Friday, August 21, 2009

IT’S THE WEEKEND, TIME FOR LOTS OF “LINKS”

Link, link up everybody!

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich.

*Georgia Tech cornerback Mario Butler takes pride in his toughness, and the coaches have noticed.

*Maryland's boosters have ponied-up the cash so the Terps don't have to take the bus.

*At BC, it's no surprise the defense is still ahead of the offense. Fumbles, sacks, drops, you name it. For some, it looks like question marks. For others, it's simply an opportunity.

*Clemson first-year defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has been around the block at a few programs, but the Tigers' defensive line is one of the deepest he's ever seen.

*Miami's defensive ends took another step back with the news that Eric Moncur went to Philly to be examined for pain near his groin. The good news, though, is that Graig Cooper is out of his boot, and Manny Navarro has an interesting update on the infamous Bryce Brown.

*Al Groh hasn't ruled out the possibility of getting Vic Hall and Jameel Sewell on the field together at the same time this fall, but he's not exactly talking about it, either.

*Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams is getting more reps now that Josh Oglesby and Darren Evans are hurt.

*Wake Forest tight end Ben Wooster would like be a little more involved in the passing game, and he's not afraid to try a little osmosis on his roommate to help his cause.

*FSU's defensive line was a little bit undersized last year, but they've added some bulk.
One of the big questions facing Duke is how the Blue Devils will replace star receiver Eron Riley, but as a group, they could have it covered.

*Miami defensive end Adewale Ojomo (#97) had surgery Tuesday morning for a broken jaw and could miss the season opener. Was he sucker punched? There seem to be conflicting reports.

*Tim Tebow? Pshh. He ain't got nothin' on Charlie Ward.

*There's an overall attitude change at Florida State, and the players' are the ones calling the meeting for it.

*Steven Friday is a guy who will come in handy on Saturdays for the Hokies this year.
Georgia Tech safety Cooper Taylor's versatility makes him the perfect wolf.

*When UNC coach Butch Davis talks about turnovers, the team listens. It's a proven formula for winning.

*BC freshman defensive tackle Dillon Quinn is learning as fast as he can, so he can help the Eagles at one of the spots they need it most -- up front. The ideal situation would be to redshirt Quinn, but the staff might not have that luxury.

*NC State will be without third-string tight end Mario Carter for at least the season opener after knee surgery. The Pack is about mid-way through its summer camp, and still looking for answers at a few positions.

*Virginia has one important rule for its receivers: If you don't block, you don't play. Lesson learned for Raynard Horne.

*Wake Forest joined the ACC injury club on Tuesday when receiver Terence Davis went down with a torn ACL. That could provide a way to get Skylar Jones on the field.

*Aside from Jacoby Ford, Clemson's receivers have been an inconsistent group.

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