ACC: Reggie Youngblood

Miami's recruiting needs

January, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

If there's one thing Miami doesn't have any problem doing, it's recruiting, and this year is no exception. Seven of its 19 current commitments are ranked among the ESPN 150, and the Canes currently have the No. 7 class in the nation.

With 37 true and redshirt freshmen on the 2008 roster, Miami was one of the youngest teams in the conference. The most pressing need is on the offensive line, where the Canes got four commitments and are still recruiting more.

Miami will need to bring in a center as Xavier Shannon was a senior, and his backup, A.J. Trump, who was also the starting right guard, will be a senior this season. The right tackle position will also be a need as starter Chris Rutledge and his backup, Reggie Youngblood, were both seniors. Starting left tackle Jason Fox will also be a senior this year.

The secondary is another area of concern as the Canes will lose two starters and Lavon Ponder, Anthony Reddick's backup, was also a senior. Miami will also lose experience at linebacker with the graduation of four players on the two-deep, including leading tackler Glenn Cook. Defensive tackle is another position that will lose veterans this year and next.

The staff would also like to bring in one or two more tight ends, two receivers, a quarterback to help with the depth after the transfer of Robert Marve, and three running backs.

ACC's lunchtime links

November, 18, 2008
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Miami offensive tackle Reggie Youngblood has played through both physical pain, and the heart-wrenching pain of dealing with his mother's cancer. As his career comes to an end, though, he's got everything he needs -- family included.

There's a rivalry game this week, and NC State coach Tom O'Brien hasn't hesitated to remind his players of it. In Raleigh, it's "Carolina Week."

How refreshing ... a candidate for the Clemson job speaks candidly about the experience. One thing is certain -- it takes a lot to make Bud Foster "a nervous wreck." Sounds like some Hokie fans who have e-mailed me about the possibility of him leaving.

Speaking of Clemson ... quarterback Cullen Harper is starting to look like the quarterback everyone expected him to be in the preseason. Unfortunately for him, it's probably too little, too late to earn the all-conference honor many expected him to win.

Georgia Tech's seniors will play their final home game on Thursday night, but there is still plenty of season left to help define their legacy.

Miami's senior sendoff indicates turnaround

November, 14, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Miami senior offensive tackle Reggie Youngblood shook his head and let out a sigh. It was the only thing he could come up with since he was at an utter loss for words to describe just how much the Canes' 16-14 win over Virginia Tech meant to the seniors.

"You can't, you really can't," he said. "It's just something you've got to experience. I believe everything happens for a reason and now everything seems to be paying off."

 
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 Robert Marve and the Canes won their fifth straight game.

So much attention has been paid to this year's freshman class -- and deservedly so -- but they weren't on the field for last year's embarrassing senior sendoff at the historic Orange Bowl. The 48-0 loss to Virginia in front of so many former Miami greats punctuated a miserable season in which the Canes won only two league games and were denied a bowl bid for the first time in a decade.

This season's home finale, though, was different.

This team is different.

This time, in front of a crowd that included former Hurricanes Jim Kelly, Cortez Kennedy, Jim Otto and Gino Torretta, the bowl-eligible Hurricanes knocked off the defending ACC champions and won their fifth straight game. This is the same team that was predicted by the media to finish fifth in the Coastal Division and appeared headed in that direction with its 0-2 start in the conference. Now, for at least 48 more hours, the Hurricanes can enjoy sole possession of first place by a half game over North Carolina.

"It feels real good," Youngblood said, "especially after last year's senior night, how those seniors went out."

Miami coach Randy Shannon hesitated to call it a statement win, but acknowledged the significance of it.

"I think it's a big win for us because it's our last regular-season game playing in Dolphin Stadium, and I think for these seniors and this football team that was tremendous because we have a lot of seniors on this football team who have been through a lot," Shannon said. "For us to come out and win this football game the way we did and played hard for the senior class was tremendous for us."

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Fox definitely out for Miami

November, 13, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Hello from Dolphin Stadium, where Miami left tackle Jason Fox is definitely out for tonight's game. Reggie Youngblood is listed as the starter with Matt Pipho as his backup.

This is definitely a loss for the Canes, but not unexpected, as Fox was listed as doubtful because of a sprained right ankle. Fox is arguably the Hurricanes' top lineman, but the biggest concern here now is depth. It will also pose an interesting matchup between Youngblood and Virginia Tech defensive end Orion Martin.

ACC's internal affairs: Week 12

November, 12, 2008
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FLORIDA STATE: The Seminoles are expecting a similar defense from the one they saw in their loss to Wake Forest, but the Noles are more confident in their offensive line and running game this time around. Coach Bobby Bowden said tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace are probably the best they'll play to date, and his task will be to "mix the running game in there." Bowden said BC has a different defensive alignment than Wake, but the zone is similar. "We have to execute," Bowden said. "A team like that gives you things. You can have a little hook out there but you better not miss it. We must protect the passer and then execute and then get a running game going where they can't just tee off on the passer."

WAKE FOREST: Placekicker Sam Swank likely won't play again, and coach Jim Grobe is still trying to further integrate the I-formation with the spread offense, so the defense will once again be heavily relied upon this weekend at NC State. In the first half of the season, Wake was spending three-fourths of its practices on throwing the ball, blitz pickup, reads for the quarterbacks and route concepts for the receivers. Now, Grobe said, they're "probably 50/50 or 60/40 run-pass, which I think has helped us on Saturday, because we have the ability to do more than one thing." Running back Josh Adams, who has missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, is likely to return on Saturday.

MARYLAND: After allowing the Hokies a school-record rushing performance last week, the Terps made some changes to their defensive line in order to give their rushing defense a boost, and it starts inside. Travis Ivey will start at defensive tackle in place of Jeremy Navarre, who has been moved to defensive end, and redshirt freshman Dion Armstrong will start at nose tackle in place of Olugbemi Otulaja, who has started every game this season. Navarre, who started every game at defensive tackle, leads all ACC defensive linemen with 5.3 tackles per game. Mack Frost, who started five games at end this season but hasn't completely healed from knee surgery last year, is his backup.

VIRGINIA TECH: Things have been coming together for the Hokies on offense and special teams lately. Overshadowed by the record-setting success of tailback Darren Evans, true freshman Dyrell Roberts has also shown big-play capabilities for the Hokies. The former tailback turned receiver has found his niche as a return man. Roberts has 10 catches for 158 yards, but is averaging 26.9 yards per return -- ninth-best in the country. He has had returns of 55 and 54 yards in the past two games. Offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring has also said he'd like to continue to use the "Wild Turkey" formation, with 280-pound tight end Greg Boone rushing out of the shotgun formation, but wants to make sure he only confuses defenses, and not his own players.

MIAMI: The Hurricanes spent their bye week focusing on special teams, but a consistent key to beating the Hokies has been a high-scoring game. Miami is 11-2 against Virginia Tech when it has scored 20 or more points against the Hokies. The Hurricanes lead the ACC in scoring offense with 30.4 points per game in ACC games. The Hurricanes could be without injured left tackle Jason Fox, though, and that could obviously hurt. Starting in his place would be senior Reggie Youngblood. Fox has started 22 straight games, and he and Xavier Shannon are the only two players on offense who have started every game this season.

Miami injury report

October, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Probable
OL Chris Barney -- Leg
RB Damien Berry -- Leg
LB Glenn Cook -- Head
RB Javarris James -- Leg

Questionable
OL Joel Figueroa -- Back
WR Leonard Hankerson -- Leg
DL Dwayne Hendricks -- Head
OL Reggie Youngblood -- Leg

Out
RB Lee Chambers -- Leg
LB Jordan Futch -- Head
LB Colin McCarthy -- Shoulder
DL Eric Moncur -- Leg
S Randy Phillips -- Leg
S Vaughn Telemaque -- Arm

Surgery/Out for Season
WR Tommy Streeter -- Arm
WR Kendal Thompkins -- Shoulder

Miami injury report

October, 9, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Questionable
OL Chris Barney --Leg
WR Thearon Collier -- Chest

Doubtful
WR Leonard Hankerson -- Leg
DL Josh Holmes -- Leg
RB Javarris James -- Leg
OL Ben Jones -- Leg

Out
RB Damien Berry -- Leg
LB Jordan Futch -- Head
LB Colin McCarthy -- Shoulder
DL Eric Moncur -- Leg
S Randy Phillips -- Leg
S Vaughn Telemaque -- Arm
OL Reggie Youngblood -- Leg

Out for Season
WR Tommy Streeter -- Arm
WR Kendal Thompkins -- Shoulder

Miami's injury report

October, 2, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Out
OL Chris Barney -- Leg
RB Damien Berry -- Leg
WR Thearon Collier -- Chest
DL Josh Holmes -- Leg
OL Ben Jones -- Leg
RB Javarris James -- Leg
S Randy Phillips -- Leg
S Vaughn Telemaque -- Arm
OL Reggie Youngblood -- Leg

Collier had a good game against Texas A&M, and Youngblood hurts from a depth standpoint, but there aren't any real surprises here.

Moncur and Bailey to play for Miami

September, 2, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey will both play about 20-25 snaps each, coach Randy Shannon said Tuesday. Right tackle Reggie Youngblood is also healthy and ready to go.

Shannon's news conference just wrapped up, so I'll have lots more for you, including the coach's thoughts on this rivalry and having SEC officials on Saturday. Players are coming into the interview room now.

Miami injury report

August, 26, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Pardon the laundry list of body parts here, but this is as detailed as Miami got:

Probable

OL Tyrone Byrd (leg)

RB Javarris James (leg)

S Anthony Reddick (leg)

RB Derron Thomas (chest)

Doubtful

T Reggie Youngblood (head)

S Lovon Ponder (shoulder)

Out

DL Allen Bailey (chest)

T Chris Barney (leg)

DT Josh Holmes (leg)

OL Ben Jones (leg)

WR Kris Kimball (arm)

DL Eric Moncur (leg)

Surgery/Out for season

WR Tommy Streeter (arm)

Notable: Youngblood was the projected starter at right tackle, and the Hurricanes need defensive ends Allen Bailey and Eric Moncur healthy this season. Ponder, an experienced safety, will also play an important role, and James, the team's second-leading rusher from a year ago, is also a playmaker and a returning starter.

ACC position rankings: Offensive lines

July, 16, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here they are, the unheralded linemen. The guys who do the dirty work and make their teammates look good. Check out who's got the best:

1. Maryland -- The Terps have just one starting job open here and five of the top six linemen are seniors. The experience younger players like Bruce Campbell and Paul Pinegar gained last year at the misfortune of injured teammates should pay dividends this season. The Terps' depth is why they're ahead of the Hokies.

2. Virginia Tech -- Four starters are back, including Ed Wang, who moved from right to left tackle; left guard Nick Marshman, who at 6-foot-5, 357-pounds was the largest man on the roster but dropped 25 pounds in the offseason; center Ryan Shuman, who missed the spring because of offseason knee surgery; and right guard Sergio Render, who has already caught the eye of NFL scouts. Wang's backup, Greg Nosal, is a redshirt freshman moving from tight end. Marshman's reserve is Hivera Green, who hasn't played.

3. North Carolina -- The Tar Heels have struggled in the past, but with four starters returning and the second season under Butch Davis, it should see improvement. Senior tackle Garrett Reynolds and junior tackle Kyle Jolly -- who missed the spring with an injured left foot -- lead a group that has 67 total starts.

4. Wake Forest -- This group should be better than people think, despite having to replace center Steve Justice. Barrett McMillin has starting experience at right guard, and left tackle Joe Birdsong and right tackle Jeff Griffin both split time at one of the tackle spots last season. Left guard Russell Nenon didn't start but picked up a lot of playing time toward the end of the season. Center is a question mark. Because he was stuck behind Justice, center Trey Bailey has the most catching up to do.

5. Boston College -- There are still two spots up for grabs. Sophomore Anthony Castonzo, who holds the distinction of becoming the school's first offensive lineman in a decade to start as a true freshman, moved from right to left tackle to replace Gosder Cherilus. Matt Tennant is back at center along with returning staritng guard Clif Ramsey. Former defensive lineman Thomas Claiborne moved to right guard this spring.

6. NC State -- Moving defensive linemen Ted Larsen to center and John Bedics to left guard will only help this football team, but neither of them has taken a snap on offense yet in a college game. Jake Vermiglio, a hulking tackle who played well against Chris Long as a freshman last year, moved to guard behind Bedics (which shows Tom O'Brien's confidence in that move). Andy Barbee, a redshirt junior, was a longtime backup at center. Depth is a question mark, but the Wolfpack has three returning starters in right tackle Meares Green (who played at guard, center AND tackle last year), right guard Curtis Crouch, and Julian Williams, who is in his second full year starting at left tackle.

7. Miami -- The Hurricanes are looking for a starting center but have two starters back in Jason Fox and Reggie Youngblood. They've got experience in Orlando Franklin, Joel Figueroa (a key reserve) and Chris Rutledge (split time as a starter).

8. Virginia -- The loss of Branden Albert and two other starters left a gaping hole. The best thing the Cavaliers have going for them is senior Eugene Monroe, who might be the best offensive lineman in the ACC. He didn't allow a sack last year at left tackle. There's also experience at right tackle, where Will Barker has 25 career starts.

9. Georgia Tech -- The good news is that left tackle Andrew Gardner came back instead of heading for the NFL. The bad news is the cohesiveness of this unit is mostly gone because Gardner is the lone full-time returning starter. Cord Howard missed the spring because of foot surgery, but he and Dan Voss, who started the final seven games of last season at left guard, at least have starting experience.

10. Clemson -- Finally. A flaw. Tommy Bowden had to replace four starters, and named all but the two guard spots. Still, Cory Lambert has never started a game at left tackle and three of the four players competing to be guards are redshirt freshmen. Freshman Antoine McClain, who was ranked the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect [Insider] in the country by ESPN.com, could help.

11. Duke -- The Blue Devils have three starters back, including both tackles -- Fred Roland and Cameron Goldberg -- and guard Rob Schirmann. The reason they're not last? They've got one more body with experience than the 'Noles.

12. Florida State -- For the first time in school history, there's not one junior or senior on the line. That doesn't mean there's not talent, but much of it is unproven. What the Seminoles do have is sophomores Ryan McMahon and Rodney Hudson. McMahon was the only freshman or sophomore in the FBS to take every offensive snap for his team at center. Redshirt freshman Antwane Greenlee, a bulky 302-pound tackle who was very highly recruited, still hasn't played. A true freshman will most likely start somewhere, but first the coaches have to find the best one they have.

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