has played well enough that he likely will see some meaningful snaps this fall.
- One lingering concern is the No. 2 quarterback position. If Rettig is injured, Josh Bordner is the likely backup, but he has been slowed by some back problems.