NCF Nation: C.J. Washington
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Let's start in Tallahassee, where Jimbo Fisher named Christian Ponder his starting quarterback on Wednesday. And yes, Drew Weatherford was disappointed. But Fisher had a "gut feeling" about Ponder. He also had several other reasons. Still, it sounds like more than one quarterback might play in Saturday's season opener against Western Carolina. And the second name Fisher mentioned wasn't Weatherford.
That's where most of the attention in the league was Wednesday evening, but there is plenty to talk about elsewhere:
- Paul Johnson and Jim Grobe are on the same page when it comes to their redshirting philosophy, but Johnson said he doesn't have much choice in the matter right now.
- Speaking of redshirting ... columnist Paul Woody came down hard on Frank Beamer for his recent decision to play Tyrod Taylor.
- Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen had little choice but to turn to his No. 2 quarterback after starter Jordan Steffy "messed up his thumb pretty bad."
- Most of the talk right now heading into the Boston College-Georgia Tech game is how the Eagles' defense will fare against Johnson's offense. But what about how the Yellow Jackets will fare against one of the league's better defensive coordinators?
- Speaking of defense, NC State's wasn't all that bad against South Carolina. Robbie Leonard's speed at linebacker is helping.
- Virginia faced some speed last weekend, but showed a new look with its three-receiver set. If that trend continues, so should the offensive production of Cary Koch.
- Wake Forest fans, meet walk-on C.J. Washington. Baylor knows who he is now.
- Miami's biggest obstacle to overcome on Saturday might not be its youth. It might be Florida's speed. But trust this -- these baby Canes have the attitude they can win this game, and whether they can or not, the first step is believing.
- Duke has started to believe, but it's probably not for the two reasons you think. I'm talkin' bout practice.
- That's something Clemson's offensive line needs a lot of.