Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ACC fans. Being that I’ve got a quarter Irish in me, I couldn’t let the holiday go by without acknowledging it. Besides, there’s an Irishman in this conference who could use a little luck in 2010. Thanks in large part to injuries, NC State coach Tom O’Brien has been one of the unluckiest guys in the conference since he came to Raleigh, and he’s got two of the greenest position groups this spring. (Did you know that in 2005, O’Brien received the John F. Kennedy National Award, given to “an outstanding American of Irish descent for distinguished service to God and country?”)
Since it’s a good day to be green, here’s a look at the ACC’s youngest and most inexperienced groups throughout the conference:
1. NC State’s defensive line: The Pack have to replace all four starters up front, including two of the top five tacklers from a year ago, Willie Young and Alan Michael Cash.
2. NC State’s running backs: For the first time since 2005, the Pack don’t have any tailbacks with starting experience.
3. FSU’s secondary: Aside from Ochuko Jenije, none of the defensive backs have played more than one season.
4. Miami tight ends: There are only two participating in spring practice, and one is a redshirt freshman. The Canes signed four in this recruiting class, but none were early enrollees.
5. Wake Forest quarterbacks: The Deacs will replace the winningest quarterback in school history with somebody who has never had any starting experience. Ted Stachitas is the veteran of the group, with one series against Elon.