NCF Nation: Kenny Ingram

ACC's lunchtime links

April, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

First, let's check in on two would-be transfer quarterbacks. Former Miami signal-caller Robert Marve's latest stop was Nebraska, and Duke guard Greg Paulus is checking out Syracuse

Summer camp is supposed to be a time when players get excited about the fall, but for Maryland running back Morgan Green, it's usually" a jinx."

Former FSU linebacker/defensive back Kenny Ingram is hoping the NFL draft experts are wrong, or at least to prove them that way.

Sports Illustrated has since retracted its story on B.J. Raji testing positive for drugs, but the Boston Herald still wonders if Raji is a burden.

When it comes to his status with the NFL, former UNC receiver Hakeem Nicks is "clueless."

And a leftover for you ...

Georgia Tech found some answers this spring -- a few leaders were among them.

FSU's defense the difference

November, 23, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Florida State defensive end Everette Brown held up his index finger, indicating No. 1 as he ran towards the Seminoles' fans in the stands who had lingered in the bitter cold Saturday at Byrd Stadium.

He should have held up three fingers -- one for each sack he made.

Technically, Brown had 3.5 sacks. It was the third time this season he has had at least three sacks in a game, and in the 37-3 win over Maryland, Brown led an aggressive pass rush that frustrated quarterback Chris Turner all night. It was a turnaround performance on defense that was lacking in last week's 27-17 loss to Boston College, and a major reason why Florida State still has a sliver of a chance at playing in the ACC championship game.

 
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 Seminoles defensive end Everette Brown brought down Terrapins running back Da'Rel Scott and forced a fumble. Brown also recorded 3.5 sacks.

"That's the way it used to be," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said of his defense. "That's the way we used to play. I thought we'd forgotten how."

Against Boston College, they did, and it cost them dearly.

Maryland has a similar-sized offensive line as the Eagles, but the Terps paved the way for Brown and Co. They got beat on spin moves, didn't make their blocks and were sloppy on fundamentals. As a result, Turner was sacked six times and FSU had 10 tackles for a loss of 53 yards.

"We did a better job tonight of just attacking, playing Florida State football," Brown said. "We knew they were similar to Boston College coming into the game and if we let them get going, give them momentum, they're a tough offensive line, but tonight we wanted to make sure we attacked and controlled the line of scrimmage up front."

Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews challenged his defense after the loss to the Eagles, told them they got "pushed around out there" and said they needed to be more physical. He pointed out that they had only scored one touchdown all season, and even that changed against Maryland when Derek Nicholson ran a fumble recovery back 22 yards for a touchdown.

"The kids responded real well," Andrews said. "We felt like they had a blocking scheme that would free our ends up and then maybe a tackle and we got to them several times. Guys doing their jobs."

The Florida State defense has a motto they revert to following a poor performance: "Somebody's gotta pay."

"When we go out there and have a horrible game like we did last week," linebacker Kenny Ingram said, "somebody's gotta pay. We came out there and we played a great defensive game."

Turner was the one who wound up paying most of the night, as he was sacked six times. This has become a trend for FSU, as the Noles did the same thing to Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper.

Turner, who entered the game having thrown just six interceptions all season and not one in his past 123 attempts, had two against FSU.

"He's a player," Turner said of Brown. "He has a pretty good future ahead of him. We game planned for him. We were trying to double team him most of the night. There were a few times where we put our left tackle on an island. Every now and then he's going to get you and he got us a few times."

Six to be exact.

"They definitely got into us a lot tonight," said center Edwin Williams. "I guess we weren't ready. We didn't expect that."

ACC internal affairs: Week 13

November, 19, 2008
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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.

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