ACC: D\'Vontrey Richardson

ACC's lunchtime links

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Lotta action today ...

  • Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has a few areas he'd like to see improvement in this fall.
  • Johnson said the program isn't closing the door on any expansion talk. He said the Jackets are happy where they are, but "you never close the door on anything; you always listen."
  • The BC-Notre Dame rivalry is back. This is good news. It would be a shame for that one to disappear.
  • There are all kinds of angles to consider when talking about Kyle Parker's future and Travis Sawchik of The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier did a good job of covering them all.
  • NC State quarterback Russell Wilson avoided choosing baseball or football. Instead, he's decided to play both.
  • Remember former FSU backup quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson? Well, he plays baseball now. He talked about his first pro season on the team's website.
  • Clemson to the SEC? Probably not, writes Seth Emerson.
  • Here's a photo essay on Wilson, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Colorado Rockies.

FSU's Richardson to sign minor league contract

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

FSU two-sport athlete D'Vontrey Richardson will sign a minor leauge contract with the Brewers as early as today, according to the Albany Herald.

I think it's safe to say many of us saw this coming since Richardson was drafted in the fifth round, and seemed to be leaning toward leaving at his last press conference. But who could have predicted BC would recruit a minor leaguer and FSU would lose one? It's bizarro world in the ACC.

The Noles will be just fine, though, without Richardson at safety or quarterback. He wasn't even at spring practices, so how much was he really going to help? Safety Jamie Robinson will be one of the veteran leaders in the secondary, Korey Mangum moved to rover in the spring with the hopes of replacing Myron Rolle, and Terrance Parks can line up anywhere.

I'm eager to see how E.J. Manuel fares, mainly because he was Jimbo Fisher's first hand-picked quarterback as offensive coordinator. Christian Ponder told me at ACC media day that Manuel is "100 percent, throwing the ball well," and participated in all of the seven-on-sevens.

"He's starting to make the reads," Ponder said. "He's getting comfortable, I can tell. Two-a-days are going to do him a lot of good. He's going to be a heck of a player."

ACC's lunchtime links

June, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Happy Friday, ACC fans. Here are a few links to hold you over 'til Monday: 

  • Jacobbi McDaniel, one of the most touted football players in the Seminoles' incoming recruiting class, is putting Major League Baseball on hold and coming back to play football -- unless, of course, he gets offered $1.5 million from the Brewers. Can't blame him. Teammate D'Vontrey Richardson, though, told reporters on Thursday he is more than likely on his way out.
  • NC State players thought they were pretty special until they met these guys, injured and ill Marines. Kudos to NC State coach Tom O'Brien for giving his players this kind of experience, and giving back to our troops.
  • Former Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry has already exceeded the Seattle Seahawks' expectations. No big surprise there.
  • How do Miami fans feel about Lamar Miller? Tom Luginbill, of ESPN.com's Scouts Inc., says Miller and Mike James might be just as talented as one of the running back recruits that got away.
  • Clemson picked up its first commitment for the 2011 class.

Update on FSU's Surrency

June, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The NFL confirmed to ESPN's Joe Schad via e-mail today that former FSU receiver Corey Surrency will enter the upcoming supplemental NFL draft.

Also, Noles fans probably heard that QB-turned-safety D'Vontrey Richardson was drafted in the fifth round earlier Wednesday by the Milwaukee Brewers. Richardson will have a news conference on Thursday, but it hasn't been officially announced yet as to whether his career at FSU is over.

Duke backup quarterback moving to safety

March, 18, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Duke coach David Cutcliffe had mentioned he might move backup quarterback Zack Asack, and he did -- to safety. Seems like the trendy thing to do in the ACC this year, as Florida State backup quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson also made the move.

This is good for Asack, as clearly he struggled leading the offense in the Virginia Tech game last year, and the staff wouldn't have done it if it weren't confident in Sean Renfree. It was hard not to wince during last year's game against Virginia Tech when Asack threw four interceptions and no touchdowns and completed 2 of 9 passes in the 14-3 loss. It was also hard not to wonder how much different the game would have been had starter Thaddeus Lewis not been injured.

Regardless, Asack can help the depth at safety where Duke lost Adrian Aye-Darko, who had 29 career starts. Duke also lost starting cornerback Glenn Williams, who had 23 career starts.

The staff is excited about Renfree's potential. He was rated the No. 43 quarterback in the class of 2008 by Scouts Inc. He decommitted from Georgia Tech in 2007.

What to watch in the ACC this spring

February, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

With Miami kicking off spring practice on Feb. 24, it's never too early to start thinking about spring football in the ACC. There are plenty of story lines heading into the 2009 season -- like backup quarterbacks and new coordinators.

Here are a few things to watch for each team in the ACC this spring:

ATLANTIC DIVISION

BOSTON COLLEGE
Spring practice starts:
March 17
Spring game: April 25

What to watch

  • Replacing 325-pound defensive tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace will be a large challenge -- literally. Damik Scafe could be a starter, but beyond him it's anybody's guess.
  • Quarterback Dominique Davis only has three games of experience over everyone else, so it's definitely not a given that it's his job to lose. Davis was thrown into the fire at the end of 2008, but former coach Jeff Jagodzinski and former offensive coordinator Steve Logan liked freshman Justin Tuggle, who redshirted this past season. Whether the new staff is as high on Tuggle remains to be seen.
  • Including former defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, who was promoted to head coach, the Eagles will have six coaches in new positions this spring. With two new coordinators, a new offensive line coach, tight ends coach and a linebackers coach, this spring will be a chance for a few introductions.

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Clemson's Parker ready for double duty again

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

Sophomore Kyle Parker is on a football scholarship at Clemson, but he might be more easily recognized by fans when he's wearing his No. 25 jersey -- his baseball uniform -- instead of his No. 11 quarterback jersey.

That might change this spring.

 
  AP Photo/Brett Flashnick
  Kyle Parker will spend time playing football and baseball again this spring.

Parker, the son of former NFL wide receiver Carl Parker, enrolled in Clemson last January after graduating high school early, and immediately made a name for himself as a first-team All-ACC baseball player. He started 55 games and hit .303 with 44 runs scored, 12 doubles, 14 home runs and 50 RBIs. On the side, he happened to be going to spring football practice every day.

This year, there will be a bit more emphasis on spring football, as the graduation of quarterback Cullen Harper leaves the position wide open -- and Parker at the heart of the competition.

"To be able to compete for the job, he's gotta be there," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "Obviously football is paying the bills, but he's here to do both. It's in my and [baseball] coach [Jack] Leggett's best interests that we work out a good schedule for him, and I'm real comfortable with what we've got resolved."

Parker isn't the only ACC quarterback who will be pulling double duty with baseball this spring, and it's no easy feat considering how strong the conference is (North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Florida State are all ranked among Baseball America's preseason Top 25, and Miami and NC State are both consistent championship contenders).

The three quarterbacks playing both sports are each at different points in their career. NC State's Russell Wilson is a returning starter at quarterback, and also a second baseman for the Pack, Florida State's D'Vontrey Richardson was a backup quarterback last year but moved to safety recently and is an outfielder for the Noles.

This year, because he's competing for a starting role, Parker said he is feeling a bit more pressure from the football staff to be around this spring. After all, he was the No. 4-ranked quarterback in the country, according to Scouts Inc., and he was recruited by Swinney.

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Odds n' ends from Florida State

January, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Two bits of news out of Tallahassee: First, an announcement is expected at some time today regarding coach Bobby Bowden's contract.

Bowden and athletic director Randy Spetman have agreed in principle to a one-year extension. This shouldn't come as any surprise, as Bowden said about a month ago he planned to return, and his contracts have been done on a one-year basis instead of five. (I think they started doing that when they announced the head-coach-in-waiting plan).

Also, backup quarterback D'Vontrey Richardson is moving to safety. I don't think this will hurt the Noles too much, as offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is currently trying to recruit a quarterback or two to help the depth there, and the Noles still have starter Christian Ponder and highly touted redshirt freshman E.J. Manuel. Yes, they are the only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, but they are two very good, legitimate options.

Fisher is very high on Manuel, as he was Fisher's first hand-picked quarterback as offensive coordinator, and Ponder will only get better with experience. Richardson probably saw the writing on the wall, and the staff seems to be OK with this move and the fact he is playing baseball. There haven't been any public objections to Richardson playing baseball like there were last season.

Here is what Fisher told Warchant.com:

Q: After going back and forth, it sounds like D'Vontrey Richardson is determined to move to safety this spring. Is that OK with the coaching staff, even though it only leaves you with two scholarship quarterbacks?

A: That's what he wants to do, and that's fine. He's too good of an athlete to not play. If there was an emergency, we could bring him back in a heartbeat. But he could have a future at a lot of places, and that's what he wants to do, so he's going to do it.

Q: So it's more of a case that he just wants to get on the field than a concern that he isn't progressing at quarterback.

A: That's exactly right. He's a great young man, and he's got great talent. He's too good to not play.

So, if the coaches aren't troubled by Richardson's graceful exit from the position, fans probably shouldn't be too worried, either.

Halftime update: Georgia Tech 24, Florida State 20

November, 1, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA, Ga. -- This game has been a microcosm of the entire league, with the momentum shifting back and forth and it being impossible to truly grasp who's going to come out on top.

Statistically, they've been very evenly matched, so odds are it will depend on whose offensive line grades out better in these run-based offenses, which defense can limit the big plays and who doesn't turn it over.

Neither team has been a one-man show, as four different players have scored for Georgia Tech, and Florida State has made use of both its quarterbacks. D'Vontrey Richardson has been used soley for his feet. Georgia Tech has started to get more pressure on Christian Ponder, though, and has forced him into some poor throws.

Both teams are getting a lot out of their usually overshadowed backs, as Florida State's Jermaine Thomas and Georgia Tech's Roddy Jones have both played integral roles so far.

So far, Georgia Tech has made enough plays in all three phases that it could be the team that knocks the Noles out of the hunt for the Atlantic Division. Florida State's defense has definitely been challenged. It hasn't given up three rushing touchdowns in a half since the 1997 Sugar Bowl. Still, the Noles continue to be one of the toughest teams to beat on third downs.

We knew turnovers would be key going into this game, and Ponder's interception in the second quarter dramatically swung the momentum in Georgia Tech's favor, but it didn't last long.

Florida State has had to come from behind in each of its past two wins, though, so this is nothing new for them.

FSU notes: Bobby Bowden's reasoning for keeping QBs status quo

September, 24, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

It makes sense.

Florida State's coaching staff wants to see what quarterbacks Christian Ponder and D'Vontrey Richardson can do when they're not constantly faced with situations like third-and-20. There wasn't any serious consideration given to putting veteran Drew Weatherford in against Wake Forest, and he isn't getting any more of a look this week heading into the Colorado game.

Ponder and Richardson combined for five interceptions in the 12-3 loss to Wake, but Bowden said the key to helping the quarterbacks is not replacing them -- it's eliminating the 12 penalties for 139 yards.

"Our quarterbacks faced so many difficult situations last week, having to start drives from the 10, making a 15-yard gain and having it penalized 15 yards ... thinks like that we felt we can do better under different circumstances, so that's the direction we go," Bowden said. "We'll evaluate it after every game.

"You can't believe the times where we were in first down and 25 back on our end of the field. That's kind of a desperate situation if you've gotta have it. Also it's kind of a passing situation, which the other team knows. ... We forced ourselves to throw downfield more than we should have, more than we wanted to and we're not likely to do that again."

Fair enough. The one player who should have seen time, though, was freshman running back Jermaine Thomas, who played well in the first two games but was benched against Wake Forest in favor of a rusty Preston Parker.

Bowden said "it won't happen again."

"He's done everything we asked of him," Bowden said of Thomas. " ... but as you look back, don't you wish you would've played 38? That's the way we look at it."

The encouraging thing for the Seminoles?

"We ain't as bad as we played last week," Bowden said.

* Bowden said defensive tackle Paul Griffin and fullback Marcus Sims have not returned to the team yet.

ACC Players of the Week

September, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

As voted on by members of the media.

OFFENSIVE BACK -- Russell Wilson, NC State, QB, 5-11, 191, Fr., Richmond, Va.
Wilson completed 21 of 31 pass attempts for 210 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolfpack's overtime upset of ECU. All three of his touchdown passes tied the game. Wilson directed the Pack on a seven-play, 55-yard touchdown drive to force overtime. Wilson completed four of five passes for 56 yards on the drive, including a 26-yarder to Jarvis Williams on the first play of the sequence, and a 17-yarder to Andre Brown on the next play to set the Pack up with a first down at the ECU 29.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, T, 6-6, 305, Sr., Tyrone, Ga.
Gardner was instrumental in Georgia Tech producing 438 rushing yards -- the fifth highest single-game rushing total in school history and the most since 1978. Gardner played every significant snap in the 38-7 Yellow Jacket victory as Tech rolled up 500 yards of total offense.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Glen Cook, Miami, ILB, 6-0, 228, Sr., Hollywood, Fla.
Cook picked up a season-high nine tackles (three solo and six assisted) -- one shy of his career-high -- and returned a fumble for a touchdown. It was his second career fumble return for a TD. He knocked the ball loose, picked it up and ran it back two yards for a touchdown in the third quarter giving the Hurricanes a 41-10 lead. He also had a half tackle for loss. Cook leads the Hurricanes with 18 total tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

DEFENSIVE BACK -- Kevin Patterson, Wake Forest, S, 5-10, 191, Sr., Kingsland, Ga.
Patterson accounted for three of Wake Forest's seven takeaways in the 12-3 win over Florida State. Patterson had two interceptions and forced a fumble. Patterson's first interception came in the second quarter when he picked off a Christian Ponder pass and returned it 32 yards. Early in the fourth quarter, Patterson hit Preston Parker and forced him to cough up the ball which was recovered by Michael Carter. With Wake leading 9-3 with just over 4 minutes to play in the game, Patterson intercepted a D'Vontrey Richardson pass and returned it 22 yards. Patterson had six tackles in the game including three solos and three assists.

SPECIALIST -- Sam Swank, Wake Forest, PK, 6-2, 201, Sr., Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
Swank booted a career-high four field goals in leading Wake Forest to a 12-3 win over No. 24/25 Florida State in Tallahassee on Saturday. Swank converted on tries from 48, 29, 49 and 31 yards to set a new career high and move into third place on the ACC career field goal list. Swank also set a Wake Forest school record with seven attempts in the game.

ROOKIE -- Robert Marve, Miami, QB, 6-1, 220, Fr., Tampa, Fla.
Marve, making his second career start, completed 16-of-22 passes for 212 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in helping lead Miami to a 41-23 win over Texas A&M. He threw his first career touchdown with 20 seconds remaining in the first half -- a 26 yarder to freshman receiver Thearon Collier. Marve completed 13 of his first 16 passes. For the game, he completed 72.7 percent of his passes and had a passer efficiency of 174.58.

FSU could be in for a long season

September, 22, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher breezed into the postgame interview room following the Seminoles' second straight inept offensive performance against Wake Forest, plopped into a chair and addressed what had just happened as if it were nothing more than a bad day at practice.

"We made some boo-boos," Fisher said. "We had some chances to make some plays and did some good things. No consistency, no consistency."

No offense, either.

There were three points. Five interceptions. The leading rushers were the quarterbacks. FSU averaged 3.4 yards per play. And fumbled twice.

This was no "boo-boo." This was a black eye, broken nose and busted lip on picture day.
The opportunity for Florida State to show the college football nation it took a step toward regaining respectability was thrown away with each yellow flag. It was given away with seven turnovers. And it's going to take a while to get it back.

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FSU still has something to prove

September, 21, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- It was supposed to be a statement game, a convincing win that proved Florida State deserved its top 25 ranking, and that the first two drubbings of I-AA schools were a sign of change, not just easy wins. All week leading up to this game the Seminoles oozed confidence, and talked about their desire to prove Florida State was indeed "back."

After an unimpressive, undisciplined 12-3 loss to Wake Forest, though, the Seminoles still have much to prove. Florida State's youth and inexperience was exposed, and a turnaround in Tallahassee is going to take a little longer than expected.

"We're not where I hoped we were because it's very evident," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "We self-destructed. We wouldn't give ourselves a chance to win it, we wouldn't ever give ourselves a chance."

Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews was about the only person who could quantify just how far away the Seminoles are from reverting back to their proud, tradition-laden program of the past.

"Let's see," he said. "What was it, 12-3? About 10 points."

"It's up to us to get there," Andrews said. "Nobody's going to give it to us."

Certainly not the Wake Forest defense.

Florida State had five interceptions and two fumbles. The Seminoles have now committed 15 turnovers in the past three games against Wake Forest and scored a total of three points in the last two games. It didn't matter which quarterback was in -- Christian Ponder or D'Vontrey Richardson -- both of them were forced into mistakes and both were playing behind an inexperienced line that couldn't hold its own for four quarters against Wake's veteran front.

Combined, the FSU quarterbacks had just 118 passing yards.

"The Florida State teams of old, they didn't lose games like this," safety Myron Rolle said. "They found a way to win. I think we still haven't found that way to come out with victories in close situations, whether it be the offense, or defense, or special teams. But I'm still positive. I still feel that we have talent, we have the best coaches in America and we have some great fan support that can get us there. The journey is still going. I guess it begins again next week with Colorado."

The first two offensive plays of the game were turnovers for Florida State. Ponder completed 6 of 18 passes for 52 yards and three interceptions. It was quite a turnaround from the first two games, when he threw six touchdowns in his first two starts. Heading into the game, neither quarterback had thrown an interception.

"It was a reality check," Ponder said. "Those first two games it came a lot easier to us, and finally we played a great opponent. We were never able to overcome how bad we played."

He said the Noles are "pretty far away" from where they need to be, but that everything is correctable.

"A lot of guys wanted it so bad I think that ended up hurting us a little bit," Ponder said. "The biggest thing was just dumb mistakes. We didn't play how Florida State should play and that really showed."

It was an emotionally charged game for Florida State, which was trying to redeem itself from a 30-0 loss to Wake Forest in 2006. Defensive end Everette Brown said that might have contributed to a few of their 12 penalties for 139 yards.

"This was the first game we actually had competition," he said. "When you've got payback on your mind and things aren't going your way, you have a tendency to get over-aggressive and do things out of your character, which caused us to get offside penalties, pass interference -- guys too aggressive on the play."

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said Florida State's defense is not the problem.

"They're great defensively," Grobe said. "They're still Florida State defensively. They're probably, with their young quarterbacks, still trying to find out who they are on offense. And they've got some young guys up front right now that are going to have to mature and develop."

Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said he's not planning on changing a thing.

"We're still one play from winning the game the whole time, as poorly as we played," he said. "We played very poorly with turnovers, missed assignments, penalties. We just got behind the eight ball and you can't do it against a good football team."

Nor can you do it if you want to be a good football team.

One man show in Tallahassee

September, 13, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

As expected, Florida State is rolling over Chattanooga, but Christian Ponder is the only quarterback who has played so far. I'd be surprised if they got through that game without seeing D'Vontrey Richardson again.

Once again, a host of receivers are making plays for the 'Noles, but Corey Surrency is the best of the bunch and will prove it over time.

FSU's quarterbacks working well together

September, 9, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder made it all the way through the first series of the second half against Western Carolina before offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher decided to see what D'Vontrey Richardson could do in a game situation.

The better question might be what can't this duo do.

Richardson and Ponder accounted for six total touchdowns in the program's most lopsided victory in school history. Ponder threw for three touchdowns while Richardson threw one and ran for two more in the Seminoles' 69-0 romp of Western Carolina.

Granted, it was against an outmanned, overmatched opponent, but all indications are it's going to be hard for Fisher to keep both of them off the field this season.

"We'll see as how we plan on playing them," Fisher said. "There may be some situations where you might want to play D'Vontrey earlier. ... I was hoping to get him in earlier the other day, the scenario just didn't work out. We got hot so quick in the second quarter and then you didn't want to break that momentum ... You wanted to keep that fluidity of the game going and keep Christian going and get his confidence going because of the way we got on the roll and because I say we changed diapers the first quarter and then we played three.

"We'll see how that goes. He may get in earlier, but he's earned the right. He brings things to the table. Like I've said, he would be a good quarterback if he couldn't run, D'Vontrey. He can throw the ball, too. We've got to get him in there."

In addition to a 52-yard rushing touchdown, Richardson also threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Jarmon Fortson. He completed 5 of 6 passes for 57 yards. None of the quarterbacks threw an interception.

Ponder, who completed 11 of 17 passes for 196 yards, said he's got no problem sharing the spotlight.

"I'm fine with it," he said. "D'Vontrey is definitely a guy we need in this offense. He's a guy that can make a play at anytime as well. He'd be a great weapon to use. He's really earned the right to play ... I think he should be in there."

So does Fisher.

"They're different and they're the same," he said. "One is a much better runner than y'all think, and the other is a much better thrower than y'all think. They're both very multidimensional and have a lot of attributes."

The one quarterback who didn't see a lot of time was veteran Drew Weatherford, who completed 1 of 2 passes, but Ponder said the former starter has handled his new role with maturity.

"Drew's been put in a tough situation," Ponder said. "He's been a very supportive guy throughout this whole thing. He's helped me. He's always a team-first guy."

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