ACC: Gabe Terry

Miami Hurricanes

2012 record: 7-5

2012 conference record: 5-3, Coastal

Returning starters: Offense: 10; defense: 10; kicker/punter: 0

Top returners

QB Stephen Morris, RB Duke Johnson, DL Anthony Chickillo, LB Denzel Perryman

Key losses

RB Mike James, CB Brandon McGee, LB Gionni Paul, LB Eddie Johnson

2012 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Johnson* (947 yards, 10 TDs)
Passing: Morris* (245-of-421 for 3,345 yards, 21 TDs, 7 INTs)
Receiving: Phillip Dorsett* (842 yards, 4 TDs)
Tackles: Shayon Green* (67)
Sacks: Chickillo* (4)
Interceptions: McGee, Jimmy Gaines* (two each)

Spring answers

1. New coordinator, no problems. From the looks of things, it appears as if Miami has settled in quite nicely with new offensive coordinator James Coley. Stephen Morris had a great spring game, throwing for 256 yards and four touchdowns, and Duke Johnson had 120 yards on 10 carries. Seems as if both players are already in midseason form.

2. Malcolm Lewis is back. The Hurricanes also had one of the best stories of the spring when Lewis caught a 75-yard touchdown pass in the spring game -- his first appearance since a gruesome ankle injury against Georgia Tech cut his season short. His teammates ran out onto the field to mob him and celebrate his return. He should be a factor in the pass game this fall.

3. Henderson matures. Miami has been waiting on offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson to mature. His career in Miami has been rocky at best. But Henderson showed signs of maturation in this spring, drawing praise from teammates and coach Al Golden. He is firmly entrenched as the starting right tackle.

Fall questions

1. Defense. Everybody believes this group should be better this year with 10 starters returning. But these 10 starters also played pretty poorly at times last year. So which is it going to be? There were definite signs of growth this spring, but they have plenty to prove when the season begins.

2. Linebacker depth. Miami lost three linebackers this spring for off-the-field reasons (Gabe Terry, Eddie Johnson, Gionni Paul). Paul and Johnson ranked third and fourth on the team in tackles last season, respectively. Neither participated in spring practice so the Hurricanes had a chance to develop younger players. But losing three linebackers is never good from a depth standpoint.

3. Open competitions remain. Three of the four starting jobs in the secondary remain up for grabs. Safety Deon Bush is the only one who has locked down a starting job. The others feature competition at one cornerback spot between Ladarius Gunter and Tracy Howard; the other cornerback spot between Antonio Crawford and Nate Dortch; and the other safety spot between AJ Highsmith and Rayshawn Jenkins.
Miami coach Al Golden said Thursday that backup linebacker Gabe Terry has been dismissed from the team, following the news last week that Terry was charged with felony marijuana possession.

Terry played as a backup last season, and previously served a suspension at the end of the year for undisclosed reasons.

"He was suspended before the incident,” Golden said on the ACC coaches' call. "We’ve separated and are going in another direction."

Terry is the third linebacker the Hurricanes have lost since the season ended. Eddie Johnson, who also was serving a suspension this spring, has decided to transfer to junior college. Gionni Paul mutually parted ways with the team in January. He had seven starts and 61 tackles last season, finishing third on the team.

Here are a few other newsworthy notes from the coaches' call:
  • Boston College coach Steve Addazio confirmed that defensive tackle Kaleb Ramsey has received a sixth year of eligibility. Ramsey missed a majority of the last two seasons with various injuries. Addazio, however, says Ramsey is now healthy and seems thrilled with his potential. "He’s an elite defensive lineman," Addazio said. "He’s the kind of guy I was used to seeing in the SEC. He’s a guy that’s very physical, very powerful, he’s athletic and really was very disruptive in the spring so we have high expectations for him."
  • Syracuse coach Scott Shafer had one of the best lines of the entire call when asked about his quarterback competition between Terrel Hunt, Charley Loeb and John Kinder. "Someone asked me the other day if it's controversial," Shafer recalled. "I said, 'Hell yeah' we have a quarterback controversy. We don't know who we're starting yet."
  • North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said if the season began today, A.J. Blue would be his starting running back, replacing All-ACC performer Giovani Bernard. Fedora praised Blue's emergence as a team leader, but he also said Romar Morris had the best spring among the backs. At this point, it probably doesn't matter who starts. Both guys are going to see a lot of playing time. Watch out for freshman Khris Francis, too.

ACC's lunchtime links

April, 22, 2013
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A new week begins, with no more football. Just four months to go before kickoff, but who's counting?
Miami will open spring practice Saturday without eight players -- including five projected starters -- the school announced Friday.

Starters Thurston Armbrister, Malcolm Lewis, Shane McDermott and Gabe Terry will be held out, along with running back Eduardo Clements, receiver Robert Lockhart Jr. and defensive lineman Dave Perry. Linebacker Eddie Johnson remains suspended indefinitely.

Among the most notable items on the preseason depth chart:
  • Freshman Alex Figueroa is listed as the No. 1 strongside linebacker with Armbrister and Johnson out.
  • Sophomore Raphael Kirby is listed as the No. 1 middle linebacker ahead of Jimmy Gaines.
  • Sophomore Matt Goudis is listed at both kicker and punter as the Canes have to replace punter Dalton Botts and kicker Jake Wieclaw.
  • Tracy Howard is listed No. 1 at cornerback in the spot departed by senior Brandon McGee played last season.

ACC's lunchtime links

November, 6, 2012
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Who's going to Blacksburg? See you there ...

ACC announces players of the week

November, 5, 2012
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Here are the ACC players of the week, as announced by the league office Monday.

OFFENSIVE BACK: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson. Boyd completed 16-of-23 passes for 344 yards and five touchdowns in the Tigers’ 56-20 win over Duke. He guided the Clemson offense to 718 yards of total offense, the second most in school history and the most by an ACC team this year. Boyd threw all five of his touchdown passes in the first half and also scored on a 21-yard run, giving him six TDR, the most by an ACC player in a game this year. He finished with 416 yards of total offense and a passing efficiency rating of 240, the third best in school history given a minimum of 20 attempts.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Brandon Thomas, OL, Clemson. Thomas graded 95 percent for his 62 snaps in the win over Duke and had five knockdown blocks in helping the Tigers score 56 points, the most in the program’s history in Wallace Wade Stadium. The 95 percent grade was the highest of his career and the highest for a Clemson starting offensive lineman in a game this year. His blocking was a big reason Clemson rushed for 334 yards and a 6.5 yards per carry average on 52 attempts. Clemson finished the game with 718 yards of total offense, second most in Clemson history, 10th most in ACC history and the most by an ACC team this year.

RECEIVER: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest. Campanaro set a school record and tied the ACC mark with 16 receptions in Wake Forest’s 28-14 win over Boston College. He had 123 receiving yards and tied the school record with three touchdown catches. His touchdown receptions were on passes of 5, 27 and 16 yards from Tanner Price. Campanaro broke the previous Wake Forest record of 15 which was shared by three players. The ACC mark of 16 was last accomplished by Alvin Pearman of Virginia in 2003.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Chris Brathwaite, DT, Virginia. Brathwaite helped the Cavalier defense hold NC State to a season low 216 yards of offense (19 rushing yards) in Virginia’s 33-6 victory in Raleigh. The Wolfpack entered the game averaging 429.2 yards per game. Brathwaite had five tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss while also forcing a fumble. The six points and 19 rushing yards were season lows for NC State.

LINEBACKER: Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech. Attaochu matched a career-high with three sacks, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in Georgia Tech’s 33-13 win at Maryland. Attaochu joins Derrick Morgan as the only Tech players over the last five seasons to record three sacks in one game. Attaochu, playing in his hometown, upped his career totals to 22 tackles for loss and 14 sacks.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK: Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia. Canady started his first game and led Virginia’s defense with seven tackles and had an interception with a return of 39 yards in the Cavaliers’ 33-6 win over NC State. He helped limit the Wolfpack passing game to just 197 yards, a season low. The Wolfpack entered the game averaging 306.9 yards per game. NC State’s longest reception during the game was 14 yards. The last time NC State did not have a reception in a game for at least 15 yards was its season opener in 2006, a streak of 84 games. The Cavaliers also ended NC State’s Bryan Underwood’s streak of catching a touchdown in eight straight games this season, preventing him from tying Virginia’s Herman Moore’s streak of nine straight games with a touchdown catch in 1990.

CO-DEFENSIVE BACK: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest. Johnson was second on the team with seven tackles in Saturday’s 28-14 win over Boston College. Johnson had five solo tackles and two assists. He also intercepted a pass for the third time in the last four games and broke up two passes.

SPECIALIST: Gabe Terry, LB, Miami. Terry blocked a Virginia Tech punt that led to the Miami Hurricanes’ first score of the night during their 30-12 win Thursday over the Hokies. On the Virginia Tech 41, Terry blocked the punt and it was recovered by Rayshawn Jenkins at the Virginia Tech 16 to set up the Miami score two plays later. It was Miami’s first blocked punt since 2008 against UCF and first in ACC play since 2004, also against Virginia Tech.

ROOKIE: Duke Johnson, RB, Miami. Johnson notched his second 100-yard rushing game of the season, collecting 100 yards and one touchdown on 11 carries in Miami’s 30-12 win over Virginia Tech. Sixty-five of his 100 yards came in the first half on one rush, a new career long. Johnson later added a fourth quarter touchdown, his sixth rushing score of the season and first since Sept. 29 vs. NC State. He finished the night with 217 all-purpose yards, his fourth 200 yard all-purpose game of the season. Johnson had 118 returning yards on two returns, including an 81-yard scamper. He now has 13 plays of 25-plus yards, including seven for 50 or more yards.

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