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ACC injury reports: Week 12

November, 18, 2011
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Here are this week's injury reports from the schools that released them:

CLEMSON

Out


DE Joe Gore (knee)
LB Tony Steward (knee)
OT Philip Price (knee)

Questionable


WR Sammy Watkins (shoulder)

Probable


CB Darius Robinson (hamstring)

DUKE

Probable

WR Brandon Braxton (upper body)
OT Takoby Cofield (upper body)
CB Zach Greene (leg)
WR Conner Vernon (leg)

Questionable

LB Kelby Brown (leg)
WR Jamison Crowder (leg)
WR Tyree Watkins (leg)

Doubtful

DE Justin Foxx (leg)
LB C.J. France (upper body)
LB Kevin Rojas (lower body)
CB Johnny Williams (upper body)

Out

S Lee Butler (leg)
QB Brandon Connette (upper body)
DE Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo (leg)
C Brian Moore (upper body)

Out for season

DE Kenny Anunike (leg)
TE Jack Farrell (leg)
OT Kyle Hill (shoulder)

FLORIDA STATE

Out

Willie Haulstead (head)
Henry Orelus (head)
Darious Cummings (hand)
Andrew Datko (shoulder)
Moses McCray (knee)

Out for season

Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
Chris Thompson (back)

GEORGIA TECH

Out

LB Morgan Carter
AB Orwin Smith

Out for season

S Fred Holton
DL Jimmie Kitchen
S Lance Richardson

MARYLAND

Out for season

WR Tyrek Cheeseboro
DB Makinton Dorleant
OL Andrew Gonnella
DB Avery Graham
LB Garrett Lederman
QB Danny O'Brien
DB Matt Robinson
DL Isaiah Ross
TE Dave Stinebaugh
LB Kenny Tate

Out

LB Alex Twine

Doubtful

OL Bennett Fulper

Probable

OL Max Garcia
RB Justus Pickett
RB Jeremiah Wilson

MIAMI

Probable

Marcus Robinson (upper extremity)

Out

Luther Robinson (lower extremity)
Rashawn Scott (upper extremity)
Jordan Futch (upper extremity)
Lee Chambers (upper extremity)
Davon Johnson (lower extremity)

Surgery/Out for season

Blake Ayles (upper extremity)
Ramon Buchanan (lower extremity)
Marcus Forston (lower extremity)
Erik Lichter (upper extremity)
Corey White (lower extremity)

NC STATE

Out for season

CB Jarvis Byrd, (knee)
FB Taylor Gentry (foot)
LB D.J. Green (foot)
HB Mustafa Greene (foot)
LB Sterling Lucas (knee)
DE Jeff Rieskamp (shoulder)

Questionable


DT Markus Kuhn (abdomen)

VIRGINIA

Out

Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
David Marrs (lower extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)
Matt Snyder (lower extremity)
Michael Terrell (lower extremity)
Joseph Williams (lower extremity)

Questionable


Kyle McCartin (upper extremity)

Probable


Rodney McLeod (lower extremity)
Kevin Parks (lower extremity)
Colter Phillips (lower extremity)

WAKE FOREST

QUESTIONABLE

RB Josh Harris (hamstring)

OUT

DT John Gallagher (back)

OUT FOR THE YEAR

OT Dylan Heartsil (back)
CB Dominique Tate (knee)
LB Kyle Jarrett (hip)
WR Airyn Willis (shoulder)

Week 11 injury reports

November, 11, 2011
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Here are your injury reports for the schools that reported them in Week 11:

BOSTON COLLEGE

Out

WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee)
DB CJ Jones (knee)
DT Connor Wujciak (shoulder)
RB Montel Harris (knee)
DT Kaleb Ramsey (foot)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (leg)
DB Jim Noel (ankle)
LN Nick Clancy (knee)

Questionable

DE Dan Williams (shoulder)
DB Spenser Rositano (leg)

Probable

RB Andre Williams (abdomen)
RB Tahj Kimble (head)

CLEMSON

Out
Joe Gore, DE, Knee
Tony Steward, LB, Knee

Questionable
Spencer Benton, PK, shoulder

Will play
Andre Ellington, RB, ankle

DUKE

Probable

DE Justin Foxx (leg)
CB Zach Greene (leg)
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Questionable

LB Kelby Brown (leg)

Doubtful

WR Jamison Crowder (leg)

Out

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

Out for season

TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

FLORIDA STATE

Out

Andrew Datko (shoulder)
Willie Haulstead (head)
Henry Orelus (head)
Darious Cummings (hand)

Out for season

Jacobbi McDaniel (ankle)
Chris Thompson (back)

Probable

David Spurlock (knee)
Rashad Greene (ankle)
Bryan Stork (head)

MIAMI

Out

Luther Robinson-Lower Extremity
Curtis Porter-Upper Extremity
Rashawn Scott-Upper Extremity
Jordan Futch-Upper Extremity

Surgery/Out for season

Marcus Forston-Lower Extremity
Ramon Buchanan-Lower Extremity
Corey White-Lower Extremity
Erik Lichter-Upper Extremity
Blake Ayles-Upper Extremity

NC STATE

Out for season

Jarvis Byrd, CB - Knee
D.J. Green, LB- Foot
Mustafa Greene, HB - Foot
Sterling Lucas, LB - Knee
Jeff Rieskamp, DE- Shoulder

Out for game

Taylor Gentry, FB - Foot
Jake Kahut, DE - Knee
Brandon Pittman, LB- Hamstring

Questionable

R.J. Mattes, OT - Ankle

VIRGINIA

Out
Pablo Alvarez, (upper extremity)
Charlie Richards, (upper extremity)
E.J. Scott, (medical)
Bobby Smith, (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith, (lower extremity)
Matt Snyder, (lower extremity)
Michael Terrell, (lower extremity)
W.J. Williams, (lower extremity)

Probable

Luke Bowanko (upper extremity)
Thompson Brown (medical)
Cam Johnson (lower extremity)
Rodney McLeod (lower extremity)
Colter Phillips (lower extremity)
Draquan Romero (lower extremity)

Week 10 injury reports

November, 4, 2011
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Here are the injury reports from the schools that reported them this week:

DUKE

Probable

S Walt Canty (upper body)
S Matt Daniels (upper body)
CB Zach Greene (leg)

Questionable

DT Jamal Bruce (leg)
CB Johnny Williams (leg)

Out

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

Out for season

TE Jack Farrell (leg)
DE Kenny Anunike (leg)

MARYLAND

Out for season

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

Out

DL Cody Blue

Doubtful

DL Justin Anderson

Questionable

DL Clarence Murphy

MIAMI

Probable

Jon Feliciano-Lower Extremity

Out

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

Surgery/Out for season

Marcus Forston-Lower Extremity
Ramon Buchanan-Lower Extremity
Corey White-Lower Extremity
Erik Lichter-Upper Extremity
Blake Ayles-Upper Extremity

NORTH CAROLINA

Out

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

Questionable
DJ Bunn, SS Knee
Mark McNeill, WR Hip

NC STATE

Out for season

Jarvis Byrd - Knee
Mustafa Greene - Foot
Sterling Lucas - Knee
Jeff Rieskamp - Shoulder

Out

Taylor Gentry - Foot
D.J. Green - Foot
Jake Kahut - Knee
Brandon Pittman - Leg

Questionable

Thomas Teal - Foot

VIRGINIA

Out

Pablo Alvarez (upper extremity)
Charlie Richards (upper extremity)
Daquan Romero (lower extremity)
E.J. Scott (medical)
Bobby Smith (lower extremity)
Tyler Smith (lower extremity)
Matt Snyder (lower extremity)
Michael Terrell (lower extremity)
Joseph Williams (lower extremity)

Questionable
Cam Johnson (lower extremity)

Probable
Sean Cascarano (trunk)
Matt Conrath (lower extremity)
Kevin Parks (upper extremity)

ACC's lunchtime links

October, 21, 2011
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Exciting news for former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder, who should get his first NFL start on Sunday.

ACC injury reports: Week 8

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BOSTON COLLEGE

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

Probable
OG Nate Richman (back)

CLEMSON

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

DUKE

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

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

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

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

FLORIDA STATE

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

Questionable
WR Rashad Greene (ankle)

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

GEORGIA TECH

Probable
Jeremiah Attaochu, LB

Out

Tyler Morgan, LS

Out for the season

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

MARYLAND

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

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

Doubtful
LB Demetrius Hartsfield
LB Kenny Tate

Questionable
DL Andre Monroe

Probable
OL Pete White

MIAMI

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

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

NORTH CAROLINA

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

Questionable
T.J. Leifheit, OT Ankle

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

NC STATE

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

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

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

VIRGINIA

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

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

Questionable
Brian Oden (lower extremity)

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

VIRGINIA TECH

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

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

Doubtful
Jayron Hosley (hamstring)

WAKE FOREST

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

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

Out for the season
OT Dylan Heartsil (back)
CB Dominique Tate (knee)
LB Kyle Jarrett (hip)
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UVa wide receiver Matt Snyder breaks foot

October, 20, 2011
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Virginia senior receiver Matt Snyder, a team captain and former walk-on, broke a bone in his left foot and will be out “several weeks,” coach Mike London said on his weekly teleconference.

London said Snyder was running a route in Tuesday’s practice, and he broke a bone when he turned. It was a non-contact injury, but he’s having outpatient surgery on Friday to put a screw in it. It’s a significant loss to Virginia’s offense, as Snyder is a smart player, one of the team’s best blockers, and the third-leading receiver on the team.

“I can’t even begin to tell you how upset we are for the young man that something like this has occurred to him. He’s devastated as you could imagine. But the type of guy Matt is, he’s trying to find a silver lining; ‘Hey, Coach, now I can get with the young receivers and get them coached up,’ and things like that. I don’t know how long he’s going to be out -- six, eight weeks. I don’t know. I’m not a doctor.”

Snyder has 19 catches this year, and 15 of them have resulted in a first down. He was competing as a grad student, and had five starts in six games. He also had three plays of at least 20 yards.

London said the team will embrace the “next man up” mentality, and younger players such as Ray Keys, Miles Gooch, Darius Jennings, and Dominique Terrell will have to increase their roles. Tim Smith was listed as a potential starter with Snyder on this week’s depth chart, with Jennings the backup.
You asked, I answered. Readers (particularly @AsylumGodfather) were calling for more position rankings, so the receivers are up next. This could be the strongest position group in the conference, and one of the more difficult to rank, so I looked back on a few stats to help me separate them, including how some of these guys did against their best competition (i.e. Danny Coale versus FSU, wow). Here’s the final verdict of which teams in the ACC have the best combination of depth and talent:

1. Virginia Tech: With Jarrett Boykin and Coale returning, the Hokies’ passing game has a chance to flourish this fall. Boykin, Coale and Dyrell Roberts were the team’s top three receivers last year for the second straight season, combining for 113 catches, 1,882 yards and 11 touchdowns. Add to that Marcus Davis, D.J. Coles, E.L. Smiling -- it’s a bottomless cup of depth and talent.

2. Duke: Conner Vernon has 128 catches in his first two collegiate seasons and Donovan Varner ranked fourth in the ACC in pass receptions (60) and seventh in yardage (736). Their combined 274 receptions are the most of any active duo in the ACC. They are the top two returning leaders in catches per game, and Vernon is the ACC’s returning leader in receiving yards per game. The Blue Devils also have sophomore Brandon Braxton (14 catches), who could make a name for himself as the third option this year.

3. Florida State: Every Seminole who caught a pass last season returns. Bert Reed, Taiwan Easterling and Rodney Smith return with a combined 50 career starts. Reed ranks second among all returning ACC receivers with 141 career receptions. Willie Haulstead had 38 catches last season, Smith had 31, and there’s plenty of rising talent like Christian Green.

4. North Carolina: Like Florida State, North Carolina returns all of its receivers, including two who redshirted last season. Dwight Jones, who had 946 yards and 62 receptions, leads the group, but Erik Highsmith (25 catches, 348 yards and three touchdowns) must be accounted for as well. Defenses also can’t forget about Jheranie Boyd, who is a deep threat.

5. Miami: The Canes will miss the production of Leonard Hankerson, but they don’t have to if one or two of the other players show more consistency. Travis Benjamin has big-play capabilities and averaged 17.3 yards on his 43 catches last season. There is no shortage of other options with LaRon Byrd, Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Allen Hurns and Kendal Thompkins. Which one will rise to the occasion?

6. Clemson: It was the DeAndre Hopkins show last season, and he should again highlight the Tigers’ passing game. As a true freshman, Hopkins had 52 catches, the most by a first-year player in school history. Jaron Brown returns with 10 career starts, and the Tigers also have Marquan Jones (21 catches) and Bryce McNeal (19).

7. Maryland: The Terps have to replace their top two receivers from a year ago in Torrey Smith and Adrian Cannon, and no clear frontrunners emerged this spring. Quintin McCree leads all returners with 16 catches, followed by Kevin Dorsey (15), Ronnie Tyler (13), Kerry Boykins (10), and Tony Logan.

8. Boston College: True freshman Bobby Swigert led the Eagles last year with 39 catches and four touchdowns in five starts. The Eagles are hoping to get a significant boost from the return of Colin Larmond Jr., who missed all of last season with a knee injury, but the young group should be better regardless because of the experience gained last season.

9. Virginia: The Cavaliers will miss Dontrelle Inman, who averaged 16 yards per catch on 51 receptions, but returning starter Kris Burd finished fifth in the ACC last season in pass receptions (58). The group will also get a boost from the return of Tim Smith, who missed almost all of last season with an injury, and Matt Snyder (30 catches) and Ray Keys (three catches).

10. NC State: NC State has to replace its top two receivers from a year ago, and T.J. Graham is the team’s leading returning receiver with 25 catches. Steven Howard, Jay Smith and Quintin Payton all have experience, and redshirt freshman Bryan Underwood, Tobias Palmer and Everett Proctor have also been competing for playing time.

11. Wake Forest: Chris Givens (35 catches, 13.7 average), Michael Campanaro (10 catches) and Danny Dembry are the lead candidates to start, but the Deacs are missing a spark like Kenny Moore (2007) and D.J. Boldin (2008) provided. There were too many dropped passes in the spring game, so this group has some work to do in summer camp.

12. Georgia Tech: Yes, Georgia Tech throws the ball, just not often enough or efficiently enough to be anywhere but last place on this list. Stephen Hill led the Jackets last year with 15 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns. He should show progress this fall now that there’s no pressure on him to be the next Demaryius Thomas. If he doesn’t show more consistency, the Jackets could turn to Daniel McKayhan, Tyler Melton or Jeremy Moore.

UVA announces spring football awards

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At halftime of Virginia's annual Orange & Blue spring game on Saturday, coach Mike London announced the recipients of the team’s spring football awards:

Rock Weir Award (most improved players): Senior guard Austin Pasztor and senior strong safety Rodney McLeod. Pasztor has started all 36 games during his Virginia career and is one of five returning starters on the Cavaliers' offensive line. McLeod was fourth on the team in 2010 with 54 tackles and also had two interceptions. McLeod enters his senior season with 133 career tackles.

Z Society Dudley Award (first-year player who displays excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community): Offensive tackle Morgan Moses. The award is named after the late “Bullet” Bill Dudley, who exemplified those traits and was a two-time All-American at Virginia.

Cavalier Academic Achievement Award: Junior defensive tackle Will Hill and sophomore guard Luke Bowanko earned the award, which is given to players "who represent uncompromised excellence in his academic pursuits."

Iron Cavalier (performance and dedication in weight room): Senior wide receiver Matt Snyder. He joined the program as a walk-on and worked his way into the rotation at wide receiver the past two seasons. In 2010, he was fourth on the team with 30 catches for 393 yards.
The focus at Virginia this spring has been on the quarterbacks, as coach Mike London needs to name a new starter, and Michael Rocco led the group on Saturday in the Cavaliers' spring game at Scott Stadium.

Rocco completed 10 of 22 passes for 95 yards for the Blue team and seven of 10 throws for 57 yards for the Orange team. Ross Metheny, who also played for both teams, combined to complete 3 of 6 passes for 60 yards. True freshman David Watford completed 1 of 5 passes for 6 yards with both teams. Michael Strauss completed 6 of 14 attempts for 85 yards.

The teams played four 10-minute quarters in a standard game format that included special-teams play. The Blue team featured the majority of the Cavaliers’ returning starters on offense while the Orange team included the returning starters on defense. The Blue team won 17-7. Veteran receivers Kris Burd, Matt Snyder, Tim Smith and Bobby Smith did not play because of injuries. Snyder, Jones, strong safety Rodney McLeod and defensive tackle Nick Jenkins were named team captains for the 2011 season.

Offensive highlights:
  • Perry Jones scored on a 15-yard reception from Rocco and had a game-high five receptions for 35 yards and 7 yards on 11 carries.
  • Rocco threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Brendan Morgan.
  • Robert Randolph made a 40-yard field goal.
  • Jones Khalek Shepherd had 15 yards on 10 attempts.
Defensive highlights:
  • No player had a run longer than 8 yards.
  • Steve Greer led all defenders with nine tackles, a pair of sacks and one pass breakup. The two teams combined for 19 sacks since quarterbacks were whistled down when touched by a defensive player. Billy Schautz accounted for three solo sacks.
  • Mike Ahunamba and Henry Coley both had five tackles to lead the Blue team.
  • Chase Minnifield intercepted Rocco on the opening drive when the receiver slipped while running his route.
  • Dom Joseph intercepted Strauss and returned it 65 yards for a score.
Virginia receiver Tim Smith will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury and is scheduled for surgery on Oct. 1, the school announced in its Monday injury report. Smith had played in two games and caught three passes for 28 yards before missing Saturday's game against VMI. He was No. 3 on the depth chart and expected to be a contributor.

Smith's speed would have been an asset to that offense. He got 16 yards on a reverse at USC that was set up with great blocks, and he might have scored had he not been hurt, because he couldn't accelerate.

Dontrelle Inman and Kris Burd have played so well that Smith was the third option in an offense that uses a lot of two-back sets. Jared Green and Matt Snyder played well against VMI, but they lack Smith's speed. Colter Phillips and Joe Torchia at tight end are both great options, which makes losing Smith hurt less. But if Virginia can't run the ball -- in order to work the play-action pass properly -- it won't matter much who's on the receiving end.

ACC injury reports

September, 11, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


There are some notable names that will/could be missing this weekend, including Bobby Rome, Lowell Dyer, Greg Boone, Stephan Virgil, Bruce Campbell, Jameel Sewell, Jamelle Eugene, Vic Hall and Jake Vermiglio. Here are the full reports that came in throughout the league from each school's sports information department:

BOSTON COLLEGE
  • LB Will Thompson (shoulder) -- OUT
  • LB Mike McLaughlin (Achilles) -- OUT
  • FB James McCluskey (Achilles) -- OUT
  • WR Ifeanyi Momah (knee) -- OUT
  • DT Kaleb Ramsey (ankle) -- PROBABLE
DUKE
  • 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)
  • DT Justin Mincey (knee)
  • OT John Prior (knee)
  • LB Vince Williams (back)
MARYLAND

Out
Questionable:
NC STATE

OUT FOR SEASON
OUT
  • Donald Bowens, WR – knee
  • Ryan Cheek, LB -- hip
  • Wayne Crawford, C -- foot
  • Jamelle Eugene, HB -- knee
  • DeAndre Morgan, CB – ankle
  • Jeff Rieskamp, DE -- hip
  • Jake Vermiglio, OT – lower leg
  • Javon Walker, S -- knee
Depth chart changes due to injuries: Julian Williams will move into Vermiglio's spot at tackle and Andy Barbee will start at guard. Henry Lawson will be the backup at center. James Washington will be the second-team halfback.

UNC

Out (Season)
  • Carl Gaskins OL -- Knee
  • Matt Merletti S -- Knee
Out (Game)
Questionable
  • Jonathan Cooper OG -- Ankle
  • Lowell Dyer C -- Shoulder
  • Jordan Nix DT -- Illness
  • Bobby Rome FB -- Illness
  • Terry Shankle DB -- Illness
VIRGINIA

Out
Doubtful
  • Vic Hall (hip)
  • Dontrelle Inman (hand)
  • Lamar Milstead (ankle)
  • Bill Schautz (knee)
Probable
VIRGINIA TECH
  • Greg Boone (SC joint sprain) -- doubtful
  • Stephan Virgil (knee) -- doubtful

ACC's lunchtime links

September, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

GAAAAME DAYYYYYY!

Ahem. Excuse me. I'm heading to Raleigh, so let's start there ...
  • The difference tonight will be Russell Wilson, and Caulton Tudor predicts a 28-24 Wolfpack win. With one small gesture last year against South Carolina, Wilson proved he could be a positive influence for the team. This time, the Gamecocks should see a much different quarterback.
  • Maryland's success weighs in large part -- literally -- on massive offensive tackle Bruce Campbell.
  • Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy will be making his first start against the Hokies, but he's been in this position before. In high school, McElroy was the successor to Chase Daniel. You may have heard of him.
  • FSU coordinator Jimbo Fisher has some history with first-year Miami defensive coordinator John Lovett, but the unknown of going against two new coordinators in Week 1 forced the Noles' staff to do their homework.
  • Virginia walk-on Matt Snyder's hard work has paid off, and his Rudy-esque story will take center stage on Saturday when he cracks the starting lineup for the first time.
  • Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers has made the challenge of increasing last year's sack total a family matter.
  • BC's linebacking corps took another hit this week when projected starter Alexander DiSanzo injured his shoulder. He's doubtful for Saturday.
  • Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is now the unquestioned leader of the Canes, and he has big goals for the program.

FSU's Bowden praises Yarborough

September, 2, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


It's the season of walk-ons in the ACC. There's Virginia receiver Matt Snyder, who cracked the starting lineup, according to the latest depth chart. There's Maryland offensive linemen Paul Pinegar and Andrew Gonnella, who have earned the starting jobs at right tackle and right guard, respectively. There's FSU receiver Louis Givens, who finally earned a scholarship this summer.

And the latest to join the group of walk-on success stories is FSU defensive end Craig Yarborough, who -- at least to many outside the program -- came out of nowhere when he appeared at the top of the depth chart at left end this week. I got a chance on Wednesday to ask coach Bobby Bowden about that move, and the reason was simple -- Yarborough out-hustled everyone else.

"Craig is a good story because he's a walk-on," Bowden said. "He came over here with a pretty good reputation, just not what people were looking for. What he has done is out-hustled everybody for the job. He has out-hustled everybody for the job. He'll start that ballgame. He got hurt a little bit the other day, with a slight pull, and we're going to let him lay off a couple of days. But if he's healthy, he'll start that doggone ball game."

Bowden explained that just because a player starts, doesn't mean he's got a permanent role.

"He might be on the first down team, and never play second or third down, because you're going to send in pass rushers, and things like that," Bowden said. "But he's the starter.

"Now, the guy that can solve our problem but he hasn't solved it is (Kevin) McNeil," Bowden said. "He has the talent to solve that problem, but he's missed to much and he doesn't hustle like you need to hustle to be a first-teamer. I wish he would."

He'll get a chance on Monday to watch Yarborough to see how it's done.

Virginia walk-on Snyder living a dream

September, 2, 2009
9/02/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich


Virginia walk-on wide receiver Matt Snyder won’t believe it until he sees it. As in, when he’s on the field Saturday. And William & Mary is lined up across from him. And the whistle has blown.

Only then is his place in the starting lineup official.

Snyder, who joined the team as a walk-on in 2007 and didn’t play in any games last year, didn’t even know he was in the starting lineup for the season opener until Wednesday morning, when a few reporters on a teleconference informed him of it.

“I actually wasn’t aware of that,” he said with a chuckle. “If that’s what it says, that’s great. Nothing is certain until that whistle blows at 6 o’clock, but I’m sure whoever is starting at receiver, whether it be myself or any of the other receivers, I’m sure they’re going to play well and play hard.

“I just tried to keep my nose to the grindstone and keep working and not really worry about where I was or where I wasn’t on the depth chart. Until Saturday, nothing is certain. If I get in the game on Saturday, I’ll be very pleased and feel very blessed. If not, I’ll keep working and go from there.”

Those are modest words from a redshirt sophomore who not only didn’t receive any scholarship offers from FBS schools, but also wasn’t even offered a chance to walk on at any Division I-AA schools. The knock on him was that he wasn’t fast enough, and even now Snyder still doubts his speed, but he’s grateful to Virginia for giving him a chance.

“You know, it feels good to say it now, it didn’t feel so good back then, but I had no scholarship offers,” he said. “… I’m so gracious to Virginia for giving me this opportunity. Like any walk-on, I came here with a little bit of a chip on my shoulder, trying to prove to people I could actually play. It’s been a little bit of motivation."

And it’s obviously paid off.

Virginia enters this season looking for players who can help replace their top five pass catchers a year ago. Coach Al Groh said Snyder had an “excellent camp,” and Snyder was listed as a starter for Saturday, along with Jared Green. Snyder had an impressive spring game, and is expected to also contribute on special teams. Coach Al Groh said he's watched Snyder progress over the past two years.

"Right from the start he was a player that made constant improvement," Groh said. "Every job that he was given, starting with the lowest level job on the scout team when he was a true freshman, progressing through that, he takes maximum advantage of every opportunity to take information, to get coaching, to move forward with what he's doing. He really epitomizes the attitude that real football players have."

Snyder, who grew up in Glen Allen, Va., and was a receiver at Deep Run High School for coach Lenny Pritchard, who lettered at Virginia in 1988. He used to go to Virginia games with his parents and brothers, Jake and Will.

“I was in the stands like, ‘Wow,’ and looking at those guys running out of the tunnel,” he said. “It was always a dream of mine. Not even a goal, but a dream. Through the whole recruiting process, I wasn’t getting recruited by anybody, was confused a little bit. And Mike Groh really came in and gave me that opportunity. He reached out when no one else was. You read all these stories about walk-ons becoming starters, whether it’s at Virginia or any school, that’s motivation for any kid that doesn’t really get any scholarship offers or get many looks at the collegiate level.”

And now Snyder's story can add to that motivation.

Virginia mum on quarterbacks

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


The good news for the Cavaliers is that they're in a much better position than they were at this time a year ago at quarterback, but it's a similar situation in that those outside the program -- and maybe even those in it -- don't know who the starter is going to be yet for the season opener.

Virginia has experience in Vic Hall, Jameel Sewell and Marc Verica, who are all listed as possibilities on the depth chart which was recently released. It's likely he'll use more than one, but coach Al Groh said he'll make that decision "whenever seems appropriate."

"Whenever the moment is right," Groh said. "Whenever the scales tip in one direction or the other. Probably don't feel any great urgency to do so because if we only had one of the three participating, we would feel very good whichever one it was. With three of them we feel very comfortable with the flexibility and the versatility that we have."

One unique thing about the quarterback position this year is that Hall is also listed as the punt returner. You won't find that combination at many FBS programs, but Hall has done it in the past and is more than capable of doing it again. He's averaged 8.5 yards per return over the past two seasons on 39 career returns.

Also worth noting on the depth chart for the season opener against William & Mary:
  • True freshman Oday Aboushi is listed as the backup at left tackle, a quick vote of confidence in the young player and an unusual one for Virginia up front. They did it last year, though, with Austin Pasztor, who is starting at left guard as a true sophomore this year. Pasztor didn't turn 18 until the final week of the season last year.
  • Matt Snyder, a sophomore walk-on, has made his way to the top of the depth chart at wide receiver. Now that's impressive. Snyder had a great spring, but really he came out of nowhere, and Virginia needs all the help it can get on the receiving end. The Cavaliers lost their top five pass-catchers (not just receivers) from a year ago. Groh said Snyder had an "excellent" camp and "progressed all the way through." He anticipates Snyder to be one of the leaders on special teams.
  • Defensively, not a lot has changed, and the lineup is as expected. Yes, Virginia lost an outstanding trio of linebackers, but what's unique about their situation is that they're not filling the voids with freshmen. Instead, they've got three seniors and redshirt freshman Steve Greer to help ease that transition.

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