ACC: Chris Long
The facility is currently under construction, and the projected cost of the 78,000-square foot facility is $14.5 million, including financing costs to account for pledge payments scheduled to be made over the next five years. The facility is scheduled to be finished in the spring of 2013 and will provide practice and training space for the football program and all other field sports at the school.
“I am so proud to be a part of a brotherhood like the Virginia football program,” Long said in a statement. “I am completely committed to helping Coach (Mike) London build this program and I know it's going to take time and hard work to do it the right way. Some of my greatest memories were experienced at UVa working with my teammates to set a standard of excellence on the field that my University could be proud of. Virginia football players of the future deserve this same opportunity and the construction of this facility goes a long way towards ensuring that reality.”
The second overall pick of the 2008 NFL draft, Long has started 54 of 66 games during his career with the St. Louis Rams, notching 175 career tackles and 31 sacks. Coach London was Long’s position coach at Virginia for the 2004, 2006 and 2007 seasons.
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There is an undersized, 250-pound center in the ACC who can play the clarinet and the piano, has been composing music since he was 12, and does not fear lining up nose-to-nose against defensive linemen who have 50-100 pounds on him.
Bryan Morgan started every game for Duke last year, and this spring, with three starters gone to graduation, he is the most experienced player on the Blue Devils' offensive line.
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"You ever hear the saying it ain't the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog?" quarterback Thaddeus Lewis said. "That's what happens when he goes out there on the field. He's a veteran guy, he's making calls, getting the line in the right situation. He might be 250 pushing it, but he's a strong kid, very talented, very fundamentally sound, which gives him the edge against bigger guys we actually play against."
Morgan, of Hoover, Ala., came to Duke around 238, 240 pounds. Since then, the junior has been on a "see-food" diet (he sees it, he eats it). Morgan said strength and conditioning coach Noel Durfey has basically given him free rein to eat anything and everything.
"The one word he tells me is calories," Morgan said. "Calories, calories, calories. I've gained 14 pounds this winter. It's working, so I'm not going to stop."
Morgan doesn't just order a burger -- he gets it with an extra patty, extra bacon, cheese, fries, a drink, and a milkshake.
"I have to make sure I finish everything on my plate," he said.
It's one of his four or five meals a day, which usually includes a light breakfast before practice, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and then usually two bowls of cereal or a PBJ before bed. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, when he has three classes back-to-back, he packs trail mix or another high-calorie snack.
And his classes aren't just any classes. Morgan is a music major, and his dream is to be a composer or a conductor. He's trying to get some connections with the North Carolina Symphony, and maybe even one day compose music for movies. He has a computer program to help him compose, and is in his first music theory class.
"My music is sounding more mature," he said. "I'm working on some orchestrations hopefully I'll finish in the summer."
He's been fighting his size his entire playing career, but football is in his genes -- his father was an offensive lineman at Alabama A&M and was inducted into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005.
"It's paramount for me to go out there and show 'em what I have," Morgan said. "I know I can do it. Since I'm smaller than most offensive linemen I really have to hone in on my skills. I can never take a play off or it will show drastically because I'm undersized. If I'm not careful they can throw me around because I'm on the light side."
Of course, there's always a way to win.
"Oh, the game is all about leverage," he said. "I try to get under their pads every play."
It hasn't always worked. Last year was Morgan's first full season as a starter at center after moving from tackle in the spring of 2008. In 2007, when he got in the game for 54 snaps at Virginia as a true freshman tackle, Morgan got up close and personal with former Virginia defensive end Chris Long.
"Chris Long was probably the best player I've played against," Morgan said. "He was quick, and the biggest guy I've gone against. That definitely wasn't my best game at all. But I really studied that tape on that day and said I've really got to work because that is what I'm going to be going against every game. I always keep that in the back of my mind. I don't want that to happen again."
Morgan has improved drastically since that game, and said it's like "night and day" from last year now that he's had a full season to adjust to his new position. Last season, Duke's offensive line helped reduce the team's sacks allowed total from 45 in 2007 to just 22 in 2008.
"Bryan's a special guy, No. 1 because of his size," offensive line coach Matt Luke said. "He's always been told he's too small, and last year I don't think he missed a snap. Because of his size limitations, he's had to overcome that with knowledge and work ethic, and so when you put that together with experience, it helps him be the leader of that unit and get everybody on the same page."
Not only are Morgan's looks deceiving, but the coaching staff has encouraged other players to watch him.
"Coach Durfey says watch his body demeanor, and if you're down and you feel like you're tired, just look at that guy right there next to you," Lewis said. "Bryan, he's going to show you the definition of a football player and how you should carry yourself."
All 250 pounds of him.
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It's a quiet day around the ACC. A lot of schools are either going on spring break soon or in the middle of it. Still, there were a few links today:
- Virginia won't confirm if Kyle Long, the younger -- but bigger -- brother of former defensive standout Chris Long will transfer to Virginia and play football. Howie Long told NBC29 that any reports of that right now are premature.
- Forget about Bryce Brown. Did his brother choose the right school?
- Billy Napier's work a few years ago on recruit Joe Craig is paying off now.
- Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe gave his take on linebacker Aaron Curry's future in the NFL.
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Rich in Baltimore writes: Heather, I was at the PSU vs. OSU game, and unable to watch GT vs BC. I watched SportsCenter + College Football final hoping to catch highlights, but there were none. Is there anywhere on the ESPN network where I can see highlights of this game? Thanks! Rich
Heather Dinich: The best show to catch everything is College Football Overdrive, from 3-8 p.m. on ESPNews. Also check out ESPNU after the games are over for even more highlights. And of course, if all else fails, check the blog.
Aaron in Blacksburg writes: So ECU crushed WVU and Va Tech lost in the last few minutes to ECU. We drop out of the rankings entirely and WVU drops to 24. Granted WVU was ranked higher and ECU got some cred for beating Tech, but I think we are also beginning to see preference for conference in rating as well. Do you have any insight on why West Virginia can get crushed by ECU and not really drop too far? ps. I think that even if Va Tech beats GT this weekend we may still be out of the rankings.
Heather Dinich: If you think the Big East is getting much more credit than the ACC these days, think again. South Florida is the Wake Forest of the ACC. West Virginia is still in the rankings because it still has more playmakers on its roster than Virginia Tech. That said, the way ECU has played should soften the blow on the Hokies. P.S.: I think you're right.
Chris in Atlanta writes: With expectations growing for the Jackets, how worried should I be about our kicking game (20% FG, 1 missed EP). Is this going to wreck our chances in close games and keep us from going to Tampa?
Heather Dinich: Um, yeah, after the Jax State game, Paul Johnson called it "horrendous." When asked Sunday if he would make any changes to the kicking game, Johnson deadpanned, "There's really not anybody to pick up off of waivers."
Heather Dinich: I think you answered your own question.
Kyle in Tallahassee writes: After Saturday's performance FSU is looking like them old selves again. Blowing out teams that they should instead of winning 31-14 like past seasons. Do you see this new team making it to the ACC Championship.
Heather Dinich: Ask me after the Wake Forest game.
Joe writes: Heather, why do you hate UVa so much? It seems as though you take shots at them at every chance. You even called them lucky to win last year. That was the sign of being a well-coached team. Meanwhile, you rank Maryland ahead of them following a loss that was the worst of the last few years and may get Friedgen fired! Also, this conference ranking stuff runs in cycles. Who is any good in the Big East? Big Ten other than Ohio State? We'll see how good they are this week vs USC. And if they lose badly, make sure to call them out just like everyone did UVA.
Heather Dinich: Did you know Charlottesville is one of my favorite ACC road trips? Yes, I did call them lucky to win last year. Five games by two points or less? WITH Chris Long, Jameel Sewell and Branden Albert? Do UVA fans forget that with all of that NFL talent the Cavaliers lost to Virginia Tech for the Coastal Division? And blew a 14-point lead against Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl? Maryland is ahead of Virginia because it is a notoriously inconsistent team that tends to play down to its competition and UVA got smacked by USC and had just a three-point lead over Richmond for a loonng time. Yes, this conference stuff goes in cycles, and I don't doubt the ACC will rebound, it's just a matter of when.
Drew in Atlanta writes: Thanks for the great writing, you kept me busy through many days at work, and have been a daily read most of the time. My questions resolve around Georgia Tech. Do you think after two strong defensive performances, that with the offense getting better, it has a chance at contenting for an ACC title? BC has one of the better front seven, and GT was still able to run around them due to athleticism. I think with VT coming up, if the Jackets can pass this hurdle, they will go into Clemson 5-0. FSU/ Miami are looking like very winnable games, and with UNC coming up, it is looking like GT could contend. Also, do you think Michael Johnson's draft value has risen or sunk?
Heather Dinich: Thanks for reading, Drew. All good questions, and I'm working on some Georgia Tech/Virginia Tech things that will help answer them, but yes, the Jackets' defense is the strength of this team right now, but there are a lot of questions in the kicking game and still timing and technique that needs improvement on the offense. This team will get better every week, but so will FSU and Miami, who have also looked better than expected. As for Johnson's draft status, I don't think it's changed much. Remember, he's getting double teamed.
Nick in Boston writes: Heather, what do you think about the BC quarterback situation at Boston College. Chris Crane clearly cannot get the job done. Think we might see redshirt freshman Dominique Davis sooner than expected?
Heather Dinich: I think it's a little too early to jump off the Crane Train, and the staff does, too. However, if things are going well in the UCF game on Sept. 20, don't be surprised to see Davis in for a series or two.
GW in Athens, GA, writes: Heather, I think you do a great job covering each team in the ACC. I do not feel that you miss anything for any team. But I do feel that you should go down to Tallahassee and cover the Seminoles a little more. You went to every other team before the season started, but never made it to Tally. As a Seminole Alum, I am looking forward to a better season this year epically after the rout we put on tonight of Western Carolina and a shutout on defense. It reminds me of the Noles defense of the 90's. How long do you think it will take for FSU to make it back into the top 25? Probably after the Wake Forest game in 2 weeks?
Heather Dinich: GW -- Thanks, and I was wondering how long it would take somebody to notice that. I did get to Tally during spring practices, though, and I'm heading there for the Wake game. We'll see what happens, but if they win that one, the Noles would certainly make a good case for the top 25 at 3-0 and a win over a top 20 team.
Somebody from Kalamazoo, MI, writes: Who from the ACC can really challenge teams from other power conferences? Also, since you are big ten alum like myself, who will be the surprise team from the big ten this year?
Heather Dinich: Wake Forest is the lone team that's done anything out of conference, and they still have Vandy -- which is somehow the only undefeated team left in the ACC -- on their schedule, but the Florida State/Florida game should be interesting. As for the Big Ten, I'd go with Penn State. Their QB looks better than some probably expected, but Wisconsin's running game has also been outstanding.
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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- First, Peter Lalich started.
Second, right before kickoff, Tiki and Ronde Barber rmade a surprise appearance to raise Virginia's "Power of Orange" flag, a new game-day tradition here. They'll feature a surprise flag raiser every week. This was the first time the Barbers have been together at Scott Stadium since 1996, their last football game when they were seniors.
Former defensive end Chris Long is also here today.
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Lotta questions, keep 'em coming, but feel free to ask them live on Monday at noon if you don't see your answers here. I'm scheduled for a chat. Until then ....
Jon G. from Hope Mills, N.C., writes: Heather, how is it that no one seems to be giving Virginia Tech much love lately? It seems like everyone is only saying they're going to win the Coastal because of the lack of competition. Last time I checked, VT had become the class of the ACC, either winning the championship or being in the championship 3 of the last 4 years. Not to mention how everyone seems to think Clemson will run over VT in Tampa Bay. Am I the only person that remembers the hype behind "Thunder and Lightning" last year before their embarrassing 12 total yards? I know the defense lost some great talent, but can anyone honestly remember the last time Bud Foster didn't put one of the best defenses in college football out there? C'mon! Show us some love.
Heather Dinich: Jon, first of all, the media voted your Hokies No. 1 in the Coastal Division, so I'd say that's showing some love, regardless of the reason behind it. And yes, one of those reasons is the rest of the division, but another very important one is the coaching staff. Here's the thing, though: When you lose your top four receivers, your top running back -- the list goes on. You've got to earn some love, too.
Danet, from Reno, writes: Hi Heather. I know Duke gets really no love or attention in these blogs, and for good reason...But I have a Blue Devil football question. With Thaddeus Lewis coming back and looking like one of the better QB's in the ACC (pathetic isn't it?), I ask you if you'd take over or under 3 wins for the Blue Devils this year. Keep in mind they have James Madison & Northwestern on the schedule.
Heather Dinich: Dante, I've said this before and I'll say it again -- This is an equal opportunity blog. Your Blue Devils will get coverage here. And yes, Thad Lewis is one of the better returning quarterbacks in the ACC. As for your win total, I've said they have the talent to win those first three. I just don't know if they have the confidence.
Todd in Raleigh, writes: Heather: I've enjoyed reading your blog! It's good to let people know the ACC is still an actual football conference, contrary to popular belief. Speaking of the conference, all I have heard about is how down it is. Even though I don't totally agree with that, what is keeping a team like NC State (or maybe a Maryland) from creeping up on everyone this season? Seems like the favorites (esp. VT) are favorites based on history. Won't the ACC be WIDE open this year?
Heather Dinich: Todd, thanks for reading. If the ACC weren't an actual football conference, I'd be looking for a job. People will say the conference is "down" until its 1-9 record in BCS bowl games isn't so lopsided. There is absolutely a chance a team like Maryland will throw somebody off, but I'm telling you -- I've talked to other coaches and assistants throughout the league, and even they admit Clemson is loaded. No excuses this year for the Tigers.
SavannahHOO writes: Why are you laughing because one reporter voted the Wahoos #1 in the Coastal? Your slam against Al Groh and the Wahoo's just shows your lack of in depth team reporting. Weren't they suppose to finish last last year? Looked what happen. They may lose to USC (I don't think so) but they will do alright in the conference. Typical from the VT network.
Heather Dinich: Um, you don't have to be an investigative reporter to know that Virginia lost its quarterback. Lost Chris Long. Lost Jeffrey Fitzgerald. Lost Branden Albert. Not to mention both starting tight ends, three defensive linemen, the place kicker and punter -- from a team that barely won five of its games last year. If Virginia couldn't win the ACC title (let alone beat Virginia Tech) will all of those guys, why on earth would you vote for them to win it without them?
Don in Washington, D.C. writes: I was pretty confident that the Wolfpack are fielding a team this year, but from your articles I can't find anything. Is it really that bad in Raleigh this year?
Heather Dinich: Eh, it could be worse. But Anthony Hill is certainly confident. And Russell Wilson is ready to be quarterback. But Tom O'Brien likes Mike Glennon, too. Not that I've talked to anyone in Raleigh to find out or anything ...
Tom, in Ambridge, Pa., writes: Can Nigel Bradham become an immediate impact player in the Florida State linebacking corps?
Heather Dinich: Yes, especially considering their situation there.
Scott, in Sacramento writes: What should I really be expecting from the Miami Hurricanes this year? Is there a chance they surpise people and go 7-1 in conference and 10-2 overall or is that just a year or two away.
Heather Dinich: Scott, Randy Shannon said he doesn't think this team will be that much better than last year, but it will be more competitive. They're much deeper. My guess is a mediocre bowl game, and eight wins might be pushing it.
Mike writes: Every year BC gets no RESPECT, but since they have been in the Acc they have dominated!!!
Heather Dinich: Sorry, Mike, I must've missed that ACC title. You do have a point, though -- BC is 10-5 against its Atlantic Division opponents, 6-4 against the Coastal. That's a 16-9 record spanning 2005-2007. Not bad.
Patrick, at the Little Rock AFB writes: Heather I am a huge college football fan and I honeslty eat, sleep and breathe it. My question for you is, how do I get in the profession of covering a conference like yourself? I am going ot be honest, I do not want to go to school for journalism or anything like that, but I do know football.
Heather Dinich: No J-school? Try coaching ... I'm sure some jobs will open up after the season.
Somebody in Jacksonville writes: you do a great job..who is the best coach you have ever been around ?
Heather Dinich: That's tough. I've covered Bob Knight, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.
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Granted, the pool at the Ritz, the lake and the top shelf drinks were somewhat of a distraction this past weekend, but I didn't forget to finish up the remaining position battles left in the ACC. You guys have been doing a great job of reminding me if I'm too heavy on one school or another, so keep keeping me balanced.
All the more reason not to forget the end of the alphabet.
Here's a look at the top spots still up for grabs in Charlottesville, and since there are only 10 returning starters, get comfy:
QUARTERBACK -- This is the most obvious spot, but according to Al Groh, there's not an obvious candidate. It's not like he hasn't dealt with this before. It's the fourth time in Groh's tenure at Virginia that the quarterback job has been contested during fall camp. Scott Deke, Peter Lalich and Marc Verica split time during the spring. Lalich has the most experience, as he completed 35 of 61 passes for 321 yards and two TDs as a true freshman last season. Deke, a senior, played in one game last year and was the starter in the spring game, while Verica, a sophomore, has yet to play.
KICKER/PUNTER -- The most likely replacement for placekicker Chris Gould would be redshirt freshman Chris Hinkebein. The situation at punter is wide open. Senior John Thornton joined the team as a walk-on two years ago but has never played, nor has sophomore Nathan Rathjen, who rejoined the team in the spring after not being on the roster in '07 (he walked on in 2006). Jimmy Howell was one of the team's signees in February and could be in the mix as well. Groh has used true freshmen as punters before (Tom Hagan in 2002, Gould in '04).
DEFENSIVE LINE -- The only thing we're certain of here is who's gone. Junior nose tackle Nate Collins worked with the first unit during the spring in place of the graduated Allen Billyk. Collins has significant experience and is likely to be backed up by redshirt freshman Nick Jenkins, a promising player.
Alex Field, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound senior, is probably going to be Chris Long's replacement at one end. He got the most work there this spring. Redshirt freshman Zane Parr will also be given a chance to get in the rotation.
Sophomore Sean Gottschalk finished with four tackles in nine games last season and will battle redshirt freshman Matt Conrath at the other end spot formerly manned by Jeffrey Fitzgerald. Conrath has good size at 6-foot-7, 269 and is still growing into his body.
OFFENSIVE LINE -- Both tackles are back, including Eugene Monroe, who might be the best left tackle in the league. Center will be contested between sophomore Jack Shields and redshirt freshman Anthony Mihota. Shields, who came to Virginia as a tight end, played in only one game last year. Senior Zak Stair and junior Patrick Slebonick will start out in the competition to replace first-round draft pick Branden Albert at left guard. Stair, previously a tackle, moved inside this spring. Slebonick has made just one appearance in his career. Sophomore B.J. Cabbell took the most snaps at right guard in the spring and is trying to replace the graduated Ian-Yates Cunningham. He's expected to battle redshirt freshman Billy Cuffee.
Check back tomorrow for Virginia Tech, and I'll wrap it up on Friday with Wake Forest.
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1. Georgia Tech: This veteran defense should help take some heat off the offense while it figures itself out. Senior tackles Vance Walker and Darryl Richard, along with defensive end Michael Johnson are legitimate NFL draft picks and should have their best seasons yet under first-year coordinator Dave Wommack.
2. Clemson: Three of the four starters return, including seniors Dorell Scott and Rashaad Jackson, and junior Ricky Sapp, who had 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and 22 quarterback pressures as a sophomore when he started all 13 games. And don't forget freshman Da'Quan Bowers, who will work his way into the rotation at defensive end with Kevin Alexander as they try to fill the void left by Phillip Merling.
3. Boston College: The Eagles had the No. 1 rushing defense in 2007 (75.5 yards per game), and that was without academically ineligible B.J. Raji and injured end Alex Albright, who had 8.5 sacks despite missing the last few games with a broken left forearm. Now they're back, along with senior tackle Ron Brace.
4. Florida State: Defensive end Everette Brown is the leader of this group and could be one of the best in the ACC. He led the team in sacks last year, when he was in a part-time role, and led all linemen in tackles and tackles for loss. Benjamin Lampkin converted from linebacker to end in the Music City Bowl. Budd Thacker started eight games last season and missed four because of an injury. Paul Griffin didn't start a game last year, but had 6.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
5. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have to replace their top end in Jeremy Thompson, and fifth-year senior Anthony Davis, his backup, will inherit the job. Matt Robinson missed 2006 with a broken kneecap and then suffered a high ankle sprain last season and missed the three games. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility and will play as a grad student. Their strength will be inside with returning starter Boo Robinson at nose guard. John Russell is simmering with potential. Ted Randolph moved from tight end to defensive tackle midseason last year.
6. Virginia Tech: Only three ends with playing experience and one tackle return. Redshirt senior Orion Martin is the only returning lineman who started every game last season. Redshirt sophomore Jason Worilds should be No. 1 at the other end spot heading into fall and Nekos Brown and Steven Friday are competing for the backup spots. Demetrius Taylor has moved inside to tackle and will compete with John Graves, Cordarrow Thompson and a few others.
7. Duke: Junior tackle Vince Oghobaase is the real deal. He had 12 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks last season. He's one of four returning starters, along with defensive ends Greg Akinbiyi and Wesley Oglesby, and defensive tackle Ayanga Okpokowuruk.
8. Miami: Hurricane fans have good reason to be excited about freshman Marcus Forston, but there's little that's certain about this line. Allen Bailey's move here from linebacker should help, but this offseason he's been slowed by a pectoral injury. Eric Moncur has struggled to stay healthy, along with Courtney Harris. Senior left tackle Antonio Dixon, Joe Joseph and Dwayne Hendricks are competing with Forston for the tackle spots.
9. North Carolina: The Tar Heels have to replace two of the league's best linemen in tackle Kentwan Balmer and end Hilee Taylor. There are plenty of options at tackle, where Aleric Mullins is a returning starter, but Taylor's absence will be felt. Darrius Massenburg broke his wrist and didn't participate this spring, Darius Powell is more of a third-down guy, and Vince Jacobs is a converted tight end.
10. Maryland: Jeremy Navarre is the veteran of this group, having started a team-high 35 games, and should move from end to tackle. Mack Frost is expected to take Navarre's end position, but he missed this spring because of knee surgery. Trey Covington has plenty of experience at the Terps' LEO position, which is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. More is expected of nose tackle Travis Ivey, who played sparingly last year mostly in goal-line situations. Walk-on Bemi Otulaja passed him on the depth chart this spring.
11. NC State: Defensive end Willie Young and tackle Alan-Michael Cash are two certainties in an otherwise questionable line. While the move of Ted Larsen and John Bedics helped out the offensive line, it hurt the depth on defense. Markus Kuhn is a viable option at defensive end, and Antoine Holmes could help at tackle.
12. Virginia: With Chris Long and the lone answer to his departure, Jeffrey Fitzgerald, no longer on the team, the Cavaliers have a serious hole to fill, and there's not much experience at end to choose from. Alex Field played sparingly in every game and Sean Gottschalk played in nine.
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Here they are, the unheralded linemen. The guys who do the dirty work and make their teammates look good. Check out who's got the best:
1. Maryland -- The Terps have just one starting job open here and five of the top six linemen are seniors. The experience younger players like Bruce Campbell and Paul Pinegar gained last year at the misfortune of injured teammates should pay dividends this season. The Terps' depth is why they're ahead of the Hokies.
2. Virginia Tech -- Four starters are back, including Ed Wang, who moved from right to left tackle; left guard Nick Marshman, who at 6-foot-5, 357-pounds was the largest man on the roster but dropped 25 pounds in the offseason; center Ryan Shuman, who missed the spring because of offseason knee surgery; and right guard Sergio Render, who has already caught the eye of NFL scouts. Wang's backup, Greg Nosal, is a redshirt freshman moving from tight end. Marshman's reserve is Hivera Green, who hasn't played.
3. North Carolina -- The Tar Heels have struggled in the past, but with four starters returning and the second season under Butch Davis, it should see improvement. Senior tackle Garrett Reynolds and junior tackle Kyle Jolly -- who missed the spring with an injured left foot -- lead a group that has 67 total starts.
4. Wake Forest -- This group should be better than people think, despite having to replace center Steve Justice. Barrett McMillin has starting experience at right guard, and left tackle Joe Birdsong and right tackle Jeff Griffin both split time at one of the tackle spots last season. Left guard Russell Nenon didn't start but picked up a lot of playing time toward the end of the season. Center is a question mark. Because he was stuck behind Justice, center Trey Bailey has the most catching up to do.
5. Boston College -- There are still two spots up for grabs. Sophomore Anthony Castonzo, who holds the distinction of becoming the school's first offensive lineman in a decade to start as a true freshman, moved from right to left tackle to replace Gosder Cherilus. Matt Tennant is back at center along with returning staritng guard Clif Ramsey. Former defensive lineman Thomas Claiborne moved to right guard this spring.
6. NC State -- Moving defensive linemen Ted Larsen to center and John Bedics to left guard will only help this football team, but neither of them has taken a snap on offense yet in a college game. Jake Vermiglio, a hulking tackle who played well against Chris Long as a freshman last year, moved to guard behind Bedics (which shows Tom O'Brien's confidence in that move). Andy Barbee, a redshirt junior, was a longtime backup at center. Depth is a question mark, but the Wolfpack has three returning starters in right tackle Meares Green (who played at guard, center AND tackle last year), right guard Curtis Crouch, and Julian Williams, who is in his second full year starting at left tackle.
7. Miami -- The Hurricanes are looking for a starting center but have two starters back in Jason Fox and Reggie Youngblood. They've got experience in Orlando Franklin, Joel Figueroa (a key reserve) and Chris Rutledge (split time as a starter).
8. Virginia -- The loss of Branden Albert and two other starters left a gaping hole. The best thing the Cavaliers have going for them is senior Eugene Monroe, who might be the best offensive lineman in the ACC. He didn't allow a sack last year at left tackle. There's also experience at right tackle, where Will Barker has 25 career starts.
9. Georgia Tech -- The good news is that left tackle Andrew Gardner came back instead of heading for the NFL. The bad news is the cohesiveness of this unit is mostly gone because Gardner is the lone full-time returning starter. Cord Howard missed the spring because of foot surgery, but he and Dan Voss, who started the final seven games of last season at left guard, at least have starting experience.
10. Clemson -- Finally. A flaw. Tommy Bowden had to replace four starters, and named all but the two guard spots. Still, Cory Lambert has never started a game at left tackle and three of the four players competing to be guards are redshirt freshmen. Freshman Antoine McClain, who was ranked the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect [Insider] in the country by ESPN.com, could help.
11. Duke -- The Blue Devils have three starters back, including both tackles -- Fred Roland and Cameron Goldberg -- and guard Rob Schirmann. The reason they're not last? They've got one more body with experience than the 'Noles.
12. Florida State -- For the first time in school history, there's not one junior or senior on the line. That doesn't mean there's not talent, but much of it is unproven. What the Seminoles do have is sophomores Ryan McMahon and Rodney Hudson. McMahon was the only freshman or sophomore in the FBS to take every offensive snap for his team at center. Redshirt freshman Antwane Greenlee, a bulky 302-pound tackle who was very highly recruited, still hasn't played. A true freshman will most likely start somewhere, but first the coaches have to find the best one they have.