ACC Football Daily Links — Florida State’s Thin Backfield Gives Freshman Mario Pender a Chance This Spring

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Florida State Opens Spring Practice Thin at RB (

Florida State opens spring practice this week, returning several of the key pieces from last season’s 9-4 campaign and hoping to finally reclaim their former post at the top of the ACC. The Seminoles’ rushing game sputtered early due to nagging injuries and setbacks in the backfield, and eventually true freshmen DevontaFreeman and James Wilder Jr. emerged as two of the primary ball carriers for the offense…

Virginia Looking for More in 2012 (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Virginia linebacker Steve Greer said he hates to lose more than he likes to win. Translation: Last year’s surprise appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl was nice, but it’s not enough. Greer is expecting more in 2012, and he’s not alone. “You don’t want to stay the same or go backwards,” Greer said…

FSU’s O-Line Could Have Foreign Flavor (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Florida State offensive line coach Rick Trickett likes to joke that the Seminoles have their own version of the United Nations. Star defensive end Bjoern Werner is a native of Berlin, Germany, and the Seminoles’ starting offensive tackles this coming season might be from England and Switzerland…

Mark Myers Is Ready to Compete for Starting QB (Cardiac Hill)

Everyone has been wondering if Chad Voytik would be able to come in and win the starting QB spot ahead of veteran Tino Sunseri. Many, though, haven’t considered a more likely possibility – Mark Myers’ ability to move up the depth chart. Mark Myers has the potential to be a great QB for Pitt under Paul Chryst’s new (old) system. He is a prototypical pro-style QB with a great arm…

Northwestern Football Continues to Schedule Smart; Shouldn’t Boston College Too? (BC Interruption)

Last summer I commented on Northwestern’s “like academic” college football scheduling approach, wondering whether Boston College should take a similar approach to non-conference scheduling. Last Wednesday, Northwestern AD Jim Phillips announced that the Wildcats will continue its tour of the USN&WR Top 50 with a home-and-home with Stanford in 2015-16…

Dabo Swinney Says Tarvaris Barnes On the Right Track to Becoming ‘Special’ DT (Orange and White)

Barring the unforeseen, Tyler Shatley is not coming back. Shatley’s successful move to offensive guard, where he is now considered a starter, leaves Clemson’s interior defensive line in the hands of a six-pack of players long on athleticism and potential, but short on experience…

Virginia Football: 2012 Spring Preview (Streaking the Lawn)

The Virginia football team began their spring practice period this morning, coming off a promising season and a Peach Bowl berth. There are, of course, a handful of questions coming into spring practice, including several position battles, some guys at new positions and a couple of new coaching responsibilities. One thing that is not in question, for the first time in a while, is the Quarterback spot…

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