ACC Football Daily Links — Coastal Division Seeks a Favorite Among Duke, Miami, Virginia Tech

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Miami, Virginia Tech Top Contenders in ACC’s Defenseless Coastal Division (Daily Press)

The first-place team has lost two games by a combined 93-16. The second-place upstart dropped its first road test by 37. The defending champion is in its worst defensive funk in nine years, and the highest-scoring bunch is ineligible for postseason. Welcome to ACC football, Coastal Division style. One of the division’s outfits — mutts would be too harsh — will qualify for the conference championship game…

Duke Assesses Options at Quarterback (Burlington Times-News)

At least this sounds like a good situation regarding the quarterbacks for Duke’s football team. The Blue Devils are in a wait-and-see mode this week before figuring out whether Sean Renfree, a three-year starter, or Anthony Boone, who tossed four touchdown passes in his first collegiate start last week, is on the field for the first snaps Saturday afternoon at Virginia Tech…

Tech Players Had Trust in Groh (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The fondness that Georgia Tech cornerback Louis Young has for former coordinator Al Groh was obvious. I spoke with Young for a story about Groh that, as you might guess, didn’t get past the reporting stage as the play of the Yellow Jackets defense resulted in his firing Monday. Young was recruited to Tech by Groh, who had been following Young’s progress since he was a sophomore at Good Counsel in Olney, Md…

Maryland Defense Comes Up Big (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Maryland defensive end A.J. Francis grew up a huge Cowboys fan and remembers watching Brian Stewart lead the Dallas defense back in 2008 and 2009. Francis loved the way Stewart coached. So imagine his surprise when Stewart was named defensive coordinator at Maryland back in January. Francis could hardly believe his luck, and was eager to get coaching advice from somebody he had grown to admire…

Terps Try to Get Running Game Going (Capital Gazette)

Maryland football coach Randy Edsall understands the importance of a good running game. That’s why the Terrapins’ struggles in that department this season are such a concern. “We need to keep working at it and getting better at it,” he said. “We need to be able to run the football because I want to be a physical team”…

Pitt’s Ray Graham Benefits From Rushel Shell, Decreased Workload (Cardiac Hill)

Pitt’s Ray Graham is having a solid season so far. With 419 yards and four touchdowns on the season, he’s on pace for about 1,000 yards and ten scores. But there’s an interesting trend to note – he’s done better this season when working on a decreased workload. In the two games where he’s rushed for more than 20 times (Virginia Tech and Syracuse), he’s had his two lowest yard-per-carry averages…

Virginia Football Recruits: How Have They Stacked Up? (Streaking the Lawn)

One of the most common explanations concerning Virginia’s 2-4 start centers on lack of talent among the upperclassmen. The final recruiting classes of Al Groh’s tenure in Charlottesville left a lot to be desired, the theory goes, and that’s causing some pain in 2012. Let’s dig a little deeper to see how some of Groh’s final recruits have panned out. Beware: that digging involves numbers…

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