ACC: Robert Marve

ACC's lunchtime links

July, 14, 2010
Name this tune (and quit Googling, cheaters!): (Tuesday's answer: "For Boston.")
Mistress of this fruitful land,
With all knowledge at your hand,
Always just to honor true,
All our love we pledge to you.

Former ACC players find new homes

February, 26, 2010

Athlon published a list of transfers who could have a significant impact this fall, and the ACC did its part in providing some of the talent, especially at the quarterback position.

Miami played a significant role in that, as you might remember Robert Marve, Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith. It's no wonder coach Randy Shannon has struggled with depth, as five transfers are listed from the Canes. Clemson's Willy Korn also made the list.

The only incoming quarterback listed is Maryland's Clay Belton. The Terps actually made out the best with the transfers, as they could get a nice surprise at tight end with the addition of former Notre Dame two-sport athlete Will Yeatman. Yeatman, also a lacrosse player, has talked extensively with offensive coordinator James Franklin about joining the football team.

A few more transfers worth watching this year include Florida State redshirt sophomores Anthony McCloud (DT), Debrale Smiley (RB), and Duke tight end Cooper Helfet. They are junior college transfers. NC State signed four junior college transfers, and the Pack could use the help up front from OT Mikel Overgaard and DE David Akinniyi.

ACC recruiting rewind

February, 2, 2010
You would think that with how well the ACC has fared in recruiting the past four years, it would have eventually made a bigger push on the national landscape during the season. Miami has had three top-10 classes, and Florida State has had two. Overall, the trend in the ACC has been that Florida State, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech and North Carolina have led the conference on the recruiting front. Three of those teams have appeared in's final Top 25 ranking in each of the past four years (UNC has been there three of the past four.) Only the Hokies, though, have had it translate into postseason success -- so far. There was a common thread, though, amongst the other programs -- a coaching change or, in Florida State's case, coaching questions.

[+] EnlargeJohnson
Paul Abell/US PresswireAldarius Johnson was one of 12 ESPNU 150 players in Miami's No. 1-rated 2008 class.
It was impossible to predict, though, that players like former Miami quarterback Robert Marve would transfer, or that former FSU linebacker Marcus Ball would have off-field troubles and ask for his release.

Here's a reminder at how highly ranked several teams in the ACC have repeatedly finished since 2006, according to's Scouts Inc. rankings. You can click on the year to go to the full ranking. I mentioned a few of the top players in each class who were facing high expectations at the time, or players who weren't facing many expectations and have since proven otherwise (see: Virginia Tech).


No. 6 FSU (Myron Rolle)
No. 13 Clemson (C.J. Spiller, Jamie Cumbie, Ricky Sapp)
No. 17 Miami (Kylan Robinson)
No. 23 Maryland (Pha'Terrell Washington, Drew Gloster)
No. 24 Virginia Tech (Rashad Carmichael, Nekos Brown, Kam Chancellor)
No. 25 UNC (Aleric Mullins, Johnny White)


No. 9 Miami (Robert Marve, Allen Bailey)
No. 11 UNC (Quan Sturdivant, Marvin Austin)
No. 14 Georgia Tech (Jonathan Dwyer, Derrick Morgan, Josh Nesbitt)
No. 15 Virginia Tech (Tyrod Taylor, Blake DeChristopher, Barquell Rivers)
No. 18 Clemson (Willy Korn, Scotty Cooper, Marcus Gilchrist)
No. 25 Florida State (Brandon Paul, Markish Jones)


No. 1 Miami (Sean Spence, Jacory Harris, Aldarius Johnson)
No. 2 Clemson (DaQuan Bowers, Kyle Parker, Jamie Harper)
No. 12 FSU (Zebrie Sanders, E.J. Manuel, Nigel Carr)
No. 15 Virginia Tech (Ryan Williams)
No. 20 NC State (Mike Glennon, Brandon Barnes)


No. 7 Miami (Ray Ray Armstrong, Mike James)
No. 8 FSU (Greg Reid, Jacobbi McDaniel)
No. 13 UNC (Bryn Renner, Donavan Tate, Jheranie Boyd)
No. 18 Virginia Tech (Jayron Hosley, David Wilson, Logan Thomas)
No. 19 Clemson (Tajh Boyd, Bryce McNeal)

Miami spring wrap-up

May, 7, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Miami Hurricanes

2008 overall record: 7-6

2008 conference record: 4-4

Returning starters: Offense: 8, defense: 8, kicker/punter: 2

Top returners: QB Jacory Harris, OT Jason Fox, WR Aldarius Johnson, WR Travis Benjamin, RB Graig Cooper, RB Javarris James, LB Sean Spence, LB Darryl Sharpton, CB Chavez Grant, K/P Matt Bosher, DE Allen Bailey

Key losses: QB Robert Marve, OT Chris Rutledge, C Xavier Shannon, LB Glenn Cook, S Anthony Reddick

2007 statistical leaders (*returners)

Rushing: Graig Cooper* (888 yards)

Passing: Robert Marve (1,293 yards)

Receiving: Aldarius Johnson* (332 yards)

Tackles: Glenn Cook (76)

Sacks: Allen Bailey* (5)

Interceptions: Sean Spence*, Brandon Harris*, Bruce Johnson, Eric Moncur (1 each)

2009 Schedule

Sept. 7 at Florida State
Sept. 17 Georgia Tech
Sept. 26 at Virginia Tech
Oct. 3 Oklahoma
Oct. 10 Florida A&M
Oct. 17 at Central Florida
Oct. 24 Clemson
Oct. 31 at Wake Forest
Nov. 7 Virginia
Nov. 14 at North Carolina
Nov. 21 Duke
Nov. 28 at South Florida

Spring answers

1. Temporary answer. Miami coach Randy Shannon said Taylor Cook earned the backup quarterback job -- for now. Cook beat Cannon Smith for the job this spring, and Shannon said that if the season started today, it would be Cook's job. A.J. Highsmith will join the competition, though, this summer.

2. You've got to coordinate. New offensive coordinator Mark Whipple wasted no time in implementing his new system, the players and staff were very receptive to it. Defensive coordinator John Lovett was also well received, even though it was the players' third coordinator in as many seasons.

3. Position change. Sam Shields' move from wide receiver to cornerback proved to be a good one. Shields showed he can not only provide some depth, but also possibly challenge for a starting job. He'll definitely work hyis way into the rotation, and the staff needs more consistent play from the secondary.

Fall questions

1. From hoops to helmets. Former forward Jimmy Graham has reportedly said he will join the football team this fall as a tight end, and it's a position that can use some help, especially with the knee injury to Dedrick Epps. But how much will Graham be able to help considering he hasn't played the sport since high school?

2. Tweaks to the o-line. Matt Pipho will be the new starter at right tackle, and the staff is eager to see how he handles that role. A.J. Trump moved from right guard to center, and Joel Figueroa took over at right guard.

3. Depth at linebacker. It's a patchwork effort, as several young players who were defensive backs last season were moved to linebacker (C.J. Holton, Ramon Buchanan), and Colin McCarthy didn't practice all spring but will be back. Arthur Brown is in the mix in the middle with Darryl Sharpton, and Sean Spence proved himself as a freshman, but depth is a concern.

The ACC's unexpected spring moments

April, 29, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

There are some things you just can't predict. Here are a few unexpected moments and story lines -- in order of biggest surprise to the least -- that happened this spring in the ACC:

1. Duke guard Greg Paulus is offered a tryout at receiver by Duke coach David Cutcliffe. Paulus turns it down to play quarterback at another FBS school. Huh?

2. FSU president T.K. Wetherell calls Samford some "dips---" school. Who woulda thunkit?

3. UNC quarterback T.J. Yates gets injured again, especially by a Frisbee at the team picnic. What are the odds?

4. Ralph Friedgen loses almost 80 pounds.

5. Georgia Tech temporarily adds 350+ pound actor Quenton Aaron to its roster this spring.

6. Bryce Brown to Tennessee in mid-March, Robert Marve likely to Purdue in the near future.

7. The transfer of Wake Forest backup quarterback Brett Hodges. Not even Riley Skinner saw that one coming.

8. Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker dominates the spring game and then a baseball game against Miami.

9. Another FSU receiver gets suspended. Considering the trend, not much of a surprise.

10. Personally ... Hitching a golf cart ride to a rainy Tar Heels' practice with Butch Davis, spending my 30th birthday with the Wake Forest staff, and working out at 5:30 a.m. with Billy Napier and his wife at the Clemson Gold's Gym. (It was the only time to talk to her in person about Clemson's new OC).

Marve to Purdue?

April, 27, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Just in case there are a few Miami fans out there still curious about where their former quarterback, Robert Marve, will wind up, ESPN's Joe Schad is reporting the front-runner is Purdue. So much for the importance of staying close to home. Here is Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg's take on the news.

Young Miami QBs made progress this spring

April, 23, 2009
  James Lang/US Presswire
  Jacory Harris shows signs of flourishing under offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

It was more than a month ago, at Miami's first controlled scrimmage of the spring in full pads, and coach Randy Shannon could remember without hesitation last week that quarterback Jacory Harris completed 17 of 18 passes that day.

It was an accomplishment Shannon attributed almost entirely to his new offensive coordinator, Mark Whipple.

"That's what coach Whipple brings to this team, is getting Jacory to understand that you're the guy who controls what we do offensively," Shannon said recently. "You can get it to the playmakers' hands, take your shots downtown, get it deep, take the short passing game, let guys make some plays and make guys miss. By him bring that aspect to Jacory and sitting with him and teaching him coverages, and understanding what we're try to do offensively, I think has really helped Jacory out more than anything."

It's a progression that has to be made if Miami is going to contend for the Coastal Division again this year. Harris started the first game of 2008, and Robert Marve left him the job to finish, both during the season (Virginia, Duke) and in the end for good. Harris will be in his first season as a full-time starter, and has plenty of talent surrounding him, but the quarterback position will be key -- backup included. Following the end of spring practices, Shannon said Taylor Cook earned the No. 2 spot, but left open the possibility Cannon Smith could win it this fall.

"Taylor knows he has to get better and Cannon knows he has to get better to make us be successful," Shannon said. "You have Jacory, everybody knows Jacory. But I think your team is going to really prosper and develop more if you can develop that second team guy. I think that's going to be very valuable to this team's success, who becomes the second team quarterback."

Harris completed 60.8 percent of his passes for 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns as a true freshman whose role was mainly off the bench last year. Considering the experience he got last year, combined with the lessons he'll continue to learn this offseason from Whipple, it's possible Harris could emerge as one of the top signal callers in the ACC. He's definitely worth watching to find out.

ACC's lunchtime links

April, 22, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

First, let's check in on two would-be transfer quarterbacks. Former Miami signal-caller Robert Marve's latest stop was Nebraska, and Duke guard Greg Paulus is checking out Syracuse

Summer camp is supposed to be a time when players get excited about the fall, but for Maryland running back Morgan Green, it's usually "a jinx."

Former FSU linebacker/defensive back Kenny Ingram is hoping the NFL draft experts are wrong, or at least to prove them that way.

Sports Illustrated has since retracted its story on B.J. Raji testing positive for drugs, but the Boston Herald still wonders if Raji is a burden.

When it comes to his status with the NFL, former UNC receiver Hakeem Nicks is "clueless."

And a leftover for you ...

Georgia Tech found some answers this spring -- a few leaders were among them.

Former Miami QB visiting Purdue

April, 9, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

It looks like former Miami quarterback Robert Marve is visiting Purdue Thursday, and fellow blogger Adam Rittenberg says that considering the Boilermakers' depleted situation at quarterback, he wouldn't be surprised if Marve wound up there.

It wasn't his first choice, but Marve obviously wants to start again as soon as possible and this looks like as good an opportunity as any. He'd have to sit out the 2009 season anywhere he went, but his chances of starting for Purdue in 2010 look pretty good.

What to watch in the ACC this spring

February, 11, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

With Miami kicking off spring practice on Feb. 24, it's never too early to start thinking about spring football in the ACC. There are plenty of story lines heading into the 2009 season -- like backup quarterbacks and new coordinators.

Here are a few things to watch for each team in the ACC this spring:


Spring practice starts:
March 17
Spring game: April 25

What to watch

  • Replacing 325-pound defensive tackles B.J. Raji and Ron Brace will be a large challenge -- literally. Damik Scafe could be a starter, but beyond him it's anybody's guess.
  • Quarterback Dominique Davis only has three games of experience over everyone else, so it's definitely not a given that it's his job to lose. Davis was thrown into the fire at the end of 2008, but former coach Jeff Jagodzinski and former offensive coordinator Steve Logan liked freshman Justin Tuggle, who redshirted this past season. Whether the new staff is as high on Tuggle remains to be seen.
  • Including former defensive coordinator Frank Spaziani, who was promoted to head coach, the Eagles will have six coaches in new positions this spring. With two new coordinators, a new offensive line coach, tight ends coach and a linebackers coach, this spring will be a chance for a few introductions.

(Read full post)


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, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Coastal Division, Atlantic Division, Miami Hurricanes, Jermaine Thomas, Greg Little, Greg Boone, Eron Riley, Paul Johnson, Damian Thornton, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Florida State Seminoles, Toddrick Verdell, Vince Williams, Barquell RIvers, Miami Hurricanes, Mike Groh, Justin Tuggle, North Carolina Tar Heels, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Kyle Parker, Dan Voss, Brandon tate, Frank Beamer, Trimane Goddard, Aaron Clark, Logan Thomas, Chris turner, Myron Rolle, Cullen Harper, Willy Korn, Demetrius Hartsfield, Brad Lambert, Cannon Smith, Jamarr Robinson, Robert Marve, Mike Glennon, Nigel Carr, Tyrod Taylor, Jon Richt, Adrian Moten, David Cutcliffe, Stephen St. John, Butch Davis, Hakeem Nicks, Tavares Pressley, Duke Blue Devils, Lamar Young, Chris DeGeare, Derek Nicholson, Kevin Harrison, Rashad Carmichael, T.J. Barnes, Josh Portis, Sean Renfree, Carlton Jones, Brett Warren, Nigel Bradham, Darren CHilds, Andre Brown, Edwin Williams, Jeremy Gray, Purnell Sturdivant, Ron Brace, Dominique Davis, Johnny Williams, MIchael Tauiliili, Brandon Flowers, Jacory Harris, Anthony Allen, Trent Mackey, Virginia Tech Hokies, Cody Grimm, Gregg Brandon, Derrick Morgan, Vincent Rey, Virginia Cavaliers, Toney Baker, Antone Smith, spring primer 0902, Tyler Grisham, Clint Sintim, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Victor 'Macho' Harris, Jonathan Dwyer, J.C. Neal, Maryland Terrapins, Coastal Division, B.J. Raji, Clem Johnson, Atlantic Division, Antonio Appleby, Jacoby Ford, Jameel Sewell, Mark Paschal, Frank Spaziani, Tony Carter, Quan Sturdivant, Damik Scafe, Steve Logan, Bruce Johnson, Antone Exum, Taylor Cook, Boston College Eagles, Cam Martin, Brooks Foster, Dabo Swinney, Austin Kelly, Darius McClure, Michael Wade, Mark Richt, Aaron Kelly, Jeff Jagodzinski, Thaddeus Lewis, Clemson Tigers, Anthony Reddick, Aaron Curry, C.J. Spiller, Alphonso Smith, Jon Copper, Stephan Virgil, Tyler Bowen, Ben Anderson, Alex Wujciak, Zack Asack, Justin Lewis, D\'Vontrey Richardson, Da\'Norris Searcy

Speaking of Miami ...

January, 26, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

The latest on the Robert Marve saga from the Miami Herald:

Robert Marve's father said the quarterback won't enroll at a new school this semester and is strongly considering Oklahoma State, Purdue and USF, or less likely, paying his tuition at Tennessee or Florida, which is allowed. Eugene Marve said Oklahoma's Bob Stoops called and the Sooners are a factor.

Look, the bottom line is this: Regardless of Marve's potential, the Hurricanes are probably better off parting ways with Marve so football is the only focus. I'm tired of writing about it, so you're probably tired of hearing about it.

Football is about moving the chains forward, and Miami is ready to do it with a new quarterback, and possibly as soon as today, a new offensive coordinator.

Miami's recruiting needs

January, 15, 2009

Posted by'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.

So long, 2008

January, 14, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

It was a great season to cover ACC football, with plenty of memorable moments, games, plays, coaches, players and issues -- some good, some not so good. Here are a few things I won't forget from 2008, in no particular order:

The jumbled, exciting race for the ACC title -- It was arguably the most competitive season in ACC football history, as the race to Tampa came down to the final weeks in November, and four teams finished with 5-3 conference records and six teams finished at 4-4.

Tommy Bowden resigns midseason -- On Oct. 13, 2008, Clemson announced that Bowden would no longer be head coach, and wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney took over the program and made immediate, sweeping changes, including the firing of offensive coordinator Rob Spence.

Miami's quarterback controversy -- It all began when starter Robert Marve was suspended for the season opener, and ended with him being suspended for the Emerald Bowl. Jacory Harris or Marve? Following Marve's transfer, there's only one choice.

Myron Rolle wins a Rhodes Scholarship -- There might not have been a more positive story in ACC football this season, as Rolle interviewed for one of the prestigious scholarships on the same day Florida State played a critical Atlantic Division game at Maryland. Rolle won the award, and flew to Maryland in time to contribute to the 37-3 win.

Virginia Tech wins the FedEx Orange Bowl -- The Hokies did the most with the least this season, as Frank Beamer did arguably the best coaching job of his career and led Virginia Tech to its fifth straight 10-win season. The 20-7 win over Cincinnati gave the ACC its first BCS bowl win since 1999.

Jeff Jagodzinski gets fired -- After only his second season and back-to-back appearances in the ACC title game, Jagodzinski decided to interview with the New York Jets, knowing it would cost him his job. A private matter of trust between Jagodzinski and athletic director Gene DeFilippo became public.

Bye-bye coordinators -- Virginia coach Al Groh fired his son, offensive coordinator Mike Groh, Miami coach Randy Shannon fired offensive coordinator Patrick Nix, Clemson coach Swinney fired offensive coordinator Spence, and both Maryland and Clemson's defensive coordinators both bolted for K-State. BC will need a new defensive coordinator now that Frank Spaziani is the new head coach.

Georgia Tech's 45-42 win over Georgia -- The Yellow Jackets earned their first win in the series since 2000, and they did it on the road and in Paul Johnson's first season. Georgia Tech broke a seven-game losing streak to the Dawgs and rushed for 409 yards in the process. It was arguably the ACC's best nonconference win of the season, though the Hokies' win over Cincinnati had a bigger impact.

The poor attendance at the ACC title game in Tampa -- Having seen it first-hand, it will be tough to forget. According to the St. Pete Times, the turnstile count for the game at Raymond James Stadium was 27,360, about half the tickets that were sold and distributed (53,927).

NCAA-record 10 bowl eligible teams -- Heading into the season, it didn't seem as if the ACC would be strong enough to have even a ninth team qualify to play in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl, but the conference became the first to send 10 teams to bowl games in a single season.

Marve not ruling out restricted schools

January, 9, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Well, things didn't exactly go as planned Thursday for former Miami quarterback Robert Marve, although the restrictions on his transfer were lifted a bit more to allow him to go to Central Florida or South Florida.

"That's not really what we were after," his father, Eugene, told me this morning in a telephone interview. "We were after our SEC schools."

And national champion Florida is still at the top of their list.

"We're not taking anything off the table because of those restrictions," Eugene Marve said. "We're still looking at the same teams."

That would also include LSU and Tennessee. As far as I understand, Marve would have to join those teams as a walk-on.

"We'll see how it works out," Eugene Marve said. "It's got to be the right choice."

Regardless, the Marves are moving on, and this has ended at Miami. This soap opera hasn't seemed to affect recruiting, either. Randy Shannon is building the No. 10 class in the country, according to FSU is one step ahead, though, and North Carolina isn't far behind.

ACC's lunchtime links

January, 5, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Aside from the drama in Chestnut Hill, and the news of UNC receiver Hakeem Nicks heading for the draft, it's a relatively quiet day. Those two things are enough, though, to keep a blogger busy. Here are a few headlines from around the ACC today: 

Here is the Boston Globe's take on what's going down in Chestnut Hill today, and this is what the Boston Herald had. 

Here's a good look at what's ahead for Georgia Tech -- and that other school Tech fans love to hate.

Clemson and Boston College are both in the recruiting mix for a talented quarterback from Virginia.

In case you missed it this weekend, here's the latest on what's NOT going on at Miami -- no more coaching changes, and fewer restrictions for Robert Marve. Despite all the ruckus, the recruits keep coming.

Florida State also has a few recruits to be excited about.