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Friday, August 1, 2008
ACC in the morning: Ramping up to game time


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

HAPPY AUGUST!

Games will be played this month! I will be traveling all over ACC country starting Monday from Blacksburg, Va.

Let the madness begin ...

The Tar Heels start practice today motivated by last year's close losses and an opportunity for their first bowl game since 2004. Here's more on the buzz on Butch.

Clemson also starts today and here are five players to watch. Except practice is closed. Don't worry, you'll see 'em later. And it's one of my stops this month, so I'll take a peek for ya. Until then, here are some pressing questions facing the Tigers.

Wake Forest has redshirted 114 of 119 players under Jim Grobe, but as practice starts today, he's still worried about his depth on the o-line.

It seems likely that NC State rookie QB Mike Glennon will redshirt, according to Ken Tysiac, who saw Glennon at practice yesterday.

Here's the final word on who showed up and who didn't yesterday in Coral Gables. The number appears to have increased from seven earlier this week to eight.

Here's an honest assessment of Georgia Tech's new defensive coordinator, Dave Wommack, compared with the former one, Jon Tenuta:

Former Yellow Jackets defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, now at Notre Dame, was often brusque, frequently loud, and viewed at least from afar as intimidating. He did not evoke warm or fuzzy in seven distinguished years at Tech.

The new staff is doing something right if they're getting players like Roderick Sweeting.

And, finally, for those of you who will be watching your team play East Carolina this season (NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech), I thought you might be interested in this one.