ACC: Josh Bordner

Josh Bordner's final college football game might look a little like some of his first college football games. At least the first ones he attended.

The Boston College wide receiver was born in State College, Pennsylvania, and grew up a huge Penn State fan. He said his father, Scott, had a government job in town and would take him to Nittany Lions games regularly, with little Josh tagging along in one of those "little kid backpacks."

"I just remember when everyone gets up and starts jumping, the whole stadium feels like it's going to collapse," Bordner said with a laugh. "They definitely take pride in their football there."

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Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesBoston College receiver Josh Bordner, a converted quarterback, caught three touchdown passes for the Eagles as a senior.
Bordner's football career will in many ways come full circle when his Eagles face the Lions in the Dec. 27 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. The career reserve quarterback was called into coach Steve Addazio's office last winter and, with Florida transfer Tyler Murphy coming in to take over the reins under center, was asked if he would be willing to switch to receiver.

Bordner said he had not played the position since he was a sophomore at Century High — his family moved to Sykesville, Maryland, before high school — but he was eager to have an opportunity to get on the field in his final season.

The numbers followed, as Bordner's 26 catches, 342 receiving yards and three touchdown grabs all led or tied for the team lead in the regular season. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Bordner's biggest attribute, however, might have come in the run game — more specifically, blocking for Murphy and the rest of a BC rushing attack that put up 251.83 yards per game, good for 14th in the country.

Those efforts did not go unnoticed, as Bordner was rewarded Sunday as the recipient of the Scanlan Award, the program's highest honor, which goes to the senior who was outstanding in scholarship, leadership and athletic ability.

"Every Sunday morning we’d come in and watch highlights of the big plays from Saturday’s game and most often it’s highlighting Josh making a huge block down the field," center and fellow captain Andy Gallik said. "He’s always making big cuts down field and making wider lanes for Tyler and the running backs. He’s always making blocks and doing whatever he can to get his blockers down. It helped us tremendously.

"He was the hands-down, clear favorite to win that award. When I think of the Scanlan Award, I think of Josh Bordner. There’s nobody that should have won that besides him.”

Bordner will run into one more familiar face next Saturday when he sees coach James Franklin roaming the Penn State sideline. Franklin had recruited Bordner when the coach was an assistant at Maryland, with Bordner recalling an hour-long meeting in which he loved Franklin's enthusiasm.

Bordner said he had two cousins attend Penn State and still has a handful of friends and family members in town. He joked that the bowl game will mark the first time any of them find themselves rooting against the Lions, even if this is a long time coming for a Penn State program that was banned from bowls the previous two seasons in light of NCAA sanctions.

"I'm definitely really excited," Bordner said. "It's going to be a sold-out, packed crowd. It's going to be one of the top-viewed bowl games. I'm looking forward to going out there and playing against a team I grew up loving. They're definitely a good team. They have a great defense, so we're really looking forward to getting out there and playing."
By any measure, Steve Addazio's first season at Boston College was an immense success, but when the Eagles’ bowl game against Arizona ended last December, there was no time for celebration.

In the locker room after the game, Addazio gathered his troops and offered something of a warning. Many of the biggest stars in the room wouldn’t be back, but the players who planned on returning for 2014 were in for the toughest offseason of their lives.

"We didn’t leave that locker room going Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," Addazio said. "They knew when we got back, we were going to grind."

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AP Images/Cal Sport Media/Eric CanhaBoston College coach Steve Addazio has his team off to a 6-3 start despite giving the Eagles an extreme makeover for the second straight season.
It’s all about the grind for Addazio, and that has allowed him to do something few other coaches have managed in each of the past two years.

Addazio arrived at BC in 2013 to take over the helm of a team that had won just one game against FBS competition the previous season. He was told the roster was limited, that his best player was miscast as a running back. Addazio evaluated his options, designed the playbook around Andre Williams, and turned BC into a bowl team virtually overnight -- sending Williams to New York City as a Heisman finalist in the process. But one instant rebuilding job wasn’t enough. Addazio had to pull off the trick a second time in 2014, and so the year began with a high bar being set even as the final vestiges of 2013 remained.

"He is amazing," said BC athletics director Brad Bates. "He's very meticulous at paying attention to details. He has very high expectations for his players and his staff. He has a great sense of people's capabilities, and he doesn't settle for anything less than what they're capable of doing. The best teachers, the best professors, the best coaches I've ever been around had that unique ability. And the art of that teaching and coaching is to bring out the very best in those individuals."

Still, finding a winner in the remnants of 2013’s roster would be no easy task.

Boston College (6-3) lost its starting quarterback, it’s 2,000-yard rusher and the No. 1 receiver in school history on offense. On defense, the Eagles said goodbye to their top two tacklers and 60 percent of their sacks. The 2014 roster wouldn’t look anything like 2013, and so the grind began.

Addazio’s first signing class included 30 players. Sixteen have seen action this season, including several in starting roles.

BC brought in a handful of fifth-year transfers, including quarterback Tyler Murphy from Florida.

Murphy is an athlete, and so Addazio scrapped his playbook from 2013 that centered around Williams and the power running game and drew up an offense that relied heavily on the spread option. This season’s team had different strengths, so Addazio adjusted.

"Coach Addazio and the offensive staff do a good job of just piecing the offense together that fits the strengths of our team," said Murphy, who is just 35 yards shy of becoming the ACC’s first quarterback to run for 1,000 yards since 2009. "Sometimes coaches can be stubborn or have too big an ego to change their offense up. Coach Addazio’s No. 1 objective is to win."

Ego isn’t a big thing for Addazio, but neither is patience. Rebuilding jobs are supposed to take years, supposed to focus on the big picture. Addazio says he has a plan for the big picture but, in the interim, he simply can’t stand losing, so he’s willing to do whatever it takes to win now.

"Every day to me, I am completely not patient," Addazio said. "I’m impatient and I understand the big picture, but in the little picture, it’s about maximizing and driving every single day. I’m not interested in losing, I’m not interested in next year. I’m interested in right now."

There are only eight other Power 5 programs that had to replace their top passer, rusher and receiver this offseason. On average, they have declined by 37 yards per game of offense. BC has improved by 30 yards per game, while running a completely new playbook.

Of those eight teams, only two also had to replace their leader in tackles and sacks. Boston College responded to the massive overhaul by allowing 116 fewer yards per game than it did a season ago -- the biggest improvement from 2013 of any Power 5 team.

It was an extreme makeover, but Addazio has Boston College bowl eligible once again and playing better football than it did last season.

Murphy has blossomed into a star. Freshman tailback Jon Hilliman is playing like a veteran. Converted quarterback Josh Bordner has opened up options in the passing game. Senior linebacker Josh Keyes is one of the ACC’s top defenders.

"One of the things I think we’re most proud of is being able to develop and have our players really realize their best years," Addazio said. "It’s allowing your players to realize their potential, and that’s exciting. That’s what fires me up most about college football. You watch these guys, and right in front of your eyes they blossom. It’s really cool and it’s really satisfying."

That is what fires up his players, too. That is why the players in the locker room after last season's bowl game were ready to grind.

Addazio might be something of a miracle worker, rebuilding a program twice in as many seasons while most coaches need years to establish a foundation, but he doesn’t see it that way. For Addazio, it’s simply a matter of wanting to win by any means necessary and passing that urgency on to his team.

"Getting the kids to really buy in that you’re going to push them and drive them every day, but you’re going to make sure to take care of them as well, that’s the fundamental premise of the overall culture of the team," he said. "It’s all about right now and winning and competing. That’s all about developing the culture of your team and your coaching staff, and that’s very important. I’m not laid-back about this at all. It will take time, but we’re going to drive and grind for it right now, today."

ACC morning links

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Here’s a storyline you probably wouldn’t have expected six weeks ago.

In Durham, Duke’s passing game is a concern thanks to some erratic QB play and less-than-stellar efforts by the receivers, writes the Charlotte Observer.

Meanwhile at Virginia, things are looking pretty rosy for Mike London’s two-QB offense, as the Daily Progress notes.

How unlikely is that dichotomy?

Well, among ACC QBs entering the season, Duke’s Anthony Boone had more experience than anyone. Virginia’s combo of Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns had accounted for 75 career attempts.

Last year, Duke’s QBs completed 63 percent of their throws and accounted for 4,025 total yards, 45 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. Virginia’s notched 54.7 percent completions, 2,695 yards, 12 TDs and 17 picks.

Safe to say the bars were set pretty far apart to enter the season, which actually explains a bit. By adjusted QBR this season, Duke is 12th in the ACC at 55.8 with 8 TDs and 3 INTs. Virginia is ninth at 57.9 with 9 TDs and 9 INTs.

In other words, expectations mean a lot.

For Virginia, it’s a nice step in the right direction, and its last three games have resulted in three of the five best Adjusted QBR numbers against FBS foes the Cavaliers have had since the start of last season.

For Duke, it’s a step back, and its team Adjusted QBR has decreased each week. But maybe some good news for the Blue Devils: No ACC team has surrendered a higher Adjusted QBR to opposing QBs this season than this week’s opponent, Georgia Tech.

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Q&A: Eagles QB Tyler Murphy

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Tyler Murphy's path to Boston College has been unconventional, to say the least. But the Connecticut native and former Florida quarterback has come full-circle as he enters his final year of college ball, reunited with head coach Steve Addazio, who had recruited to Murphy to the Florida Gators when Addazio was an assistant in Gainesville.

ESPN.com caught up with Murphy recently to touch on a number of topics.

What has the acclimation process been like at BC?

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AP Photo/Gerald HerbertQB transfer Tyler Murphy on the offense BC will run this season: "We're still trying to find our identity."
Murphy: It's been going very smooth. As soon as I got here in the spring the team welcomed me with open arms. I was able to get to know some of the guys, allow them to get to know me, so we've been building a bond since I've gotten here. We've been working really hard on and off the field, knowing coach Addazio and some of the coaches from before, like (offensive line) coach (Justin) Frye and (tight ends) coach (Frank) Leonard, they've really made it smooth, knowing some of the guys and having some familiarity with the offense.

Were you familiar with any of the players before?

TM: No, I really didn't know anyone really before I got here. I came up with Ian (Silberman), me and Ian helped each other with the process. But I was able to get to know the guys quickly and build relationships really fast, which made everything easy for both of us.

What did you remember about Addazio from recruiting and from Florida?

TM: He's a very passionate guy, I remember that from the recruiting process. He loves what he does, he takes pride in what he does. Not only does he try to make you the best football player that you can, he also tries to develop you as a person and make you the best man off the field as well. That really stuck with me. That's something I really look for when trying to find a new program, and knowing that coach Addazio had that instilled in him, it made my decision very easy.

Did you watch BC at all last season? Were you surprised by the jump they made in Addazio's first year?


TM: I definitely followed the team a little bit last year, especially with coach Addazio being the offensive coordinator my freshman year. You always kind of root for guys that you know, so any time BC was playing I'd definitely tune in and watch. It shows what kind of guy coach Addazio is and the leader he is, and the seniors last year did a great job of turning things around and building a culture. You have to give them credit, and it's something that I really look for when choosing a new school, and it's a great culture, it's something I'm happy to be a part of. And I'm just going to do my best to help this program, help this team and find a way to lead, get us a few "Ws" and take the next step for this program.

Coach Addazio said you are a BC guy and that you fit into the culture there. How so?

TM: When you think of Boston College you think of a high-standard program with lots of great people that really do the best to try and excel and help the community around them. The people academically and athletically are all very nice. They all go out of their way to try to help people and uplift people. When I got here you could also see that with the team. Guys were really a close-knit bunch of guys and they were sacrificing for one another and doing things that that they probably wouldn't do for themselves, but they would push through things because they didn't want to let the guy down next to them. When I saw that and felt that, I was really happy and I felt like I made the right decision.

How would you describe the offense you are running?

TM: Right now we're in heavy sets, we're in spread sets, we're a little bit of everything right now. We're still trying to find our identity. We're trying a bunch of things out to see what we're good at and we're just going to really try and excel once we find out what we are good at. We're just trying to be successful with everything the coaches throw at us and try to execute everything, because the more things we have, the more versatile we can be and the more pressure on the defense. So we're just trying to make things easy for us, and the more things we can do, the better. We're just trying to go out there, execute, fly around, have some fun.

Who are some of the receivers you think will step up this year?

TM: I think all of the receivers are doing a great job. Starting with Charlie Callinan to Dan Crimmins to Drew Barksdale, those guys have really stepped up and are finding roles. And we also have Shakim Phillips with some experience, David Dudeck and Josh Bordner, he's been doing a good job lining up and doing some things outside. So I think our fans should be excited, because these guys can make some plays and they work hard and they do a lot of the little things right to help this offense go. They're going to do some things and surprise some people, and hopefully they'll be able to have great careers while they're here.

How did you and (NC State quarterback) Jacoby Brissett help each other throughout the transfer process?

TM: We both played at Florida and we both didn't play much, so we kind of would try to keep each other up. Sitting on the bench isn't fun, it could be difficult. We tried to build a friendship where we keep each other up, keep each other motivated, and each and every day find a way to go into the office and get better, and so we both decided we needed to move on. We both talked to each other, and when it was his time and he wanted to leave I sat down with him and we both tried to break things down and what his options were and what was the best option. And it was vice versa, he did the same thing with me. So we have a really good relationship. We still talk to this day. We talk, if not every day then maybe every other day, just to check up on each other and see how things are going, because it can be a tough transition. And as friends you always want to see your other friend do well, and we both look forward to competing against each other when we do line up and play this year.


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Previewing the 2014 season for the Boston College Eagles:

Key returners: RB Myles Willis, WR Josh Bordner, LG Bobby Vardaro, C Andy Gallik, RG Harris Williams, DT Mehdi Abdesmad, LB Steven Daniels, LB Josh Keyes, CB Manuel Asprilla, CB Bryce Jones, S Dominique Williams

Key losses: QB Chase Rettig, RB Andre Williams, WR Alex Amidon, LT Matt Patchan, RT Ian White, DE Kasim Edebali, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB Steele Divitto, K/P Nate Freese

Most important 2014 games: Sept. 5 vs. Pitt, Sept. 13 vs. USC, Nov. 1 at Virginia Tech, Nov. 22 at Florida State, Nov. 29 vs. Syracuse

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Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsSecond-year Boston College coach Steve Addazio is looking to build on a seven-win season in 2013.
Projected win percentage: 37.9 percent

Over/under Vegas odds: 5 wins

Instant impact newcomer: Florida transfer Tyler Murphy is the front-runner to start at quarterback, having been recruited to Gainesville back when Eagles coach Steve Addazio was an assistant there. Murphy started six games last year for the Gators, completing 60.5 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and five interceptions, adding 61 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns.

High point from 2013: Pick any Andre Williams highlight and you'll find it easy to understand how the previously unsung running back bullied his way to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Williams rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns, finishing fourth in the Heisman voting. His 166 yards and two touchdowns in a Nov. 2 upset of Virginia Tech sparked a four-game winning streak for BC, helping the Eagles get to a bowl in Year 1 under Addazio.

Low point from 2013: A two-game slide to finish the season at 7-6 diminished some of the glow that had come from such a surprising run during BC's four-game winning streak earlier. The Eagles lost Williams in the regular-season finale at rival Syracuse, and lost the game 34-31 on a touchdown pass with six seconds left. Then Arizona routed BC 42-19 in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Best-case scenario for 2014: Murphy proves to be an efficient dual-threat quarterback, adding a dynamic to BC's offense that wasn't there last year. Willis leads a running back committee that, running behind a veteran line, is able to collectively make up for much of the production that went out the door when Williams left. A strong secondary offsets a mostly untested defensive front, and BC continues its ascent under Addazio, winning eight games and pulling several more upsets along the way.

Worst-case scenario for 2014: The offense struggles to find its identity without the machine-like Williams pushing it forward. Murphy and a green receiving corps have trouble meshing, the defense lacks punch up front and the Eagles fall back to a three- or four-win season, which is what many thought would happen last season.

They said it: "Really, the interest level now is about winning those games. It's really not about being close; that's not really what we're striving for here. Year 1 was about winning the opener, it was about getting bowl eligible. Now I think as the program moves on in Year 2, you want to get to Charlotte, and that's the next goal on the program's docket right now, is to get to Charlotte." -- Addazio, on BC's respectable 48-34 loss last season to eventual national champion Florida State
Just a few weeks remain before fall camp opens around the ACC, and there are plenty of big questions still left to be answered. With that in mind, we’re looking at some of the conference’s biggest wild cards -- veterans without a distinguished track record who could make all the difference for their respective teams this season. One caveat: With so much of the conference breaking in a new QB, we ignored that key position for now. We’re also not including any true freshmen, since they all come with their share of intrigue. Instead, these are the Atlantic Division’s biggest wild cards as we get set for 2014.

Boston College: WR Josh Bordner

Steve Addazio is at least trying to be optimistic about Bordner’s future at receiver. The 6-foot-4 senior has some physical tools to create mismatches at the position, but after transitioning from QB this spring, he doesn’t have much in the way of experience. Of course, no one else on BC’s depth chart at receiver does either. Bobby Swigert projects as the top target, but he missed all of last season with an injury, and Harrison Jackson is now out for 2014 after tearing his ACL. At the very least, that makes Bordner intriguing as BC looks for someone to fill the void left by Alex Amidon, who had 155 catches the last two seasons.

Clemson: WR Charone Peake

When they both arrived on campus in 2011, Peake and Sammy Watkins were both considered elite recruits. Three years later, Watkins was the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft, while Peake has 37 career catches in three seasons thanks to injuries and inconsistency. However, if he can return from a torn ACL to help fill the void left by Watkins and Martavis Bryant it would be a huge boon to the Tigers’ passing game.

Florida State: WR Jarred Haggins

In the first three games of 2011, Haggins had 11 receptions. In the nearly three seasons since, he’s managed just eight more. But as FSU’s receiving corps has been diminished by early departures (Kelvin Benjamin) and off-field issues (Greg Dent, Jesus Wilson), Haggins provides a rare bit of experience to go with Rashad Greene and Christian Green in 2014.

Louisville: DT DeAngelo Brown

Louisville has some potentially exceptional pass rushers, but in order for them to succeed in new coordinator Todd Grantham’s 3-4 scheme, the D-line needs to be able to take on blocks and clog up the lanes, and that’s a huge question right now. Louisville has just two projected D-linemen who played in 2013, but Brown, who missed all of last season with an Achilles injury, could be a savior. He’s a behemoth at 320 pounds, and if he can command double teams playing the zero- or one-technique at nose guard, Grantham’s new-look D could make some noise in its first season in the ACC.

NC State: OT Rob Crisp

A back injury limited Crisp in 2012, and a concussion ended his 2013 season early, but an NCAA waiver allowed him to return to NC State for 2014. If Crisp can stay healthy this season he could be an immense help for a Wolfpack offensive line that allowed the fourth-most tackles for a loss of any Power 5 conference team last season.

Syracuse: DE Ron Thompson

The Orange know they can’t replace the production of departed DT Jay Bromley, so they’re hoping to find a combination of players who can help fill the void. That’s meant plenty of mixing and matching on the D-line, but it’s also opened up some more playing time for Thompson as a rush end. He’s a former four-star recruit at tight end, but his athleticism and quickness -- not to mention a year of experience at his new position under his belt -- have Syracuse’s coaches extremely excited about what Thompson might contribute this season.

Wake Forest: RB Orville Reynolds

Someone has to make some plays on offense for Wake Forest, right? There’s virtually no experience at any of the skill positions, and Reynolds’ move from receiver to tailback was made more out of desperation than anything else. But first-year coach Dave Clawson found success moving a receiver (Travis Greene) to running back last year at Bowling Green. Reynolds likely won’t match Greene’s 1,594 yards, but if he can even approach half that total, it would be the most by a Wake tailback since 2011.
AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- Boston College will have a slightly different look at receiver this season, but a lot of that is not by design.

The Eagles not only have to deal with losing top receiver Alex Amidon, they also have to start the season without Harrison Jackson, who tore his ACL during the spring. The news is particularly disheartening, as Jackson worked his way back following a scary injury last year against New Mexico State, when he was hospitalized after collapsing and having trouble breathing following a hit to the chest.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesAt 6-foot-5, Dan Crimmins will be part of a tall group of receivers at Boston College.
Without him, Boston College will be relying on much bigger players at receiver.

"We took Josh Bordner and we moved him to that position. He’s a big receiver, but he’s kind of a hybrid guy who’s not going to attach, but he’s going to do a lot around the box," Boston College coach Steve Addazio said. "And then Danny Crimmins, both those guys are 6-4, 6-5, 240-pound guys and are receivers, but it gives us an interesting dimension. It makes us a little different.

"We’re not going to have that great vertical push. Harrison was a guy that had a little bit of speed and decent size, but I think we’re going to become bigger. Maybe that’s our niche. We’ll have a couple little guys. For us, you get the little fast guy sometimes, but we get the big receivers and they pose another problem for you. I’m excited with where we are a little bit.

For the speed dimension, the Eagles could rely on sophomore Drew Barksdale, and are hoping their incoming freshman class can contribute as well. Sherman Alston is one name to keep in mind, a player with speed who can be a hybrid receiver.

There also is the possibility that Shakim Phillips could return to the program as a fifth-year graduate. Phillips started his career at BC before transferring to UConn. He was dismissed from the Huskies program this spring. Phillips is working on graduating by the summer, which would make him eligible immediately.
Our series concludes today with Boston College, which is turning to several new faces who need to step up after a successful debut season under Steve Addazio.

Spotlight: QB Tyler Murphy

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AP Photo/Gerald HerbertTyler Murphy started six games at Florida last season.
2013 summary: With Florida last season, Murphy played in nine games and started six, completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 1,216 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions. He added 61 rushing yards and three more scores on the ground.

The skinny: The Eagles say goodbye to three-year starting quarterback Chase Rettig and in comes Murphy, who enrolled at Boston College early after graduating from Florida. Murphy will be immediately eligible for the 2014 season. Murphy is a much more ideal fit for the Eagles' offense as he is a true dual-threat quarterback who can help stretch the field. He was recruited to the Gators by Addazio when he was a UF assistant under Urban Meyer.

The Eagles have a crowded field vying for the starting spot, as they brought aboard early enrollee Darius Wade, a three-star prospect from Middletown (Del.) High, and also have returnee James Walsh. (Josh Bordner, Rettig's backup the last two seasons, moved to wide receiver.)

But Murphy entered spring practice Wednesday as the only quarterback among the group with game experience, and he has plenty of it. He was just 2-4 last year as a starter on an awful Gators team, but it's not like players transfer for their fifth and final seasons without the intent of getting significant playing time. (Nor do coaches take them for any other reason.) Murphy's seniority, coupled with his familiarity with Addazio and what the coach wants, makes him the guy to keep an eye on throughout the offseason. The Eagles must replace both tackles in front of him, too, so the more veteran savvy, the better for the future leader of the BC offense. It will likely be Murphy's job to lose.
Setting up spring in the ACC Atlantic.

Boston College

Spring start: March 12

Spring game: April 12

What to watch:
  • Big shoes to fill: Steve Addazio helped BC make huge strides in 2013, but the task of keeping the momentum going gets much harder without star running back and Heisman finalist Andre Williams, who rushed for an NCAA-best 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns. Tyler Rouse and Myles Willis will attempt to fill the vacancy this spring, and both have potential. Willis averaged nearly 6 yards per carry as Williams’ primary backup last year. The real intrigue might wait until fall, however, when four freshmen running backs arrive on campus.
  • Murphy makes the move: It’s an open competition at quarterback after Chase Rettig’s departure, but there’s no question the most intriguing player in the race is Florida transfer Tyler Murphy. The fifth-year senior worked with Addazio at Florida, and he’ll open the spring competing with redshirt freshman James Walsh and early enrollee Darius Wade. That’s a deep enough bench that BC didn’t worry about moving Josh Bordner, last year’s backup, to tight end. With both of last year’s starting tackles gone, too, Murphy’s experience could be even more important in determining the outcome of the QB battle.
  • Restocking the LBs: Even at its low points in recent years, Boston College managed to churn out plenty of talented linebackers, but the position gets a massive overhaul this year. First-team All-ACC star Kevin Pierre-Louis (108 tackles in 2013) is gone, as is Steele Divitto (112 tackles). That leaves junior Steven Daniels (88 tackles, 5 sacks) as the lone returning starter. Josh Keyes adds some experience, but it’ll be a group in transition this spring.
Clemson

Spring start: March 5

Spring game: April 12

What to watch:
  • Replacing Boyd: The talk of Clemson’s spring camp will no doubt surround the quarterbacks, as senior Cole Stoudt, sophomore Chad Kelly and early enrollee Deshaun Watson vie for the job. Stoudt’s experience makes him the early favorite, but it’s Watson, a dual-threat QB with immense talent, who could steal the show. Coach Dabo Swinney has already lauded Watson as perhaps the most talented quarterback Clemson has signed, so all eyes will be on the freshman to see if he can back up all that hype with a strong spring.
  • Skill-position shuffling: If the QB battle is the headliner, there are plenty of significant sideshows on offense this spring. Clemson waved goodbye to receivers Sammy Watkins (1,464 yards, 12 TDs) and Martavis Bryant (828 yards, 7 TDs) and tailback Roderick McDowell (1,025 yards, 5 TDs). That means a massive overhaul on offense, where there’s no clear-cut bell cow at running back (Zac Brooks and D.J. Howard return as potential options) and the receiving corps will be looking for some new top targets.
  • Dominance up front: On offense for Clemson, there’s plenty of concern for what the Tigers lost. On defense, however, the excitement is all about what they’re bringing back. Clemson’s defensive line, in particular, could be one of the nation’s best. When All-American Vic Beasley announced his return for his senior season, the Tigers knew they could have something special. Add sophomore lineman Shaq Lawson and senior Stephone Anthony at linebacker and Clemson has all the makings of a dominant pass rush.
Florida State

Spring start: March 19

Spring game: April 12

What to watch:
  • The running backs: After leading FSU in rushing three straight years, Devonta Freeman is gone. So, too, is James Wilder Jr. But the Seminoles enter spring with a quartet of intriguing options to replace their departed stars, led by Karlos Williams (730 yards, 11 TDs in 2013) and Dalvin Cook (No. 21 on the 2013 ESPN300). Mario Pender, who missed last year with academic issues, also figures to be in the mix.
  • The defensive front: There are a wealth of question marks here, both in terms of personnel and scheme. With Timmy Jernigan, Telvin Smith and Christian Jones gone, there are plenty of jobs up for grabs. The development of Mario Edwards Jr., Eddie Goldman and Terrance Smith will be key, but with Charles Kelly taking over the defense, it’s also still a bit unclear how much the scheme will deviate from what Jeremy Pruitt ran with so much success in 2013.
  • Jameis Winston’s swing: A year ago, the big question was who would win the QB battle. Now, Winston’s got a Heisman Trophy and will be a favorite to win it again in 2014. So the intrigue surrounding the FSU star QB is more on the baseball field, where once again, he’ll be splitting time this spring. Perhaps the bigger question is how the rest of the QB depth chart shakes out, with Sean Maguire the elder statesman and John Franklin III looking to make his move.
Louisville

Spring start: March 18

Spring game: April 11

What to watch:
  • Bobby’s back: After a seven-year hiatus that included an abrupt departure from the Atlanta Falcons and a damaging scandal at Arkansas, Bobby Petrino is back in charge at Louisville insisting he’s a changed man. Fans will be watching closely to see if he has changed his stripes away from the field, but also whether he can rekindle the same offensive fireworks he delivered in his first stint with the Cardinals.
  • Replacing Bridgewater: It’s an open QB battle, and for Petrino, it’s among the first chances he’ll have to see the players vying to replace departed star Teddy Bridgewater in action. Sophomore Will Gardner is perhaps the favorite, but he has just 12 career pass attempts. Redshirt freshman Kyle Bolin is close behind, while Reggie Bonnafon is set to arrive in the fall.
  • New look on D: Louisville finished the 2013 season ranked second nationally in scoring defense, trailing only national champion Florida State. But this spring, things will look a bit different for the Cardinals, as Todd Grantham takes over as the new defensive coordinator after being lured from Georgia. Grantham figures to bring a 3-4 scheme to Louisville, which will certainly shake things up a bit. Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin missing the spring with a shoulder injury only clouds the situation further.
NC State

Spring start: March 4

Spring game: April 12

What to watch:
  • Brissett takes the reins: The sting of last year’s winless ACC season was barely in the rearview mirror before coach Dave Doeren named Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett his new starting quarterback. Brissett spent last year on the sideline, but apparently Doeren saw enough during practice to comfortably wave goodbye to Pete Thomas, who announced his transfer. There will be ample spotlight on Brissett this spring as he tries to revive the underperforming NC State passing game.
  • The new faces: If 2013 was about cleaning house, this spring begins the far more difficult project of rebuilding. For NC State, that means plenty of new faces, including a whopping seven early enrollees headlined by safety Germain Pratt. While there are ample holes for Doeren to fill in Year 2, these incoming freshmen could certainly push for starting jobs and bring an influx of depth that the Wolfpack sorely missed last year.
  • Shoring up the lines: NC State’s 2014 signing class included 11 offensive and defensive linemen, and that’s just the start of the overhaul at the line of scrimmage. Last season, the Wolfpack allowed the second most sacks in the ACC (35) on offense while its defensive front recorded the fewest sacks in the conference (20). That’s a formula for disaster, and Doeren understands NC State must get much better in the trenches. Brissett’s arrival at QB could help, but the bottom line is NC State needs to see improvement on both sides of the line, and it needs to start this spring.
Syracuse

Spring start: March 18

Spring game: April 19

What to watch:
  • Hunt’s next step: 2013 was a roller coaster season for Terrel Hunt. He lost the QB battle in fall camp, stepped in as starter after two weeks and was dominant, struggled badly through the midsection of the season, then closed strong with back-to-back come-from-behind wins. Now that he has experience, it will be interesting this spring to see how much he’s progressed. The talent is there, and spring practice should give Hunt a chance to refine it a bit more.
  • The defensive front: Syracuse finished its first ACC season ranked fourth in rushing defense and third in sacks despite myriad personnel issues entering the year, but more questions remain as the Orange look toward 2014. With star lineman Jay Bromley and veteran linebacker Marquis Spruill gone, the Orange are looking to fill sizable holes. Robert Welsh figures to be the anchor of the Syracuse pass rush, and the Orange could benefit from the return of Donnie Simmons, who missed 2013 with a knee injury.
  • Secondary concerns: Syracuse got a chance to learn what life was like without top cover corner Keon Lyn after the senior fractured his kneecap late last year, but while Brandon Reddish did an admirable job as his replacement, a whole new set of questions crops up in the secondary this spring. Syracuse figures to have openings at both corner and safety, and while Julian Whigham, Darius Kelly and Ritchy Desir offer options, there’s a lot to be decided on the practice field this spring.
Wake Forest

Spring start: March 25

Spring game: April 26

What to watch:
  • Clawson’s early impact: It’s been 14 years since Wake Forest opened a spring camp with someone other than Jim Grobe calling the shots, so there’s no question this will be an intriguing few weeks in Winston-Salem. Dave Clawson takes over after leading Bowling Green to a MAC championship, and he inherits a major rebuilding job. First up for the coach will likely be creating an offensive identity -- something Grobe couldn’t do in 2013.
  • Identifying some offense: If 2013 was an offensive slog for Wake Forest, 2014 threatens to be much, much worse. As bad as things got at times last year, the Deacons at least had veterans to rely on. This season, Wake’s leading passer (Tanner Price), rusher (Josh Harris), receiver (Michael Campanaro) and top tight end (Spencer Bishop) are all gone. On the plus side, plenty of younger players saw action in 2013. The job this spring is to figure out who can take a big step forward entering the 2014 campaign.
  • The defensive scheme: Wake appears to be moving away from the 3-4 that was a hallmark of recent seasons, as new coordinator Mike Elko tries to maximize the talent remaining on the roster. Without veteran lineman Nikita Whitlock, Wake’s defensive front will have a far different look in 2014, and this spring will largely be about Elko identifying playmakers and tweaking his system to fit their skill sets.
It is no secret that Boston College will have an open quarterback competition come spring. But in a surprising development, coach Steve Addazio said this week that backup Josh Bordner would not be a part of that race.

Addazio said Bordner would be trying out a move to receiver, while Florida transfer Tyler Murphy, freshman early enrollee Darius Wade and redshirt freshman James Walsh get the bulk of the reps at quarterback when spring practice begins next month. Bordner served as the backup quarterback to Chase Rettig the past two seasons. The move means that the Eagles will now have a new starting quarterback and a new backup quarterback in 2014.

"He's really tough, really smart, he's got unbelievable ball skills and hands, he can fill that hybrid receiver role a little bit," Addazio said. "He belongs on the football field. It's our job to find that right spot for him."

Bordner, at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, could present some matchup problems in his new role. Addazio said Bordner was completely on board with the move. In fact, Addazio said he thought about having Bordner play special teams last year, but he was too worried about potentially getting his backup quarterback hurt. In retrospect, Addazio believes it was a mistake to keep Bordner off the field because "he could have helped us."

"He doesn't want to carry a clipboard and stand on the sidelines," Addazio said. "He was like, 'Coach, I want to get on the field, and I want to play ball.'"

Wade and Murphy appear to be the top two contenders to win the starting job. Both are dual-threat quarterbacks who will give the Eagles the ability to run more spread option sets. Addazio said of them, "They’re both really athletic guys. Both run the ball well and throw the ball well and both have great arms. Tyler is an older guy, a fifth-year player, and Darius is a mid-semester senior. Both those guys are really super guys who have leadership qualities and are dynamic athletes."
Boston College rode Andre Williams all the way to a 2,000-yard campaign and postseason berth in 2013, successfully going back to its roots as a smash-mouth, physically tough football team.

But the Eagles will most certainly have a different identity when the 2014 season rolls around. The power run game will still be there, but many more spread principles will be featured on offense because the Eagles will likely have a dual-threat quarterback under center.

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AP Photo/Gerald HerbertFormer Florida QB Tyler Murphy will be in the mix for BC's starting job this fall.
Chase Rettig did an admirable job as the quarterback this past season despite being a less-than-ideal fit for what coach Steve Addazio likes to run. Rettig emerged as a leader, and the ability to run play-action helped keep opposing teams off balance. The spread, however, was almost completely ignored because Williams and the run game gave the Eagles the best chance to win every week.

Williams and Rettig are both gone now, opening up other possibilities for the offense. Addazio has always preferred a dual-threat quarterback to run his system, and now he has several on the roster: Florida transfer Tyler Murphy and early enrollee Darius Wade headline the group and will compete for the starting job, along with Josh Bordner and James Walsh.

“The ability to keep our power run offense but to be able to diversify a little bit and spread it out a little bit will be great for us,” Addazio said in a recent phone interview. “We’ll be a little different. It’s early right now, but there will be more diversity in terms of quarterback runs and tailback runs. We won’t have one guy getting 42 reps.

“While there will be some elements that will look similar, we might be more in the shotgun, we might be camouflaging and diversifying with the power run game with the option, there could be a tempo component. We’ll be gravitating a little more toward where I’d like to get to.”

Murphy is the only quarterback on the roster with extended game experience and was recruited to Florida by Addazio. He is familiar with the type of offense the Eagles want to try and run. But Wade, a three-star prospect out of Delaware, also provides tantalizing possibilities. Addazio described him as a “dynamic athlete,” a player with a strong arm who can also run and extend plays. The hope is for Wade to be able to contribute as a true freshman this fall.

Without Williams, Boston College will split the rushing load more evenly. Tahj Kimble is expected back after rehabbing a torn ACL, while Myles Willis and Tyler Rouse look to build off freshman seasons in which they spelled Williams.

Addazio also expects the offensive line to be as strong as it was this past season. The Eagles do have to replace both starting tackles, but getting Florida transfer Ian Silberman into the program will help.

The biggest concern moving forward is developing playmakers on the outside. Addazio hopes Bobby Swigert can fill the role Alex Amidon had in the offense, but Swigert is returning from a knee injury so his status remains up in the air.

“We’ve got to get better out on the edge in terms of blocking the perimeter, catching the ball, winning one-on-one matchups,” Addazio said. “That’s not a quick-fix area. We’ve got to recruit and build.”

Addazio already showed what he has the potential to build after an impressive first season. The Eagles might look a little different on offense next season, but that is a good thing. What you see in 2014 will be closer to the vision Addazio has for this group in the years to come.
Former Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy has transferred to Boston College, with an eye toward winning the starting quarterback job come spring practice.

Murphy and former Florida offensive lineman Ian Silberman, also a fifth-year senior, are now enrolled at Boston College, the school announced Wednesday. Murphy and Silberman have ties to Boston College coach Steve Addazio, a former Florida assistant who recruited Murphy to play for the Gators.

Murphy announced his intentions to transfer from Florida after the regular season ended. He graduated in December and has one year of eligibility remaining for the Eagles, who need to find a replacement for three-year starting quarterback Chase Rettig.

Murphy started six games last season for the Gators after starter Jeff Driskel was lost for the season. He went 2-4 with 1,216 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions before missing the final three games of the season with a shoulder injury.

The addition of Murphy at least gives the Eagles an experienced quarterback on the roster, and his dual-threat ability is a much better fit for the power run/spread scheme they want to build their offense around. But he is not necessarily the automatic favorite to win the job. The spring competition should be intense between Murphy, Darius Wade, Josh Bordner and James Walsh.

BC also announced five freshmen -- Wade, offensive lineman Jon Baker, defensive back Allen Dawson, defensive end Harold Landry and defensive back Isaac Yiadom -- are enrolled.
There was plenty of football this past weekend in the ACC. Here's a quick recap of everything that happened, according to each school's website or report that was emailed to the media:

VIRGINIA

The following information is according to Jeff White's report:
  • The Orange roster included the first-team defense, the Blue roster the first-team offense. Each quarterback saw time on both sides during the scrimmage, which the Orange won 18-15.
  • Redshirt sophomore quarterback David Watford entered the spring game atop the depth chart, followed by redshirt freshman Greyson Lambert and then redshirt junior Phillip Sims. Watford finished 5-for-10 for 55 yards. Lambert completed 21 of 36 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, and Sims was 8-for-18 for 89 yards.
  • Junior running back Clifton Richardson finished with 41 yards (on 11 carries), junior Kevin Parks with 20 yards (on 11 carries), junior Khalek Shepherd with 20 yards (on six carries) and redshirt freshman Kye Morgan with 18 yards (on 11 carries).
  • Led by Brent Urban (3.5), sophomore end Trent Corney (two) and redshirt freshman linebacker Mark Hall (two), the defenses were credited with 14 "sacks" Saturday.
MARYLAND
  • The Terps held a scrimmage at Middletown High School in Middletown, Md., Saturday.
  • Taking handoffs from quarterback Dustin Dailey, running back Joe Riddle rushed for more than 100 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown run.
MIAMI
  • The Hurricanes held a 90-minute scrimmage on Friday night that included goal-line and red zone scenarios, and two-minute drills, in front of 3,000 fans at Naples High School. The first-team offense went 60 plays and the second team had 55 plays.
  • Quarterbacks Stephen Morris, Ryan Williams and Gray Crow combined to throw five touchdown passes to three different receivers. The Canes were without receiver Phillip Dorsett, who was in Gainesville with the track team at the Florida Relays.
  • Dallas Crawford had two receiving touchdowns, while Rashawn Scott and Allen Hurns combined for three scores.
  • Anthony Chickillo, Tyriq McCord and Kelvin Cain led the defense with a sack each.
BOSTON COLLEGE
  • BC held its first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday in Alumni Stadium. The team practiced for the first half hour and then ran through a number of series with rotating quarterbacks. All four quarterbacks -- Chase Rettig, Josh Bordner, Mike Marscovetra and Christian Suntrup -- saw time.
  • Rettig started and led the team to the only touchdown on a 5-yard pass to C.J. Parsons. Bordner played in five series and rushed for 33 yards.
  • Defensively, junior Sean Sylvia returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
  • Running back Rolandan Finch has left the team for personal reasons.
GEORGIA TECH
  • Sophomore quarterback Vad Lee ran for a pair of touchdowns, including one 60-yard touchdown. Redshirt freshman Justin Thomas rushed for a touchdown, set up by his own electrifying 40-yard run.
  • Redshirt freshman Beau Hankins had an interception on a pass thrown by Thomas.
  • Senior Jeremiah Attaochu had a tackle for loss and Coray Carlson had a fumble recovery.
  • The catch of the day actually belonged to walk-on Marty Alcala, who had an acrobatic reception on a 30-yard pass from Thomas.
  • Matt Connors rushed for a 12-yard touchdown.
  • Junior wide receiver Darren Waller, who was injured, was cleared to play.
WAKE FOREST
  • The Deacs continued to emphasize takeaways at their scrimmage on Saturday.
  • According to the Winston-Salem Journal, linebacker Mike Olson was sidelined while recovering from shoulder surgery. Nose tackle Nikita Whitlock missed the scrimmage because he was back home in Wylie, Texas, attending the funeral of a member of his family. Cornerback Merrill Noel was in uniform, but did not play because of a sore shoulder.
Boston College held its final scrimmage of preseason training camp on Wednesday at Alumni Stadium. Here are the highlights, according to the team's practice report:

Offensive highlights: Junior quarterback Chase Rettig completed 7-of-13 pass attempts for 130 yards and one touchdown -- a 50-yard pass to Bobby Swigert on the opening series of the scrimmage. Backup quarterback Josh Bordner threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman in an overtime situation. Bordner finished 4-for-10 for 36 yards with the touchdown. Tailback Tahj Kimble had seven carries for 26 yards, and Colin Larmond Jr. led the receivers with three receptions for 61 yards.

Defensive highlights: Senior linebacker Nick Clancy led all defensive players with six tackles, and junior linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis recorded four tackles and one pass break-up. Six-foot-7, 250-pound freshman defensive end Malachi Moore knocked down a Rettig pass at the line of scrimmage, and senior defensive tackle Bryan Murray also registered a pass break-up. Kasim Edebali recorded a sack during situational play.

Special teams highlights: Placekicker Nate Freese made field goals from 37 and 34 yards and finished 2-for-3 in field goal attempts. He combined to make 8-of-9 field goal attempts in the Eagles' four scrimmages. Gerald Levano punted three times, including a 33-yard punt on the 13 yard line and a 53-yard punt.

Weekend rewind: Scrimmage reports

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Not every school in the ACC gives scrimmage reports, but for those that do, we will gladly post the highlights. Here's a look back at what happened in the ACC this weekend, according to each school's report:

Boston College

Offensive highlights: Junior receiver Alex Amidon had seven catches for 84 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown reception, in the situational scrimmage Sunday. The scrimmage featured six end-of-half/fourth-quarter situations with limited time on the clock and a limited number of timeouts. Chase Rettig went 18-of-32 for 168 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Defensive highlights: Justin Simmons had two interceptions off second-team quarterback Josh Bordner. Manuel Asprilla intercepted Rettig at the goal line, and linebacker Nick Clancy intercepted a Rettig pass that was deflected by Mehdi Abdesmad a few plays later.

Special teams: Gerald Levano punted four times and averaged nearly 48 yards per punt. His first punt landed at the 2-yard line, while his second attempt went 60 yards. Kicker Nate Freese made his only field goal attempt, from 40 yards, and is now 6-for-6 on field goal attempts in the preseason.

Quotable: “We got a lot of nice young guys on this football team, and if they come through and play well, good things can happen, and Justin [Simmons] is one of them,” coach Frank Spaziani said. “He’s as advertised. We did our homework and everything that you do on kids. He’s a good prospect.”

Clemson

Offensive highlights: Tajh Boyd threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, while Martavis Bryant had four catches for 97 yards and had two touchdowns. Boyd was 13-of-22 for 218 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Backup Cole Stoudt went 4-of-9 for 61 yards and led a touchdown drive on his first possession. Andre Ellington had an 8-yard touchdown run, while Roderick McDowell led all running backs for a second straight scrimmage with 65 yards on four carries.

Defensive highlights: Coach Dabo Swinney praised the defensive line, where Josh Watson, Grady Jarrett and DeShawn Williams made plays. Xavier Brewer made a brilliant breakup of a long pass and added five tackles. Jonathan Meeks added an interception. Tony Steward made a big play with a 25-yard interception return.

Special teams: Williams had a blocked a field goal. Backup kicker Spence Benton made a 53-yard kick that could have been good from 63 yards.

Quotable: “We have two weeks to get dialed in,” Swinney said. “We are going to turn the page on Monday after our last two-a-day (practices) and start getting ready for Auburn. We will have our guys penciled in on where they need to be.”

Duke

Offensive highlights: Quarterback Brandon Connette caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Sean Renfree and ran for another in a 95-snap, controlled scrimmage Friday night at Wallace Wade Stadium. Renfree went 14-of-21 for 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Freshman Shaquille Powell had eight carries for 30 yards, while Jela Duncan had 28 yards on nine attempts. Garrett Patterson, who moved from defensive back to receiver this week during practice, had five receptions for 80 yards.

Defensive highlights: Cornerbacks Lee Butler and Tony Foster each had interceptions while linebacker Deion Williams recovered one fumble. Freshman defensive end Michael Mann had one sack and one forced fumble.

Special teams highlights: Freshman kicker Ross Martin made field goals of 43 and 48 yards and converted his only extra-point attempt.

Georgia Tech

Offensive highlights: Broderick Snoddy had a 70-yard touchdown run on the second series, while quarterback Vad Lee threw two touchdowns to A-back B.J. Bostic. Lee later added a touchdown run as he continues to work at quarterback and A-back. Synjyn Days and freshman Justin Thomas also took snaps at quarterback, and each led scoring drives.

Defensive highlights: Nick Menocal had an interception he nearly returned for a touchdown. Jimmie Kitchen recovered a fumble, while defensive lineman Anthony Williams had two sacks.

Special teams highlights: Justin Moore had a 29-yard field goal, while David Scully made a 31-yard field goal and all five of his extra-point attempts. There was no punting on Saturday.

Quotable: “The guys are ready to play someone else,” quarterback Tevin Washington said. “We’ve been hitting each other for two weeks and all summer doing drills against each other. Guys are just ready to go and get some new faces in front of us.”

Maryland

Freshman Stefon Diggs continued to impress, as he had three first-half touchdowns -- a 68-yard punt return, a 98-yard kickoff return and an 11-yard reception. Quarterback Perry Hills ran the first-team offense and led Maryland to scores on three of his five drives.

On the opening drive, Hills took the Terps on an 18-play, 76-yard touchdown drive, He went 5-of-6 for 27 yards on the drive and also rushed for 36 yards, including a 16-yard touchdown run.

"I thought Perry [Hills] had a good day," coach Randy Edsall said. "I thought he did some good things. Of course there's going to be plenty of things that he could learn from, and get better, but I think that we didn't have any issues with delay of game, really didn't have any false starts. When you talk about the mechanics and the operation of the offense I thought he handled it really well."

Miami

The Hurricanes' scrimmage Saturday was cut short in the middle of the second quarter because of lightning in the area. Among the highlights in the abbreviated scrimmage: Mike James and Duke Johnson each had touchdown runs, and Kelvin Cain recorded a sack in the end zone for a safety.

Virginia Tech

Offensive highlights: Logan Thomas went 8-of-15 for 112 yards and a score, while backup Mark Leal went 6-of-16 for 111 yards, with a touchdown and an interception. Kevin Asante led all receivers with four catches for 79 yards, while Corey Fuller caught three passes for 68 yards. The Hokies also rushed for 174 yards. J.C. Coleman played with a broken hand and had 54 yards -- 52 coming on one run -- and Trey Edmunds added 45. Tony Gregory rushed for 36 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown run. Projected starter Michael Holmes had three carries for 21 yards.

Defensive highlights: The projected first-team defense allowed a little more than 120 yards in four series (24 plays) and gave up just two field goals. Walk-on Zach Snell had six tackles, while Ronny Vandyke had five. Desmond Frye and Antone Exum each recorded four. The defense had five total sacks and Bruce Taylor had an interception.

Special teams highlights: Cody Journell made two field goals and missed one, while Brooks Abbott made one and had a 37-yarder blocked by Kyle Fuller.

Quotable: “I thought it was one of the more productive offensive first scrimmages we’ve had around here,” coach Frank Beamer said. “I think we did some good things, and I think we’ll see some things we can improve. Overall, I think the effort was good. I always say this, but it’s hard to come out pleased because if the offense makes plays, you’re worried about your defense. If the defense makes plays, you’re worried about your offense. Overall, I thought it was a good first scrimmage.”

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