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ACC in the morning: Tiller and P. Johnson disagree

August, 14, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Morning, ACC fans. Getting ready to roll out to Winston-Salem today, but not before we check out the small disagreement between Joe Tiller and Paul Johnson.

Regarding the transfer of former Tech receiver D.J. Donley, Purdue coach Joe Tiller says the Yellow Jackets are "dragging their feet."

This Yellow Jacket isn't. With Josh Nesbitt listed as day-to-day for a shoulder injury, backup Jaybo Shaw has no time to stand around against the first-team defense.

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski certainly doesn't have to worry about his defense. But can the offense get a first down by the season opener?

Maryland can, if Ralph Friedgen ever decides on a starting quarterback or three.

Randy Shannon needs to name a starter, too. That news could come any time next week, and Friday's scrimmage is a good time for one of them to make a move.

The quarterbacks aren't the only ones working to make an impression, though. Not that Marcus Forston hasn't made one already.

Has sophomore safety JoJo Nicolas already earned the starting nod? Some people think so.

Miami had four players miss practice with "nagging injuries."

NC State receiver Geron James is finally healthy and seems to have everything in order this season, but how much of an impact can he have after missing the first season in Tom O'Brien's system? At this point, maybe he should switch to safety.

Virginia linebacker Denzel Burrell is done with his crutches and in a "dogfight" for the spot opposite Clint Sintim at outside linebacker.

When will Tavares Pressley, Florida State's transfer running back, finally start practicing? It looks like it's still dragging on. Once he finally arrives, how will it affect the position? Not much, other than boosting the competition.

After a bleak outlook early on, Florida State's offensive line is quickly progressing. Not that they didn't have a little motivation.

At Clemson, Mason Cloy appears to be a player who can help out an offensive line trying to replace four starters.

Duke offensive lineman Cameron Goldberg seems ready to make the most of his second chance.

Here's more on the man I'll be visiting today at 2:30 p.m., followed by a scrimmage. Much of Jim Grobe's success has come as a result of his emphasis on defense. Can the Demon Deacons repeat last year's defensive scoring?

I'll let you know later this afternoon.

Checking in on T.J. Yates

July, 15, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

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 T.J. Yates threw for a school-record 2,655 yards in 2007.

While helping instruct high school football campers from all over the country this past weekend, UNC quarterback T.J. Yates also picked up a few tips that might help the Tar Heels this season. Yates got back on Monday after working as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy, an elite high school camp at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

And yes, Archie, Eli and Peyton were all there.

Yates and Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon got a chance to meet the Mannings, along with other college quarterbacks from around the nation.

They didn't act like they "were big NFL guys," Yates said of the Mannings. "They were just acting like one of the guys."

Georgia's Matt Stafford, Purdue's Curtis Painter and former Georgia Tech quarterback Taylor Bennett, who transferred to Louisiana Tech, were also there.

"Just being around all of those college guys and talking to them about their season and how they get prepared, how they go about their business, kind of got me motivated," Yates said.

Clyde Christensen, the wide receivers coach for the Colts, is a Carolina grad and good friends with offensive coordinator John Shoop. He approached Yates about working the camp when he visited a few practices.

"Mainly I was there for the experience of being there teaching the kids, but we had a couple of sit down sessions with Peyton and Eli, all of the college guys," Yates said. "It was an open forum, question and answer thing. We talked about watching film, getting prepared for games, the process of coming out of college and going into the league -- all types of stuff. ... It was a good experience just being around all of them."