ACC: Dominique Davis

Military Bowl: 3 keys

December, 28, 2010
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Here are three keys for the Terps against East Carolina in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman:

1. Stay together. Maryland has more talent than East Carolina, but it will lose if it lets the coaching situation become a distraction. This is the most important intangible, and a challenging one for those within the program right now. It’s Ralph Freidgen’s final game as head coach of his alma mater, and both players and coaches have lamented the fact they missed opportunities to play in a higher-tier bowl. The Terps can either let the scenario beat them, or use it as motivation.

2. Disrupt the passing game. The one edge the Pirates have in this game is at quarterback, with former BC transfer Dominique Davis, but Maryland’s secondary is good enough to match up with ECU’s receivers. The key is to smother them and not let them loose for yards after the catch. Dwayne Harris and Lance Lewis have combined for 2,034 yards and 23 touchdowns on 171 receptions.

3. Get the running game going. It’s been stagnant all season, but that should change against East Carolina, which ranks 116th in the nation in rushing defense. If Maryland can establish a ground game and help keep quarterback Danny O’Brien in manageable third-down situations, it will be tough to get the Terps off the field.

Friday mailblog

October, 22, 2010
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One last post til' game day ...

Chuck in Wilmington, Mass., writes: heather, i'm a bc grad, class of 89, and former season ticket holder, what happened to bc overnite? they had qb issues last year, but still had a real good season, is the OLine that bad or are their other issues? chuck

HD: It definitely didn't happen overnight, Chuck. The transfer of Dominique Davis didn't help the quarterback situation, and neither did the season-ending injury to Colin Larmond Jr. Things like that have added up. The offensive line definitely hasn't lived up to expectations. There's not one answer right now, but the most important factor on the road to recovery starts with the quarterback, and I think they've found that in Chase Rettig. He just needs time to develop.


Dan in Washington, D.C., writes: I know the scheduling has come up before with regards to VT opening the season with the big opponent - and then opening themselves up to having the subsequent letdown 5-6 days later. That being said, if the Boise State game had been scheduled for mid October like had been originally planned, or even if Boise and VT were to play again tomorrow, who would be your pick?

HD: I'd stick with my original pick, Dan, the Hokies. I don't think Virginia Tech would lose if it was playing the way it has been in the past few weeks. Speaking of ...


Trent in Blacksburg, Va., writes: Agree or disagree? Virginia Tech is playing like a Top 10 team since the JMU loss. I honestly think if the Boise State game had been scheduled in October like it was supposed to be, we would have won a tough game, but without much worry. It seems Frank Beamer teams struggle at the beginning of the season, but always blossom a lot by the end of the season. Bitter-sweet for us Hokie fans. ...

HD: Well, can I agree and disagree? I do think that Virginia Tech tends to play its best football in Novemeber. Almost all teams do. But not all teams start off the season against top 10 competition. The one thing that's not looking like a top 10 team yet is Virginia Tech's defense. It's average.


Ryan in Tampa writes: One amazing stat most people haven't talked about this week is this: Miami forced SEVEN turnovers against Duke and only managed 28 points (7 of them on a pick-six). How inept is Miami's offense if they can't do more with that kind of field position and defensive play?

HD: Um, yeah, you would expect more out of a Miami team against a downtrodden Duke team. Which is why I picked UNC this weekend.


Desmond in Raleigh, N.C., writes: Would it be safe to sit Wilson early in the FSU/NCSU game if he gets into interception trouble early in the game?

HD: Safe? Sure. Mike Glennon is a dependable backup. But I don't think that would be the right time to make a quarterback change. The stakes will be high and you want a proven veteran who knows how to win. Both quarterbacks threw two interceptions last year in this game.


Chris in Atlanta, Ga., writes: Why is it that Georgia Tech can never have a good recruiting class? It seems like we never get any of the top players and usually its a surprising thing if we have a four-star recruit in our recruiting class let alone a five-star recruit.

HD: Last I checked, Georgia Tech just bid farewell to a handful of NFL draft picks. And the success of Demaryius Thomas should be inspiring to receivers. I wouldn't get too wrapped up in the stars. I'd be more concerned about the Jackets bringing in good offensive linemen, and now recruiting to suit the 3-4 defense.

NC State falls to ECU

October, 16, 2010
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NC State's defense was supposed to be better.

Supposed to be.

But things aren't always what they seem in the ACC. East Carolina's defense -- which ranked 117th in the nation in scoring defense -- got the final word with an interception in overtime that sealed the Pirates' 33-27 win.

So much for NC State winning that unofficial state championship this year.

Both defenses struggled, and there were four turnovers from each team, but the difference was in ECU quarterback Dominique Davis, who outplayed NC State quarterback Russell Wilson. Davis, who transferred from BC, threw for 376 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Wilson threw for 322 yards but had one touchdown and three interceptions.

This game had a lot of similarities to NC State's loss to Virginia Tech. Expect Florida State to follow the same game plan later this month.

ACC's lunchtime links

November, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Still no news out of FSU on Mickey Andrews, but something will be released eventually today ...
  • Tony Barnhart offers 10 scenarios as to how Georgia Tech might play for the national title. First, they have to decide who's playing where on defense.
  • UNC and Duke will play each other with winning records for the first time since the 1994 season. It's no wonder coach Butch Davis only gave the Tar Heels about 10 hours to enjoy their win over Virginia Tech. This game actually means something this year.
  • This just in: NC State has another key injury. That makes 11 out for the season. And you thought last year was bad ...
  • Still, the Pack hasn't given up hope. Why should they? Technically, NC State can still become bowl eligible.
  • Former BC quarterback Dominique Davis has committed to play for East Carolina, the Boston Globe is reporting.
  • Clemson's 2006 recruiting class is still paying dividends for Dabo Swinney in his first year as head coach.
  • Clemson's defense is getting used to facing skilled passers, and they'll continue that trend on Saturday against Christian Ponder.
  • Miami coach Randy Shannon is proud of the Canes for their comeback against Wake Forest.
  • Part of Virginia's problems can be traced to the fact that quarterback Jameel Sewell has been injured.
  • Virginia Tech Ryan Williams was sick to his stomach over his fourth-quarter fumble against North Carolina. So much so that he didn't go to class on Friday.
  • It's a family affair at Maryland, where the Galt twins are savoring their final season with their dad, director of strength and conditioning Dwight Galt.

BC's Herzlich intends to play for Eagles in 2010

August, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, the ACC's reigning defensive player of the year who will miss this season while he battles cancer, said his goal is to "pick up where he left off" in 2010 and play for BC and then possibly the NFL.

For his teammates to even hear those aspirations is a small, yet important boost to a program in desperate need of hearing something -- anything -- good. Since Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, this past spring, it seems like the Eagles just haven't been able to take two steps forward without a quarterback or somebody else getting knocked two steps back. The leadership is lacking under first-year coach Frank Spaziani, and to even have Herzlich on the sideline this fall will be an inspiration to the team.

BC's other top linebacker and vocal leader -- Mike McLaughlin -- has been out with a torn Achilles, and most recently, quarterback Dave Shinskie suffered a broken rib. The transfer of former quarterback Dominique Davis left the Eagles without any collegiate experience at quarterback, and certainly without any leadership there, let alone any clarity on the depth chart after three scrimmages. There are veterans on the offensive line, where four starters return, and there is some young talent on the two-deep, but the Eagles are missing their main man. Imagine how he feels.
"It's been tough so far," Herzlich told ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach. "The toughest part was having them go through camp while I was here. But I'll be able to be with the guys and can encourage them from the sideline. To be in that stadium full of fans is going to be great."For the Eagles, having Herzlich back in the stadium will be even better.

Former BC quarterback heading to community college

July, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting that former BC quarterback Dominique Davis is transferring to Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kansas this year before heading to a Division I program.

Finding a quarterback is just one of several uphill battles the Eagles have faced this offseason, and it appears Davis realized the impact his decision had on the program. While Davis might not have been the best quarterback in the ACC, he at least had starting experience. Now they don't have anyone on the roster who's thrown a pass in an ACC game.

Defensive end Jim Ramella said he's seen 25-year-old Dave Shinskie throw, and expects him to adjust fine.

"He's got a really strong arm," Ramella said. "I've seen him throw in seven-on-sevens, but any quarterback will tell you that's much different than throwing the ball when you've got a bunch of dudes coming at you, so we'll see how he does under fire.

"I couldn't tell you about his football smarts," Ramella said. "I'm sure they're a little rusty after not playing football for six years, but hopefully he can come along."

ACC's lunchtime links

June, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Between Dominique Davis' decision to leave Boston College and the impending news at FSU, it's actually been a rather busy for June 2. And around the ACC we go ...

One of the newspapers I always check for Maryland news is the Baltimore Sun, and while I was looking today, I stumbled upon this article about a high school track team that had to forfeit its 2009 state, regional and county titles because it used an ineligible athlete. Sound familiar? Since FSU is awaiting its fate for the same rule violation, I thought it was rather timely and fitting, just to show that at every level, coaches and teams are held accountable for using ineligible athletes.

BC quarterback Davis to transfer

June, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Things can't get much worse for Boston College.

 
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  The departure of Dominique Davis will leave Boston College without any experienced quarterbacks.

Quarterback Dominique Davis has announced he will transfer after being suspended by the university for academic reasons, the school announced Tuesday. Davis is undecided at this time as to where he will transfer.

Say what you will about Davis -- he struggled in the ACC championship and the bowl game -- but he had the most experience of any of the three quarterbacks competing for the starting job, and he only started three games last year. If it weren't for Davis' play in the win over the Terps in the regular-season home finale, BC never would have made it to the ACC title game.

Davis completed 63 of 138 passes for 741 yards and six touchdowns with four interceptions last season as a redshirt freshman. He started the final three games of the season for the Eagles following an injury to senior Chris Crane. Davis played most of the game at Wake Forest, leading the Eagles to an impressive come-from-behind win in the final minute.

The biggest question in Chestnut Hill was who would be the quarterback this fall? Now it has to be either Justin Tuggle or Codi Boek.

Tuggle redshirted the 2008 season. As a senior quarterback at Northview High School, he threw for 1,310 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 563 yards and six touchdowns while establishing school career records in passing yards and passing touchdowns.

After moving to the fullback position last year, Boek returns to his natural position. Also competing for time will be true freshman Michael Marscovetra, who will join the team in the fall.

One word sums up that group -- inexperience. It could be a very long season for Boston College.

Who's No. 2? Ranking the ACC's backup quarterbacks

May, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

One of the major themes this fall in the ACC will be keeping starting quarterbacks healthy because of the lack of experience behind them. Virginia Tech, which saw both Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor get hurt against Florida State last year, knows this scenario all-too well. How will the Hokies fare this season if Taylor's ankle fails him again? Based in large part by experience and some on recruiting hype, here's a look at who's got the best backup situations in the ACC -- and who doesn't.

1. Virginia -- Say what you will about the Cavaliers' chances this fall, but no team has more experience at quarterback right now. Jameel Sewell, Marc Verica and Vic Hall have all started a game. That, in itself, is progress from last season. And they all have different strengths. Sewell is an elusive runner, Verica is more of a drop-back passer, and Hall, well, he was a cornerback with tremendous athletic ability.

2. Georgia Tech -- If need be, the Yellow Jackets can also go three deep, as starter Josh Nesbitt has experience behind him in Jaybo Shaw and a talented newcomer in redshirt freshman Tevin Washington. Shaw quarterbacked the Yellow Jackets almost exclusively in two games last season -- a 38-7 win over Mississippi State and a 27-0 victory over Duke. When Nesbitt hurt his hamstring eight snaps into the Mississippi State game, Shaw took over and promptly threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. By the final buzzer, Georgia Tech had accumulated 500 yards of total offense.

3. NC State -- The Wolfpack finally have a prized recruit to fall back on should Russell Wilson need some help. Mike Glennon, who is perfectly suited for Tom O'Brien's Matt Ryan-esque style, made significant progress this spring and could see some playing time even if Wilson is 100 percent. Glennon was rated the No. 3 quarterback in his class and No. 32 player overall in the ESPN 150.

4. Duke -- Sean Renfree earned himself some playing time behind Thaddeus Lewis this fall and will use this season to ease into the role of next year's starting quarterback. Renfree had originally committed to Georgia Tech, but was also recruited by Tennessee when David Cutcliffe was there. He's the real deal.

5. Florida State -- The Seminoles probably would have been moved up a notch or two on this list had E.J. Manuel actually made it through more than one spring practice without hurting himself. But FSU offensive coordinator/head coach in waiting Jimbo Fisher has high hopes for his first hand-picked quarterback.

6. North Carolina -- The Tar Heels have the Paulus who actually IS a quarterback, and he's even got some experience at it. The problem is, Mike Paulus was 4-for-13 for 33 yards with two interceptions in four games last year. Paulus entered the Virginia Tech game when T.J. Yates was injured and was 3-for-8 for 23 yards and two picks. There's a reason Cam Sexton took over last year, but Sexton has since transferred.

7. Clemson -- If by chance Kyle Parker wins the starting job, then Willy Korn will be like 1a. Korn played two games as a true freshman in 2007 then suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. He played in six games last year, including a start against Georgia Tech in Dabo Swinney's first game as a head coach. His career efficiency rating is 132.9 and he has completed 69.4 percent of his passes. Those are starter stats, but Parker had an impressive spring.

8. Wake Forest -- The Demon Deacons at least have depth. They had a competition between Ryan McManus, Ted Stachitas and Skylar Jones this spring, and McManus came out on top heading into summer camp. McManus is a former walk-on who has seen most of his playing time as a holder and on special teams, Stachitas is dealing with a shoulder injury, and Jones finished his first spring working exclusively at quarterback.

9. Miami -- At least Randy Shannon made a decision and decided Taylor Cook earned the No. 2 spot at the end of the spring, but it's not a done deal. Cannon Smith will continue to push Cook this summer, but neither one of them have taken a collegiate snap yet. Cook, though, was a very highly touted recruit, ranked the No. 9 quarterback in his class and No. 108 in the ESPN 150.

10. Virginia Tech -- Joseph Ju-Ju Clayton won the backup job over Marcus Davis, but he's still a redshirt freshman who hasn't been tested when the lights come on. Clayton was projected by some to be a better defensive back in college. He wasn't as highly touted a recruit as Manuel, Cook, Glennon or Renfree, but the Hokies are known for finding talent and making the most of somewhat unheralded recruits.

11. Maryland -- The Terps' depth took a hit when Josh Portis decided to transfer, but sophomore Jamarr Robinson had an impressive spring. He completed 15 of 19 passes, including his final 12 attempts, for 253 yards and four touchdowns.

12. Boston College -- The Eagles don't know who their starting quarterback is, let alone their No. 2. Dominique Davis struggled in the ACC championship game and the bowl game -- both losses -- but he has the most experience among Justin Tuggle and Codi Boek.

SOS in the ACC

May, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Each team is going to need a little bit of help this fall (some more than others). Here's a look at where everyone in the ACC needs the most help heading into summer camp:

BOSTON COLLEGE -- Quarterback. It's easily the biggest question mark in Chestnut Hill, and it will also be one of Frank Spaziani's first major decisions as head coach. Regardless of whom he picks -- Dominique Davis, Codi Boek or Justin Tuggle -- experience will be at a minimum.

CLEMSON -- Wide receivers. Somebody needs to help Jacoby Ford, and Aaron Kelly and Tyler Grisham are no longer around to do it. Xavier Dye didn't quite have the consistency he'd hoped for this spring. Marquan Jones and Terrence Ashe could also be factors.

DUKE -- Offensive line. The Blue Devils lost three starters there and moved a fourth (Kyle Hill from left guard to left tackle), so it will have an entirely new look. The one player back in his original position is center Bryan Morgan.

FLORIDA STATE -- Receivers. FSU is waiting until the legal process unfolds to determine the length of Rod Owens' suspension, and it's uncertain how quickly Taiwan Easterling will be cleared to play after an injury to his Achilles. Bert Reed, Louis Givens and Jarmon Fortson will be heavily depended upon.

GEORGIA TECH -- Linemen. The Yellow Jackets have to replace three of four starters on the defensive line, and injuries to Cord Howard, Dan Voss and Nick Claytor slowed the progress on the offensive line this spring.

MARYLAND -- Offensive line. The Terps lost three starters and will have four players in new positions. Phil Costa should be the leader of an otherwise inexperienced group.

MIAMI -- Linebacker depth. There were a few position changes, and Colin McCarthy missed the spring. Sean Spence is proven, but depth remains a concern.

NORTH CAROLINA -- Receivers. This group had to be completely rebuilt, as UNC lost players who accounted for 17 of 21 receiving touchdowns last year. Greg Little had a good spring and should be the leader now, and freshman Joshua Adams benefitted from enrolling early.

NC STATE -- Safety. This is coach Tom O'Brien's biggest concern, and the Pack need Javon Walker, who tore his ACL and missed the spring, back and healthy. Clem Johnson played well last year despite being hindered by several injuries. O'Brien is looking for more from Jimmaul Simmons and Justin Byers.

VIRGINIA -- Linebackers. The backups to Antonio Appleby, Jon Copper and Clint Sintim rarely played, as Al Groh wanted to keep his best players on the field. Darren Childs, Steve Greer, Aaron Taliaferro, Cam Johnson, and Darnell Carter will have to grow up quickly.

VIRGINIA TECH -- Kicker. For the third straight year, Frank Beamer is in search of a new kicker, this time to replace Dustin Keys. Matt Waldron was the leading candidate out of the spring, but the competition is wide open.

WAKE FOREST -- Linebackers. Gone are Aaron Curry, Stanley Arnoux and Chantz McClinic. Introducing Gelo Orange. Yes, that's his name. Orange, along with Hunter Haynes, Jonathan Jones and a host of others have some big shoes to fill.

Summer work in the ACC

May, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Some teams made significant progress this spring and others still have a lot of work to do this summer. Here are three teams that need to make the best use of summer camp:

1. Virginia -- There are still more questions than answers, especially when it comes to quarterback, wide receivers and the linebackers. Quarterback Marc Verica threw the ball 19 times in the spring game, Vic Hall 16 and Jameel Sewell, who described himself as "rusty" this spring, threw it 11. It was tough to learn anything from the game, which was the only chance this spring for the public to see the new offense, but there are still plenty of starting positions to be won.

2. Boston College -- The defense isn't a concern, but the offensive progress was slow enough this spring to earn the Eagles the No. 2 spot here. There wasn't much legitimate scoring done in the spring game -- save for a 37-yard field goal -- and the Eagles will need some leaders to emerge this summer, starting at quarterback. None of the contenders threw a touchdown pass in the final scrimmage, but Dominique Davis enters the summer with a slight lead on the depth chart.

3. Clemson -- The Tigers still need to decide a starting quarterback, and the race between Kyle Parker and Willy Korn will continue. Coach Dabo Swinney also needs to find a dependable receiver other than Jacoby Ford to catch the football. The defense is also still in a transition phase under first-year coordinator Kevin Steele, as he continues to tinker with the strong side linebacker and free safety spots.

ACC spring rewind: quarterbacks

April, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

One of the overriding themes of this spring was backup quarterback situations across the ACC. Georgia Tech and North Carolina were actually the only teams that entered the spring certain of their two-deep. Here's a quick rundown of who made progress and who is still in a holding pattern heading into summer camp:

PROBLEM SOLVED

Virginia Tech -- Ju-Ju Clayton won the job and Marcus Davis was moved back to wide receiver, giving both of them plenty of time to develop in their solidified roles.

Duke -- Former backup Zack Asack was moved to safety and Sean Renfree proved he's capable of being the No. 2 behind Thaddeus Lewis and even earned himself some playing time this fall.

NC State -- Finally. The Wolfpack has a dependable backup in Mike Glennon, and odds are he sees playing time this fall.

LINGERING ISSUE

Maryland -- Jamarr Robinson isn't a lock, but he put himself in a great position and could be a lock if he continues to develop over the next few months. His biggest competition won't come until summer when true freshmen Danny O'Brien and C.J. Brown arrive.

Miami -- Randy Shannon said that Taylor Cook finished the spring as the No. 2 quarterback, but he didn't sound like the decision had been cemented. Shannon said Cannon Smith will continue to compete for the job during fall camp, but Cook was better this spring.

Florida State -- E.J. Manuel, who injured his finger on the first day of practice, didn't get quite as many reps as the staff would have liked.

Wake Forest -- Skylar Jones, Ryan McManus and Ted Stachitas finished the spring in a three-way tie.

STARTER UP

Virginia -- The competition between Jameel Sewell, Marc Verica and Vic Hall will continue this summer. Hall was the first quarterback on the field in the spring game, but Verica completed 14 of 19 throws for 148 yards, including a 21-yard yard TD toss to Raynard Horne. Sewell, who admitted he was rusty this spring, was 7-of-11 for 61 yards.

Boston College -- Dominique Davis got the most reps with the first team, but nobody seems to have separated himself as the leader of the offense. Justin Tuggle and Codi Boek are still in the mix.

Clemson -- Kyle Parker was arguably the best performer this spring, but Willy Korn is the better runner of the two, and that's hard to evaluate when the quarterback can't be tackled.

Some things I thought I'd see this spring

April, 29, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There were a few things I thought I'd see happen in the ACC this spring. Some of them played out as expected, others, not so much. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. E.J. Manuel challenge Christian Ponder for FSU's starting quarterback job. Not quite. Manuel injured his finger on the first day of practices and missed the whole spring. Ponder, in turn, became a better player and leader.

2. Duke running back Re'quan Boyette back in shape. Duke's leading rusher in 2006 and 2007 not only returned this spring, but he also looked capable of making a significant difference in the Blue Devils' offense.

3. An extended battle for the No. 2 quarterback position at Virginia Tech. Nope. Coach Frank Beamer solidified that spot with Ju-Ju Clayton before they even played the spring game.

4. Positive changes to Miami's offense. There were rave reviews from Mark Whipple's first spring as offensive coordinator, and the quarterbacks made progress under his direction. Miami's offense racked up 406 total yards on 71 total plays in the spring game.

5. Justin Tuggle take over as Boston College's starting quarterback. With the way Dominique Davis struggled in the final two games of 2008 and how much hype there was surrounding Tuggle, I really did think there would be a power shift in Chestnut Hill, but Davis got the most reps with the ones, and it's still an open battle heading into summer camp.

6. Maryland's defense struggle. Wrong again. I thought it would take a while for the Terps to adjust to new defensive coordinator Don Brown's aggressive scheme, but it was the defense that was giving the offense fits this spring.

7. Jameel Sewell take over the offense at Virginia. I wasn't convinced Al Groh was serious about using Vic Hall only at quarterback this spring, but he was equally in the mix.

8. Slow progress up front for Georgia Tech. Replacing three starters on the defensive line isn't going to happen in 15 practices, and it didn't. Defensive tackle T.J. Barnes did start to become a player they can depend on, though.

9. Mike Glennon challenge Russell Wilson for NC State's starting job. Tom O'Brien said Wilson didn't make as much progress this spring as he would have if he didn't split time with the baseball team. Glennon made strides in Wilson's absence, but it's still Wilsons' job to lose this summer.

10. UNC receivers start to make strides. Guys like Greg Little, Joshua Adams and Dwight Jones started to get used to their increased roles, but coach Butch Davis said he's going to have to continue to press them through the summer to make sure they're able to help sustain drives and make catches in the clutch.

ACC in the afternoon

April, 27, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The lunchtime links were geared towards the NFL draft, so here's an afternoon edition with more of a focus on this past weekend's spring games:

  • Boston College coach Frank Spaziani is realistic about the progress his team needs to make before its first kickoff. Quarterback Dominique Davis gave himself a B- for his performance this spring, and that's without an injured starting center. The good news? There's still time.
  • The strong performance by Maryland's second-team offense on Saturday was proof that depth is starting to develop in College Park. Ralph Friedgen can thank his young receivers for part of that, and Quinton McCree was their leader on Saturday.
  • Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams isn't asking much of his offensive linemen -- just that they get him "past the first level." He'll make the rest happen.
  • And when he does, he won't forget to blow a kiss to mom.
  • Here are some more odds n' ends from the Hokies' spring game.

Wrapping up BC's spring game

April, 27, 2009
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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.

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