NCF Nation: Tony Jackson
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Happy spring Saturday, ACC fans. We'll look closer at each school after spring ball is over, but a few reports have come in Saturday from spring games around the league. Here's a quick update, per each school's sports information director:
(Usually I go in alphabetical order, but I'm starting with NC State because of the large turnout in support of the late Kay Yow).
A crowd of 21,075 fans attended the Wolfpack's spring game, which was named in honor of the late Kay Yow. Each fan was asked to donate a dollar, and the day, according to Tim Peeler's report on GoPack.com, was as much a celebration of Yow's life as it was a spring football game.
Of course, there was also plenty of interest in how the quarterbacks, starter Russell Wilson and backup Mike Glennon, fared. Glennon was 23-of-38 for 272 yards and one touchdown, and competed for both teams. Wilson, who had to leave early for a baseball game, completed 10 of 14 passes for 195 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown pass to Owen Spencer. NC State's entire report can be found here.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Renfree threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns to lead the White squad to a 24-17 victory over the Blue team in front of 4,162 fans at the annual spring game held Saturday afternoon at Wallace Wade Stadium.
"The game was crisp with few penalties," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "No one was sloppy with the football and I thought the game was intense. I told the players before the game that we are a good football team. I thought they played like one today. We had really good execution for the most part throughout the game."
Renfree completed 15-of-24 throws with touchdowns of 17 yards to wide receiver Matt Pridemore and 17 yards to tight end Danny Parker. Pridemore led the White team with five receptions for 67 yards while running back Patrick Kurunwune led all rushers with 66 yards on 13 attempts while hauling in four passes for an additional 67 yards. Running back Tony Jackson added a touchdown run and finished with 34 yards on six carries.
For the Blue unit, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis hit on 17 of 23 passes for 257 yards while rushing for a pair of one-yard touchdowns. His favorite target was wide receiver Donovan Varner who had six grabs for 116 yards.
"We went out there and executed," Lewis said. "We had some big plays today. The coaches put us in good situations. We can go to the tight ends over the middle and to our shifty guys who can get yards after the catch. If they leave our running backs open we can get the ball to those guys with space and let them do what they do best."
Duke's entire report can be found here.
Washington ran for two touchdowns, threw for another and the Gold team held off a late rally by the White team for a 31-28 victory in Georgia Tech's spring game. With junior quarterback Josh Nesbitt sidelined with a minor shoulder injury, Shaw scored three touchdowns and produced 263 yards of total offense for the White team, which scored two touchdowns in the final 3:30 to make things interesting down the stretch.
Washington finished with 43 yards rushing and was 7-of-10 passing for 167 yards.
"The best news is that no one got hurt," coach Paul Johnson said. "We put the ball on the ground today, but we are way ahead of where we were at this time last year."
The two teams combined for eight fumbles. Both teams also produced more than 400 yards of total offense. For the school's entire report, click here.
The Cavaliers unveiled their no-huddle offense for the first time this spring, and threw the ball 53 times while mixing in 57 running plays. The offense only scored two times though. Marc Verica, the starting quarterback for the nine games in 2008, completed 14 of 19 throws for 148 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown to Raynard Horne.
The only other score by the offense came on a 48-yard run by tailback Mikell Simpson. He led all rushers with 64 yards.
Vic Hall, who started at quarterback in the 2008 finale at Virginia Tech, was the first signal-caller on the field with the offense. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 98 yards. Jameel Sewell, who did not play last year while not enrolled at the university, managed 61 yards while completing seven of 11 throws.
The Cavs entire report can be found here.
Check back for more on Monday.