ACC: Tielor Robinson

What to watch in the ACC: Week 11

November, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

1. North Carolina's losing winning trend. In all six of their wins this season, North Carolina has had to trail before they have won. And the two losses? They were winning most of the way. UNC seems to be at its best when the pressure is on.

2. How Georgia Tech's offensive line fares without Andrew Gardner for the first time in 48 games. They Yellow Jackets will depend heavily on Nick Claytor and Austin Barrick. Both of them played significant snaps against Florida State, but nobody on the line has the experience Gardner had.

3. Turnovers in Chapel Hill. Georgia Tech has the nation's leader in interceptions in Morgan Burnett. But North Carolina leads the nation in interceptions. Fortunately for the Yellow Jackets, they don't throw the ball that much. They have been known to fumble it once or twice, though.

4. Wake Forest's defensive line against Virginia's offensive line. In order to have a chance at winning, the Demon Deacons need to stop Cedric Peerman. In order to do that, they've gotta get past NFL prospect Eugene Monroe.

5. Virginia tailback Cedric Peerman. Peerman took the first fumble of his career last week against Miami pretty hard. He's the heart of the offense in terms of leadership, so they'll need him to bounce back quickly.

6. Duke running back Clifford Harris. He filled in for injured fullback Tielor Robinson at Wake Forest and scored two touchdowns. He's very football-savvy and has the ability to play both fullback and tailback, and can catch the ball out of the backfield.

7. Florida State's kickoff coverage team against C.J. Spiller. The Noles are allowing 21 yards per return, and Spiller is second in the ACC with a 31.9 return yard average and one touchdown.

8. Turnovers in Tallahassee. Unlike Georgia Tech and North Carolina who take the ball away, these two teams give it away. Clemson and FSU are the ACC's two worst teams in terms of turnover margin. FSU is minus-4 and Clemson is minus-9. Clemson has had 10 turnovers in its past two games.

9. Boston College pass defense against Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen. The Eagles have the nation's No. 12 pass efficiency defense while Notre Dame is 18th nationally in passing offense.

10. The big picture. Nobody can really afford to lose anymore, but Florida State, Georgia Tech and North Carolina seem to have the most to lose this weekend. The Noles are still trying to become bowl eligible, and the Yellow Jackets and Tar Heels are both trying to avoid their third Coastal Division loss. Wake Forest, Boston College and Virginia can all become bowl eligible this weekend.

ACC in the morning, Part II: Beamer loyal to Stinespring

September, 10, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

I've gotten a ton of questions in the mailbag from fans expressing displeasure with Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring. A ton. Here are a few samples:

Jason, in Arlington, writes: Heather, you ought to talk with Kyle Tucker and ask about the past few days in Blacksburg!! Heat is getting turned up on Beamer and Stinespring, grass roots campaign style!

Alexander, in Blacksburg, writes: you rank the teams you rank the head coaches rank the OC's and the DC's Stinespring needs to be pushed out interestingly..he is the o-line coach, and our o-line has been shakey the last few seasons..no only his he predictable he's the source of our offensive weakness-the o-line. I hope you cover these topics soon

Somebody writes: are you going to help us dismantle stinespring or not?..he needs to go..we can't win with him

Dennis, in Torrance, CA, writes: ... And could you please ask Coach Beamer why Stinespring's name is still on a Hokie Office Door?

Yes, I'm ignoring you, because it's not something I feel comfortable passing judgment on right now. However, Frank Beamer has made it clear that Stinespring is his guy.

So you can complain all you want -- the mailbag is there for you to vent, cry, laugh, whatever -- but it doesn't look like things are going to change anytime soon. Other than the fact that Beamer is firing back at his critics.

Elsewhere in the league ...

Blue Devils choose captains

August, 18, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Duke running back Re'quan Boyette might be out indefinitely, but he's not out of the picture.

Boyette was voted by his teammates as one of the Blue Devils' four team captains this season, along with linebacker Vincent Rey, tight end Tielor Robinson and linebacker Michael Tauiliili.

Boyette, the team's leading rusher each of the past two seasons, has an undisclosed knee injury. It's not clear yet if he'll return.

"We picked four guys who want to go out and lead on and off the field," Boyette said in a team release. "We want to go out and do the right thing on and off the field. To take something from Coach (David) Cutcliffe, leading and winning is an 'all-the-time thing.'"

Duke's running game takes some hits

August, 15, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Duke running backs coach Zac Roper might have the toughest job on the staff right now. Leading rusher and senior Re'quan Boyette is still being evaluated after having cartilage surgery on his left knee, and his backup, senior Clifford Harris, has a minor hamstring pull.

"We thought we were going to have two seniors that were going to take most of the reps," Roper said. "Obviously we think those guys will get back as quickly as they can, and when those two guys get back everything will be back to normal, but we're trying to add as much depth as we can."

Here's a breakdown of what Roper has to work with:

  • Harris has played fullback and tailback, and he knows the system and is also a good special teams player. He's been out of contract drills for three days now, though, and they need him back as soon as possible.
  • Sophomore Tony Jackson has been getting the most reps. In the spring, the staff wanted to add some firepower to the position and thought Jackson's speed would help, so they moved him from safety. He proved it was a the right move with a 75-yard touchdown run in the spring game. Jackson is still learning pass protection, but understands what the staff wants scheme-wise and has some explosiveness. He'll be getting most of the reps, but has had limited contact this week because of an upper body injury.
  • Freshman Jay Hollingsworth, a local player from Sanford, N.C., runs with good natural pad leverage and was listed as the No. 76 running back in the nation by ESPN.com.
  • Patrick Kurunwune of Austin, Texas, has been getting increased reps and continues to learn.
  • Cameron Jones, a redshirt freshman, hasn't played yet, but just about everyone else in his family has, so he knows he's got a tradition to uphold. His father, Cedric, was a standout receiver at Duke; his brother, Colin, is a redshirt freshman cornerback; and his uncle, Walter Jones, was a leading receiver at Duke during the Blue Devils' 1989 ACC championship team. Oh, and his cousin, Tielor Robinson, is a senior fullback and his mom, Melanie Davis-Jones, also went to school here.

Best-case scenario? Clifford Harris comes back ASAP.

Around the ACC -- updates from today's practices

August, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Checking in from the heart of ACC country. I'll be talking to Tar Heels tomorrow, but first a look around what happened throughout the rest of the league Tuesday, according to team practice reports:

DUKE

  • The Blue Devils had a 55-snap situational scrimmage this afternoon.

Highlights

  • Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completed nine-of-13 passes for 92 yards and scored on a one-yard run.
  • Backup QB Zack Asack completed six-of-14 throws for 67 yards and one touchdown, and he rushed four times for 55 yards.
  • Freshman running back Jay Hollingsworth had 54 yards on 10 carries, including a 26-yard touchdown.
  • Four Blue Devils -- Raphael Chestnut, Brett Huffman, Tielor Robinson and Johnny Williams -- caught two passes each and Jeremy Ringfield caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from Asack.
  • Adrian Aye-Darko had an interception and Eddie Morgan recovered one fumble.

Quoteable:

"Out of this situational scrimmage we got a couple of two minute drills that were pretty dynamic," coach David Cutcliffe said. "We got some short yardage and goal line work. We got a lot of third down work which I thought was good. The offense made some big plays to move the ball down the field and then turned it over on a forced error by the defense. All in all there was a little bit more give and take in this scrimmage than on Saturday. The one glaring thing is we have to find somebody who can run the football. The loss of Re'quan Boyette for the time being has put a damper on our run game."


BOSTON COLLEGE

  • Senior Kevin Akins, who was recently moved from linebacker to corner, had two interceptions.
  • Junior Rich Gunnell scampered for a long touchdown catch down the right sideline, and sophomore Ifeanyi Momah made a leap over the corner for an impressive catch.
  • Freshman Colin Larmond Jr. also grabbed a long reception on the left side with a defender on his hip.

FLORIDA STATE

  • There was a torrential rainstorm that made it tough for the offense to handle the ball through 12 periods.
  • New football equipment manager Darin Kerns, a veteran of the Tampa Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs, believes FSU has the best helmet in college football (as do many of the nation's fans, according the ESPN.com's 'Helmet Clash' contest). When he came to Tallahassee and saw the team's practice helmet without a spear on the side he decided to immediately rectify that matter and the spear is now on FSU's practice helmets.
  • The blocking drill was highlighted by Corey Surrency's crushing block on Ochuko Jenije that ended up with the junior receiver being swarmed by teammates and his position coach Lawrence Dawsey.
  • Team inside -- which is usually a running drill and only features everyone but the receivers and DBs -- featured the receivers for one period as Drew Weatherford connected with Taiwan Easterling, something you usually don't see during inside drills. Weatherford ran for a TD and Antone Smith had a nice run as well.
  • Kevin McNeil, who had some academic issues, returned to practice and could contribute on the defensive line.

Quoteable:

"Kevin McNeil was back out there today," coach Bobby Bowden said. "Of course they have to go back to the very beginning of the acclimation process -- two days in shorts, two days in shells and then into full (pads). We are going to bring him along slow. I don't think any other new guys got back out there. I'm sure they are all waiting for clearance before they go out there."

GEORGIA TECH

  • The offense worked mainly on short-yardage passing and goal-line offense during its team drills today. The defense worked on passing situations, mainly on short-yard coverage. The Yellow Jackets ended practice by working on situations they might face in overtime.

Highlights:

  • Freshman quarterback Jaybo Shaw threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to true freshman Jonathan Lockhart.
  • Sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt returned the favor on his squad's first play with a 25-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman A-back Roddy Jones. After the first-team offense failed an attempted field goal on the ensuing drive, the second team won the game soon after as redshirt junior Mohamed Yahiaoui made a 30-yard field goal.

VIRGINIA TECH

  • The Hokies had their first of three scrimmages today, and they went 78 plays without any serious injuries.

Stats

  • Quarterback Sean Glennon completed 6-of-10 passes for 49 yards and Tyrod Taylor completed 6-of-10 for 20 yards.
  • Running back Josh Oglesby had five carries for 65 yards and one touchdown; Darren Evans: 7-26, and Ryan Williams 7-20.
  • Prince Parker led all receivers with three catches for 19 yards.
  • Defensively, corner Eddie Whitley had six tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. Orion Martin had five tackles, including two tackles for loss.
  • Matt Waldron made three field goals (35 yards, 25, 38).

Highlights:

  • Macho Harris: Two blocked field goals.
  • Oglesby: blocked punt, 34-yard touchdown run.

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