NCF Nation: Dorell Scott
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Here's a look at what's going on around the league, beginning with today's bowl games:
- Boston College coach Jeff Jagodzinski insists the players have put their disappointment behind them after coming up short in the ACC title game, and the Eagles seem ready to end the season on the right note. If they do, it will be the program's ninth straight bowl win.
- With all of the hoopla surrounding Georgia Tech's win over rival Georgia, the Yellow Jackets' subpar performance on defense got lost in the excitement. They're hoping for a better effort against LSU.
- And here is the whole messy Robert Marve situation wrapped into one neat and tidy story. I spoke with Robert's father, Eugene Marve, again, and this isn't the end of this story.
- Virginia Tech quarterback Tyrod Taylor isn't quite old enough to enjoy South Beach, but the Hokies have watched him mature before their eyes in the second half of the season.
- Clemson nose guard Dorell Scott doesn't like to leave a job unfinished, and he's got a few more things to do before he ends his career. Sure, there's the bowl game, but graduating is also at the top of his list.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
VIRGINIA -- It will be a family affair this weekend for tight end John Phillips, who will celebrate his senior day at the same time his older brother, Jake, does at William & Mary. Jake is the Tribe's starting quarterback and a team captain. Phillips' mom, Susan, is going to Williamsburg and his dad, Gene, will be in Charlottesville. Phillips is one of 24 seniors who will be recognized before Saturday's game against Clemson. He has been an integral part of the Cavaliers' offense, as he has had at least two catches in every game. He ranks first among ACC tight ends in receptions per game with 4.6.
GEORGIA TECH -- The health of both quarterbacks is a concern. A real one. Tech is hoping both Josh Nesbitt and his backup, Jaybo Shaw, will be ready, but they've both been practicing in a limited capacity this week. Shaw has a leg injury and Nesbitt a sprained ankle. The good news is that neither one has worn the red jersey injured players typically wear during practice and neither are listed as "out" on this week's injury report. Coach Paul Johnson isn't putting a lot of stock into the Yellow Jackets' past success against Miami, considering how different the teams are this season.
FLORIDA STATE -- With safety Darius McClure on crutches this week, the odds of him actually playing on Saturday are slim, but nothing is official until Thursday's injury report comes out. McClure tore cartilage in his left knee last Saturday while celebrating his first career interception, which came against Boston College. Meanwhile, junior Jamie Robinson expects to start in place of Myron Rolle, who will miss part of the game to interview for a Rhodes Scholarship. And Kenny Ingram, who has played significantly at linebacker this season, has reportedly been moved to safety to help with the depth there.
CLEMSON -- The question this week has been whether defensive tackle Dorell Scott will return after suffering a knee injury in the second quarter against Florida State. He missed the Duke game and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game at Virginia, but has been upgraded from a yellow jersey to a green jersey at practice. Scott and defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson are the Tigers' two best interior linemen, but they have played together for only 10 plays this season. Jackson hurt a tendon in his knee in preseason practice and missed the first eight games. The only game they played in together was against Florida State.
NORTH CAROLINA -- Butch Davis has opened up his starting quarterback job and probably won't reveal it until later in the week, if he does at all before kickoff. Cam Sexton wowed and surprised just about everyone with his win at Miami -- his first game in taking over for the injured T.J. Yates -- but his production has slowly decreased since then. He wasn't the only one who could have played better at Maryland last week, but his mistakes were costly. He and Yates have been splitting the reps with the first team this week at practice.