ACC Football Daily Links — Off-Campus Spring Practices Providing Recruiting Advantage

Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

One of College Football’s Best Recruiting Ideas of the Spring (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The University of North Carolina is doing something this spring that may be developing into a trend among other college football teams in the Southeast. It’s a terrific idea, especially from a recruiting standpoint, by UNC first-year coach Larry Fedora. The Tar Heels have moved one of their spring practices to an off-campus location – 135 miles away to the fertile recruiting grounds of Charlotte…

Cutcliffe ‘Amazed’ at Duke’s Progress (Winston-Salem Journal)

David Cutcliffe had a vision and a purpose when he became Duke’s football coach in 2007, and he said he can see both nearing their final stages now as he prepares for his fifth season. Spring practice ended last weekend with the spring game. The are still many problems to solve for Duke to post its first winning season since 1994, but Cutcliffe is confident that the answers aren’t very far away…

2012 Recruiting Cycle: Clemson/ACC Atlantic Comparison (Shakin’ the Southland)

We have a couple loose 2012 recruiting items to tie together to compare Clemson’s class to others around the ACC and the Southeast. We featured Clemson’s class extensively earlier through a recruiting class overview and a “Did we fill our needs?” article. If you have particular questions about how we fared in the ’12 cycle I highly encourage you to check out those articles…

Early Projections For 2012-13 Bowls (Orlando Sentinel)

For most teams, spring games are just around the corner and that means expectations are running high. With less than 150 days until the start of the college season, we thought it would be a great time to break down the 2012-13 bowl picture. Why put off for tomorrow what can be done today, right?…

Defense Impresses Miami Hurricanes’ Al Golden (Miami Herald)

The University of Miami’s second spring scrimmage last Friday in Fort Myers, by now reviewed ad nauseam by Hurricanes coaches and players, punctuated to coach Al Golden what he didn’t need film to realize: the defense is really rocking. Of course, that only makes him worry about the offense, which he said rebounded with a strong performance at the first post-scrimmage practice Tuesday…

Terps Mixing Things Up This Spring (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Maryland’s third week of spring practice has given way to two notable position changes, though the biggest news may revolve around a player standing pat. Kenny Tate will play the strongside linebacker position for the Terrapins in 2012, coach Randy Edsall said. Tate played safety for three years before moving to linebacker last season, a move that produced mixed results…

Clemson Linebackers Embracing Brent Venables’ Simpler Scheme (Orange and White)

For Corico Hawkins, learning Kevin Steele’s scheme was akin to being dropped in the deep end of the pool and being told, “Swim.” “I was a freshman, and I was like, ‘What in the world?” Clemson’s senior linebacker said Wednesday. “Coming from a high school defense where you run one call, one coverage, and it was like, ‘Go, Corico, go,’ or ‘Go, Johnny, go.’ Coming into coach Steele’s scheme, it was like, ‘Oh my goodness.'”…

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