NCF Nation: Mark Buchholz

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Sorry, snooze button ...

It looks like the Seminoles have finally woken-up, though.

Florida State coach-in-waiting Jimbo Fisher hasn't "had a fit in three days." Sounds like progress to me. Especially considering Drew Weatherford's quote in that story about getting "rid of some of the garbage" on the team. Yikes. It certainly helps when you replace problems with young talent.

Things are looking up in Miami for left tackle Antonio Dixon, who is back at practice after a scare with his breathing. The Hurricanes also got some good news in that injured projected starting defensive ends -- Eric Moncur and Allen Bailey, who haven't practiced yet this summer -- should be ready to go for the season opener.

Still, Randy Shannon is trying to get the team moving forward at practice, not backwards.

Congrats to NC State coach Tom O'Brien. He's got his quarterbacks narrowed down to three candidates. Unfortunately for them, Harrison Beck and Justin Burke aren't among the options.

Think learning Paul Johnson's offense is easy? Try doing it against Georgia Tech's defensive line every day. The learning curve is steep for this young offensive line.

Virginia coach Al Groh is pleased with the progress of cornerback Ras-I Dowling, and receivers coach Wayne Lineburg has more reasons to smile in his second season.

Virginia Tech is looking to replace its top four receivers, and while the offense has the potential to improve from a year ago, things were a little sloppy in the first scrimmage. Frank Beamer called it "ragged." And running backs coach Billy Hite was fuming.

At least he has options there, which is more than you can say for Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who is trying to find a replacement for injured leading rusher Re'quan Boyette.

One team that obviously has zero problems with the running back position is Clemson.

I can attest to the friendship between Clemson running backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller. I talked to them on Monday after they ate lunch together.

Still, how far Clemson goes this season might come down to Mark Buchholz's right foot. If so, he's going to have to be better than he was in 2007.

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