NCF Nation: Jermaine McKenzie

All week I’ve been looking at some of the top transfers from AQ to non-AQ schools. I already looked at the top quarterback and the top running back transfers and now it’s time to conclude the series with the top wide receivers to watch in non-AQ camps this spring a fall.

Here are my top wide receiver transfers from AQ programs:

Jermaine McKenzie, Memphis: McKenzie transferred from Miami last season and tried to get a waiver form the NCAA to play immediately. That venture failed, but McKenzie enters this season with an opportunity especially since the Tigers lost their top two receivers and are learning a new coach. McKenzie played in three games as a redshirt freshman at Miami, but didn’t record a catch. He'll have a big opportunity to impress with a new coaching staff.

Tim Molton, Louisiana Tech: It’s hard to say how Molton will fit in since he redshirted his first season with LSU and then strained his knee during the 2009 offseason before deciding to transfer to Tech. However, the Bulldogs need as many offensive weapons as it can get to run a spread system similar to Texas Tech’s. Molton was a three-sport athlete in high school and that athleticism will come in handy this spring.

Tyler Stradford, North Texas: Stradford, a transfer from Oklahoma, enters a unique situation at North Texas because the Mean Green returns their top six receivers from a year ago. But the Mean Green like to spread the ball around, which will give a lot of receivers a chance to get catches, and Stradford impressed while working with the scout team last year. He should be able to give the Mean Green another top receiving option.

Ahmad Paige, Louisiana Tech: Paige is one of two Tennessee transfers (running back Lennon Creer) and yet another receiver transfer that doesn’t have a dramatic body of work. Paige redshirted at Tennessee in 2007 and played sparingly in 2008. However, he was a two-time high school all-state player in Louisiana after amassing 2,071 receiving yards in his final two seasons. Like Molton, Paige has the benefit of a new coaching staff that’s looking for playmakers. So what they’ve done (or haven’t done) it the past won’t really matter.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

Let's start with the Terps, since the news of their latest quarterback, Jordan Steffy, had fans absolutely losing their minds on the message boards Monday.

Chris Turner wasn't available to talk to the media on Monday, which is completely understandable considering his father said the family was "shell-shocked." And no, that's not some clever Terrapin marketing scheme that might suggest team unity.

The staff yesterday spoke about how it had all of the statistical data to name Steffy Maryland's starter for this season, but if you're looking for numbers to compare Steffy and Turner, check out this chart.

Regardless of the numbers, coach Ralph Friedgen wants to make sure he has credibility with his team for rewarding the best practice players.

While the competition is over in Maryland, NC State's trio of quarterbacks have one more scrimmage -- today -- to impress Tom O'Brien. This is nothing new for Daniel Evans.

It is a somewhat unusual situation, though, for Miami, where no matter which quarterback Randy Shannon chooses, none of them will have taken a snap in a college game. So far, all indications are that Robert Marve is the frontrunner. No surprise there.

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden can't remember the last time he had three quarterbacks take reps with the first team during a scrimmage -- until Saturday, that is.

Not only does Drew Weatherford have Christian Ponder pushing him, but it's now official: D'Vontrey Richardson is equally in the mix.

At North Carolina, it's not about the quarterback anymore. It's about T.J. Yates wanting to win the close games this season instead of watching them slip away. Caulton Tudor says this is the first season for Butch Davis to correct the program's past mistakes.

Speaking of past mistakes ... did first-year Virginia defensive coordinator Bob Pruett make a big one? Pruett is being accused of academic fraud and overpayment of players while head coach at Marshall.

Just what Al Groh needs right now ... although it's not like he doesn't have any playmakers. And, Groh might find some help this season in wide receiver Cary Koch.

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer needs all the help he can get at wide receiver after losing Zach Luckett.

Not that Clemson coach Tommy Bowden needs another running back this season, but highly touted freshman Jamie Harper was going to add to this year's offense -- before he put on a walking boot for his low ankle sprain. Will he be ready to go against Alabama?

Miami receiver Jermaine McKenzie is ready to stay healthy and play some football.

Like just about every other coach in the league, Jim Grobe is trying to add depth to his offensive line. And just like O'Brien, he stole a player from the defense to do it.

Posted by's Heather Dinich

HOME SWEET HOME -- But not for long. Heading to Maryland today and Boston College on Wednesday. There are 10 days remaining until Georgia Tech and Jacksonville State get things started, and plenty to keep an eye on and talk about until then.

Let's get started on our FINAL WEEK without ACC football games:

* Boston College's offense made some progress in Sunday's scrimmage, but it helped that three starters were missing on defense.

* Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews just thought his defense was missing something in Saturday's scrimmage.

* Last year, the 'Noles were missing opportunities in the red zone, something they're working on this summer.

* Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen seems very close to naming a starting quarterback. The one thing he found this summer was a second-string running back.

* Miami quarterback Robert Marve appears to have taken some recent forward in the competition, but coach Randy Shannon still isn't ready to name his starter. Maybe he'll do it by the end of this week.

* Regardless of who it is, Marve and receiver Jermaine McKenzie are ready to play football again about a year after their car crash.

* Just how much better can NC State be this season? It all starts up front.

* Is Tommy Bowden on the verge of signing another quarterback? Yes, if Morgan Newton's mom has anything to do with it.

Here are a few things worth reading from Sunday in case you missed 'em:

* Georgia Tech's injuries are piling up, and Navy's former quarterback gives his take on what these guys need to run Johnson's offense: Sure hands and toughness.

* He's not Kenny Moore, but bruising fullback Mike Rinfrette might catch some balls for Wake Forest this season.

* While the rest of the ACC is wrapping up its scrimmages, FSU was just getting things started.

* Virginia kicker Chris Hinkebein was inconsistent this spring, but not on Saturday.

* It looks like Greg Boone will be helping out the Hokies on offense. So might Ryan Williams.