ACC: Tevaris Johnson
Strongest position: Wide receiver
Key returnees: Leonard Hankerson, LaRon Byrd, Travis Benjamin
Key departures: None.
The skinny: Despite the unimpressive performances in Saturday’s scrimmage, this is still one of the deepest groups in the ACC. Miami returns its three leading receivers from a year ago, including Hankerson, who had the most receiving yards (801) since Andre Johnson in 2002. Five receivers had at least 200 yards each last year, including Thearon Collier and Aldarius Johnson.
Weakest position: Tight end
Key returnees: Richard Gordon
Key departures: Jimmy Graham, Tervaris Johnson, Dedrick Epps
The skinny: This is where Miami will lose some of its receiving yards from a year ago, as this departed trio combined for 44 catches. Gordon, a senior with only four career starts who was injured the majority of last year, is one of just two tight ends the Canes have at spring practice. Redshirt freshman Billy Sanders is the other. Miami signed four tight ends in this recruiting class, but none of them were early enrollees.
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Here are the reports that came in from Wednesday's practices around the league, as reported by each school's sports information office:
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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Five suspended players seems like a lot.
It would be, if any of them had committed any serious offenses, which they haven't.
The folks at Miami are intent on changing their image. The problem is, coach Randy Shannon hasn't come out and said why these players are suspended for the Emerald Bowl, and privacy rules prevent him from doing that. A source close to the program confirmed, though, that these are minor infractions. They're "team violations" some other coaches in the country would punish in the form of extra running, or other workouts.
Shannon is enforcing his rules with playing time, the one thing players value most.
He is holding his players accountable, and clearly none of them are above Shanon's law, as suspended players range from the starting quarterback to the longsnapper.
Chris Ivory has snapped for punts in the past 11 games, quarterback Robert Marve was suspended for missing three classes and being late to a fourth, and tight ends Richard Gordon and Tevaris Johnson were also suspended violating a team rule. Gordon and Johnson were both contributors on special teams, and freshman linebacker Jordan Futch, who was also suspended, was injured most of the year and probably wouldn't have played anyway.
So with the exception of Marve and Ivory, the suspensions should have a minimal effect on the actual game.
The intent, though, is to have a lasting effect in the future.