ACC: Vaughn Telemaque

ACC pro days watch

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This month is filled with pro days across the ACC, and we're here to keep you updated with how the auditions have been going for those schools that provide releases. So far, Pittsburgh, Miami, Clemson and Syracuse have all held their pro days. Here's a look at some of their highlights:

CLEMSON
MIAMI
  • Twelve Miami seniors auditioned for 30 NFL scouts.
  • S Vaughn Telemaque recorded the highest vertical jump at 36 inches.
  • DL Darius Smith was the lone participant to break the 30-rep plateau, recording 33 reps of 225 pounds.
  • Both RB Mike James and DB Brandon McGee took their official NFL combine 40 times. WR Kendal Thompkins had the best 40 time at pro day with 4.37.
  • LB Ramon Buchanan had the best broad jump at 10 feet, 8 inches.
PITT
  • Twelve seniors worked out in front of scouts from 17 NFL teams, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
  • The highlight, according to the paper, was Ray Graham's improvement in the 40. Graham ran a disappointing time of 4.8 seconds at the NFL combine, but improved to a range of 4.58 to 4.62.
SYRACUSE
  • Fifteen former players participated in pro day in front of 29 NFL scouts.
  • "Deon Goggins today really lit it up," said SU assistant athletics director for athletic performance Will Hicks in the release. "I mean, he verticaled 37.5 [inches]. He ran in the high 4.7s, so he put himself on the map today. But he also did that in the all-star game [2013 NFLPA Collegiate Game], he played in. He had a caused fumble, a sack, a tackle for loss, but what he did today was show his speed."

Here is the remaining pro day schedule for the rest of the ACC:

TODAY
  • Maryland
THURSDAY
  • Georgia Tech
March 18
  • Wake Forest
March 19
  • Florida State
  • Virginia
March 20
  • NC State
  • Virginia Tech
  • Boston College
March 25
  • Duke
March 26
  • North Carolina

ACC's lunchtime links

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Just for fun, do a YouTube search for Minnesota and We Are ... Dancers.
When Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong was dismissed from the team earlier this summer, an obvious opening was created in the starting lineup.

Kacy Rodgers II just figured he would be next in line. Rodgers has been preparing since the spring to win a starting job in the defensive backfield, so losing Armstrong did not change much for him. He continued to push every day to become the starter, with different players competing against him.

So it is that Rodgers has a chance to be in the starting lineup when the season opens Saturday against Boston College. Rodgers is listed as the co-starter at safety with freshman Deon Bush on the latest depth chart the Hurricanes unveiled. Though neither player has ever started a game, they can rely on the experience of fellow safety Vaughn Telemaque, who has started 36 games in his Miami career.

"It's nice to look up to Vaughn," Rodgers said in a recent phone interview. "It's good to watch him work and he's helped better my understanding of the game. The game is a lot faster than practice, and just the way he approaches that, it's been nice to see and do that in my own game."

Rodgers was actually starting ahead of Telemaque in the spring and right next to Armstrong, so that is why he had grown used to the idea of becoming a starter for the Hurricanes. But with Armstrong gone, Rodgers has had to learn both safety positions. He has been getting the bulk of his work at strong safety, but said the positions are interchangeable in the Miami scheme.

"The way we're practicing, I'm prepared to play either safety," he said. "In our scheme, you have to know both so really just getting mroe reps doesn't matter."

Rodgers spent the summer really working on being a more physical and sure-handed tackler, while also learning how to shed blocks. He worked much harder in the weight room than he ever has, setting a personal record in the bench press, with 23 reps at 225 pounds. His previous personal best was 19.

He also added a few more pounds and is up to 212, about five more pounds than the spring. In all, Rodgers feel he has given himself the best opportunity to win the starting job. Headed into this season, his game experience has been limited to mostly special teams. He finished 2011 with just three tackles.

"Personally, I'd like to be someone the team can count on, someone the team feels confident in when he is in the game, a safety who can get the job done," Rodgers said. "I'd love to start. I just have to keep playing well. There's a safety right behind me that wants to start as well. Nothing is set in stone, but I want to and I hope I can."

Friday mailblog

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Leaving on Saturday for Greensboro, N.C. I'll check the mail before I go ...

Joanna writes: What are the chances that Dabo suspends Watkins for the Auburn game?

HD: The latest comments from Dabo Swinney are that Sammy Watkins "will sit, it's just a matter of how long." I'm sure he'll get asked about it again at media days, but it sounds like Watkins could see the field at some point against Auburn.


Alex in Douglasville, GA. writes: Hi Heather,What kind of message do you think Dabo sends if he only suspends Sammy for a quarter or two? I am a huge Tiger fan and would hate to see "The Deuce" gone for longer, but realistically should he at least suspend him for a game?

HD: Well, it's hard to say from the outside. Has he done everything Swinney and law enforcement officers have asked of him? Has he been apologetic? Was it his first offense? Has Swinney had Watkins running bleachers at 5 a.m., or taking an extra study hall, or doing other things we might not know about to atone for his mistake? It's been a long time since the incident occured on May 4. That's plenty of time to pay some dues. So it's very possible a quarter or a half might be appropriate.


Michael Goetschius in Sergeant Bluff/IA writes: I'm a big Canes fan., How will this situation with Ray ray Armstrong effect the canes this year. they were sighted as having one of the best safty squads this year

HD: Yeah, the duo of Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque was billed to be one of the best in the country, but that never materialized and now it never will. It's a waste of talent if you ask me. Instead, the Canes will turn to A.J. Highsmith, who made the switch from backup quarterback to safety last year. He was No. 2 on the depth chart this spring behind Armstrong. The Canes also have junior Kacy Rodgers and senior Andrew Swasey, and they recruited seven defensive backs in the 2012 class. This is not a team that can afford to lose any more starters.


steven in miami writes: Heather, Appreciate all you do insofar as reporting and analysis. This question comes from a while ago and since I havent seen anything written lately I thought I would ask you: What is status of ACC, Orange Bowl and Notre Dame partnership....has anything moved forward. And would the ACC take Notre Dame's other sports if there was not a plan in place for football to join league in next 3-5 years.

HD: Thanks. No news, Steven, other than confirmation that the ACC has had discussions with Notre Dame about the possibility of an Orange Bowl partnership. I'm not sure how much interest the ACC would have in Notre Dame's other sports, but I'm sure the commissioner will get plenty of Notre Dame questions on Sunday at the ACC football kickoff. I'll give you any updates from there, so check back on Sunday evening.


Newtondt in Birmingham, AL writes: Heather,Any thoughts on potential B1G/ACC football matchup that is being debated over on the B1G blog? With ACC going to 9 league games (probably a mistake), I just don't see this happening. You?

HD: I wrote about this a little bit on Thursday, and basically said the ACC and Big Ten need to find a way to work it out. You're right: Georgia Tech, FSU and Clemson would probably have the biggest hang-ups about it with the nine-game schedule because of their built-in SEC rivals. I don't blame them. But if the leagues worked out some sort of rotation where they didn't have to do it every season, or only the Atlantic one year and the Coastal the next or something ... I think it would be well worth it for the fans and the conferences. I also think that if both leagues were seriously considering a scheduling partnership, it would be worth the ACC's time to go back and rethink the nine-game schedule. Maybe just scrap that in favor of a partnership with the Big Ten?


Paul Andrew in Angier,NC writes: I applaud you for continuing to point out the depth of the scandal at UNC. Why do you think so many in the media and the NCAA continue to ignore the academic fraud that has been documented? The academic fraud is far more serious than a player taking money from an agent. Why is the media so quiet on the school and Butch Davis not wanting his cell phone records released?

HD: I can't believe what has happened at Carolina. I can't believe the imaginary classes and the academic fraud and the laundry list of violations at a place that used to have such a shiny academic reputation. A big reason I don't think it's getting a lot of attention, though, is because the NCAA doesn't seem too interested in it. The bigger question is why isn't the NCAA interested anymore? Well, maybe because it's hard to prove that athletes were the target of these classes? I have no idea, but if the NCAA were nosing around, I don't doubt the media would suddenly become more interested. Right now it seems more academic than athletic. That doesn't mean that perception is correct.

ACC's most experienced starters

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Had former Boston College running back Montel Harris not been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, the Eagles would have had the two most experienced returning starters in the ACC. Even without Harris, though, BC still has the league's leading veteran in tight end Chris Pantale, who has the most career starts of any ACC returnee this fall at any positions. Pantale enters 2012 with 38 career starts. NC State and North Carolina also have some experience returning.

Here's a look at the ACC's leading returning veterans, according to the ACC:

1. Chris Pantale, Boston College, Sr., TE: 38 starts

2. Dalton Freeman, Clemson, Sr., C: 36

2. Vaughn Telemaque, Miami, Sr., SS: 36

4. Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, Sr., G: 35

5. Brandan Bishop, NC State, Sr., SS: 33

6. Conner Vernon, Duke, Sr., WR: 32

7. Rashard Hall, Clemson, Sr., FS: 31

7. Kevin Reddick, North Carolina, Sr., LB: 31

9. Erik Highsmith, North Carolina, Sr., WR: 30

9. R.J. Mattes, NC State, Sr., T: 30

9. Earl Wolff, NC State, Sr. SS: 30

Miami spring wrap

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2011 overall record: 6-6
2011 conference record: 3-5 (T-4th, Coastal)
Returning starters: Offense: 4; defense: 6; kicker/punter: 2

Top returners
WR Allen Hurns, TE Clive Walford, RT Jon Feliciano, RG Brandon Linder, DE Anthony Chickillo, DT Darius Smith, LB James Gaines, LB Denzel Perryman, CB Brandon McGee, S Vaughn Telemaque

Key losses
WR Travis Benjamin, WR Tommy Streeter, LT Brandon Washington, LG Harland Gunn, C Tyler Horn, QB Jacory Harris, RB Lamar Miller, DE Marcus Robinson, DT Adewale Ojomo, LB Sean Spence, CB Mike Williams, S JoJo Nicolas

2011 statistical leaders (* returners)

Rushing: Lamar Miller (1,271 yards)
Passing: Jacory Harris (2,486 yards)
Receiving: Tommy Streeter (811 yards)
Tackles: Sean Spence (106)
Sacks: Anthony Chickillo*/Marcus Robinson (5)
Interceptions: JoJo Nicolas (2)

Spring answers

1. Ryan Williams can challenge Stephen Morris: Williams received most of the spring reps with Morris sidelined, and the Memphis transfer should enter preseason camp with a chance to overtake Morris for the No. 1 spot. That's all the Hurricanes can hope for with Morris recovering from back surgery.

2. The defense should be OK: Yes, some of that ugly 7-6 final from the spring game has to be blamed on putrid offense, but the defense deserves plenty of credit for forcing five turnovers. The unit also forced 10 sacks and picked off three passes in the team's March 30 scrimmage. The Canes return six starters from a defense that ranked 17th nationally in scoring in 2011.

3. Running backs stepping up: Al Golden has praised Mike James and Eduardo Clements this spring for both their performances on the field and their leadership off it. A strong showing from the duo will certainly ease the loss of Lamar Miller, but that could depend more on the progress of the offensive line than anything else.

Fall questions

1. What will Morris be like upon return? No one wants to lose his job to injury, and Morris surely noticed the performance of Williams this spring. Morris was able to take reps toward the end of spring without pads, which is certainly encouraging, but how he fares against defenses remains to be seen.

2. How soon can newcomers contribute? Golden landed the nation's No. 8 recruiting class for 2012, and many of the rookies can't get to campus soon enough. Miami lost 30 players this past season and has questions at receiver, in the secondary and along the offensive line. Spots could be there for the taking, so seeing which newcomers step up early will be interesting.

3. About that elephant in the room … Coaches and players will repeat that they only worry about what they can control, but the black cloud from the Nevin Shapiro scandal won't stop looming over the program until the NCAA delivers its ruling. The day that comes will be a welcome relief for the program, dark as that day may be. But if Golden could lure the No. 8 recruiting class despite the scandal, imagine what he could do once it subsides.
Six ACC schools held their spring games this past Saturday, with colleagues Mark Schlabach and Ivan Maisel doubling as coaches in Florida State's scrimmage. Here's a look at three of the other spring games. (Don't worry, UNC and Clemson fans, we'll have you covered later this afternoon.)

WAKE FOREST
Josh Harris went a long way to showing he is completely healthy this spring, rushing for 40 yards and two scores on six carries to help lead the White team to a 21-10 win over the Black squad. Harris played in just five full games last season because of a hamstring injury, limiting his production to 432 yards for his sophomore season.

"He looked like Josh Harris and that's what I like," coach Jim Grobe said. "He had two or three inside runs, he wasn't trying to bounce everything to the perimeter. I loved his touchdown run down in the red zone, I thought he got north and just powered his way up into the end zone and if we can get him to do that all the time — we know he has a chance to be special, but today it looked like he had a little bit of determination and a little bit of pop and was getting up inside, which I like, I like guys that don't mind running inside."

A.J. Marshall, transitioning to safety from cornerback, also had a strong spring game, intercepting two passes, taking the second one back 58 yards with less than a minute remaining to seal the deal for the White squad.

"The key to the game today was turnovers," Grobe said. "The offense needs to take better care of [the ball], but if the defense keeps taking it away like that we'll be a pretty good defensive football team."

MIAMI
The final score — the Orange team beat the Green team, 7-6 — says it all about the Hurricanes' spring game Saturday. Ryan Williams was 15 of 27 for 169 yards but threw a pair of picks for the Orange team. For the Green side, Gray Crow also threw two picks.

Thomas Finnie, Brandon McGee, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque were responsible for the interceptions.

Mike James' five-yard touchdown run with 4:19 left marked was the game's only touchdown. He finished with 57 yards on 15 carries.

Finnie walked away with the team's special teams most improved player award for the spring, with Rashawn Scott (most improved - offense), Shayon Green (most improved - defense) and Garrett Kidd (walk-on) taking home the other spring honors.

VIRGINIA
Mike London was not shy this spring when talking about his team's need for explosive plays. So the Cavaliers coach must have been all smiles when Orange team quarterback Michael Rocco connected with Jake McGee for a 47-yard score on the fourth play from scrimmage Saturday. The Orange (made up of mostly offensive starters) beat the White (defensive starters), 20-17.

"We are going to continue to make downfield throws and try to get the ball in the hands of as many guys as possible," London said. "There is an emphasis on explosive plays, plays that move the ball beyond 15 yards. We have guys that can run, that were athletes and track runners in high school, and we are going to find ways to get them the ball."

Of the reported 500 yards totaled in the game, 410 came through the air.

Virginia also announced its spring award winners and 2012 captains, with Will Hill and Dominique Terrell taking home hardware for most improved honors. Demetrious Nicholson was honored for his classroom, field and community success during his first year. Billy Schautz and Jake Snyder shared academic honors, and Tim Smith was recognized for his work in the weight room.

Hill will serve as a captain this fall, along with Perry Jones, Oday Aboushi and LaRoy Reynolds. Jones was a captain last season as well.

ACC's lunchtime links

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Some hockey game in Pennsylvania yesterday, huh?
Miami released yet another spring depth chart heading into this past weekend. That's the third since a month ago, when coach Al Golden released a depth chart to spring practice.

A.J. Highsmith, who was the No. 1 strong safety when the previous depth chart was released a week earlier, is now listed as an "or" with Vaughn Telemaque. Gionni Paul and Tyrone Cornileus also have an "or" between them at one outside linebacker spot, as do Brandon McGee and Thomas Finnie at cornerback.

Sean Harvey has vaulted to the No. 1 fullback spot because of injuries.

The depth chart can be viewed in its entirety here.

Also worth noting is that quarterback Stephen Morris took reps in drills for the first time this spring, during the Hurricanes' 12th spring practice Thursday. Recovering from back surgery, Morris did not wear pads.

Andrea Adelson talks to the defensive back about spring practice and expectations for the season.
Four former Miami football players were among the eight athletes inducted Thursday into the school's sports Hall of Fame.

Ray Bellamy, Ed Reed, Bryant McKinnie and Rich Mercier were all enshrined, and Reed and McKinnie now join Ravens teammate Ray Lewis as Miami Hall of Famers on the same roster.

Getting in with a current teammate was all the more special for McKinnie. From the Sun-Sentinel's Steve Gorten:
"Winning the [2001] national championship with Ed, 10 years later joining the same [NFL] team and then we're both entering the Hall of Fame at the same time...I wasn't expecting when I first got here to the University of Miami to be able to walk away and actually be inducted into the Hall of Fame," McKinnie said. "Winning a national championship was a big enough deal for me, but then to have this honor to add to it makes it even better."

As for this year's team, the Hurricanes will hold their second spring scrimmage Friday night, in Fort Myers. The team released a new depth chart prior to it, which can be found here.

A.J. Highsmith is the most noticeable of the first-teamers, as he is now ahead of Vaughn Telemaque and Andrew Swasey at strong safety.
We’ve already taken a look at what the recruiting needs were for the Atlantic Division. Let’s shift our attention to the Coastal Division. Here’s a look at where each school’s biggest holes will be in 2012 or are anticipated to be in the near future:

DUKE


Offensive skill positions: After last year’s rare class that didn’t include either a quarterback or running back, both positions are needed in this group. Quarterback Thomas Sirk -- the MVP of the 57th annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic last December -- has already enrolled in school while Shaquille Powell -- a PARADE All-American running back from Las Vegas -- has committed to the program. In addition, with David Cutcliffe’s offense, wide receivers and tight ends also are a priority.

Kicker: Will Snyderwine, who earned first team All-America honors as a junior before struggling through a sub-par season in 2011, graduated, but Duke has a commitment from Ohio native Ross Martin, considered the No. 2 placekicking prospect in the country by ESPN.com.

Safety: With the transition to a 4-2-5 alignment that utilizes three safeties, this becomes an annual point of emphasis. The Blue Devils lose All-American Matt Daniels to graduation.

GEORGIA TECH


Defensive line: This is the most glaring need in the current class. The Yellow Jackets have to replace senior starters Logan Walls (DT) and Jason Peters (DE), but return Izaan Cross (DE) and solid backups T.J. Barnes (DT), Emmanuel Dieke (DE) and Euclid Cummings (DE). The Jackets are expected to sign about 18 players in this year’s class, and five of them should be defensive linemen.

Wide receiver:This is another glaring need after the departures of Stephen Hill, who decided to leave early for the NFL draft, and Tyler Melton. Darren Waller and Jeff Greene, who both played last season as true freshmen, have lots of potential, but the position still needs depth.


MIAMI

Defensive backs: There’s still a lot of depth with this group, and the return of Ray-Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque helps, but the Canes have to replace two starters in the secondary and have six commits in the current class to help do that.

Defensive line: The Canes have to replace Adewale Ojomo, Micanor Regis, Andrew Smith and Olivier Vernon from last year’s two-deep. The defensive end position was a particular focus in this class.

Receiver: This position lost a lot with the departures of Tommy Streeter, LaRon Byrd and Travis Benjamin. Allen Hurns is now the veteran of the group, along with redshirt senior Kendal Thompkins. There are five receivers currently committed in this class.

Quarterback: Beyond Stephen Morris, Miami has a lot of questions at the position and not a lot of experience. True freshmen Gray Crow and Preston Dewey are already on the roster, along with redshirt sophomore Ryan Williams.

NORTH CAROLINA

Defensive line: This is one of the biggest areas of concern after the departures of Quinton Coples and Tydreke Powell.

Receivers: Larry Fedora’s offense will make good use of this group, but he needs to replace standout Dwight Jones.

Linebackers: This group was thin to begin with in 2011, and now the Heels need to replace outgoing senior Zach Brown. Kevin Reddick is now the main man.

Safety: UNC will have to replace two starters in Matt Merletti, Charles Brown and Jonathan Smith, so this position will have to be rebuilt for the future.

VIRGINIA

Defensive back: This should be the main priority in this class. The Cavaliers will lose four DBs, including two starting safeties in Rodney McCleod and Corey Mosley, and standout cornerback Chase Minnifield. They’ll also miss Dom Joseph, who came in for the nickel packages. Demetrious Nicholson, who started as a true freshman last year, is suddenly the veteran of the group.

Offensive line: The Hoos will have to replace their starting center and left guard. Redshirt freshman center Cody Wallace could get a promotion, and sophomore right guard Luke Bowanko started in the bowl game. They’ve got some big bodies waiting in the wings, but they’ll have some questions to answer here this spring.

Kickers: This position needs to be rebuilt, as the Cavaliers lose Robert Randolph, who finished sixth all time in scoring at UVa, kickoff specialist Chris Hinkebein, and four-year punter Jimmy Howell. The position is wide open heading into the spring.

VIRGINIA TECH

Running back: This one is a no-brainer, as the Hokies have lost four players here in the past two years. David Wilson and his backup, Josh Oglesby, were the latest to depart, and Tony Gregory just had ACL surgery and is out for the spring. The staff likes Michael Holmes, who redshirted last year, and J.C. Coleman enrolled last week.

Receiver: The Hokies will miss Danny Coale and Jarrett Boykin, and next year’s class has three seniors in Dyrell Roberts, D.J. Coles, and Marcus Davis. The future of the position is young, and the staff is still going after several uncommitted players pretty hard.

Defensive line: This year’s class already includes at least five committed defensive linemen, and the Hokies will be particularly thin at noseguard. They had some players graduate early who didn’t play a lot, but at least provided depth.

Linebacker:The Hokies have four committed, and are still chasing another just to build the depth. The staff missed on some recruits at this position last year and would like to make up for it in this class.

Miami can still be a contender

August, 30, 2011
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Miami can finally move on.

The biggest question of the offseason in the ACC -- who will play for the Hurricanes and who will not when Miami lines up against Maryland on Labor Day -- has been answered.

The NCAA has mandated that defensive lineman Olivier Vernon will sit out six games, while Ray-Ray Armstrong and tight end Dyron Dye will miss four games apiece. Quarterback Jacory Harris, Sean Spence, Travis Benjamin, Marcus Forston and Adewale Ojomo all must sit out one game.

Cornerbacks Brandon McGee and JoJo Nicolas, defensive tackle Micanor Regis, safety Vaughn Telemaque and linebacker Marcus Robinson have been cleared by the NCAA to play.

There are your 13 players whose eligibility was in question.

Now, not only can Miami prepare for Maryland this week confident in its starting lineup, it can also move forward knowing the majority of its roster will be intact for the most critical games of the season. This could have been a lot worse for the Canes, but they’ve got a capable starting quarterback in Stephen Morris, and the majority of top players will miss no more than the season opener. Maryland is Miami’s lone conference opponent in the first four weeks, so the Canes will almost be at full strength when they need to be the most -- for the Oct. 8 game at Virginia Tech.

Miami is still very much in the Coastal Division race.

The Canes’ season could have been over before it started, but this is a very manageable punishment for a team loaded with talent. It's not over yet -- the Hurricanes could still face more sanctions as the NCAA continues to investigate. There's no reason to believe this will be fully resolved faster than any of the other NCAA investigations, but as far as the impact it will have on the field this season, Labor Day will be the worst of it.

The biggest hits will obviously come against the Terps, but mainly on the defensive side, as the offense will be missing only two starters. Defensively, Andrew Smith steps in for Vernon. It’s not NFL talent, but Smith is experienced and more than capable of handling the job. He played in 11 games last season and had three sacks. Marcus Robinson, a senior who played in 10 games last season, is another veteran who fills in at the other end spot. Nicolas moved from corner to safety to take over for Armstrong, but Nicolas has played safety the majority of his career anyway -- including 10 starts at the position last season.

The biggest drop off will be at linebacker, where Jordan Futch replaces Spence, but we’re only talking about one game.

No, this is not an ideal way for Al Golden to start his career at Miami, but so far, these suspensions don’t look like they’ll stand in the way of him making a case to finish his first season strong.

Summer summary: Miami

August, 25, 2011
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Our summer series continues today taking a look back at the highlights from summer camp for each team in the ACC. Miami is up next, and while the NCAA investigation has no doubt been one of the biggest stories in all of college football, let’s go ahead and focus on what Miami has accomplished on the field this month:

  • The quarterback competition has been a dead heat. In the most recent scrimmage, seven yards separated Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris. Both of them have performed similarly with completions, attempts, touchdowns, interceptions, and other relevant statistics kept by the coaching staff.
  • Freshmen, redshirt freshmen and transfer players have performed well enough in summer camp to earn significant playing time. Mike Williams, who transferred from Wake Forest, could earn a starting job in the secondary. Receiver Phillip Dorsett has been very poised and could also be a starter. Tommy Streeter is more confident now, and those within the program sense his summer success will translate into games. Anthony Chickillo has also likely earned himself some meaningful snaps on the defensive line.
  • The offensive line has been a highlight, as the players have been moving well and working well together. Tyler Horn has taken on a leadership role, not only for the line, but the offense and entire team as well. Seantrel Henderson’s back injury was the most notable injury of the summer, and there’s still no timetable for when he’ll return.
  • Safety Vaughn Telemaque has had a particularly impressive summer, and overall, the entire team has been closer than usual, and hung out together more off the field.

Kiper's top five juniors, seniors by position

July, 11, 2011
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ESPN's Mel Kiper recently listed his top five juniors and seniors by position, and the ACC got some love. You'll notice two trends here: a) The same schools keep popping up and b) Lotta linemen. North Carolina could be scary good. (I said that last year, too ... )

Check it out:

SENIORS
No. 3 RB, Montel Harris, Boston College
No. 3 FB, Taylor Gentry, NC State
No. 4 FB, Devon Ramsay, North Carolina
No. 2 TE, George Bryan, NC State
No. 4 OT, Andrew Datko, Florida State
No. 1. DE, Quinton Coples, North Carolina
No. 2 DE, Andre Branch, Clemson
No. 2 DT, Tydreke Powell, North Carolina
No. 4 DT, Brandon Thompson, Clemson
No. 3 OLB, Zach Brown, North Carolina
No. 5 OLB, Sean Spence, Miami
No. 5 CB, Donnie Fletcher, Boston College
No. 2 S, Kenny Tate, Maryland (has moved to linebacker this season)
No. 5 P, Ryan Quigley, Boston College

JUNIORS
No. 5 RB, Andre Ellington, Clemson
No. 4 FB, Lonnie Pryor, Florida State
No. 1 TE, Dwayne Allen, Clemson
No. 3 OG, Brandon Washington, Miami
No. 1 DE, Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina
No. 2 DE, Brandon Jenkins, Florida State
No. 2 DT, Marcus Forston, Miami
No. 2 ILB, Luke Kuechly, Boston College
No. 5 ILB, Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech
No. 5 OLB, Terrell Manning, NC State
No. 3 CB, Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
No. 1 S, Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami
No. 5 S, Vaughn Telemaque, Miami
No. 1 K Dustin Hopkins, Florida State

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