NCF Nation: Anthony Reddick

ACC's lunchtime links

December, 23, 2008

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Here's a look at what's going on around the league today: 

Posted by's Heather Dinich

ATLANTA -- As Miami defensive back Anthony Reddick looked around at his fellow Canes in the team hotel before the game, he sensed there wasn't the kind of focus they would need to stop Georgia Tech.

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 Jonathan Dwyer (128) was one of three Georgia Tech players to rush for more than 90 yards against Miami Thursday night.

It didn't even take three full quarters for his hunch to be confirmed.

Georgia Tech rushed for an astounding 472 yards, the fifth-most in school history and the most since 1978. The Yellow Jackets got more yardage on the ground than Miami did all night. Pick a back, any back -- fullback, A Back, B Back, slot back, quarterback -- whatever you want to call them, Miami couldn't stop Georgia Tech's old-school offense. Four different players ran for at least 75 yards in a 41-23 drubbing of Miami.

"It's miserable," Reddick said. "Especially at the University of Miami. We're a great defense. I can't tell you what happened out there today. We did not get the job done."

Quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who only returned to practice for the first time this week since spraining his ankle in the Nov. 8 loss to North Carolina, said he was in "a lot of pain" the whole game. And he still ran for 93 yards and one touchdown. Jonathan Dwyer got his 100-plus yards for the eighth time this season, finishing with 128 yards and two touchdowns.

"We hit them in the mouth first," Dwyer said. "That's what coach [Paul] Johnson asked for us to do; get on them early and hopefully they quit at the end."

It was more like surrender. The "whiteout" in Bobby Dodd Stadium turned into the white flag.

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Posted by's Heather Dinich

CLEMSON, S.C. -- I'm not sure how Clemson will do this year, but I think I'm gonna have a heckuva season. I ran down The Hill on Monday and touched Howard's Rock. (Well, technically I touched the protective case around the rock. It's been there since 1992, when some South Carolina fans tried to chip the rock off its base).

There's plenty going on here -- and I'll get to it throughout the day -- but first let's check out what's going on around the rest of the league:

Why not start with the entire ACC, which says has improved during expansion. The ACC has produced more NFL draft picks than the Pac-10 and Big 12, but Stewart Mandel writes that "the ACC's premier teams have not stacked up with their counterparts from around the country."

Let's get back to the state of South Carolina, where NC State nabbed another recruit? Tom O'Brien is still trying to figure out what to do with the players he already has, namely at quarterback.

Life's a beach at Georgia Tech for one too many players. The Beach is what they call the spot on the practice field for injured players. As for the guys who are actually healthy? It's an infusion of youth on defense.

The same can be said for Florida State's offensive line, where just two starters -- both talented sophomores -- return. Can Will Furlong make an immediate impact? If you don't think the Noles have a chance this season, then guess what? Defensive tackle Bud Thacker says "Poop on you."

Wake Forest doesn't have to worry about youth when it's got a defensive end nicknamed "grandpa." Matt Robinson is 24, in his sixth season of eligibility, and said he feels old. Ha.

Everyone at Virginia is tired of talking about Kevin Ogletree's knee. Now that he's healthy, he should play an integral role this season. Ogletree isn't the only receiver making a comeback. Cary Koch is healthy for the first time since he transferred from Tulane.

Miami's Antonio Dixon practiced on Monday, as did Eric Moncur and a few freshmen who were facing NCAA Clearinghouse issues. Meanwhile, Randy Shannon snagged another key recruit out of his backyard. And safety Anthony Reddick is due a break.

Maryland players are taking what coach Ralph Friedgen says to heart. If they don't win big, they're at least gonna go down swinging.

But first Friedgen has to name a starting quarterback.

Don't read this one unless you feel like crying in your coffee. It's going to be hard not to root for UNC linebacker Chase Rice this season.