Five newcomers to watch in the ACC this spring

February, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

With a new season comes new faces and the potential for new stars. Redshirt freshmen, transfers and early enrollees will all have a chance to contribute. Here are five newcomers worth watching this spring:

Virginia Tech tailback Ryan Williams -- After expecting to play as a true freshman and then redshirting last season, Williams is eager to show what he can do. He was a member of the 2008 ESPN 150 and rated the No. 4 running back in the country by ESPN.com. Williams rushed for over 3,000 yards during his career as a four-year starter at Stonewall Jackson High School.

Miami redshirt freshman receiver Tommy Streeter -- He was part of last year's eight-man recruiting class from nearby Miami Northwestern High, and one of Jacory Harris' favorite targets in high school. Streeter had wrist surgery last year, though, and missed the season. At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Streeter is quick and can take off for significant yardage after the catch.

Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins -- Sure, E.J. Manuel will be fun to watch compete against Christian Ponder at quarterback this spring, but Manuel doesn't have to replace the Lou Groza Award winner. Hopkins, rated by ESPN.com as the nation's No. 1 high school kicker, could be called upon immediately to replace Graham Gano. He has a strong leg and his kickoffs are deep or out of the end zone.

Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker -- He redshirted last season, but Parker is first-team All-ACC in baseball so he is used to being in the limelight and someone the team relies on. Parker was rated the No. 4 quarterback in the 2008 class behind Terrelle Pryor, Dayne Crist and Mike Glennon. Parker was the No. 34 recruit in the 2008 ESPN 150 and our analysts compared him to Todd Reesing and Chase Daniel.

North Carolina freshman receiver Joshua Adams -- Adams chose Carolina as a junior on last year's signing day. He is physically imposing, but still quick for his size. Adams graduated early, enrolled in January, and has already looked impressive in the voluntary workouts. With the Heels' situation at wide receiver, Adams should be in the mix in August.

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