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ACC's lunchtime links

9/30/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

  • As if Duke didn't have enough obstacles to overcome on Saturday against Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils will enter that game with their top three running backs hurting.

  • Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe has a reputation for redshirting freshmen, but he's willing to give three of them a closer look this week.

  • When Virginia walk-on receiver Ray Keys played against Southern Miss, he and his father became the first black father-son duo to play for the Cavaliers.

  • Virginia Tech's Matt Reidy has reached instant celeb status in Blacksburg. A 1-yard punt return for a touchdown will do that for a guy.

  • Georgia Tech linebacker Kyle Jackson will have surgery today and is out for the season. Big loss for the Jackets and Jackson. He's a good player and a great person. I got a chance to chat with him a bit this summer.

  • Meet UNC's version of "Hercules," defensive end Robert Quinn. Everyone -- but Quinn -- raves about him.

  • You know that unofficial "state championship" going on in North Carolina? Well, Tom O'Brien is winning the recruiting one, too.

  • Will Clemson repeat the old Tommy Bowden mantra "one play away" under Dabo Swinney? He said if it does, find somebody else in three years.

  • Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is getting a little skittish, and offensive coordinator James Franklin can't exactly blame him. Who could? Turner has been sacked 14 times. It's amazing he can still walk.

  • One person who wasn't surprised by Florida State's struggles up front with South Florida was offensive line coach Rick Trickett.