ACC: Ray-Ray Davis

Opening camp: Miami

August, 2, 2012
As ACC teams begin to start practicing again, Andrea Adelson and I will have a quick preview of each team to get you caught up on the basics. Next up to open camp …

School: Miami

Start date: Friday

Projected finish at ACC media days: Fifth in the Coastal Division

Biggest storyline: More questions than answers. For the second consecutive year, Miami coach Al Golden is preparing for the season opener with an NCAA investigation looming over the program. The difference this year is that his name has now been attached. A Yahoo! Sports story questioned whether Golden had knowledge of recruiting violations within his program. Golden has stood behind his record of compliance, but said he has no idea when the program might get some closure on the issue. As if the NCAA investigation weren’t enough, Miami has plenty of questions on the field to answer, too. The Canes need to replace their leading rusher from a year ago, starting quarterback, two leading receivers and three starters on the offensive line.

Biggest position battle: Quarterback. With 12 starters gone from 2011, there will be competitions all over the field this month for the Canes, but none will garner more attention than at quarterback. Stephen Morris, who missed spring drills with a back injury, will try to hold off former Memphis transfer and good friend Ryan Williams. Morris has the edge in experience in offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch’s system, as he started four games as a freshman in 2010 and one last year, the season opener against Maryland. Williams, who sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules, had a good spring. As a true freshman in 2010, he started 10 games at Memphis and earned the starting job over former Miami quarterback Cannon Smith.

Who needs to step up: Safety A.J. Highsmith. With the dismissal of Ray-Ray Armstrong from the team, Highsmith is likely the next man up. The redshirt junior moved to safety last year after spending his first two seasons as a backup quarterback. Highsmith, the son of former Cane Alonzo Highsmith, finished 2011 with 12 tackles in 11 games.

Opening camp

Sidelined for the summer in the ACC

August, 5, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

As summer camps get underway, there are almost always a few players missing, whether it's for academic reasons, suspensions, injuries, etc. I checked in with each school's sports information department for an attendance check on who will be missing this summer at each school. Overall, almost everyone seems to be in good shape, but there will be some key players out you already knew about. NC State appears to be missing the most as far as guys who have or would have been key contributors.

Here are the results:

BOSTON COLLEGE: Linebacker Mark Herzlich is out, along with linebacker Mike McLaughlin and fullback James McCluskey, both with Achilles.

CLEMSON: All present.

DUKE: Defensive tackle Kinney Rucker -- out due to injury.

FLORIDA STATE: Offensive lineman Aubrey Phillips transferred (rather loudly) to Auburn, outside linebacker C.J. Mizell won't be around and Willie Downs is headed to junior college. I'm told grades get posted next week, so this list could change.

GEORGIA TECH: Sophomore linebacker Kyle Jackson (foot injury)

MARYLAND: Two signees are heading to prep school: Lorne Goree and David Mackall.

MIAMI: All present.

NORTH CAROLINA: Prep school: Justin Dixon, D.J. Bunn, Johnnie Farms, J.R. Rhodes. Junior college: Ray-Ray Davis. Released from letter of intent: Angelo Hadley (arrested), Prizell Brown (junior college transfer, academics). Pending: Donavan Tate.

NC STATE: Jimmaul Simmons has left the team and school. Injured players who reported but will not compete in fall camp: Donald Bowens, Ryan Cheek, Nate Irving, Colby Jackson, Javon Walker.

VIRGINIA: Kevin Crawford (NT) and Rod Wheeler (TE) are no longer enrolled. OT Morgan Moses will enroll in prep school this fall.

VIRGINIA TECH: Kenny Lewis, Jr. is the only one who's still slowed by injury (Achilles) and will miss at least the first part of camp, if not more.

WAKE FOREST: All present.



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