NCF Nation: Rick Petri

ACC power rankings: Week 1

August, 29, 2011
Before you read this, keep one thing in mind: These power rankings are based on what each team looks like right now, and right now, Miami has 13 players suspended, according to a source. If that changes by Labor Day and Miami is at full strength for its game against Maryland, I would bump the Canes up to the No. 3 team in the conference. But without 13 players, Miami is going to struggle. Regardless of what Miami looks like, one thing is for sure: Beyond the front-runners in each division, this conference is up for grabs, and this list will fluctuate as the season goes to reflect that.

Here are your first official power rankings for the 2011 season:

1. Florida State: The Seminoles are the preseason favorite to win the ACC in only Jimbo Fisher’s second season, and with good reason. Florida State returns the majority of talent that won last season’s Atlantic Division title, and this looks like a championship team. If there’s one question mark lingering, it’s on the offensive line, which has been injured almost all offseason.

2. Virginia Tech: Frank Beamer enters his 25th season and is by far the conference veteran. First-year starting quarterback Logan Thomas will go through some growing pains, but he has a veteran supporting cast to help him through the transition. The Hokies have been warned about Appalachian State’s ability to upset.

3. North Carolina: The best thing interim coach Everett Withers has going for him is the team itself, a talent-laden group more than capable of contending for the Coastal Division if it can block out all distractions and get the leadership and coaching it needs without Butch Davis. The offensive and defensive lines are among the best if not the best in the conference.

4. Clemson: There is plenty of talent to challenge Florida State for the Atlantic Division title, but how far the Tigers go depends on how quickly first-year starting quarterback Tajh Boyd and his teammates pick up the new offense in game situations. Boyd made significant progress in summer camp.

5. NC State: The Russell Wilson era is over, but those within the program are confident in the abilities of Mike Glennon. The question is who besides T.J. Graham will help him out at wide receiver. With true freshmen at kicker and punter, the kicking game is also still a concern, though both rookies fared well in summer camp.

6. Maryland: The Terps have new uniforms and a new coach but the same goal -- to win the Atlantic Division. Whether they do that under first-year coach Randy Edsall depends on how the team adjusts to the new terminology and schemes of the new staff. Maryland’s biggest asset is quarterback Danny O’Brien, the ACC’s 2010 Rookie of the Year.

7. Miami: If Miami’s roster is decimated by suspensions, its season isn’t over, but its championship hopes under first-year coach Al Golden will definitely be derailed. There are a few teams on the schedule Miami might be able to beat with its backups, but not enough to win the Coastal Division. The good news for the Canes? Stephen Morris is a more-than-capable option at quarterback, and some of their backups are outstanding. Not ready to write the Canes off yet.

8. Boston College: The Eagles have been raving about their offensive improvement this month, some of which can be attributed to the progress of quarterback Chase Rettig in his second season as a starter, and because of the hire of offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers, who has made an immediate impact. Was the offense that good this summer, though, or does the defense have a few weaknesses? Northwestern should provide a better clue.

9. Georgia Tech: Just how much improvement the Jackets have made since last season remains to be seen. Quarterback Tevin Washington was pushed this summer by Vad Lee and Synjyn Days, and the defense is still working to generate a pass rush.

10. Duke: Quarterback Sean Renfree has improved in every facet of the game, according to coach David Cutcliffe, and the entire team has shown enough promise this offseason that Cutcliffe said he thinks they could get to a bowl game. First-year defensive line coach Rick Petri has made an immediate impact on the area most in need of improvement, but the offensive line remains a question after some offseason reshuffling.

11. Wake Forest: Those within the program are convinced this year’s team is better than last year’s 3-9 finish, but the Deacs’ schedule will make it tough to prove it. Quarterback Tanner Price is more comfortable in his second season as a starter, and running back Josh Harris has been impressive.

12. Virginia: The defense is going to present some problems for opponents, but offensively, questions remain. If Michael Rocco is the answer at quarterback, he still has to prove it in a game situation, and while explosive, the Hoos’ running backs are undersized. Mike London isn’t settling for his program taking baby steps in his second season, but considering he has to depend on some true freshmen and a rookie quarterback, there are bound to be some growing pains.

2011 ACC predictions

August, 18, 2011
Every week during the season, I give you my predictions for the games. Every now and then, I get one right. With the season quickly approaching, it’s time for the first round of predictions for the ACC. They're bold, so brace yourself ...

1. The ACC will have two teams in BCS bowls. It hasn’t happened during the expansion era, but this year looks favorable for that to change. If Florida State lives up to the hype and represents the ACC in the Orange Bowl, it’s very possible a one-loss Virginia Tech team (that lone loss coming to FSU in the ACC title game), is chosen for another BCS bowl. There’s no reason the Hokies shouldn’t have an eighth straight 10-win season, but with the turmoil that is going on in the rest of the Coastal Division, another undefeated run in conference play is a legitimate possibility.

2. Miami and North Carolina will face a loss of scholarships and a postseason ban. With nine major NCAA violations, it seems a likely scenario for the Tar Heels, and considering the pile of allegations against Miami, it almost seems inevitable. (Note: This is not the one I was referring to when I mentioned 'bold.')

3. Duke will go bowling. The Blue Devils are in their fourth season under coach David Cutcliffe, and are a significantly, visibly improved program with one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC. Duke could reach the postseason for the first time since 1994, but it has to eliminate the turnovers, play better defense, and establish a running game. The hire of defensive line coach Rick Petri should help, and there is more depth and experience on offense so Duke shouldn’t have to be as one-dimensional.

4. The ACC will NOT lose to an FCS team. It’s become a trend in recent years, as James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary have all had their way with the ACC. Not this year. Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said he would remind his players of App State’s win over Michigan in 2007 so there is no overlooking their season opener. North Carolina opens with JMU and Virginia hosts William & Mary. All of them should be wary of the little guys this year and spare the conference further embarrassment.

5. NC State will beat North Carolina for a fifth straight year. Tom O’Brien defeated Butch Davis for four straight seasons. Now he’ll have the edge in head-coaching experience and home-field advantage over interim coach Everett Withers when the Wolfpack hosts the Tar Heels on Nov. 5.

Duke's defense making strides

March, 15, 2011
Duke’s defenders are well aware of where they ranked nationally in the NCAA’s major statistical categories -- among the worst. In particular, the Blue Devils have struggled up front, and ranked No. 109 in tackles for loss, and No. 113 in sacks. Redshirt senior nose guard Charlie Hatcher said in an interview today that the defense is making progress this spring, despite being under the direction of its third coordinator in as many seasons. Jim Knowles has taken over the defense this year, and Rick Petri was hired to coach the defensive line.

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Mark Dolejs/US PresswireNose tackle Charlie Hatcher says Duke's defense will improve this fall under new coordinator Rick Petri.
Duke returned to spring ball this week after its spring break. Here's what Hatcher had to say about the state of the defense:

How are things going under Rick Petri?

Charlie Hatcher: Rick Petri is doing a great job. He’s bringing in a lot of new fundamentals for us that are different from what we’re used to. It’s breaking old habits, which is pretty difficult for an old guy, but it’s going really well.

New techniques? Can you give me any specific examples?

CH: Before we were doing a lot of ripping off of blocks. We’ve changed that now to doing more swipes and two-gapping.

Do you like the new changes?

CH: I do like them, I think they’re going to help a lot for making more plays and put us in better positions. I’m not liking how difficult it is to break the old habits.

Why do you think you guys have struggled so much in the stats everyone seems to key in on, in terms of getting pressure on quarterbacks?

CH: I’m not really sure. We’ve always had a great D-line coach, we’ve always had great schemes coming in. We just haven’t executed up front as players in the front seven. A bust here, a bust there on blitzes that you can’t bust on, because that’s how big plays happen for the offense. Just minimizing busts would help us a lot when we’re pressuring quarterbacks. They’re putting a lot of focus on that this year. We’re doing a lot of blitz pick-up periods and we’re doing a lot of working on getting to the quarterback and being violent upfield.

How big of a deal has the revolving door been at coordinator?

CH: It’s always difficult to adapt to a new coach, but coach Cut does a great job of bringing in new guys who have the same drive and same vision. It’s always the same type of people. Coach Cut prides himself on having a great staff and great family environment, and he really does a good job of that with all of the new defensive guys we’ve been getting in over the past several years.

How determined are you guys as a D-line or the front seven to improve those numbers, and how much do they bother you, or do you not pay attention to the stats?

CH: Oh, we pay attention to the stats. We talked about that on Day 1. That’s one of our main goals, obviously. Improving those results in wins directly. If we can get to the quarterback more, and get off the field more, you’re going to end up with our offense, which has done really well, to have more time on the field and score more points.

How much progress do you feel like you guys have made so far this spring?

CH: I feel we’ve made leaps and bounds. We came in with a lot of talented guys but not a lot of experience. They’re still learning, but when they know what they’re doing, it’s amazing what they can do because of how athletic they are and how talented they are physically.

How much better do you guys think you can be as a defense this year?

CH: We believe we can push into one of the top defenses in the ACC and that’s our goal, that’s what we’re working on.

Do you feel like expectations should be higher from the outside looking in because it’s Cutcliffe’s fourth season?

CH: Expectations should be higher. We’re putting the expectations on ourselves to be higher. We’re doing a lot, working a lot harder in practice, which is shocking to me, being here for three years with coach Cut already. I didn’t think it could get any harder, but we really stepped it up. We’ve really focused on our own expectations, but with that being said, expectations should rise for us once people see what we’ve been doing and how hard we’re working.
Now that spring is over and teams throughout the ACC have learned a little bit more about themselves, it’s time to re-evaluate the conference hierarchy heading into summer camp. The very top stayed the same as the pre-spring rankings, as did the bottom of the barrel, but there were some tweaks in between. Here’s a look at how the ACC shakes out heading into summer camp:

1. Virginia Tech: The Hokies were encouraged by the rookie performances on defense this spring, but coach Frank Beamer has said he’s still looking for the young players to get stronger this offseason and spend some significant time in the film room. Offensively, the Hokies will be as good as the revamped offensive line, and that’s still a work in progress.

2. Florida State: What separates the Seminoles right now is the fact they only have to replace one starter on offense, and veteran quarterback Christian Ponder will be protected by one of the best lines in the country. The defense is better suited for the personnel under coordinator Mark Stoops, but overall remains a question.

3. Miami: The Hurricanes’ depth at running back should make the offense more productive in the second year under coordinator Mark Whipple. The Canes’ defensive line was also a highlight of the spring under first-year assistant Rick Petri, but they need to replace three starters up front offensively.

4. Clemson: Defense was the strength this spring, but running backs Andre Ellington and James Harper should ease the loss of C.J. Spiller. With four starters returning, the offensive line should improve. The key to Clemson’s run at a second straight Atlantic Division title will be the return of quarterback Kyle Parker to football instead of baseball.

5. Georgia Tech: Yes, they’re the defending ACC champs, but the Jackets were hurt the most by the NFL draft and are making the biggest transition defensively. There were positive reviews about the addition and style of coordinator Al Groh, and if the Jackets can replace three starters on the offensive line, they’ve got the skill players to defend their title.

6. North Carolina: The Tar Heels have an NFL-caliber defense, but this spring revealed little about how much progress they made offensively. Quarterback play remains a concern, as Butch Davis must choose between inexperience and inconsistency.

7. Boston College: The quarterback competition continues, and nobody is sure just how effective linebacker Mark Herzlich will be upon his return. The Eagles do have one of the better offensive lines, though, and a schedule conducive to another appearance in the ACC title game.

8. Maryland: Coach Ralph Friedgen was pleased with his spring practices, specifically the progress of the offensive line, which will be critical to Maryland's comeback this fall. The Terps have settled on quarterback Jamarr Robinson as their starter and have plenty of talent at running back and receiver to help him.

9. Wake Forest: Skylar Jones finished the spring atop the depth chart, but his main competitors -- Ted Stachitas and Brendan Cross -- were both injured. The Deacs will reveal a more run-based, option offense under their new quarterback. The interior defensive line remains a concern.

10. NC State: Coach Tom O’Brien just can’t seem to get through an offseason without a setback. The misdemeanor charges against four of his players -- including two starters from 2009 -- revealed poor decision-making from veterans.

11. Duke: Quarterback Sean Renfree is expected to be fully recovered from his torn ACL and be the starter this fall, but the Blue Devils’ running game is still in need of an upgrade and the defensive line remains a question.

12. Virginia: It’s still too early for first-year coach Mike London to put his stamp on the program, as he needs more recruiting classes to do that. This will be a transition year with a new staff, new philosophies and possibly a new quarterback.

What to watch in the ACC this spring

February, 15, 2010
Here's a breakdown of three issues facing each program heading into the spring:


Spring practice starts: March 18

Spring game: April 24

What to watch:

• How linebacker Mark Herzlich progresses. Herzlich, who was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer last May, has been going through winter conditioning with his teammates, and he plans on participating in spring drills. How quickly he regains his form will be worth watching, as he and sophomore Luke Kuechly could give the Eagles one of the most formidable linebacking corps.

• The quarterback battle. After one season, Dave Shinskie has the most experience on the roster, but he’ll get some competition from Josh Bordner and Chase Rettig, two early enrollees. There were times last season when Shinskie looked like the future of the position and there were others when he looked like any other freshman.

• Defensive linemen. For the second straight year, BC is looking for some stability up front. The Eagles have to replace left tackle Austin Giles and defensive end Jim Ramella. They return Kaleb Ramsey, Giles’ backup, and Brad Newman, Ramella’s reserve, but some young faces are likely to be seen in the rotation.


Spring practice starts: March 7

Spring game: April 10

What to watch:

• Life without C.J. Spiller officially begins. The backs behind him had a pretty good year, so there’s no need for full panic mode. Jamie Harper and Andre Ellington actually combined for a higher yards per carry average (6.1 to 5.6 yards). Clemson will also be looking to replace Spiller’s lost kickoff return yardage. The Tigers had a 13-yard advantage in average starting field position, as their start was their own 37-yard line compared to opponents’ 24-yard line. Ellington is a candidate in the return game.

• Kyle Parker’s batting average. No, really. How well Parker does this spring with the baseball team will help determine whether he remains Clemson’s quarterback or turns to the MLB draft. He didn’t have a great 2009 season, but he was still the fastest player to 25 home runs in school history. It remains to be seen this spring if he’ll become a high enough draft choice to give up college football.

• Secondary shuffling. It seems like eons ago since Crezdon Butler and Chris Chancellor weren’t the Tigers’ starting corners, as Butler started 40 straight games and Chancellor started 42. Butler finished his career second in school history in interception return yards. Now it’s time for a new duo. Will Marcus Gilchrist move to corner, which he’s capable of doing? Might Rashard Hall move to safety with DeAndre McDaniel?


Spring practice starts: Feb. 14

Spring game: March 27

What to watch:

• Quarterback competition. Somebody has to take over for the graduated Thaddeus Lewis, but his backup – Sean Renfree – will miss the spring with a torn ACL. Redshirt freshman Sean Schroeder should be heavily in the mix to be the starter, pending Renfree’s recovery.

• Defensive line makeover. It’s wide open. Charlie Hatcher is entrenched at nose guard, but it’s really anyone’s game. The staff might move redshirt senior Wesley Oglesby, who played the majority of his career at defensive end, inside. Other options are defensive tackle Sydney Sarmiento, a redshirt freshman, and Curtis Hazelton, who played sparingly last season.

• Johnny Williams’ move from wide receiver to cornerback. He had 31 catches in 2009 – the fourth-best on the team. Now they need his help in the defensive backfield. Duke will lose starter Leon Wright and his 10 career interceptions, and the pass defense, which allowed 215.75 yards per game, could use a boost.


Spring practice starts: March 16

Spring game: April 10

What to watch:

• Christian Ponder’s return from shoulder surgery. Ponder is expected to practice this spring, though it could be on a limited basis, at least early. He’s ahead of schedule, but the coaches won’t subject him to any risks now. Yes, E.J. Manuel is talented and played well at the end of the season, but make no mistake – Ponder is FSU’s starter and a potential Heisman Trophy candidate.

• The defense under first-year coordinator Mark Stoops. His secondary, in particular, will be interesting to watch, as will how quickly he can help the front seven generate a pass rush and plug the middle. Stoops has been a secondary coach, and the Noles lost three starters there. The fourth, Ochuko Jenije, could be pushed to retain his job.

• New faces, new opportunities. In addition to the fab freshmen who are coming in, FSU has a handful of unfamiliar players already on the roster who played sparingly or not at all. We'll see how they fit in this spring. RS-So DT Anthony McCloud and RS-So RB Debrale Smiley are both junior college transfers and former teammates. Physically, freshman linebacker Jeff Luc is already a man, but how quickly can he mature on the field? Two young wide receivers worth watching are Rodney Smith and Willie Haulstead.


Spring practice starts: March 29

Spring game: April 24

What to watch:

• The defensive transformation. The Jackets will switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 under first-year coordinator Al Groh. In addition to learning the new scheme, the staff has to figure out who goes where. Linebackers might play defensive end and vice versa, safeties might play outside linebacker. It’s anyone’s guess as to how this team lines up in the spring.

• The replacements. From Georgia Tech’s coaching staff to the new faces who will be tasked with filling in for the Fab Four -- Jonathan Dwyer, Derrick Morgan, Morgan Burnett and Demaryius Thomas -- the Jackets will need some “Hello My Name Is” tags this spring.

• The offensive line. Three offensive linemen redshirted who could start, and Georgia Tech might need them to, especially if guard Joseph Gilbert decides to transfer to pursue his MBA. The Jackets lose two starters on the offensive line, and Gilbert, who graduates this spring, would be a third if he leaves. Center Sean Bedford and tackle Austin Barrick return as seniors.


Spring practice starts: March 23

Spring game: April 24

What to watch:

• The quarterback competition. Chris Turner has graduated, leaving Jamarr Robinson the top option going into the spring, but he has limited experience. The staff liked what he did when Turner was injured, but Danny O’Brien, Miami (Ohio) transfer Clay Belton and C.J. Brown will all be given an opportunity. Look for O’Brien to start the spring at No. 2 on the depth chart.

• Cornerback: Cameron Chism is the only returning starter in the secondary, but right now the staff has fewer concerns about the safeties. Maryland will have to find some bodies at corner, and Dexter McDougle, who redshirted as a true freshman last year, is one option. Michael Carter and Trenton Hughes, who was the third corner last year, are also among a handful of candidates.

• The offensive line. Losing Bruce Campbell to the NFL hurt, but the Terps also lost starter Phil Costa. Justin Gilbert, a redshirt sophomore, could inherit Campbell’s job. And there’s always Mr. Versatility -- Paul Pinegar. He has helped the Terps at both tackle spots and left guard, and this spring he’ll likely be given a shot at center.


Spring practice starts: Feb. 23

Spring game: March 27 (tentative)

What to watch:

• Tight end/offensive line: Jimmy Graham is gone, and the Canes don’t return any tight ends with any experience other than Richard Gordon, who was injured the majority of last season. Miami signed four tight ends in this recruiting class, but none of them were early enrollees. Miami has to replace three starters up front, including both tackles and the center.

• How the two young quarterbacks perform: The health of Jacory Harris was precious last year, as he had nobody behind him with any experience after the transfers of Taylor Cook and Cannon Smith. The depth has improved a bit with A.J. Highsmith, who played sparingly last year, and Stephen Morris, one of the early enrollees.

• Upgrade on the d-line? Progress up front began with the hire of Rick Petri as defensive line coach, and it’s up to Petri to help the Canes become better pass rushers. Miami will depend upon its two mainstays -- Allen Bailey and Josh Holmes. The right end position was a group effort last year, and Miami has to replace Joe Joseph and Eric Moncur.


Spring practice starts: March 15

Spring game: April 10

What to watch:

• Quarterback T.J. Yates. It’s his job to lose, and the coaching staff still has confidence in him, but Bryn Renner is waiting in the wings, and Braden Hanson will also be given an opportunity. The staff is looking for the offense to improve its passing efficiency and cut down on turnovers.

• The offensive line. It was a patchwork effort in 2009, thanks to injuries and inexperience, and will be a major key in how much UNC improves offensively this year. The Heels have to replace two starters, and Jonathan Cooper is likely to move from guard to center, and right guard Alan Pelc will miss spring drills while recovering from shoulder surgery.

• Defensive line tweaks. There aren’t many questions on a defense that should be one of the best in the country, but somebody has to replace Cam Thomas and defensive end E.J. Wilson. Tydreke Powell is the frontrunner to take over at defensive tackle and Quinton Coples at defensive end. Both were backups last year at their respective positions.


Spring practice starts: March 9

Spring game: April 17

What to watch:

• Backup quarterback Mike Glennon. Russell Wilson is the starter, but he’s going to be playing baseball all spring. Keep an eye on his backup to see if Glennon can make it any more of a competition in Wilson’s absence.

• Chris Ward at punter. No, it’s not usually, the highlight of the spring, but in this case, it’s necessary. Ward is it -- he’s their only option right now, and it’s a position the Pack struggled with last year. Ward was expected to be the starter last season, but he was inconsistent. He’s definitely got the talent to be the guy.

• The recovery of linebacker Nate Irving. After being severely injured in a one-car crash last summer, Irving is hopeful he can go through spring drills. He has been lifting with the team and running with the sports medicine staff, but it’s still uncertain how limited his contact will be.


Spring practice starts: March 15

Spring game: April 10

What to watch:

• Quarterback competition. Marc Verica is the only one with any experience, and first-year offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor hasn’t been in Charlottesville long enough to evaluate any of the candidates. That’s what the spring is for, and true freshman Michael Strauss is the lone incoming quarterback on campus, so he’ll have a head start on the playbook. Of the four quarterbacks Virginia signed in this year’s class, Strauss is the only one listed as a true quarterback. The Cavs also have Ross Metheny, who redshirted last year, and Riko Smalls, who redshirted in ‘08 and was No. 2 on the depth chart when Verica was out with a concussion.

• Coaching transition. First-year coach Mike London has hired almost an entirely new staff, and they’ll bring changes in philosophy and scheme. London has said he wants to get the defense back to the traditional 4-3, and revert to the tradition of featuring the tight ends, offensive linemen and running backs.

• Running back. The Cavs will have the help up front, but they need to replace their four leading rushers in Mikell Simpson, Rashawn Jackson, Vic Hall and Jameel Sewell. The staff will look at true freshman Kevin Parks, but also have Torrey Mack and Dominique Wallace, who had just seemed to be coming on at Southern Miss when he was injured and missed the rest of the season.


Spring practice starts: March 31

Spring game: April 24

What to watch:

• Revamped defensive line. The Hokies have to replace three of four starters up front. The only defensive ends with significant playing time are Chris Drager, who the staff wanted to move back to tight end, and Steven Friday. Redshirt freshmen will be given a chance – Duan Perez-Means, Tyrel Wilson, James Gayle and J.R. Collins – but they’ve never played. Isaiah Hamlette is the only other end who’s played and that was a skinny minute. At defensive tackle, Antoine Hopkins will be the frontrunner to replace Cordarrow Thompson.

• Darren Evans’ comeback. Evans, the team’s leading rusher in 2008, is working his way back from a season-ending ACL injury, and one of the biggest questions in Blacksburg is how the staff will divide the carries in such a talented backfield that includes Ryan Williams. With two returning 1,000-yard rushers, will David Wilson decide to redshirt? The spring will help him in that decision.

• The evolution of Tyrod Taylor. He’s going to be a senior, and with so many questions on defense heading into the season, the offense will be leading the way. This should be a breakout year for Taylor, who by now should have mastered the offense and should consistently be a passing threat to compliment his running abilities.


Spring practice starts: March 16

Spring game: April 17

What to watch:

• The quarterback competition. It’s the most glaring hole the Deacs have to fill this spring, as they’re tasked with replacing the winningest quarterback in school history, Riley Skinner, and his backup, Ryan McManus. Redshirt sophomores Ted Stachitas and Skylar Jones, and sophomore Brendan Cross, will compete with rookie Tanner Price for the top spot.

• Offensive line. The Deacs will take a huge hit here, as seven players in the two-deep depth chart were redshirt seniors, including all four tackles. Three starters have to be replaced.

• The interior defensive line. Nose guard Boo Robinson and John Russell have graduated, and Russell’s backup, Michael Lockett, was also a redshirt senior. The Deacs are in good shape at the ends, but will need some help inside.

ACC, Russell Wilson, Darren Evans, Marc Verica, Boo Robinson, Phil Costa, Jamarr Robinson, Mike Glennon, David Wilson, Jimmy Graham, Jamie Harper, Michael Carter, Sean Renfree, Mikell Simpson, Austin Barrick, E.J. Wilson, Jacory Harris, Joe Joseph, Skylar Jones, T.J. Yates, Sean Bedford, Jonathan Dwyer, John Russell, Nate Irving, Thaddeus Lewis, E.J. Manuel, Ryan Williams, C.J. Spiller, Eric Moncur, Bruce Campbell, Demaryius Thomas, Rashawn Jackson, Cannon Smith, Tyrod Taylor, Ryan McManus, Chris Turner, Dave Shinskie, Cordarrow Thompson, Richard Gordon, Christian Ponder, Johnny Williams, Morgan Burnett, Riley Skinner, Derrick Morgan, Jameel Sewell, Allen Bailey, Mike London, Mark Herzlich, Taylor Cook, Leon Wright, Ted Stachitas, Jim Ramella, Jonathan Cooper, Mark Stoops, Cameron Chism, A.J. Highsmith, Braden Hanson, Bryn Renner, Paul Pinegar, Austin Giles, Kaleb Ramsey, CHris Chancellor, Andre Ellington, Luke Kuechly, Cam Thomas, Marcus Gilchrist, Chase Rettig, Michael Strauss, Tanner Price, Anthony McCloud, Debrale Smiley, Brendan Cross, Antoine Hopkins, Bill Lazor, Brad Newman, C.J. Brown, Charlie Hatcher, Chris Drager, Chris Hazelton, Chris Ward, Clay Belton, Crezdon Butler, Danny O\'Brien, DeAndrew McDaniel, Dexter McDougle, Dominique Wallace, Duan Perez-Means, Isaiah Hamlette, J.R. Collins, James Gayle, Joseph Gilbert, Josh Bordner, Josh Holmes, Justin Gilbert, Kevin Parks, Kyle Paker, Michael Lockett, Ochuko Jenije, Quinton Coples, Rahsard Hall, Rick Petri, Rodney Smith, Roko Smalls, Ross Metheny, Sean Schroeder, Stephen Morris, Sydney Sarmiento, Torrey Mack, Trenton Hughes, Tydreke Powell, Tyrel Wilson, Wesley Oglesby, Willie Haulstead