ACC: David Mackall
Maryland junior offensive tackle R.J. Dill has been granted his release in order to transfer.
Dill is the third player at Maryland to ask for a release since the Terps' 2-10 season ended, joining tailback D.J. Adams and defensive end David Mackall. Dill, though, has been an anchor on the offensive line, and his return would have given the Terps one of the ACC's more veteran groups up front. Dill had the most career starts (33) and most consecutive starts (30) on the team. He has one year of eligibility remaining and is expected to graduate in December.
At this point, first-year coach Randy Edsall can just fill in the name for his canned prepared good-bye statements.
“We wish R.J. well in his future athletic and academic pursuits,” Edsall said in a prepared statement. “We appreciate the commitment and effort R.J. has given to the Maryland football program.”
The obvious question: Who's next?
The sophomore has played in all eight games this season, starting the first seven at defensive end. He had 30 tackles, including three sacks. There is no timetable for reinstatement.
2. Florida State: The Noles had to replace two starters, including Kendall Smith, the team’s second-leading tackler, last season, and Mister Alexander, but the upcoming talent could be even better. Nigel Bradham led the team with 98 tackles and five pass breakups last season, and Christian Jones, Jeff Luc, Telvin Smith and Vince Williams will also be competing for playing time.
3. Miami: Sean Spence, who has 30 career starts, should be one of the best in the country, and Ramon Buchanon, another senior, also returns. The Canes have five other linebackers with experience in Kelvin Cain, who started seven games, Jordan Futch, who had a great spring and will see the field, Tyrone Cornelius, Shayon Green and C.J. Holton.
4. North Carolina: Kevin Reddick, who led the Tar Heels with 74 tackles last season, returns for his third season as starter. Zach Brown is also a returning starter with game-changing capabilities, and there is plenty of depth with Dion Guy, Darius Lipford, Ebele Okakpu and Herman Davidson. Junior college transfer Fabby Desir could also have an impact.
5. NC State: Audie Cole and Terrell Manning have combined for 39 career starts, and Cole fared well this spring moving to the middle to replace Nate Irving. With the return of Sterling Lucas, Dwayne Maddox and Colby Jackson, there is plenty of experience, but not quite as much depth as some other programs.
6. Georgia Tech: The Jackets return both starters in Steven Sylvester and Julian Burnett. There is no shortage of depth with Jeremy Attaochu, Quayshawn Nealey, Brandon Watts, Albert Rocker, Malcolm Munroe and Daniel Drummond.
7. Clemson: This group has a lot of potential, especially if true freshmen Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony make an immediate impact. There’s no question they’ll be given a chance, but the Tigers already have a good group with Corico Hawkins, Quandon Christian and Jonathan Willard.
8. Virginia Tech: It seems like this rotation has been in flux for a while now. The Hokies’ leading tackler returns in Bruce Taylor, Barquell Rivers had 96 tackles as a starter in 2009 but was injured last season, and there are several young players adding to the competition. Chase Williams, Tariq Edwards, Telvion Clark and Jack Tyler are only a few. Whip linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow will have to earn his spot back over Alonzo Tweedy, Dominique Patterson and Nick Dew.
9. Maryland: The Terps were hit hard here with the losses of Alex Wujciak (381 career tackles) and Adrian Moten (14.5 career sacks). Demetrius Hartsfield returns with 20 career starts, and there are four lettermen returning including Darin Drakeford, Isaiah Ross, David Mackall and Bradley Johnson.
10. Wake Forest: Kyle Wilber’s move to outside linebacker will give this position a boost, as he led the Deacs with 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks last season. His backup is Gelo Orange (22 tackles). The Deacs also have Tristan Dorty, Joey Ehrmann, Mike Olsen, Scott Betros, Riley Haynes and Justin Jackson.
11. Virginia: Starters LaRoy Reynolds and Ausar Walcott both return, but neither has started more than 11 career games. Junior Steve Greer has prior starting experience but played mainly as a reserve last season. Adam Taliaferro, Conner McCartin, Tucker Windle and LoVante Battle are also in the mix for playing time.
12. Duke: Kelby Brown is the lone returning starter, but he’s a promising young player who led the nation last season as a freshman in fumbles recovered. He missed spring ball while recovering from a knee injury, but is expected to start with Tyree Glover or Kevin Rojas.
But only briefly.
Wilson responded with a 14-yard run, and got the first down with his feet on the following play. Maryland's defense has done a good job of putting pressure on Wilson in the second quarter, but containing him for an entire game is a different story.
LB Adam Banks (leg) – QUESTIONABLE
NG Tevin Hood (foot) – QUESTIONABLE
LB Damian Thornton (leg) – QUESTIONABLE
TE Brett Huffman (leg) – OUT
S Taylor Sowell (leg) – OUT
CB Johnny Williams (head) – OUT
S Quan Stevenson (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON
OL 77 Andrew Gonnella (leg)
WR 83 Emani Lee-Odai (leg)
QB 11 Jamarr Robinson (shoulder)
WR 82 Torrey Smith (leg)
DB 39 Desmond Kearse (leg)
LB 59 David Mackall (head)
Out for season:
QB 16 C.J. Brown (shoulder)
OL 75 Justin Gilbert (knee)
LB 42 Ben Pooler (knee)
TE 80 Lansford Watson (knee)
DL 41 Marcus Whitfield (knee)
Here are this week's top performers in the ACC:
Wake Forest safety Alex Frye: He had two interceptions, a forced fumble and four tackles in Wake Forest’s 54-48 win over Duke on Saturday. Frye’s first interception led to a Wake Forest touchdown which put the Deacons ahead 21-14 in the second quarter. His second interception, also in the second quarter, was returned 28 yards to the Duke 16 and the Demon Deacons scored two players later for a 35-21 lead. Frye has now intercepted a pass in each of his last three games dating back to last season. He has five career interceptions and three this season.
BC's defense. The Eagles held Kent State to 4 rushing yards and forced five turnovers in a 26-13 win. Kent State had two fumbles and three interceptions. Alex Albright had his first career interception, and Wes Davis also picked off a pass for the Eagles.
Virginia coach Mike London. He has already proven himself as an FBS coach. London took his team across the country -- a team picked to finish last in the ACC -- and put it in position to beat No. 16 USC. He flew the Cavaliers out there on Thursday, took them to the Coliseum on Friday to help ease their nerves, and almost beat the Trojans on Saturday. There were one too many mistakes and penalties, but it was a gritty effort to be commended.
Maryland's defense.The Terps held Morgan State to just 85 total yards and forced three turnovers in a 62-3 rout. It was the fewest yards allowed under coach Ralph Friedgen. Freshmen Matt Robinson and David Mackall were Maryland's leading tacklers with seven each. Demetrius Hartsfield's pick-six in the second quarter was Maryland's first since Alex Wujciak scored on a 70-yard interception return on Nov. 14, 2009 at NC State.
NC State linebacker Audi Cole. He led the team with 12 tackles, including 3.5 for loss (19 yards), one sack (10 yards) and an interception in the Pack's 28-21 win over UCF.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
As summer camps get underway, there are almost always a few players missing, whether it's for academic reasons, suspensions, injuries, etc. I checked in with each school's sports information department for an attendance check on who will be missing this summer at each school. Overall, almost everyone seems to be in good shape, but there will be some key players out you already knew about. NC State appears to be missing the most as far as guys who have or would have been key contributors.
Here are the results:
BOSTON COLLEGE: Linebacker Mark Herzlich is out, along with linebacker Mike McLaughlin and fullback James McCluskey, both with Achilles.
CLEMSON: All present.
DUKE: Defensive tackle Kinney Rucker -- out due to injury.
FLORIDA STATE: Offensive lineman Aubrey Phillips transferred (rather loudly) to Auburn, outside linebacker C.J. Mizell won't be around and Willie Downs is headed to junior college. I'm told grades get posted next week, so this list could change.
GEORGIA TECH: Sophomore linebacker Kyle Jackson (foot injury)
MARYLAND: Two signees are heading to prep school: Lorne Goree and David Mackall.
MIAMI: All present.
NORTH CAROLINA: Prep school: Justin Dixon, D.J. Bunn, Johnnie Farms, J.R. Rhodes. Junior college: Ray-Ray Davis. Released from letter of intent: Angelo Hadley (arrested), Prizell Brown (junior college transfer, academics). Pending: Donavan Tate.
VIRGINIA: Kevin Crawford (NT) and Rod Wheeler (TE) are no longer enrolled. OT Morgan Moses will enroll in prep school this fall.
VIRGINIA TECH: Kenny Lewis, Jr. is the only one who's still slowed by injury (Achilles) and will miss at least the first part of camp, if not more.
WAKE FOREST: All present.