ACC: Richard Goodman

Highlights from FSU's pro day

March, 18, 2010
3/18/10
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Former FSU cornerback Patrick Robinson and linebacker Dekoda Watson both improved their 40 times from the NFL combine and clocked the fastest performances at this morning's pro timing day in Tallahassee.

Robinson ran a 4.38 and Watson a 4.4.

“I was definitely interested in posting a better number, because I didn’t feel like I ran like I was supposed to at the combine," Watson said in a release. "I wasn’t comfortable with the surroundings and the setting and looking at the film from the combine, I noticed that my knee lift wasn’t where it was supposed to be and knocked my 40 time down at the combine. That’s what I worked on and it really helped me out. … As long as it was in that 4.4 range, I can’t be mad.”

There were about 30 representatives from NFL and CFL teams, including San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Singletary. In all, 14 total players participated. Drills included the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, standing broad jump, bench press and agility drills.

A few other highlights:

  • Jamie Robinson had a 10-foot, 2-inch standing broad jump, which barely beat receiver Rod Owens’ 10-foot, 1 -inch effort. Owens also had a 34 -inch vertical jump.
  • Defensive tackle Budd Thacker led the way in the bench press with 31 repetitions at 225 pounds.

Additional participants included: deep snapper Zack Aronson, receiver Louis Givens, receiver Richard Goodman, defensive tackle Justin Mincey, tight end Caz Piurowski, defensive tackle Kendrick Stewart and linebacker Recardo Wright. One-time FSU linebacker Jae Thaxton and receiver Preston Parker also participated.

ACC injury reports: Week 13

November, 27, 2009
11/27/09
9:00
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If you don't see it here, I didn't get it ...

BOSTON COLLEGE

OUT FOR SEASON

LB Mark Herzlich (illness)

FOR MARYLAND GAME

RB Rolandan Finch (illness) – DOUBTFUL

LS Jack Geiser (foot) – DOUBTFUL

OG Thomas Claiborne (leg) – QUESTIONABLE

DE Alex Albright (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE

DT Kaleb Ramsey (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE

CLEMSON

They're "all in." (Sorry, too easy.)

DUKE

QB Thaddeus Lewis (leg) -- Probable

RB Re'quan Boyette (leg) -- Questionable

DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) -- Questionable

WR Johnny Williams (knee) -- Questionable

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

OG Mitchell Lederman (foot) -- OUT FOR SEASON

QB Sean Renfree (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

WR Tyree Watkins (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

FLORIDA STATE

Out

76 OT Garrett Faircloth (hip)

70 OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)

51 LB Aaron Gresham (knee)

44 LB Maurice Harris (neck)*

62 OG Rodney Hudson (knee)

97 DT Demonte McAllister (knee)

81 TE Caz Piurowski (knee)*

7 QB Christian Ponder (shoulder)*

74 OT John Prior (knee)

27 CB Xavier Rhodes (thumb)

11 LB Vince Williams (back)

Questionable

9 WR Richard Goodman (groin)

30 ROV Jajuan Harley (hamstring)

Probable

94 DT Justin Mincey (knee)

* - out for the season

GEORGIA TECH

Out

Austin Barrick, r-Jr., OT (heel)

Kevin Cone, r-Jr., WR (ankle)

Malcolm Munroe, r-Fr., LB (knee)

Probable

Sean Bedford, r-Jr., C (ankle)

Omoregie Uzzi, r-Fr., OL (back)

Anthony Barnes, r-Jr., LB

Out For Season

Robert Hall, r-Jr., DE (knee)

Kyle Jackson, r-So., LB (foot)

Cooper Taylor, So., S (undisclosed)

MIAMI

Probable

RB Lee Chambers – Lower Extremity

WR Thearon Collier – Lower Extremity

DB Sam Shields – Lower Extremity

Doubtful

OL Jason Fox – Illness

Out

FB Patrick Hill – Lower Extremity

Surgery and Out for the Season

DL Dyron Dye – Lower Extremity

DL Marcus Forston – Lower Extremity

LB Jordan Futch – Lower Extremity

TE Richard Gordon – Upper Extremity

LB Shayon Green – Lower Extremity

DE Gavin Hardin – Upper Extremity

DB Ryan Hill – Upper Extremity

DB JoJo Nicolas – Upper Extremity

DE Adewale Ojomo – Jaw

NC STATE

OUT

Audi Augustin, DE - elbow

Mike Glennon, QB - clavicle

DeAndre Morgan, CB - concussion

OUT FOR SEASON

Mario Carter, TE - knee

Ryan Cheek, LB - hip

Denzelle Good, OL – shoulder

T.J. Graham, WR – stress fracture/leg

Steven Howard, WR - knee

Nate Irving, LB - leg

Colby Jackson, FB – knee

R.J. Mattes, OG - knee

Everett Proctor, QB – shoulder

Jeff Rieskamp, DE – sports hernia

Rashard Smith, CB - knee

Javon Walker, S – knee

James Washington, HB - knee

NORTH CAROLINA

Out

Joshua Adams WR Shoulder

AJ Blue RB/QB Knee

Curtis Campbell DB Wrist

David Collins OL Foot

Shaun Draughn TB Shoulder

Carl Gaskins OT Knee

Matt Merletti S Knee

Trevor Stuart DS Knee

Ryan Taylor TE Knee

Jamal Womble RB Wrist

Questionable

Anthony Elzy RB Ankle

Devon Ramsay FB Ankle

Gene Robinson CB Back

VIRGINIA

Out

Isaac Cain (foot)

Raynard Horne (back)

Torrey Mack (ankle)

Doubtful

Darren Childs (ankle)

Questionable

Jared Green (shoulder)

Mikell Simpson (leg)

Probable

Daniel Childress (ankle)

Matt Conrath (ankle)

Connor McCartin (shoulder)

Jameel Sewell (shoulder)

Patrick Slebonick (leg)

VIRGINIA TECH

Probable:

Beau Warren (knee)

Ed Wang (knee)
Tags:

Boston College Eagles, Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Tech Hokies, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, North Carolina Tar Heels, Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, Virginia Cavaliers, Miami Hurricanes, Justin Mincey, Darren Evans, Thearon Collier, Christian Ponder, Vince Williams, Anthony Barnes, Garrett Faircloth, Jason Fox, Vince Oghobaase, Alex Albright, Rodney Hudson, Adewale Ojomo, Thomas Claiborne, Jack Geiser, A.J. Blue, Patrick Slebonick, Jamal Womble, Torrey Mack, Caz Piurowski, Kyle Jackson, Marcus Forston, Mike Glennon, Jordan Futch, Raynard Horne, Xavier Rhodes, Jeff Rieskamp, Javon Walker, Matt Conrath, Carl Gaskins, Jared Green, Sean Renfree, Malcolm Munroe, Lee Chambers, Robert Hall, Darren CHilds, Ryan Cheek, Richard Gordon, Mikell Simpson, JoJo Nicolas, Mario Carter, Austin Barrick, Johnny Williams, Antwane Greenlee, Devon Ramsay, Requan Boyette, DeAndre Morgan, Beau Warren, Anthony Elzy, Sam Shields, Ryan Taylor, Sean Bedford, Joshua Adams, Jameel Sewell, Nate Irving, T.J. Graham, Mark Herzlich, Maurice Harris, Ed Wang, Tyree Watkins, Thaddeus Lewis, Matt Merletti, Cooper Taylor, Aaron Gresham, Ryan Hill, Colby Jackson, Kaleb Ramsey, Shaun Draughn, Omoregie Uzzi, James Washington, Richard Goodman, Anthony Young-Wiseman, Demonte McAllister, Dyron Dye, Rashard Smith, Kyle Griswould, Gavin Hardin, Shayon Green, John Prior, Denzelle Good, Everett Proctor, R.J. Mattes, Isaac Cain, Trevor Stuart, Mitchell Lederman, Patrick Hill, Jajuan Harley, Kevin Cone, Rolandan Finch, David Collins, Curtis Campbell, Gene Robinson, Steven Howard, Daniel Childress, Connor McCartin, Audi Augustin

ACC injury reports: Week 12

November, 20, 2009
11/20/09
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Here are the guys who are down n' out for Week 12 ...

BOSTON COLLEGE

OUT FOR SEASON

LB Mark Herzlich (illness)

FOR NORTH CAROLINA GAME

RB Rolandan Finch (illness) - DOUBTFUL

DE Alex Albright (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE

DT Kaleb Ramsey (ankle) – QUESTIONABLE

FB James McCluskey (leg) – QUESTIONABLE

OT Mike Goodman Jr. (illness) – PROBABLE

CB Isaac Johnson (illness) – PROBABLE

DE Jim Ramella (ankle) – PROBABLE

LB Dan Williams (back) – PROBABLE

FS Wes Davis (leg) – PROBABLE

RB Montel Harris (back) – PROBABLE

CLEMSON

Probable

DaQuan Bowers, DE, knee

Thomas Austin, OG, ankle

DUKE

WR Austin Kelly (upper body) -- Probable

LB Abraham Kromah (leg) -- Probable

QB Thaddeus Lewis (leg) -- Probable

LB Vincent Rey (leg) -- Probable

K Will Snyderwine (leg) -- Probable

RB Re'quan Boyette (leg) -- OUT

DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) -- OUT

WR Johnny Williams (knee) -- OUT

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

OG Mitchell Lederman (foot) -- OUT FOR SEASON

QB Sean Rengree (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

WR Tyree Watkins (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

FLORIDA STATE

Out

76 OT Garrett Faircloth (hip)

70 OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)

51 LB Aaron Gresham (knee)

44 LB Maurice Harris (neck; out for the season)

62 OG Rodney Hudson (knee)

97 DT Demonte McAllister (knee)

94 DT Justin Mincey (knee)

81 TE Caz Piurowski (knee; out for the season)

7 QB Christian Ponder (shoulder; out for the season)

74 OT John Prior (knee)

27 CB Xavier Rhodes (thumb)

11 LB Vince Williams (back)

Questionable

9 WR Richard Goodman (groin)

MIAMI

Probable

DB Ray-Ray Armstrong – Lower Extremity

QB Jacory Harris – Upper Extremity

Questionable

LB Sean Spence – Lower Extremity

DB Vaughn Telemaque – Upper Extremity

Out

RB Lee Chambers – Lower Extremity

WR Thearon Collier – Lower Extremity

FB Patrick Hill – Lower Extremity

DB Sam Shields – Lower Extremity

Surgery and Out for the Season

DL Dyron Dye – Lower Extremity

DL Marcus Forston – Lower Extremity

LB Jordan Futch – Lower Extremity

TE Richard Gordon – Upper Extremity

LB Shayon Green – Lower Extremity

DE Gavin Hardin – Upper Extremity

DB Ryan Hill – Upper Extremity

DB JoJo Nicolas – Upper Extremity

DE Adewale Ojomo – Jaw

NORTH CAROLINA

Out

Joshua Adams WR Shoulder

AJ Blue RB/QB Knee

Curtis Campbell DB Wrist

David Collins OL Foot

Shaun Draughn TB Shoulder

Carl Gaskins OT Knee

Matt Merletti S Knee

Trevor Stuart DS Knee

Ryan Taylor TE Knee

Jamal Womble TB Wrist

Questionable

Devon Ramsay FB Ankle

Gene Robinson DB Back

NC STATE

OUT FOR SEASON

Mario Carter, TE - knee

Ryan Cheek, LB - hip

Denzelle Good, OL – shoulder

T.J. Graham, WR – stress fracture/leg

Steven Howard, WR - knee

Nate Irving, LB - leg

Colby Jackson, FB – knee

R.J. Mattes, OG - knee

Everett Proctor, QB – shoulder

Jeff Rieskamp, DE – sports hernia

Rashard Smith, CB - knee

Javon Walker, S – knee

James Washington, HB - knee

VIRGINIA

Questionable

Vic Hall (hip)

Probable

Kris Burd (shoulder)

Darren Childs (neck)

Matt Conrath (ankle)

Colter Phillips (leg)

Jameel Sewell (shoulder)

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for Season

Darren Evans (ACL)

Probable

Beau Warren (knee)
Tags:

Boston College Eagles, Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Tech Hokies, North Carolina Tar Heels, Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Virginia Cavaliers, Miami Hurricanes, Justin Mincey, Darren Evans, Thearon Collier, Christian Ponder, Vince Williams, Garrett Faircloth, Vince Oghobaase, Alex Albright, Dan Williams, Will Snyderwine, Rodney Hudson, Adewale Ojomo, Jamal Womble, Caz Piurowski, DaQuan Bowers, Marcus Forston, Jordan Futch, Wes Davis, Xavier Rhodes, Jeff Rieskamp, Montel Harris, Javon Walker, Matt Conrath, Carl Gaskins, Sean Spence, Lee Chambers, Darren CHilds, Ryan Cheek, Richard Gordon, JoJo Nicolas, Mario Carter, Johnny Williams, Antwane Greenlee, Devon Ramsay, Jacory Harris, Requan Boyette, Beau Warren, Vincent Rey, Sam Shields, Ryan Taylor, Thomas Austin, Joshua Adams, Jameel Sewell, James McCluskey, Kris Burd, Nate Irving, T.J. Graham, Isaac Johnson, Mark Herzlich, Maurice Harris, Tyree Watkins, Thaddeus Lewis, Matt Merletti, Aaron Gresham, Ryan Hill, Vaughn Telemaque, Colby Jackson, Kaleb Ramsey, Vic Hall, Shaun Draughn, James Washington, Richard Goodman, Anthony Young-Wiseman, Jim Ramella, Demonte McAllister, Dyron Dye, Ray Ray Armstrong, Rashard Smith, Kyle Griswould, Gavin Hardin, Shayon Green, John Prior, Denzelle Good, Everett Proctor, R.J. Mattes, Trevor Stuart, Mitchell Lederman, Patrick Hill, Rolandan Finch, David Collins, Mike Goodman Jr., Austin Kelly Abraham Kromah, Sean Rengree, AJ Blue, Curtis Campbell, Gene Robinson, Steven Howard, Colter Phillips

ACC injury reports: Week 11

November, 13, 2009
11/13/09
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Jameel Sewell, Marc Verica, Chris Turner, Christian Ponder and Thaddeus Lewis are all on this list. Not a good week for ACC quarterbacks. Duke will need everyone healthy in order to beat Georgia Tech, and while several key offensive players are listed as probable, they're still listed:

BOSTON COLLEGE

OUT FOR SEASON

LB Mark Herzlich (illness)

FOR VIRGINIA GAME

RB Rolandan Finch (illness) - OUT

DE Alex Albright (ankle) – DOUBTFUL

LS Jack Geiser (foot) – DOUBTFUL

WR Billy Flutie (head) - PROBABLE

OT Rich Lapham (shoulder) - PROBABLE

LB Mike McLaughlin (leg) - PROBABLE

CLEMSON

Out

DaQuan Bowers, DE, knee

Probable

Coty Sensabaugh, CB, toe

Cleared to play

Kantrell Brown, DB, concussion

DUKE

QB Thaddeus Lewis (leg) -- Probable

LB Damian Thornton (neck) -- Probable

WR Donovan Varner (knee) -- Probable

WR Conner Vernon (head) -- Probable

WR Johnny Williams (knee) -- Probable

LB Abraham Kromah (leg) -- Questionable

OG Mitchell Lederman (foot) -- Questionable

LB Vincent Rey (leg) -- Questionable

K Will Snyderwine (leg) -- Questionable

DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) -- Doubtful

RB Kyle Griswould (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

WR Tyree Watkins (leg) -- OUT FOR SEASON

S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) -- OUT FOR SEASON

FLORIDA STATE

Out

76 OT Garrett Faircloth (hip)

70 OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)

51 LB Aaron Gresham (knee)

44 LB Maurice Harris (neck)*

97 DT Demonte McAllister (knee)

94 DT Justin Mincey (knee)

81 TE Caz Piurowski (knee)*

7 QB Christian Ponder (shoulder)*

74 OT John Prior (knee)

27 CB Xavier Rhodes (thumb)

11 LB Vince Williams (back)

Questionable

28 CB Dionte Allen (thumb)

9 WR Richard Goodman (groin)

Probable

89 WR Louis Givens (hand)

72 DT Budd Thacker (knee)

* - out for the season

GEORGIA TECH

Out

Austin Barrick, r-Jr., OT (heel)

Kevin Cone, r-Jr., WR (ankle)

Robert Hall, r-Jr., DE (knee)

Out For Season

Kyle Jackson, r-So., LB (foot)

Cooper Taylor, So., S (undisclosed)

MARYLAND

Out for season:

Tyler Bowen (foot)

Nolan Carroll (leg)

Bennett Fulper (shoulder)

Isaiah Ross (knee)

Out:

Da’Rel Scott (wrist)

Doubtful

Chris Turner (knee)

Questionable

Ronnie Tyler (upper body)

Austin Walker (lower body)

Probable

Demetrius Hartsfield (hand)

MIAMI

Probable

DL Eric Moncur – Lower Extremity

DB DeMarcus Van Dyke – Lower Extremity

Out

DB Ray-Ray Armstrong – Lower Extremity

FB Patrick Hill – Lower Extremity

DB JoJo Nicolas – Upper Extremity

LB Sean Spence – Lower Extremity

Surgery and Out for the Season

DL Dyron Dye – Lower Extremity

DL Marcus Forston – Lower Extremity

LB Jordan Futch – Lower Extremity

TE Richard Gordon – Upper Extremity

LB Shayon Green – Lower Extremity

DE Gavin Hardin – Upper Extremity

DB Ryan Hill – Upper Extremity

DE Adewale Ojomo – Jaw

NORTH CAROLINA

Out

Joshua Adams WR Shoulder

AJ Blue RB/QB Knee

David Collins OT Foot

Shaun Draughn TB Shoulder

Carl Gaskins OT Knee

Matt Merletti S Knee

Trevor Stuart DS Knee

Ryan Taylor TE Knee

Jamal Womble TB Wrist

Questionable

Brennan Williams OT Wrist

Probable

Cam Holland C Shoulder

NC STATE

OUT FOR SEASON

Mario Carter, TE - knee

Ryan Cheek, LB - hip

Denzelle Good, OL – shoulder

T.J. Graham, WR – stress fracture/leg

Nate Irving, LB - leg

Colby Jackson, FB - knee

R.J. Mattes, OG - knee

Everett Proctor, QB – shoulder

Jeff Rieskamp, DE – sports hernia

Rashard Smith, CB - knee

Javon Walker, S – knee

James Washington, HB - knee

PROBABLE

Ray Michel, LB - ankle

VIRGINIA

Out

Raynard Horne (back)

Quintin Hunter (ankle)

Questionable

Darren Childs (neck)

Jameel Sewell (shoulder)

Marc Verica (head)

Probable

Javaris Brown (ankle)

Aaron Clark (knee)

Matt Conrath (ankle)

Colte Phillips (leg)

VIRGINIA TECH

Out for Season

Darren Evans (ACL)

Doubtful

Beau Warren (knee)
Tags:

Boston College Eagles, Duke Blue Devils, Virginia Tech Hokies, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, North Carolina Tar Heels, Clemson Tigers, Florida State Seminoles, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Maryland Terrapins, Virginia Cavaliers, Miami Hurricanes, Justin Mincey, Conner Vernon, Donovan Varner, Damian Thornton, Christian Ponder, Vince Williams, Garrett Faircloth, Vince Oghobaase, Rich Lapham, Marc Verica, Alex Albright, Will Snyderwine, Adewale Ojomo, Jack Geiser, A.J. Blue, Jamal Womble, Caz Piurowski, Aaron Clark, Mike McLaughlin, Chris turner, Kyle Jackson, Billy Flutie, DaQuan Bowers, Demetrius Hartsfield, Marcus Forston, Ray Michel, Raynard Horne, Xavier Rhodes, Jeff Rieskamp, Javon Walker, Matt Conrath, Carl Gaskins, Sean Spence, Robert Hall, Darren CHilds, Ryan Cheek, Richard Gordon, JoJo Nicolas, Louis Givens, Javaris Brown, Mario Carter, Austin Barrick, Johnny Williams, Antwane Greenlee, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Nolan Carroll, Budd Thacker, Vincent Rey, Abraham Kromah, Dionte Allen, Ryan Taylor, Joshua Adams, Coty Sensabaugh, Jameel Sewell, Nate Irving, T.J. Graham, Cam Holland, Mark Herzlich, Maurice Harris, Tyree Watkins, Thaddeus Lewis, Matt Merletti, Cooper Taylor, Aaron Gresham, Ryan Hill, Colby Jackson, Ronnie Tyler, Shaun Draughn, James Washington, Eric Moncur, Richard Goodman, Tyler Bowen, Anthony Young-Wiseman, Da\'Rel Scott, Demonte McAllister, Dyron Dye, Ray Ray Armstrong, Rashard Smith, Kyle Griswould, Gavin Hardin, Shayon Green, John Prior, Denzelle Good, Everett Proctor, R.J. Mattes, Trevor Stuart, Mitchell Lederman, Patrick Hill, Kantrell Brown, Kevin Cone, Rolandan Finch, Bennett Fulper Isaiah Ross, Austin Walker, Jordon Futch, David Collins, Brennan Williams, Quintin Hunter, Colte Phillps

Thursday night injury reports

October, 22, 2009
10/22/09
1:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here's who won't be in the lineup at 8 ET tonight:

FLORIDA STATE

Out For Season

Out
  • CB Dionte Allen (thumb)
  • OT Garrett Faircloth (hip)
  • OT Antwane Greenlee (knee)
  • LB Aaron Gresham (knee)
  • DT Demonte McAllister (knee)
  • OT John Prior (knee)
  • DT Budd Thacker (knee)
Questionable
  • WR Richard Goodman (groin)
  • RV Korey Mangum (shoulder)
  • DT Justin Mincey (knee)
  • CB Patrick Robinson (ankle)
  • CB Xavier Rhodes (thumb)
  • LB Dekoda Watson (groin)
  • LB Vince Williams (back)
NORTH CAROLINA

Out
  • AJ Blue, RB/QB, Knee
  • Carl Gaskins, OT, Knee
  • Matt Merletti, S, Knee
  • Trevor Stuart, DS, Knee
  • Jamal Womble, TB, Wrist
Doubtful
Questionable
Probable

FSU making a comeback

October, 3, 2009
10/03/09
6:26
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


Florida State was inconsistent from game to game. Now it's half to half. The Noles showed up in the second half and have tied the game at 21 in the fourth quarter. The offense was clicking and Richard Goodman made one of the most impressive catches of the day. Christian Ponder made some risky throws but they have paid off. It's still anybody's game, but right now, FSU has the momentum -- the good FSU. The Noles just recovered a fumble and have been given another chance to reassert themselves.

FSU offensive coordinator encouraged by summer camp

September, 4, 2009
9/04/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich


Florida State enters Monday's Miami game as the front-runner to win the Atlantic Division (and last night's subpar performance by NC State's offense further validated that early pick, at least for now.) FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has liked what he's seen this summer from every facet of his offense. And yes, the head-coach-in-waiting is keeping a watchful eye on the entire team, not just his offense. Here's the first part of our recent conversation:

Going into the summer, you had so many questions at wide receiver, but then guys started to shake out their legal issues. How confident are you in that group now?

Jimbo Fisher: Pretty confident. The challenge is how consistent will they perform, week in and week out, and keeping that focus, but we’ve got a good group of guys, and we’ve got a talented group of guys. You’re still always looking for consistency, but we’re seeing it more and more in practice every day.

Who do you think is going to be your go-to guy there? Any indications?

JF: It’s funny, there’s been a lot of guys. Rod Owens has had a super camp. Him and Rich Goodman have played well. [Jarmon] Fortson had some big scrimmages. Taiwan Easterling, he’s gotten back. There is no sign of his Achilles. He hasn’t missed a day. He hasn’t missed anything. He’s been good. [Louis] Givens coming back and doing some things. There’s a good group. Those first three guys have been the most consistent, but Bert Reed has had his big plays at times. They all bring a little something different to the table.

How good did it feel for you to be able to give Givens a scholarship?

JF: It was awesome, because he deserved it. He worked his tail off. He’s a great guy on special teams, and the numbers worked out. As people know, your numbers get screwed up sometimes to give a scholarship. There’s all kinds of legal implications, but it was super to be able to give it to him, and it was very well deserved.

How much more are you expecting out of your running game because the offensive line should be so much better, but they’re still young guys back there?

JF: They are, they’re still young. Jermaine has had a great camp, Ty’s gotten healthy now, and is really starting to come on, kept his weight up. There should be a good group. We feel very confident we’ll be able to run the football, and we have to be able to run the football.

You guys made a lot of strides in that area last year. I think it was some of the best numbers you’ve produced in a while. Is that because of the development of the offensive line? How do you see that growth continuing there?

JF: I see it continuing. I think our line grew, they got very good. Rick Trickett did a great job, and two, if you look at it, the ability for the receivers to have nice runs, the receivers did a good job running the football and the quarterback. You added a lot of yards, hidden yards people didn’t really see as much to a lot of different guys. The diversity helps, too.

What about Christian [Ponder]? You mentioned quarterback. I know last year he was banged up with his back, ribs, and all kinds of stuff. How much better can he be this year?

JF: I think he can be a lot better. I think he will be better. Especially as the consistency around him grows, you’re going to see his development grow. His confidence and his decision-making to know what people do and how they do it is going to grow. I think he’ll have a fine year, I really do.

Where did he make the biggest strides since last season?

JF: I think in just pure confidence. I think he knows he belongs here and he could be a heck of a player. When you’re confident in things, he really grabs ahold and his ability to learn and process information is very good.

Check back in a bit for Fisher's take on the Miami game and the NCAA's sanctions against coach Bobby Bowden.

Around the ACC

August, 13, 2009
8/13/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Here are the reports that came in from Wednesday's practices around the league, as reported by each school's sports information office:

CLEMSON

Clemson had its second day of two-a-day practices on Wednesday. The Tigers worked for two hours and 15 minutes in the morning and for an hour and a half in the evening.

Much of the day was spent reviewing the film from Tuesday's scrimmage and correcting mistakes. Coach Dabo Swinney felt better about his team after watching the film on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

"We played better than I thought," said Swinney. "I was very disappointed with the penalties [on offense] and a lack of attention to detail immediately after the scrimmage. And I still feel that way about those mistakes. But after watching the film we played better overall than I thought."

Swinney was impressed with the performance of his defense after the scrimmage on Tuesday and he was still happy with that performance on Wednesday.

"We have a chance to be pretty salty on defense. I look out there and really can't tell the difference between the units. I was talking to Jamie Cumbie yesterday and he said it doesn't make any difference who starts, they are just waiting to have their name called.

"There is great depth on the defensive front and the secondary. The linebackers are doing well also. I was really impressed with Kavell Conner's performance on Tuesday. He has had a terrific preseason."

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FSU's Goodman wants to be 'first option'

August, 11, 2009
8/11/09
4:11
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Instead of speaking with reporters following an inconsistent performance at practice on Tuesday, Florida State sophomore receiver Jarmon Fortson managed to sneak out without saying a word.

Fifth-year senior Richard Goodman, however, stuck around to address his role as a "second coach" on the field this fall and how his maturity helped him get through some off-field distractions this summer.

It was a visible example of how Goodman has become the leader and voice of a group that's bursting with young, yet immature talent. The problem is, Goodman hasn't played in a game since Oct. 27, 2007. More will be needed of him this season, and so far he's shown the potential to deliver.

"He's the experienced guy that can deal with the highs and lows and keep on pushing," offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher said.

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ACC power rankings

August, 10, 2009
8/10/09
10:30
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Summer camp has officially begun in the ACC, and there's a sense of urgency throughout the entire conference as the opening kickoffs are less than a month away. Things have changed since spring ball ended -- Nate Irving's status is questionable, Boston College found a quarterback, and FSU's receivers have been cleared by the law. Here's the latest ACC power ranking:

1. Virginia Tech -- Until somebody unseats them, the Hokies are the team to beat. Virginia Tech's opener against Alabama will determine whether or not it is a legitimate national title contender. There are no excuses for the offense not to improve, and the defense should again reload.

2. Georgia Tech -- Don't forget they were the co-Coastal Division champs a year ago, and return a league-high 19 starters from last year's nine-win season -- including nine on offense. The backfield is the deepest in the conference, and the offensive line should be better, but not even Paul Johnson knows what to expect from his defensive line.

3. Florida State -- One by one, the receivers have started to come back. Felony battery charges against Richard Goodman have been dismissed, Bert Reed should have completed his community service by the end of August, and Rod Owens' DUI case has been closed.

4. North Carolina -- Until we see how the passing game unfolds with the new receivers, the Tar Heels will have to work their way up the ranking, especially with three positions on the offensive line still unsettled. The defense will be the strength of the team while the offense literally catches up. 

5. NC State -- The Pack is already better than it was a year ago because of its quarterback situation, but this year it needs to start strong instead of making a desperate push at the end. The absence of Irving and the transfer of safety Jimmaul Simmons leaves question marks for the defense.

6. Miami -- It's simply impossible to ignore the fact the Canes are under the direction of a third defensive coordinator in as many seasons, are learning a new offensive scheme, have a brutal schedule, and are still young. But Jacory Harris has matured as the team leader, and he's surrounded by speed and skill.

7. Clemson -- Yes, the offensive line will be better, but how much better remains to be seen. It's the same group that paved the way for a whopping four yards against Nebraska in the bowl game. The starting quarterback has yet to be named, and the defense will be depended upon to win some games.

8. Wake Forest -- This is my darkhorse candidate in the Atlantic Division (last year it was Maryland). The offense is in place. The defensive line is in place. It's the linebackers and secondary that remain a question mark. You can't go wrong with the winningest quarterback in school history, but replacing those defensive playmakers will take time.

9. Maryland -- They think they're better. They're confident. But if Maryland couldn't do it last year with a senior-laden team or in 2006 when it was one win away, why should anyone outside the program have confidence it can do it with such a young, typically inconsistent team?

10. Boston College -- They found a quarterback. The question is, can he throw? The reports from Chestnut Hill say yes, but Dave Shinskie hasn't done it in a college game yet. Is the 25-year-old minor league pitcher the answer? He's got the supporting cast.

11. Duke -- Coach David Cutcliffe said he won't be satisfied with anything less than a bowl game, and this man means business. He's got one of the best quarterbacks in the league to work with, a dynamic rusher in Re'quan Boyette, and some big-name players on D. But you don't turn around two decades of losing in just two years.

12. Virginia -- The linebackers are gone. The receivers are gone. The leading rusher is gone. The offensive coordinator is gone. This is going to be a big transition year, and a bowl game should be considered a good season.

FSU's Goodman reinstated

July, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said senior wide receiver Richard Goodman "will be reinstated to the team immediately" after the Florida State attorney's office determined it would not file a felony charge of aggravated battery against the student-athlete for his involvement in a Nov. 12, 2008, brawl at the Student Union.

In a document filed with the Circuit Court in Leon County, assistant state attorney Jon S. Fuchs wrote "that there is no reasonable likelihood of securing a conviction" of Goodman, based on the lack of "independent evidence or identification" that he was responsible for throwing the chair which injured a female student.

Goodman was suspended indefinitely per the athletic department's policy following his May 26, 2009, arrest, which was based solely on the identification of one witness.

More good news for Noles' receivers

July, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Richard Goodman won't be facing any felony charges for his involvement in last year's campus brawl near the student union.

The bottom line in this incident was whether Goodman actually threw a chair that struck a female in the face, and according to the assistant state's attorney's "No Information" report, there was "no independent evidence or identification ... that would establish the identification of the person that threw the chair ... beyond a reasonable doubt."

Goodman had been suspended indefinitely until the case had been resolved. Judging by this news, he should be back in time for the Miami game, if that's what coach Bobby Bowden decides to do (although the document states that Goodman, Taiwan Easterling, Avis Commack and Corey Surrency were all identified as players who threw at least one chair). With Goodman and Bert Reed back, FSU's receivers suddenly seem quite capable of having a productive season.

ACC's lunchtime links

July, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Only two and a half more days until I officially consider us to be "in-season." The ACC Football Kickoff is Sunday. Until then ...

  • One player creating a lot of buzz in Tallahassee this summer is tight end Caz Piurowski. The last time I spoke to Jimbo Fisher, he was particularly excited about Piurowski because the offensive line will be better and Piurowski won't have to help out there as much. By dieting and slimming down, he's ready to be more involved in the passing game, and FSU could certainly use another set of hands there. Then again, they might get Richard Goodman back sooner rather than later.
  • Clemson running back C.J. Spiller knows how to strike a Heisman pose -- he's just got to teach his coach how to do it. 
  • Miami coach Randy Shannon intends to be stingy about the wide receivers' playing time, and LaRon Byrd intends to be one of the players who sees the field. Odds are he will.
  • Virginia Tech got a commitment from a wide receiver, and the Hokies were his only offer. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
  • Maryland beat writer Patrick Stevens says to "step away from the panic button," that the Terps' linebackers are going to be just fine.
  • Boston College is heading to Yankee Stadium in 2014. And no, Dave Shinskie will not be eligible then.
  • Doug Roberson of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution posted a Q&A with Sedric Griffin, and he talked about the differences in Year 2 of Dave Wommack's defense.

ACC rewind: offseason troubles

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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

I'm ba-ack. I know, I know, some of you were hoping for a permanent vacation. Sorry, you're stuck with me. You'll live. Here's a quick recap of last week's ACC news and how it really will -- or won't -- affect this season:

  • FSU receiver facing felony battery charge: A witness identified Richard Goodman as the person who swung a chair and hit a female in the face during a brawl near the student union last November. Goodman is facing a second-degree felony charge and has been suspended indefinitely. Bobby Bowden is running out of receivers. Rod Owens was also suspended indefinitely for a separate incident. How this affects FSU's offense obviously depends on how long they are suspended for, and how quickly Taiwan Easterling recovers from an injury to his Achilles.
  • Clemson reserve Humphries suspended for first two games: This hurts the Tigers' depth and leadership, but won't cost them any wins. All five starters return to the offensive line, and it should still be a strength of the team. Barry Humphries started seven games in 2007 and was second on that team in knockdown blocks. He probably would have played more than 42 snaps last year had he not torn his ACL in a scooter accident. Humphries was arrested on a DUI charge in early May while driving his motor scooter in Clemson (hence the suspension). He was expected to be one of the team's top leaders. Now he's out for the games against Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech.
  • Duke's Asack dismissed from the program: If Zack Asack had remained the Blue Devils' backup quarterback, it might have been more of a concern, but Asack moved to safety prior to the start of spring ball, and Sean Renfree proved more than capable of leading Duke's offense behind Thaddeus Lewis.

Congrats to Miami for not making this list. Randy Shannon is doing his job when it comes to discipline and changing the culture in Coral Gables, and South Florida Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde wrote an excellent column recognizing this.

ACC lunchtime links

May, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett

We begin the links with some crime and punishment ...

• Florida State receiver Richard Goodman has been suspended indefinitely following his arrest in connection with a November fight between football players and fraternity members, Matt Gilmour reports for the Tallahassee Democrat. Police believe Goodman threw a chair that hit a female student in the face, causing multiple fractures.

• Clemson offensive lineman Barry Humphries will miss the first two games of the season following a DUI arrest on a motor scooter earlier this month, Greg Oliver reports in Upstate Today. Humphries missed all but two games last year with a knee injury.

• Sun-Sentinel columnist Dave Hyde says Miami deserves credit for staying off the police blotter this offseason.

• Virginia Tech nearly had an NCAA violation on its hands when safety Kam Chancellor filmed an Internet video promotion for a Blacksburg club, Kyle Tucker writes in The Virginian-Pilot.

• Norm Wood of The Daily Press has 100 things to consider now that it's 100 days to kickoff, including Virginia Tech's status as a contender and the staff changes at Virginia.

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