ACC: Anthony 'A.T.' Barnes
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
For those of you wondering how much better prepared ACC defenses will be for Georgia Tech's offense in the second season under Paul Johnson, it will probably be somewhat comparable to how the Jackets' own defense fared against it the first time they saw it again this spring.
When they were in shells during the first week of practices, the offense and the defense were separated. As linebacker Anthony "A.T." Barnes said, they didn't really see each other "live and in color" until they went full pads. And when they did?
"They are so much smoother," Barnes said. "The first time we went back up against them we were like, 'what in the world?' It was like they're a totally new team because they're so crisp and smooth and so much faster. Every time they touched the ball it was a touchdown. We didn't know where the ball was. Then they're throwing new tricks in. It's more smooth and crisp."
So, yes, ACC defenses should be better at defending Georgia Tech this fall. But Georgia Tech will also be better at executing its offense.
Nothing around the ACC quite compared to the headlines Josh Hamilton made Monday night, but there was still some news to start your day. (Don't worry, it's less than a week until the ACC football kickoff).
Here's what I dug up for you:
- The South Florida Sun-Sentinel did a check-up on the Miami athletic department, and the overall health report was "good." The interesting part to me was the trouble trying to find this program's "heart" these days. How did Randy Shannon become the most recognizable face of such a storied program? According to the report, though, things are looking up in Coral Gables.
- There was an interesting Q&A in the Atlanta Journal Constitution between reporter Matt Winkeljohn and Georgia Tech linebacker Anthony "A.T." Barnes. It was worthy of note because Barnes had no qualms about revealing "the beef between coaches" on the staff before Paul Johnson arrived.
- Speaking of Q&As ... the Orlando Sentinel has one that included an interview with ACC commish John Swofford.
- The Columbia State has a recruiting update that touched on Clemson, which is quietly building another outstanding class.
- It case you missed it Monday, another ACC expansion story was in the Washington Post because of the five-year mark. No real surprises here.