ACC: spring042009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer named Ju-Ju Clayton his backup quarterback, the school announced today.

Redshirt freshman Marcus Davis, who was battling with Clayton, will work at receiver the remainder of this week while continuing to work on his arm strength.

"We still feel that Marcus has the capabilities to be an excellent quarterback," Beamer said in a prepared statement. "At this very moment, we feel that Ju-Ju is ahead of him and we're encouraging Marcus to work hard on his arm strength this summer and continue to throw and we'll see where that goes.

"Coming out of high school, I felt like he could be a very good quarterback and I still feel that way. But a couple of his runs on Saturday also showed that we need to get him on the field somewhere and we're going to work on that part of it."

This is an important step forward for the Hokies, and a decision Beamer is obviously confident in, considering he didn't need to see Davis in the spring game to make it. It shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, considering Clayton got to study the offense last year when he was the scout team quarterback as a redshirt. Davis is now back at his original position.

Now that Tyrod Taylor has a backup, the Hokies can go into summer camp with more certainty at the quarterback position. Experience, though, is another matter. Taylor has it, Clayton will eventually get it. 

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Boston College is still looking for a starting quarterback, and Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest are both looking for backups. Here are a few more reports from scrimmages and spring games from sports information directors around the ACC this past weekend:


The Eagles held their second scrimmage of the spring on Friday, and sophomore quarterback Dominique Davis completed 9 of 20 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Tuggle completed 1 of 4 passes for 17 yards. Sophomore quarterback Codi Boek completed 7 of 9 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns.

The ball was spread around between the wide receivers, with a total of eight players catching passes. Redshirt freshman Clyde Lee led all receivers with four catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Junior Billy Flutie had a 40-yard touchdown catch from Davis, finishing the day with three catches for 57 yards. Senior Rich Gunnell caught three passes for 23 yards and one touchdown, while senior Justin Jarvis had a 22-yard touchdown reception.

Sophomore running back Montel Harris had 13 carries for 67 yards. Sophomore running back Josh Haden ran for 60 yards on 17 carries.

A few younger Eagles got an opportunity to showcase themselves on defense. Redshirt freshman linebacker Alexander DiSanzo led the team with seven tackles. Redshirt freshman defensive end Max Halloway had a great day all around with three tackles, one fumble recovery, one sack, and a blocked extra point. Sophomore defensive end Dan Williams totaled five tackles for the day. Junior defensive tackle Damik Scafe and senior Brendan Deska each recorded sacks.

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Posted by's Heather Dinich

Maryland running back Da'Rel Scott and defensive back Nolan Carroll were involved in a violent collision on a run up the middle in Saturday's second scrimmage, and Scott is likely to miss the rest of the spring with a strained ACL.

Carroll went low to tackle Scott and his helmet collided with Scott's knee. Carroll was down on the field for about 10 minutes. He was immobilized by the training staff and taken to the hospital. Carroll had X-rays later in the day and the results were negative. He is expected to make a full recovery.

"Nolan Carroll had full use of his arms and legs, but he had pain in his neck so we had to be cautious," Friedgen said immediately after the scrimmage, according to the school's practice report. "He is experiencing concussion symptoms so he might be done for the rest of the spring. Hopefully he will be back."

The Terps have their spring game at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and Maryland fans won't be able to see their leading rusher.

"Dr. [Craig] Bennett thinks that Da'Rel Scott has a grade 1 ACL [strain]," Friedgen said. "So in two to three weeks he should be OK."

Around the ACC

April, 18, 2009

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Happy spring Saturday, ACC fans. We'll look closer at each school after spring ball is over, but a few reports have come in Saturday from spring games around the league. Here's a quick update, per each school's sports information director:

(Usually I go in alphabetical order, but I'm starting with NC State because of the large turnout in support of the late Kay Yow).


A crowd of 21,075 fans attended the Wolfpack's spring game, which was named in honor of the late Kay Yow. Each fan was asked to donate a dollar, and the day, according to Tim Peeler's report on, was as much a celebration of Yow's life as it was a spring football game.

Of course, there was also plenty of interest in how the quarterbacks, starter Russell Wilson and backup Mike Glennon, fared. Glennon was 23-of-38 for 272 yards and one touchdown, and competed for both teams. Wilson, who had to leave early for a baseball game, completed 10 of 14 passes for 195 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass to Owen Spencer. NC State's entire report can be found here.


Redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Renfree threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns to lead the White squad to a 24-17 victory over the Blue team in front of 4,162 fans at the annual spring game held Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.

"The game was crisp with few penalties," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "No one was sloppy with the football and I thought the game was intense. I told the players before the game that we are a good football team. I thought they played like one today. We had really good execution for the most part throughout the game."

Renfree completed 15-of-24 throws with touchdowns of 17 yards to wide receiver Matt Pridemore and 17 yards to tight end Danny Parker. Pridemore led the White team with five receptions for 67 yards while running back Patrick Kurunwune led all rushers with 66 yards on 13 attempts while hauling in four passes for an additional 67 yards. Running back Tony Jackson added a touchdown run and finished with 34 yards on six carries.

For the Blue unit, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis hit on 17 of 23 passes for 257 yards while rushing for a pair of one-yard touchdowns. His favorite target was wide receiver Donovan Varner who had six grabs for 116 yards.

"We went out there and executed," Lewis said. "We had some big plays today. The coaches put us in good situations. We can go to the tight ends over the middle and to our shifty guys who can get yards after the catch. If they leave our running backs open we can get the ball to those guys with space and let them do what they do best."

Duke's entire report can be found here.


A crowd of about 8,500 saw Jaybo Shaw and redshirt freshman quarterback Tevin Washington combine for five touchdowns.

Washington ran for two touchdowns, threw for another and the Gold team held off a late rally by the White team for a 31-28 victory in Georgia Tech's spring game. With junior quarterback Josh Nesbitt sidelined with a minor shoulder injury, Shaw scored three touchdowns and produced 263 yards of total offense for the White team, which scored two touchdowns in the final 3:30 to make things interesting down the stretch.

Washington finished with 43 yards rushing and was 7-of-10 passing for 167 yards.

"The best news is that no one got hurt," coach Paul Johnson said. "We put the ball on the ground today, but we are way ahead of where we were at this time last year."

The two teams combined for eight fumbles. Both teams also produced more than 400 yards of total offense. For the school's entire report, click here.


The Cavaliers unveiled their no-huddle offense for the first time this spring, and threw the ball 53 times while mixing in 57 running plays. The offense only scored two times though. Marc Verica, the starting quarterback for the nine games in 2008, completed 14 of 19 throws for 148 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to Raynard Horne.

The only other score by the offense came on a 48-yard run by tailback Mikell Simpson. He led all rushers with 64 yards.

Vic Hall, who started at quarterback in the 2008 finale at Virginia Tech, was the first signal-caller on the field with the offense. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 98 yards. Jameel Sewell, who did not play last year while not enrolled at the university, managed 61 yards while completing seven of 11 throws.

The Cavs entire report can be found here.

Check back for more on Monday.