ACC: Korey Mangum

ACC position superlatives: Florida State

March, 4, 2010
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We resume our breakdown of the ACC's strongest and weakest positions today with Florida State:

Strongest position: Offensive line

Key returnees: All five starters return in Andrew Datko, Rodney Hudson, Ryan McMahon, David Spurlock and Zebrie Sanders.

Key departures: Backup Brandon Davis has decided to graduate and move on instead of returning for his fifth season. He stared in place of Hudson the last two games of the regular season.

The skinny: This group will finally have seniors in McMahon and Hudson, and collectively there are 142 career starts between the five returning starters. Last year, all five of Florida State’s offensive linemen were nominated by opposing ACC coaches for all-conference honors. Assistant Rick Trickett said he’s never had that happen to one of his groups before. Sanders and Rhonne Sanderson are both injured. Sanders will be fine by summer camp and Sanderson is limited this spring after foot surgery.

Weakest position: Secondary

Key returnees: CB Ochuko Jenije

Key departures: CB Patrick Robinson, FS Jamie Robinson, RV Korey Mangum

The skinny: Aside from Jenije, the only returning starter, no one in the secondary has played more than one season. There are high expectations for cornerback Greg Reid, who will get a long look this spring to replace Patrick Robinson. Redshirt freshman Xavier Rhodes will also get a chance there. Terrance Parks and Nick Moody were both the backups at safety last year, and they’ll get an opportunity to move up. Redshirt freshmen Justin Bright and Gerald Demps will also challenge at safety.

REWIND:

ACC recruiting needs: Atlantic Division

January, 25, 2010
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You might be familiar with the date Feb. 3. (Heck, some of you probably even take off work or ditch class for it.) Contrary to popular belief, though, it’s not a national holiday. It’s national signing day. And it’s coming up quickly. Every team has holes to fill after graduation and the NFL draft, but some are more pressing than others. Here’s a quick look at the Atlantic Division’s top areas of concern for this year’s class:

BOSTON COLLEGE

Quarterback: The Eagles can’t afford to be in another situation where nobody on the roster has had a snap of collegiate experience like they were heading into 2009. This is the class where coach Frank Spaziani can build the future of the program at this position.

Running back: Montel Harris is one of the best running backs in the ACC, but he’s not invincible. After the transfer of backup Josh Haden midway through last season, the Eagles were forced to depend on Harris and only Harris. It’s time to bring in some help.

Wide receiver: BC will graduate three seniors from the two-deep in Justin Jarvis, Clarence Megwa and record-setter Rich Gunnell. Quarterback Dave Shinskie will be better in Year 2, but now he’ll have to help usher in a new supporting cast.

CLEMSON

Wide receiver: The Tigers will have to replace standout Jacoby Ford in 2010, but they’ll also have to prepare for the losses of Xavier Dye and Terrance Ashe, who will be seniors in 2010. It was a position of concern heading into 2009 and will be again.

Defensive backs: Two of the most experienced starting cornerbacks in the conference -- Chris Chancellor and Crezdon Butler -- have to be replaced, but the staff also has to look ahead. Next year, the Tigers will lose All-American safety DeAndre McDaniel, free safety Marcus Gilchrist and cornerback Byron Maxwell.

FLORIDA STATE

Linebacker: FSU’s biggest loss here will be Dekoda Watson, but two other players on the two-deep are juniors. The Noles were hurting at every position defensively, and while the bulk of players return, they need an overall upgrade in talent.

Defensive line: Save for defensive end Markus White, who will be a senior, and Budd Thacker, who will have to be replaced, this was a relatively young group. Still, the Noles struggled to stop the run and fluster quarterbacks most of the season, and it all starts up front.

Secondary: FSU will lose cornerback Patrick Robinson, Korey Mangum and Jamie Robinson. The addition of Lamarcus Joyner should give this unit an immediate boost.

MARYLAND

Secondary: Three starters -- Anthony Wiseman, Jamari McCollough and Terrell Skinner -- were all seniors, and standout Nolan Carroll, who was injured, will also have to be replaced. It’s time to usher in the next wave of talent here.

Linebackers/ends: The staff needs to find players here who can better fit defensive coordinator Don Brown’s scheme. Some of those linebackers could end up being defensive end/hybrid players, but the Terps need some speed off the edge.

NC STATE

Linemen: The Pack will lose three starters on the offensive line and all four on the defensive line. Those positions are what almost half of the staff’s commitment list is comprised of so far, and the depth at those positions had to be completely rebuilt under Tom O’Brien. Some junior college transfers could help.

Halfback: With the news that Toney Baker decided to forgo his sixth year of eligibility, and the graduation of fifth-year senior Jamelle Eugene, it couldn’t hurt the Pack to start to reload at this position.

WAKE FOREST

Offensive line: Seven members on the two-deep roster were redshirt seniors in 2009, and one, starting center Russell Nenon, was a redshirt junior. Three starters will have to be replaced in 2010.

Tight end: This position will be very thin, but the staff has added two in this year’s recruiting class. Wake could also help itself by adding a fullback or two to help with the blocking.

Linebackers: It was a unit comprised mainly of redshirt seniors and juniors in 2009, so the Deacs will have immediate holes there, as well as the need to restock for the future.

Thursday night injury reports

October, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here's who won't be in the lineup at 8 ET tonight:

FLORIDA STATE

Out For Season

Out
  • CB Dionte Allen (thumb)
  • OT Garrett Faircloth (hip)
  • OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)
  • LB Aaron Gresham (knee)
  • DT Demonte McAllister (knee)
  • OT John Prior (knee)
  • DT Budd Thacker (knee)
Questionable
  • WR Richard Goodman (groin)
  • RV Korey Mangum (shoulder)
  • DT Justin Mincey (knee)
  • CB Patrick Robinson (ankle)
  • CB Xavier Rhodes (thumb)
  • LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
  • LB Vince Williams (back)
NORTH CAROLINA

Out
  • AJ Blue, RB/QB, Knee
  • Carl Gaskins, OT, Knee
  • Matt Merletti, S, Knee
  • Trevor Stuart, DS, Knee
  • Jamal Womble, TB, Wrist
Doubtful
Questionable
Probable

ACC injury reports: Week 6

October, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


If you don't see it, that's because I didn't get it ...

BOSTON COLLEGE

OUT FOR SEASON

LB Mark Herzlich (illness)

FOR VIRGINIA TECH GAME

WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee) – OUT

TE Jordon McMichael (hip) – OUT

FS Okechukwu Okoroha (leg) – OUT

LB Will Thompson (shoulder) – DOUBTFUL

DT Austin Giles (back) – DOUBTFUL

FB James McCluskey (Achilles) – QUESTIONABLE

CB Roderick Rollins (Leg) – PROBABLE

DE Alex Albright (ankle) – PROBABLE

DUKE

RB Jay Hollingsworth (ankle) -- Probable

OT Jarrod Holt (concussion) -- Probable

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT

CB Randez James (hand) -- OUT

LB Abraham Kromah (leg) -- OUT

WR Tyree Watkins (leg) -- OUT

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

FLORIDA STATE

OUT

FB Daniel Gard (knee)

OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)

LB Aaron Gresham (knee)

OT John Prior (knee)

LB Vince Williams (back)

QUESTIONABLE

DT Justin Mincey (knee)

CB Patrick Robinson (ankle)

PROBABLE

ROV Korey Mangum (shoulder)

GEORGIA TECH

Out

Robert Hall, r-Jr., DE (knee)

Doubtful

Cooper Taylor, So., S (undisclosed)

Questionable

Dominique Reese, Jr., S (shoulder)

Marcus Wright, So., RB (shoulder

Out For Season

Kyle Jackson, r-So., LB (foot)

MARYLAND

Out for season:

Tyler Bowen (foot)

Nolan Carroll (leg)

Out:

Travis Baltz (ankle)

Mike Barbour (leg)

Louis Berman (leg)

Bruce Campbell (leg)

Danny Edwards (concussion)

Da’Rel Scott (wrist)

Joe Vellano (foot)

MIAMI

Probable

DL Olivier Vernon – Lower Extremity

Questionable

RB Graig Cooper - Lower Extremity

LS/TE Jake Byrne - Illness

Doubtful

DT Marcus Forston – Lower Extremity

DL Steven Wesley – Lower Extremity

Out

DL Dyron Dye - Leg

TE Richard Gordon – Upper Extremity

FB Patrick Hill – Lower Extremity

DB Ryan Hill – Upper Extremity

DB JoJo Nicolas – Upper Extremity

DE Adewale Ojomo – Jaw

DB Randy Phillips – Upper Extremity

Surgery and Out for Season

DE Gavin Hardin – Upper Extremity

LB Shayon Green – Lower Extremity

NORTH CAROLINA

Out (Season)

Carl Gaskins OT Knee

Matt Merletti S Knee

Trevor Stuart DS Knee

Out (Game)

Lowell Dyer C Shoulder

Doubtful

Zack Pianalto TE Foot

Ryan Taylor TE Knee

Questionable

Josh Adams WR Shoulder

Kyle Jolly OT Ankle

Mike Paulus QB Shoulder

Devon Ramsay FB Knee

Probable

Jonathan Cooper OG Ankle

Anthony Elzy FB Shoulder

Linwan Euwell LB Ankle

NC STATE

OUT FOR SEASON

Mario Carter, TE - knee

Ryan Cheek, LB - hip

Denzelle Good, OL - shoulder

Nate Irving, LB - leg

Colby Jackson, FB - knee

Everett Proctor, QB - shoulder

OUT

Jeff Rieskamp, DE - hip

Javon Walker, S - knee

QUESTIONABLE

Rashard Smith, CB - ankle

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for Season

Darren Evans (ACL)

Probable

Nekos Brown (illness)

Blake DeChristopher (ankle)

John Graves (ankle)

FSU's secondary to be challenged even by run-based offense

October, 8, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich


Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews admitted earlier this week that he “didn’t have the guts” to make changes to his starting lineup last Saturday against Boston College.

 
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 Mickey Andrews said he’s got an “average defense” right now.

This week, he might not have a choice.

Freshman rover Jajuan Harley was expected to get his first career start in Chestnut Hill, but Andrews stuck with the experience of senior Korey Mangum. This week, as the Seminoles prepare to host No. 22 Georgia Tech, Mangum has been nursing a shoulder injury that has hindered his tackling ability and Harley is listed as No. 1 on this week’s depth chart.

And senior cornerback Patrick Robinson, who defended Georgia Tech star receiver Demaryius Thomas last year, sustained an ankle sprain in the first half against Boston College, and was in an immobilized boot earlier this week but practiced Wednesday.

“It will probably come down to how bad he wants to play, and how effective he can be if he plays,” Andrews said. “I think he’ll try. We’ll just have to see what he can do. A lot of healing is through the mind. If he thinks he’s hurt, he won’t play.”

Even though the Seminoles will be facing a run-based defense, they’ll need all the help they can get on Saturday.

Florida State’s secondary was a concern this summer and not much has changed in Tallahassee since two-a-days. While the future of Florida State’s football program was being discussed earlier this week by high-ranking university officials, there was no decision made that could immediately fix the problems with the Seminoles’ passing defense. Florida State ranks 112th nationally in pass efficiency defense, and 112th in pass defense.

“We can definitely be playing a lot better,” said cornerback Ochuko Jenije. “It’s the small errors that are killing us now. We’re focusing on being better at the small things. It’s basically just mental errors. We know what we’re doing during practice, but during the game we make errors on leverage, or different reads and people are getting behind us. That’s been our kryptonite right now.”

Part of the problem is that FSU hasn’t been putting enough pressure on the quarterback, but they’re also getting beat deep on occasion by the receivers, getting penalized for pass interference on third downs, and dropping potential interceptions.

“We’ve got to pressure better than that and we’ve got to cover better than that,” Andrews said. “Turnovers are caused by great pressure on the receiver and on the quarterback. You’ve got to whip people, you’ve got to whip blockers, you gotta whip the guys running the pass pattern, and of course eliminate the long plays, the long passes.”

Against Boston College, Florida State had 28 plays where they allowed a yard or less, but too many where they gave up big plays. Andrews said right now, he’s got an “average defense,” and that’s their choice.

When asked if he has the talent, Andrews declined to talk about it.

“We’ve got what we’ve got,” he said. “It’s our job to put them in position they can make plays.”

If Robinson doesn’t play, it will be up to Greg Reid to cover Thomas. Although Reid has had an impressive season for a freshman, he’ll be at a height disadvantage against Thomas. Reid is 5-foot-9 while Thomas is 6-foot-3.

“I don’t know if we’ve played anybody that’s as big as he is,” Andrews said. “I can tell you right now they’re going to throw the ball to him. … They’re going to get the ball to him, it’s just who’s on him, can they cover him, or will they cover him? He’ll be a big challenge, there’s no doubt about it. You can’t cover everybody and play the run like you need to and double cover him. You can, but they’ll penalize you. We’ve got it figured out if they’d just let us play with that extra guy. And they ought to, we need it right now.”

ACC injury reports

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


The weekly injury reports have all come in (some come in much later than others, which is why I wait until Friday mornings to do this). If you don't see 'em, they weren't sent. Maryland will miss Bruce Campbell again, Duke has a handful of key players who could miss the game at Kansas, including Vince Oghobaasse, Virginia is likely to be without Vic Hall, and Boston College will be without defensive tackle Damik Scafe. Not good news for any of those teams. It looks like UNC might -- might -- get Jonathan Cooper back on the offensive line. That would be a huge help.

Here are the full reports:

BOSTON COLLEGE

FB James McCluskey (Achilles) – OUT

LB Will Thompson (shoulder) – DOUBTFUL

WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee) – DOUBTFUL

LB Mike McLaughlin (Achilles) – DOUBTFUL

DT Damik Scafe (Neck/Shoulder) – DOUBTFUL

CLEMSON

Out for the Season

J.K. Jay, OT, back

Probable

Michael Palmer, TE, hip

DUKE

RB Re'quan Boyette (ankle) -- Probable

TE Danny Parker (ankle) -- Probable

RB Jay Hollingsworth (ankle) -- Questionable

DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) -- Questionable

WR Conner Vernon (ankle) -- Doubtful

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT

CB Randez James (hand) -- OUT

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

FLORIDA STATE

OUT

OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)

LB Aaron Gresham (knee)

DT Demonte McAllister (knee)

DT Justin Mincey (knee)

OT John Prior (knee)

LB Vince Williams (back)

QUESTIONABLE

RV Korey Mangum (shoulder)

MARYLAND

Out for season:

Nolan Carroll (leg)

Out:

Louis Berman (leg)

Bruce Campbell (foot)

Jamari McCollough (foot)

Caleb Porzel (leg)

Joe Vellano (foot)

Probable:

Tony Logan (shoulder)

NORTH CAROLINA

Out (Season)

Carl Gaskins OL Knee

Matt Merletti S Knee

Out (Game)

Lowell Dyer C Shoulder

Dwight Jones WR Knee

Zack Pianalto TE Foot

Ryan Taylor TE Knee

Doubtful

Linwan Euwell LB Ankle

LeCount Fantroy CB Thigh

Questionable

Jonathan Cooper OG Ankle

Devon Ramsay RB Thigh

NC STATE

OUT FOR SEASON

Mario Carter, TE - knee

Denzelle Good, OL - shoulder

Nate Irving, LB - leg

Colby Jackson, FB - knee

Everett Proctor, QB - shoulder

OUT

Jamelle Eugene, HB - knee

Clem Johnson, S - thigh

Jeff Rieskamp, DE - hip

Jay Smith, WR - flu

Jake Vermiglio, OT - lower leg

Javon Walker, DB - knee

Julian Williams, OG/OT - flu

Johnson will be replaced by either Brandan Bishop or Justin Byers; Williams will be replaced by Andrew Wallace.

VIRGINIA

Out

Bobby Smith (knee)

Doubtful

Vic Hall (hip)

Questionable

Mikell Simpson (leg)

Probable

Denzel Burrell (hip)

BJ Cabbell (ankle)

Nate Collins (knee)

Matt Conrath (spine)

Chris Cook (hip)

John-Kevin Dolce (foot)

Ausar Walcott (knee)

VIRGINIA TECH

Greg Boone (SC joint sprain) - probable

Stephan Virgil (knee) - questionable

Around the ACC

August, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here are the reports that came in from Wednesday's practices around the league, as reported by each school's sports information office:

CLEMSON

Clemson had its second day of two-a-day practices on Wednesday. The Tigers worked for two hours and 15 minutes in the morning and for an hour and a half in the evening.

Much of the day was spent reviewing the film from Tuesday's scrimmage and correcting mistakes. Coach Dabo Swinney felt better about his team after watching the film on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

"We played better than I thought," said Swinney. "I was very disappointed with the penalties [on offense] and a lack of attention to detail immediately after the scrimmage. And I still feel that way about those mistakes. But after watching the film we played better overall than I thought."

Swinney was impressed with the performance of his defense after the scrimmage on Tuesday and he was still happy with that performance on Wednesday.

"We have a chance to be pretty salty on defense. I look out there and really can't tell the difference between the units. I was talking to Jamie Cumbie yesterday and he said it doesn't make any difference who starts, they are just waiting to have their name called.

"There is great depth on the defensive front and the secondary. The linebackers are doing well also. I was really impressed with Kavell Conner's performance on Tuesday. He has had a terrific preseason."

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FSU's Richardson to sign minor league contract

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

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

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

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

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

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

FSU's defensive progress measurable in spring game

April, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The progress Florida State's defense has made this spring could be measured statistically in Saturday's Garnet and Gold game -- five fumble recoveries and two interceptions.

Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews called it the "best job all spring" for turnovers.

"We started slow -- couldn't get a turnover," Andrews said of the defense this spring. "Then we started getting a couple of them. We started getting a few fumbles. We got one interception in the last scrimmage and we got two this scrimmage. Not that that's enough, but it's twice as many as we had in the previous scrimmage. Turnovers, when you get the offense the ball in a short field, you've got a great chance. ... We just have to get better fundamentally and learn how to step it up a notch."

Florida State ranked 62nd nationally in turnover margin last year and 85th with only nine passes intercepted.

Tasked with replacing Myron Rolle and Tony Carter, who combined for 85 career starts, Florida State's secondary was one of the Noles' biggest questions marks this spring. Patrick Robinson and Jamie Robinson, two seniors, have been the veteran leaders of the group. Outside of Patrick Robinson, who has seven career interceptions -- six of which came in 2007, the secondary has combined for one career interception (Jamie Robinson).

Jamie Robinson, who is in his second season at safety and said he feels more comfortable out there, proved it on Saturday with two interceptions.

"We have been lacking in interceptions for the past couple of years," Robinson said. "Generally, whenever a defense doesn't have a lot of interceptions, that falls on the secondary. So, as a secondary, we've been taking that personally and really embraced that challenge and tried to step up to the plate and answer that call of making more interceptions and causing more turnovers.

"It's real important for somebody to step up and take control and take on that leadership role, be able to give the guys some enthusiasm and inspiration to look to, something to feed off of out there on the field. It was real good to embrace that role and be there for the guys and make sure they're playing up to their potential every play."

The Noles appear to have taken steps in solidifying their starting lineup in the secondary this spring, with both Robinsons, Korey Mangum, who moved to rover, and Ochuko Jenije at field field corner. (Andrews, though, said Jenije is a "sometimes player" who has to learn to play every play. "Too many times he lets the receiver or the running back win the battle," Andrews said. "He's making progress.")

Former cornerback Terrance Parks has practiced at both rover and safety this spring, but sat out two days with a medical problem. Star recruit Dionte Allen has also been in the mix.

"We've got the four best players out there," Andrews said. "We don't have many two's that are challenging them. That's not good, because we like to play a lot of players. If we play Miami right now, we could play with four people. The other guys have got to decide they're going to get to the point where we could trust them enough to put them in the ball game. Right now, we couldn't trust 'em. It's not over, we've still got four days, the entire summer, so hopefully we can find them before we have to play Miami."

Overall, Andrews said he's confident with the first-team defense. It's the depth that remains a concern heading into summer camp.

"The first group is getting closer to having a chance to become a good defense," Andrews said. "We don't have enough guys on second team right now that you can put in a football game and say 'sic 'em.' They had to learn the terminology around here. They got 'sic 'em' and 'watch 'em' mixed up. A lot of them are freshmen and they've got to quit acting like freshmen. You've got to grow up sometime. But we've got three more days to see if we can't get a little better and hopefully we can get the progress we've got to have there."

ACC's lunchtime links

April, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Virginia Tech starts practice today and that means we can finally say everyone in the ACC is officially into spring ball (unless you're a Miami fan, which is done already). So let's start the links off in Blacksburg, Va., where coach Frank Beamer is facing some lofty expectations -- and a few questions.

The most unexpected development at NC State this spring? The improvement at defensive tackle. Former NC State players Torry and Terrence Holt paid a visit to Raleigh recently to speak to cancer survivors and their children. Their mother died of lymphoma in 1996.

Clemson's new defensive coordinator, Kevin Steele, is making more with the Tigers than he did at Alabama. Way to stay competitive with the SEC off the field. Time for the next step.

It's not easy to replace a Rhodes Scholar -- especially in the secondary, but FSU's Korey Mangum is giving it a shot.

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