ACC: Dyrell ROberts

Following a dismal September in which Virginia Tech fell out of the Associated Press Top 25 and lost two games to Big East opponents, Hokies’ fans are pointing fingers and searching for answers.

The easy answer: There is plenty of blame to go around.

The defense has been surprisingly underwhelming, and the offense stagnant. The offense, though, has taken the brunt of the criticism. There are explanations beyond an embattled offensive coordinator. Here are the top five, based on observations through the first five games:

1. The offensive line has struggled to replace four starters. The significance of this one can’t be undervalued. This group has lacked consistency and toughness, and it has done a poor job of protecting quarterback Logan Thomas. Not only have there been too many defenders around his arm and falling at his feet every game, but his own teammates have struggled to give him space and time. Thomas should be the least of fans’ concerns. The problem is that he’s been hit far too many times. The offensive line is a unique position group that takes time to gel, and these guys are certainly taking their time. They’ve got to toughen up.

2. Thomas is pressing. He must realize he doesn’t have the supporting cast he did a year ago because Thomas is forcing plays. While he would never say it, it’s clear he’s not comfortable in the pocket, and a lot of that could be his confidence in the guys up front. Thomas is getting pounded every game, but he keeps coming back for more. When he has time to throw like he did on Saturday, fans saw what could have been the game-winner to Corey Fuller. That’s a clutch throw made by a great player. When he has time to throw, he’s as good as anyone in the country.

3. Losing senior D.J. Coles at receiver was a bigger loss than many probably had expected. It starts with his toughness. Dyrell Roberts and Marcus Davis are good players, but they don’t bring the same edge when it comes to blocking. That hasn’t helped the run game. Virginia Tech is missing a physical receiver like former receivers Danny Coale or Jarrett Boykin to really lower his shoulder and block. Virginia Tech would have had some long runs this year if there would have been a receiver downfield to make the block.

4. There’s not enough leadership. Coale and Boykin are sorely missed. Coale was one player who would stand up and say what needed to be said. That player hasn’t emerged on this roster.

5. The coaching staff needs to impart discipline. Lining up correctly shouldn’t be a problem. There have been too many foolish mistakes like pre-snap penalties because the players are lining up the wrong way, too many turnovers and false starts. The staff needs to make sure the players are more disciplined and careful with the ball.

The slow starts on offense have been a hot topic this week, and coach Frank Beamer is the one who brought it up on Monday’s weekly teleconference. It’s a valid concern, and there’s no question Virginia Tech’s staff and players need to do a better job. The staff’s game-planning is not the problem. They spend countless hours each week scripting plays for game situations on third and fourth downs, etc. That changes, though, when Virginia Tech’s field position starts at their own 12-, three- and eight-yard line like they did against Cincinnati. Coaches aren’t going to call the same plays when they’re backed up to the end zone like that. It's up to them, though, to put the players in position to succeed.

Beamer said he and the staff addressed the Hokies’ slow starts “in great detail” but declined to go into specifics.

"We're going to keep it within our staff and try to do better this week," Beamer said.

Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring has received the brunt of fans’ wrath – as he always does – but this year, there are just as many questions on the field as there are about the playbook.
An already unproven group of Virginia Tech wide receivers took a major hit Thursday with the news that senior D.J. Coles is out for the season with a knee injury.

The Hokies went into the season without their top two receivers from a year ago in Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, so you can bet there is an even greater sense of urgency for somebody to step up with Coles now out of the mix, too. Marcus Davis and Dyrell Roberts are the first two names that come to mind, given their experience in the offense.

Davis and Roberts took the most snaps against the Yellow Jackets among all receivers -- but Roberts only had two catches for 5 yards; Davis had six catches for 82 yards. Davis did hurt his shoulder in the game but should be available Saturday against Austin Peay. Those two players are the more known commodities.

But there are two other players to keep an eye on after their performances against the Yellow Jackets.

Redshirt freshman Demitri Knowles had a beautiful 42-yard touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone -- and it just so happened to be the first reception of his entire career. He only saw three snaps at receiver but that should change moving forward.

Then you have Corey Fuller, who had the hands down best night among all receivers, and graded out the highest among all players at his position. Fuller set career highs in receptions (five) and yards (82), and had a critical 23-yard reception on fourth down late in the game that allowed the Hokies to send the game into overtime. He also recovered a fumble by Davis that preserved a drive in which Virginia Tech eventually scored a touchdown.

Fuller transferred to Virginia Tech in 2010 from Kansas to join his brother, cornerback Kyle Fuller. Corey Fuller actually starred on the Kansas track and field team, competing as a sprinter, triple jumper and long jumper. But he decided to focus on football with the Hokies and has really done a nice job transforming himself into a receiver, playing the flanker spot that Coles also plays.

Last year, Fuller only played in six games. But that is sure to change after his performance Monday night.

"He's really developing into a football guy," coach Frank Beamer said Wednesday on the ACC coaches call. "I think he's got great speed, but he's playing the game the way it needs to be played. Had a pro scout ask about him the other day. I'm really proud of the way he's come along. Looks like to me he's going to have a bright future."

VT receivers have plenty to prove

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Marcus Davis, Drequan HoskeyGeoff Burke/Getty ImagesReceiver Marcus Davis says his focus is on consistency in his senior season for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech receivers Dyrell Roberts and Marcus Davis know what is at stake this season. They know Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin are gone. They know all eyes will squarely be fixed on them to step up and make their own name.

So you understand why they feel a growing sense of urgency headed into this season. Both are seniors, and understand this is their final shot to make an impact. For Roberts, that urgency has taken on greater meaning after missing parts of the last two seasons with injury.

For Davis, that urgency has taken on greater meaning knowing he has yet to live up to his full potential.

"I’m taking this as an opportunity to show not only fans but the coaches and everybody else that even though we lost those guys, there’s still something here," Davis said in a recent phone interview. "There is something special we can do here."

Davis goes into the season as one of the top returning receivers, after setting career highs with 30 receptions for 510 yards and five touchdowns. D.J. Coles returns as well, after catching 36 passes for 480 yards and three touchdowns. But he has been slowed by a knee injury and could miss some time this season. That leaves Davis as the No. 1 target for Logan Thomas.

There is no question Davis has what it takes to be the go-to guy. He is big, athletic and known for making plays down the field. Last year, he averaged 17 yards per catch, tops on the team and among the best in the nation. But there have been various times throughout his career when he has lacked the motivation to get up for every single game. He has spent his offseason improving his mind-set, to be sure that he will be prepared every time the ball is snapped.

"I focused a lot on just being consistent, how I approach things, how I approach practice, how I approach the weight room," Davis said. "Some games you can’t get up for, and so I changed my approach to have my focus on everything so I won’t have to worry about getting myself motivated to play a game. I have to leave everything out on the field because I won't get a second chance."

Learning from Coale and Boykin helped him mature. And knowing he is the No. 1 receiver also has forced him to change his mind-set as well.

"I just have to put it together and do it now because I don’t have that in the back of my mind -- if I mess up I’m going to come out," Davis said. "I know what I have to do. I think people are going to see that I can make plays not only down the field but also in the short passing game and in my blocking game."

A huge opportunity awaits Roberts as well. Last season, he only played in three games before breaking his arm on a kickoff return against Arkansas State. The year before that, his season ended when he needed surgery on his thigh. Roberts is more than eager to get onto the football field and actually play in a game because of what he had endure the last two years.

"I'm up for the challenge," Roberts said. "I talk to my coaches a lot, they tell me they think I can play a big role and things like that. I think that's every player's dream to have your role increase in the offense. I've been around for a while, I've been in a lot of big games, but it's a dream come true to know your role is going to increase this year. That gives me motivation to push myself to go even harder and get better at the little things. You can never feel you've arrived because there's always something you can get better at."

Given his increased role in the offense, you will probably be hearing more about Roberts. But there is one thing about him you may not know. He has a black dog that is mix a between a bichon frise and a poodle. Her name is Dymond, spelled that way after Roberts' first name, of course. He has had the dog for three years now, and Roberts says around the football team, "She has become a household name."

Now it is time for Roberts and Davis to become household names as well.

Opening camp: Virginia Tech

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As ACC teams begin to start practicing again, Heather and I will have a quick preview of each team to get you caught up on the basics. Next up to open camp ...

School: Virginia Tech.

Start date: Today.

Predicted finish at media days: First, Coastal.

Biggest storyline: Do the Hokies have what it takes to keep up their Coastal dominance? Last season ended with such a heartbreaker for the Hokies, the last-second overtime loss to Michigan in the Sugar Bowl was still talked about at ACC media days. But the players and coaches have put that game aside and the focus is once again on winning yet another ACC title. The media selected Virginia Tech to win the Coastal Divison once again, despite some heavy losses on offense. But the good news is the return of quarterback Logan Thomas mitigates much of that concern, along with nine starters back on defense. You thought this group was good last year? Cornerback Kyle Fuller says it can be even better in 2012. For all the success the Hokies have had, BCS victories have eluded them. So the quest is to once again get back to the BCS, and win it this time.

Biggest position battle: Running back. ACC Offensive Player of the Year David Wilson is gone, and along with him go 1,709 yards and nine touchdowns, along with the team's most consistent playmaker. Does Virginia Tech have anybody like him on the roster? That has been the question posed since Wilson declared for the NFL draft. At ACC media days, coach Frank Beamer said he may go with a running back by committee approach, at least initially. Beamer said redshirt freshman Michael Holmes could eventually emerge as the workhorse back, but there should be plenty of competition from Trey Edmunds, true freshman J.C. Coleman, Tony Gregory and true freshman Chris Mangus.

Who needs to step up: Marcus Davis, D.J. Coles, Dyrell Roberts. Virginia Tech is losing its top two playmakers at receiver in Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, who combined for 121 catches, 1,665 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Davis, Coles and Roberts are the top three returning receivers from a year ago, so they have a huge opportunity to step in and fill some pretty big shoes, while also gaining the confidence of Thomas. There is no question Thomas is a terrific quarterback. But he is going to need players to step up around him, most especially at receiver.
Virginia Tech wide receiver Dyrell Roberts calls spring practice “a tease.”

And for the fifth-year senior, it’s even moreso this month -- considering how eager he is to play again next fall after missing 16 games over the last two seasons because of a leg injury in 2010, then a broken arm in 2011.

The 6-foot-2, 188-pound athlete from Smithfield, Va., returns as the Hokies’ leading receiver, with 63 catches for 965 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

ESPN.com caught up with him Thursday:

What was the first day of spring practice like for you, knowing you were back and healthy?


Dyrell Roberts: It was good. Of course you’re going to be rusty, but I got back in the swing of things right from the beginning. I’m just knocking some of the rust off, but that’s basically what the spring is for, anyway, to get your timing back and stuff like that, to get back in the football mindset.
… Spring practice doesn’t really change. It’s the same position drills – running routes, catching balls, things like that. I’m used to doing it; it’s more just letting my body get back into football shape, to run those routes time and time again, and things like that.

How has your timing been?


DR: Coming off the arm injury, it really hasn’t been that bad – the rehab and stuff was nothing like my leg. My leg took more work, and more off-the-field work, moreso than my arm did. [With my arm], I was just waiting for it to heal back up, in order to get back in the swing of things. I feel good – even better than I felt a few months ago.

Was it a difficult decision to redshirt last season, when you could have come back?


DR: In some ways it was, because I wanted to come back and I wanted to go out with my senior class, the guys I came in with. But after talking to my family, talking to my coaches, and actually wanting to make it to the next level, I knew that coming back would help me in so many different ways. I came back because I love Virginia Tech, and I love playing football.

What was the most difficult part of sitting out last year?


DR: It was hard sitting out those games, especially because I had already sat out so many games the year before. It made it two times as worse.

Your offense lost a couple of really good wide receivers [Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale] from last season. But you’ve got some experienced guys returning. How do you and Marcus Davis and D.J. Coles expect to play off each other?

DR: We’re all totally different types of players. Marcus is so physical, and so big and strong and fast. I’m more compact, and like to stretch the field a little bit more. And D.J., he’s that power type of guy that can do multiple things, too. But we all bring different aspects to the position, and I think our coaching stuff knows that, and they’re going to use that in different types of ways to try to bring home a couple wins for our program.

Just a couple?

DR: [Laughs] Well, I don’t want to say too much.

How have you seen [quarterback] Logan Thomas progress from last year?


DR: He’s got a lot more confidence. He knows his reads; he knows where the ball is supposed to go. I think the game has slowed down a lot more for him, so I’ve seen him progress a lot – especially coming in, not knowing anything to now, being the leader of the team as the quarterback. He has grown a lot. He comes out to practice each and every day, like we all do, just trying to get better in every aspect.

Both of your injuries came on kick returns. Any worries about returning to that role?


DR: We haven’t put kick return in yet, but I’m doing more punt returns now, which I haven’t done since my freshman year, when I did it the first game. … I talked to Coach, and he said he’d give me an opportunity to get back there. And once we get punt returns down pat, we can think about kick returns, and whether I want to do both, or just one or the other.

What do you want to accomplish between now and the end of spring practice?


DR: Really, I’m just trying to work on the little things; Coach always preaches that if you work on the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. So I’m working on getting my body back in top shape, to take the punishment week-in and week-out, just trying to master everything I can use, going forward.

What are your goals for next fall, now that you’re healthy?


DR: I just want to help my team any way I can, whether it’s in the return game, or offense, whatever it is – I just want to help out my team. Of course, you set personal goals, but I’m more concerned about what my team needs me to do to get the win. That’s what it’s about, is winning games.

ACC's lunchtime links

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Just another day in college football ...
We’ve already taken a look at what the recruiting needs were for the Atlantic Division. Let’s shift our attention to the Coastal Division. Here’s a look at where each school’s biggest holes will be in 2012 or are anticipated to be in the near future:

DUKE


Offensive skill positions: After last year’s rare class that didn’t include either a quarterback or running back, both positions are needed in this group. Quarterback Thomas Sirk -- the MVP of the 57th annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic last December -- has already enrolled in school while Shaquille Powell -- a PARADE All-American running back from Las Vegas -- has committed to the program. In addition, with David Cutcliffe’s offense, wide receivers and tight ends also are a priority.

Kicker: Will Snyderwine, who earned first team All-America honors as a junior before struggling through a sub-par season in 2011, graduated, but Duke has a commitment from Ohio native Ross Martin, considered the No. 2 placekicking prospect in the country by ESPN.com.

Safety: With the transition to a 4-2-5 alignment that utilizes three safeties, this becomes an annual point of emphasis. The Blue Devils lose All-American Matt Daniels to graduation.

GEORGIA TECH


Defensive line: This is the most glaring need in the current class. The Yellow Jackets have to replace senior starters Logan Walls (DT) and Jason Peters (DE), but return Izaan Cross (DE) and solid backups T.J. Barnes (DT), Emmanuel Dieke (DE) and Euclid Cummings (DE). The Jackets are expected to sign about 18 players in this year’s class, and five of them should be defensive linemen.

Wide receiver:This is another glaring need after the departures of Stephen Hill, who decided to leave early for the NFL draft, and Tyler Melton. Darren Waller and Jeff Greene, who both played last season as true freshmen, have lots of potential, but the position still needs depth.


MIAMI

Defensive backs: There’s still a lot of depth with this group, and the return of Ray-Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque helps, but the Canes have to replace two starters in the secondary and have six commits in the current class to help do that.

Defensive line: The Canes have to replace Adewale Ojomo, Micanor Regis, Andrew Smith and Olivier Vernon from last year’s two-deep. The defensive end position was a particular focus in this class.

Receiver: This position lost a lot with the departures of Tommy Streeter, LaRon Byrd and Travis Benjamin. Allen Hurns is now the veteran of the group, along with redshirt senior Kendal Thompkins. There are five receivers currently committed in this class.

Quarterback: Beyond Stephen Morris, Miami has a lot of questions at the position and not a lot of experience. True freshmen Gray Crow and Preston Dewey are already on the roster, along with redshirt sophomore Ryan Williams.

NORTH CAROLINA

Defensive line: This is one of the biggest areas of concern after the departures of Quinton Coples and Tydreke Powell.

Receivers: Larry Fedora’s offense will make good use of this group, but he needs to replace standout Dwight Jones.

Linebackers: This group was thin to begin with in 2011, and now the Heels need to replace outgoing senior Zach Brown. Kevin Reddick is now the main man.

Safety: UNC will have to replace two starters in Matt Merletti, Charles Brown and Jonathan Smith, so this position will have to be rebuilt for the future.

VIRGINIA

Defensive back: This should be the main priority in this class. The Cavaliers will lose four DBs, including two starting safeties in Rodney McCleod and Corey Mosley, and standout cornerback Chase Minnifield. They’ll also miss Dom Joseph, who came in for the nickel packages. Demetrious Nicholson, who started as a true freshman last year, is suddenly the veteran of the group.

Offensive line: The Hoos will have to replace their starting center and left guard. Redshirt freshman center Cody Wallace could get a promotion, and sophomore right guard Luke Bowanko started in the bowl game. They’ve got some big bodies waiting in the wings, but they’ll have some questions to answer here this spring.

Kickers: This position needs to be rebuilt, as the Cavaliers lose Robert Randolph, who finished sixth all time in scoring at UVa, kickoff specialist Chris Hinkebein, and four-year punter Jimmy Howell. The position is wide open heading into the spring.

VIRGINIA TECH

Running back: This one is a no-brainer, as the Hokies have lost four players here in the past two years. David Wilson and his backup, Josh Oglesby, were the latest to depart, and Tony Gregory just had ACL surgery and is out for the spring. The staff likes Michael Holmes, who redshirted last year, and J.C. Coleman enrolled last week.

Receiver: The Hokies will miss Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, and next year’s class has three seniors in Dyrell Roberts, D.J. Coles, and Marcus Davis. The future of the position is young, and the staff is still going after several uncommitted players pretty hard.

Defensive line: This year’s class already includes at least five committed defensive linemen, and the Hokies will be particularly thin at noseguard. They had some players graduate early who didn’t play a lot, but at least provided depth.

Linebacker:The Hokies have four committed, and are still chasing another just to build the depth. The staff missed on some recruits at this position last year and would like to make up for it in this class.

Injury reports - UNC vs. VT

November, 17, 2011
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Here are the final injury reports for tonight's game:

NORTH CAROLINA

Out

Casey Barth, PK Thigh
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle
Matt Merletti, FS Knee
Norkeithus Otis, LB Thigh
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee
Reggie Wilkins, WR Ankle

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for the Season

Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)
E.L. Smiling (wrist)
Bruce Taylor (foot)

Out

David Wang (foot)

Doubtful

Scott Demler (back)
Alonzo Tweedy (ankle)

Injury report for Thursday matchup

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Georgia Tech

Questionable:

Tyler Morgan, LS

Out for the season:

Fred Holton, S

Jimmie Kitchen, DL

Lance Richardson, S

Virginia Tech

Out for the Season

Kwamaine Battle (knee)

Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)

Antoine Hopkins (knee)

Dyrell Roberts (arm)

E.L. Smiling (wrist)

Bruce Taylor (foot)

Out

Mark Shuman (knee/ankle)

Alonzo Tweedy (ankle)

David Wang (foot)

Probable

Cody Journell (quad)

ACC injury reports: Week 9

October, 28, 2011
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Here are the latest injury reports from the schools that reported them:

BOSTON COLLEGE

Out
WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DT Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
TB Montel Harris (knee)
DT Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
DT Dillon Quinn (shoulder)
OG Nate Richman (back)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (leg)
DE Dan Williams (leg)

Doubtful
DT Conor O’Neal (illness)

Questionable
WR Bobby Swigert (shoulder)

CLEMSON

Out
Joe Gore, DE, Knee
Spencer Benton, PK, shoulder
Tony Steward, LB, Knee

Questionable
Andre Ellington, RB, ankle
Note: D.J. Howard will start at running back.

DUKE

Probable
WR Brandon Braxton (head)
S Matt Daniels (leg)
OG Dave Harding (leg)
QB Sean Renfree (leg)

Questionable
DE Justin Foxx (leg)

Doubtful
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Out
S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette

Out for season
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

Out
Andrew Datko (shoulder)
David Spurlock (knee)
Henry Orelus (head)
Moses McCray (knee)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Willie Haulstead (head)
Josh Gehres (knee)

Doubtful
Rashad Greene (ankle)

Out for season
Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
Chris Thompson (back)

GEORGIA TECH

Out
Jay Finch, C
Tyler Morgan, LS

Out for season
Fred Holton, S
Jimmie Kitchen, DL
Lance Richardson, S

MARYLAND

Out for season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh
LB Kenny Tate

Out
WR Kevin Dorsey
OL Justin Gilbert
DB Jeremiah Johnson;

Doubtful
DL Justin Anderson

Questionable WR/PR Tony Logan
DL Andre Monroe

Probable
OL Max Garcia

NORTH CAROLINA

Out
Casey Barth, PK Thigh
Sean Fitzpatrick, TE Concussion
Kiaro Holts, OT Wrist
Matt Merletti, FS Knee
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee
Reggie Wilkins, WR Ankle

Questionable
Curtis Byrd, RB Knee
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle

Probable
Cam Holland, OC Back
Dwight Jones, WR Thigh
Kevin Reddick, LB Chest

NC STATE

Out for season
Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee
Mustafa Greene, HB - foot
Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

Out
Brandon Pittman, LB - leg
Taylor Gentry, FB - foot
Jake Kahut, DE - knee
Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder
Thomas Teal, DT - foot

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for season
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)
E.L. Smiling (wrist)
Bruce Taylor (foot)

Out
Mark Shuman (knee/ankle)
Alonzo Tweedy (ankle)

ACC injury reports: Week 8

October, 21, 2011
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BOSTON COLLEGE

Out
WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DT Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
TB Montel Harris (knee)
DL Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
RB Tahj Kimble (head)
DT Dillon Quinn (shoulder)

Probable
OG Nate Richman (back)

CLEMSON

Out
Joe Gore, DE, Knee
Spencer Benton, PK, shoulder
Tony Steward, LB, Knee

DUKE

Probable
WR Brandon Braxton (head)
S August Campbell (leg)

Questionable
C Dave Harding (leg)
C Brian Moore (arm)
WR Donovan Varner (leg)
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Out
S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette (upper body)

Out for season
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

Out
OT Andrew Datko (shoulder)
OG David Spurlock (knee)
OG Henry Orelus (head)
WR Willie Haulstead (head)
WR Josh Gehres (knee)
DT Darious Cummings (hand)
DT Moses McCray (knee)

Questionable
WR Rashad Greene (ankle)

Out for season
DT Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
RB Chris Thompson (back)

GEORGIA TECH

Probable
Jeremiah Attaochu, LB

Out

Tyler Morgan, LS

Out for the season

Fred Holton, S
Jimmie Kitchen, DL
Lance Richardson, S

MARYLAND

Out for the season
WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh

Out
DL Justin Anderson
WR Kevin Dorsey
OL Justin Gilbert
LB Shaquan Virgil

Doubtful
LB Demetrius Hartsfield
LB Kenny Tate

Questionable
DL Andre Monroe

Probable
OL Pete White

MIAMI

Out
Luther Robinson - Lower Extremity
Shayon Green - Lower Extremity
Curtis Porter - Upper Extremity
Rashawn Scott - Upper Extremity

Surgery/Out for the season
Marcus Forston - Lower Extremity
Ramon Buchanan - Lower Extremity
Cory White - Lower Extremity
Erik Lichter - Upper Extremity
Blake Ayles - Upper Extremity

NORTH CAROLINA

Out
Casey Barth, PK Thigh
Curtis Byrd, FB Knee
Kiaro Holts, OT Wrist
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee

Questionable
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle

Probable
Giovani Bernard, TB Hip
A.J. Blue, TB Ankle
Erik Highsmith, WR Ankle
Cam Holland, C Back
Jonathan Smith, S Ankle

NC STATE

Out for the season
Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee
Mustafa Greene, HB - foot
Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

Out
Taylor Gentry, FB - foot
Jake Kahut, DE - knee
Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder
Thomas Teal, DT - foot
Curtis Underwood, HB - foot

Questionable
D.J. Green, LB - abdomen
J.R. Sweezy, DT - foot

VIRGINIA

Out
Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Diamonte Bailey (lower extremity)
Darius Lee (upper extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)
Matt Snyder (lower extremity)
Joseph Williams (lower extremity)

Doubtful
Tim Cwalina (lower extremity)
Michael Terrell (lower extremity)

Questionable
Brian Oden (lower extremity)

Probable
Luke Bowanko (lower extremity)
Henry Coley (lower extremity)
Cam Johnson (lower extremity)
Jake McGee (lower extremity)
Clifton Richardson (lower extremity)
Michael Rocco (trunk)

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for the Season
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)
E.L. Smiling (wrist)

Out
Eric Martin (shoulder)
Mark Shuman (knee/ankle)
David Wang (foot)

Doubtful
Jayron Hosley (hamstring)

WAKE FOREST

Probable
RB Josh Harris (leg)
TE Andrew Parker (ankle)
DT Tristan Dorty (ankle)
C Garrick Williams (ankle)
NT Duke Mosby (illness)

Out
NT Ramon Booi (knee)
DT John Gallagher (back)

Out for the season
OT Dylan Heartsil (back)
CB Dominique Tate (knee)
LB Kyle Jarrett (hip)
Tags:

Boston College Eagles, Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Tech Hokies, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, North Carolina Tar Heels, Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Maryland Terrapins, Virginia Cavaliers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Miami Hurricanes, ACC, Casey Barth, Jeron Gouveia-Winslow, Donovan Varner, Dillon Quinn, Sterling Lucas, Matt Robinson, Justin Gilbert, Justin Anderson, A.J. Blue, Ramon Buchanan, Kwamaine Battle, Dyrell ROberts, Tristan Dorty, Demetrius Hartsfield, Marcus Forston, Andrew Gonnella, Jeff Rieskamp, Cam Johnson, Montel Harris, Antoine Hopkins, Andrew Datko, Matt Snyder, Kevin Dorsey, Spencer Benton, Johnny Williams, Devon Ramsay, Andrew Parker, Dave Harding, Josh Gehres, Jacobbi McDaniel, David Wang, Kenny Tate, Cam Holland, Luther Robinson, Taylor Gentry, Moses McCray, Chris Thompson, Kenny Anunike, Willie Haulstead, Ifeanyi Momah, Kaleb Ramsey, Lee Butler, David Spurlock, Pete White, Cory White, Shayon Green, Bobby Smith, Erik Highsmith, Isaiah Ross, Curtis Porter, Jayron Hosley, Tyler Smith, Jake McGee, Jeremiah Attaochu, Mustafa Greene, Curtis Underwood, Michael Rocco, Brandon Connette, Clifton Richardson, T.J. Leifheit, J.R. Sweezy, Ramon Booi, John Gallagher, Dominique Tate, Josh Harris, Garrick Williams, Jarvis Byrd, Brandon Braxton, Giovani Bernard, August Campbell, Jonathan Smith, Henry Orelus, Eric Martin, Brian Oden, Tony Steward, Brian Moore, Fred Holton, D.J. Green, Blake Ayles, Joe Gore, Dave Stinebaugh, Avery Graham, Henry Coley, Luke Bowanko, Rashawn Scott, E.L. Smiling, Pablo Alvarez, Curtis Byrd, Tahj Kimble, Mark Shuman, Rashad Greene, Thomas Teal, Tim Cwalina, Darius Lee, Jack Farrell, Jimmie Kitchen, Kiaro Holts, CJ Jones, Connor Wujciak, Nate Richman, Andre Monroe, Darious Cummings, Garrett Lederman, Shaquan Virgil, Tyler Morgan, Erik LIchter, Charlie Richards, E.J. SCott, Dylan Heartsil, Kyle Jarrett, Tyrek Cheeseboro, Lance Richardson, Duke Mosby, Diamonte Bailey, Joseph Williams, Michael Terrell, Jake Kahut

Week 7 injury reports

October, 14, 2011
10/14/11
10:30
AM ET
All 10 teams that are playing this weekend have released their injury reports for Week 7:

CLEMSON

OUT
DE Joe Gore (knee)
PK Spencer Benton (shoulder)

WILL PLAY
QB Tajh Boyd (hip)
LB Stephone Anthony (ankle)

DUKE

PROBABLE
DE Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo (leg)
DE Justin Foxx (leg)
C Dave Harding (leg)
RB Desmond Scott (leg)
RB Josh Snead (foot)
K Will Snyderwine (foot)

QUESTIONABLE
S Matt Daniels (leg)
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

DOUBTFUL
S August Campbell (leg)

OUT
S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette (upper body)
C Brian Moore (arm)

OUT FOR SEASON
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

OUT
Willie Haulstead (head)
Henry Orelus (head)
Josh Gehres (knee)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Andrew Datko (shoulder)
David Spurlock (knee)

QUESTIONABLE

Rashad Greene (ankle)

GEORGIA TECH

DOUBTFUL
LB Jeremiah Attaochu

OUT
K-P Chandler Anderson
OL Morgan Bailey
WR Tyler Morgan

OUT FOR SEASON
S Fred Holton
DL Jimmie Kitchen
S Lance Richardson

MARYLAND

OUT FOR SEASON
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh

OUT FOR GAME
DL Justin Anderson
OL Justin Gilbert
LB Demetrius Hartsfield
LB Garrett Lederman
DL Andre Monroe
LB Shaquan Virgil

DOUBTFUL
LB Kenny Tate

QUESTIONABLE
LB Darin Drakeford

PROBABLE
WR Marcus Leak

MIAMI

PROBABLE
Jalen Grimble (lower extremity)
Kacy Rodgers (lower extremity)
Adewale Ojomo (upper extremity)
Thurston Armbrister (upper extremity)
Davon Johnson (lower extremity)

OUT
Luther Robinson (lower extremity)
Shayon Green (lower extremity)
Curtis Porter (upper extremity)

SURGERY/OUT FOR SEASON
Marcus Forston (lower extremity)
Ramon Buchanan (lower extremity)
Cory White (lower extremity)
Erik Lichter (upper extremity)
Blake Ayles (upper extremity)

NORTH CAROLINA

OUT

OT Kiaro Holts (wrist)
FB Devon Ramsay (knee)

DOUBTFUL

PK Casey Barth (thigh)
C Cam Holland (back)

QUESTIONABLE

TB AJ Blue (ankle)
OT TJ Leifheit (ankle)
LB Kevin Reddick (ankle)
SS Jonathan Smith (ankle)

PROBABLE

WR Josh Adams (illness)

VIRGINIA

OUT
Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Vince Croce (medical)
Tim Cwalina (lower extremity)
Darius Lee (upper extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)

QUESTIONABLE
Henry Coley (lower extremity)

VIRGINIA TECH

OUT FOR SEASON
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Jeron Gouveia-Winslow (foot)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

OUT FOR GAME
James Gayle (ankle)
Eric Martin (shoulder)
David Wang (foot)

FULL
Jaymes Brooks (ankle)

WAKE FOREST

DOUBTFUL
RB Josh Harris (leg)

OUT
TE Neil Basford (knee)
DT John Gallagher (back)

OUT FOR THE YEAR
OT Dylan Heartsil (back)
CB Dominique Tate (knee)
LB Kyle Jarrett (hip)
Tags:

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ACC injury reports: Week 6

October, 7, 2011
10/07/11
10:30
AM ET
Here are your weekly injury reports, from the ACC schools that reported them:

BOSTON COLLEGE

OUT
WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DL Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
TB Montel Harris (knee)
DL Kaleb Ramsey (foot)

DOUBTFUL
RB Andre Williams (leg)

QUESTIONABLE
OG Nate Richman (back)
OG Ian White (foot)

CLEMSON

OUT
DE Joe Gore (knee)
PK Spencer Benton (shoulder)

PROBABLE
RB Andre Ellington (hamstring)
RB D.J. Howard (hamstring)
RB Mansa Joseph (hamstring)

FLORIDA STATE

OUT
Willie Haulstead (head)
Henry Orelus (head)
Josh Gehres (knee)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Jarred Haggins (hand)

QUESTIONABLE
Nick Moody (leg)
Garrett Faircloth (head)
Andrew Datko (shoulder)

GEORGIA TECH

OUT FOR SEASON
S Fred Holton
DL Jimmie Kitchen

OUT
LB Brandon Watts

QUESTIONABLE
LB Jeremiah Attaochu
LB Daniel Drummond

MARYLAND

OUT FOR SEASON
DB Matt Robinson
TE Dave Stinebaugh

OUT FOR GAME
DL Justin Anderson
LB Darin Drakeford
OL Justin Gilbert
LB Garrett Lederman
DL Andre Monroe
DL Isaiah Ross
LB Shaquan Virgil

DOUBTFUL LB Kenny Tate

PROBABLE PK Nick Ferrara
TE Matt Furstenburg

MIAMI

OUT
Luther Robinson (lower extremity)
Jalen Grimble (lower extremity)
Thurston Armbrister (upper extremity)

SURGERY/OUT FOR SEASON
Marcus Forston (lower extremity)
Ramon Buchanan (lower extremity)
Corey White (lower extremity)
Curtis Porter (upper extremity)
Eric Lichter (upper extremity)
Blake Ayles (upper extremity)

NORTH CAROLINA

OUT

PK Casey Barth (thigh)
OT Kiaro Holts (wrist)
FB Devon Ramsay (knee)

DOUBTFUL

WR Josh Adams (illness)
RB Matt Kolojejchick (thigh)
LB Norkeithus Otis (foot)

QUESTIONABLE

RB AJ Blue (ankle)
C Cam Holland (back)
OT TJ Leifheit (ankle)
LB Ebele Okakpu (ankle)
LB Kevin Reddick (ankle)
CB Terry Shankle (knee)
SS Jonathan Smith (ankle)

VIRGINIA TECH

OUT FOR SEASON
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Antoine Hopkins (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

OUT
Eric Martin (shoulder)
David Wang (foot)

Week 5 ACC injury reports

September, 30, 2011
9/30/11
10:30
AM ET
Here are the injury reports for Week 5 from the ACC schools that reported them:

BOSTON COLLEGE

OUT
WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DL Connor Wujciak (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
OG Nate Richman (back)

QUESTIONABLE
DT Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
LB Nick Clancy (shoulder)

CLEMSON

Out
Mansa Joseph, RB, Special Teams, hamstring

Probable
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, hamstring
Dawson Zimmerman, P, knee
D.J. Howard, RB, hamstring
David Smith, OG, shoulder

DUKE

CB Ross Cockrell (leg) – Probable
K Will Snyderwine (foot) – Probable
CB Johnny Williams (leg) – Probable
RB Desmond Scott (leg) – Questionable
RB Josh Snead (foot) – Questionable
QB Brandon Connette (upper body) – OUT
S Lee Butler (leg) – OUT
C Brian Moore (arm) – OUT
DE Kenny Anunike (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON
TE Jack Farrell (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON

GEORGIA TECH
OUT
Morgan Bailey, r-Fr., OL

PROBABLE
Preston Lyons, Sr., BB

OUT FOR YEAR
Fred Holton, So., S
Jimmie Kitchen, r-Fr., DL

MIAMI

Out:
Luther Robinson—Lower Extremity
Jalen Grimble—Lower Extremity
Thurston Armbrister—Upper Extremity

Surgery/Out for the season:
Corey White—Lower Extremity
Curtis Porter—Upper Extremity

NORTH CAROLINA

Out
Casey Barth, PK Thigh
Kiaro Holts, OT Wrist
Devon Ramsay, FB Knee

Doubtful
Josh Adams, WR Illness
Matt Kolojejchick, RB Thigh
Jonathan Smith, SS Ankle

Questionable
TJ Leifheit, OT Ankle
Ebele Okakpu, LB Ankle
Terry Shankle, CB Knee

Probable
Erik Highsmith, WR Ankle
Jabari Price, CB Finger

NC STATE

OUT FOR SEASON
Jarvis Byrd, CB - knee
Sterling Lucas, LB - knee

OUT
A.J. Ferguson, DT - knee
Mustafa Greene, HB - foot
Terrell Manning, LB - knee
Quintin Payton, WR - ankle
Jeff Rieskamp, DE - shoulder
Brian Slay, DT - ankle
Thomas Teal, DT - foot
Curtis Underwood, HB - knee
Andrew Wallace, OG - knee

QUESTIONABLE
J.R. Sweezy, DT - foot

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for season:
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

Out
Eric Martin (AC joint)
David Wang (foot)

ACC injury reports: Week 4

September, 23, 2011
9/23/11
10:00
AM ET
Here are your updated injury reports from the schools that filed them this week:

BOSTON COLLEGE

The Eagles have opted not to release an injury report this week because they are playing a nonconference opponent, but running back Montel Harris is listed as probable. Coach Frank Spaziani said he plans to play him "for limited reps" if everything went well in Thursday's practice.

CLEMSON


Out
Joe Gore, DE, Knee

Questionable
D.J. Howard, RB, hamstring (suffered in practice Tuesday)

Probable
Andre Ellington, RB, hamstring
Mason Cloy, OG, shoulder
David Smith, OG, shoulder

DUKE

CB Tony Foster (foot) – Probable
CB Ross Cockrell (leg) – Questionable
K Will Snyderwine (foot) – Questionable
WR Tyree Watkins (leg) – Questionable
QB Brandon Connette (upper body) – OUT
LB Britton Grier (illness) – OUT
C Brian Moore (arm) – OUT
RB Desmond Scott (leg) – OUT
RB Josh Snead (foot) – OUT
TE Jack Farrell (leg) – OUT FOR SEASON

FLORIDA STATE

Out
WR Willie Haulstead (head)
OL Henry Orelus (head)
WR Jarred Haggins (hand)
WR Josh Gehres (knee)

Questionable
QB EJ Manuel (shoulder)
WR Bert Reed (ankle)
WR Kenny Shaw (head)
CB Greg Reid (knee)

GEORGIA TECH

Questionable
Jeff Greene, Fr., WR
Preston Lyons, Sr., RB

Out
Morgan Bailey, So., OL
B.J. Bostic, So., AB

Out for year
Fred Holton, So., S
Jimmie Kitchen, r-Fr., DL

MIAMI

Doubtful
Malcolm Bunche-Lower Extremity
Seantrel Henderson-Lower Extremity
Shayon Green-Lower Extremity

Out
Curtis Porter-Upper extremity
Luther Robinson-Lower Extremity

Surgeries/Out for the Season
Blake Ayles-Upper Extremity
Cory White -Lower Extremity

NORTH CAROLINA

Out
Casey Barth, PK, thigh
Devon Ramsay, FB, knee

Doubtful
Josh Adams, WR, illness
Matt Kolojejchick, RB, thigh
Jabari Price, CB, finger

Questionable
Erik Highsmith, WR, ankle
TJ Leifheit, OT, ankle
Terry Shankle, CB, knee

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for Season
Kwamaine Battle (knee)
Dyrell Roberts (arm)

Out
Jarrett Boykin (hamstring)
David Wang (foot)

Probable
J.R. Collins (ankle)

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