NCF Nation: Denzel Burrell

Posted by's Heather Dinich

They're young. They're inexperienced. They're ... green.

In keeping with our St. Patrick's Day theme, here's a look at the "greenest" units on each team in the ACC:

BOSTON COLLEGE -- If Dominique Davis wins the starting quarterback job, he's got a whopping three full games of starting experience to fall back on, and that's three more games than Justin Tuggle, who is also competing for the job.

CLEMSON -- The Tigers will be youngest at quarterback, where either sophomore Willy Korn or redshirt freshman Kyle Parker will inherit the offense.

DUKE -- The Blue Devils have to replace three starters on their offensive line and returning sophomore Kyle Hill moved from guard to tackle.

FLORIDA STATE -- Without Preston Parker, Greg Carr and likely Taiwan Easterling and Corey Surrency, the Noles will depend heavily upon a green group of receivers.

GEORGIA TECH -- Having lost three of four starters on the defensive line, it's easily one of the greenest groups in the whole conference.

MARYLAND -- Maryland lost five starters from its defensive front seven, but defensive tackles Travis Ivey and Dion Armstrong ended the year as starters and linebacker Adrian Moten had three starts.

MIAMI -- The Canes are still young everywhere, but remember quarterback Jacory Harris has only started two games and his backups have no collegiate experience.

NORTH CAROLINA -- The Tar Heels lost their top three receivers and will be counting heavily on inexperienced players to replace Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster.

NC STATE -- The Wolfpack needs to replace both offensive guards in John Bedics and Meares Green, who combined for 43 starts.

VIRGINIA -- Outside linebacker Denzel Burrell is the only returning starting linebacker in the Cavaliers' 3-4 defense.

VIRGINIA TECH -- The Hokies have to replace two starting linebackers in Brett Warren and Purnell Sturdivant.

WAKE FOREST -- The Demon Deacons have to replace three starters at linebacker, including Butkus Award winner Aaron Curry.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Morning, ACC fans. Getting ready to roll out to Winston-Salem today, but not before we check out the small disagreement between Joe Tiller and Paul Johnson.

Regarding the transfer of former Tech receiver D.J. Donley, Purdue coach Joe Tiller says the Yellow Jackets are "dragging their feet."

This Yellow Jacket isn't. With Josh Nesbitt listed as day-to-day for a shoulder injury, backup Jaybo Shaw has no time to stand around against the first-team defense.

Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski certainly doesn't have to worry about his defense. But can the offense get a first down by the season opener?

Maryland can, if Ralph Friedgen ever decides on a starting quarterback or three.

Randy Shannon needs to name a starter, too. That news could come any time next week, and Friday's scrimmage is a good time for one of them to make a move.

The quarterbacks aren't the only ones working to make an impression, though. Not that Marcus Forston hasn't made one already.

Has sophomore safety JoJo Nicolas already earned the starting nod? Some people think so.

Miami had four players miss practice with "nagging injuries."

NC State receiver Geron James is finally healthy and seems to have everything in order this season, but how much of an impact can he have after missing the first season in Tom O'Brien's system? At this point, maybe he should switch to safety.

Virginia linebacker Denzel Burrell is done with his crutches and in a "dogfight" for the spot opposite Clint Sintim at outside linebacker.

When will Tavares Pressley, Florida State's transfer running back, finally start practicing? It looks like it's still dragging on. Once he finally arrives, how will it affect the position? Not much, other than boosting the competition.

After a bleak outlook early on, Florida State's offensive line is quickly progressing. Not that they didn't have a little motivation.

At Clemson, Mason Cloy appears to be a player who can help out an offensive line trying to replace four starters.

Duke offensive lineman Cameron Goldberg seems ready to make the most of his second chance.

Here's more on the man I'll be visiting today at 2:30 p.m., followed by a scrimmage. Much of Jim Grobe's success has come as a result of his emphasis on defense. Can the Demon Deacons repeat last year's defensive scoring?

I'll let you know later this afternoon.