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Thursday, August 7, 2008
ACC in the morning: FSU edition


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Well, this is it -- FSU is the last team in the league to start practicing Thursday. College football season is now officially underway in the ACC. 

There are a few questions facing the Seminoles this season, and here are three of them. Eventually, I'll give you three more.

When the Noles begin practice, all but four members of their 30-man recruiting class are expected to show up. The staff could always decide to withhold a few more from enrolling this semester, though.

Longtime FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews broke down his defense for you as the Noles begin practice. Andrews is entering his 25th preseason.

Miami defensive tackle Antonio Dixon was hospitalized after practice Wednesday, apparently for dehydration. He was the third player in two days to be treated for it, and practices have stretched between two and a half to three hours. Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post wondered if Randy Shannon is working them too hard.

His fullbacks appear to be doing just fine.

Can Miami's tight ends bring the spotlight back to the position? Shannon says they're hungry and making plays.

So is Virginia Tech running back Kenny Lewis Jr., who decided to take his injury into his own hands.

Clemson receiver Jacoby Ford is back at practice after a brief scare about his ankle. The only thing he needs to do now is play like a veteran.

Did Tommy Bowden find some help at linebacker? Maye-be.

Former UNC recruit Dwight Jones might be a Tar Heel after all.

UNC running back Greg Little wants to be a 1,000-yard rusher and the best back in the nation. Kudos to him for aiming high.

Al Groh has checked his players into a Charlottesville hotel in order to keep them out of trouble this summer. Well, any more trouble.

The numbers looked good for Mike Glennon and Harrison Beck in NC State's first scrimmage, but are they the guys? Tom O'Brien isn't ready to make the QB call. Also in that story, it looks like the staff is being more careful with Toney Baker than he might have expected after being cleared to play.

It looks like O'Brien got himself another recruit.

Elsewhere on the recruiting front, the Terps aren't getting as many players from Florida these days, and that's OK with Ralph Friedgen. Nearby neighbors Virginia and Virginia Tech have just as few Florida reps on their rosters.

What, exactly, is a B-back? Jonathan Dwyer seems to have figured it out. There are a couple of former offensive players, though, who are getting comfortable on Georgia Tech's defense.