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August 23, 2006

ACC notes: Virginia Tech defense looking stingy

A quick look at the latest news out of the ACC from around the Rivals.com Network:

Atlantic Division Practice Reports
Boston College: The team held its final scrimmage Monday. Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth both rushed for touchdowns while Brandon Robinson scored the lone receiving touchdown. Freshman safety Wes Davis led the defense with 10 tackles.
Clemson: The Clemson offense looked good in Tuesday's scrimmage. Quarterback Will Proctor completed 11 of his 14 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. The offense did not turn the ball over during the 50-minute session. Receivers Chansi Stuckey, Demerick Chancellor and Jacoby Ford each had a touchdown catch.
Florida State: Freshman offensive lineman Matt Hardrick was carted off the field during Saturday's scrimmage with an ankle injury. The offensive line has looked especially good in preseason camp. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons has been a disruptive force in scrimmages and drills.
Maryland: The Terps hope freshman receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is back for tomorrow's scrimmage. He has been sidelined with a shoulder injury. Offensive tackle Jared Gaither and guard Jaimie Thomas both returned to practice Monday after a two-suspension. The knee injury suffered by safety Jamari McCollough on Monday appears to be a season-ending ACL tear.
N.C. State: The team has appeared to gain confidence in starting quarterback Marcus Stone. The team is still looking at replacements for departed first round ends Mario Williams and Manny Lawson. Willie Young, Littleton Wright, Raymond Brooks, Martrel Brown and John Amanchukwu have all shown flashes, but none of them have separated themselves consistently enough this camp to be named the starters.
Wake Forest: The defense looked good in Saturday's scrimmage. Senior defensive tackle Jyles Tucker was a fixture in the offensive backfield, recording three sacks and two other tackles for loss. Junior Micah Andrews had two long runs but both were called back. Freshman running back Josh Adams had a 33-yard touchdown run on the final play.
Coastal Division Practice Reports
Duke: It appears Marcus Jones will be the opening day starter at quarterback. Sophomore wideout Raphael Chestnut has been one of the top performers in the preseason, and although he has not cracked the starting lineup, expect him to see a lot of playing time. The team still has a number of options at running back. Justin Boyle and Requan Boyette are the most complete backs of the group, and one of them will probably see the bulk of the carries. However Ronnie Drummer has been the most explosive, and it will be hard to keep him on the sidelines.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have been battling injury problems but got some players back on the practice field. Defensive ends Darrell Robertson and Michael Johnson, fullback Mike Cox and guard Matt Rhodes all returned to practice. Tight end Michael Matthews caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Reggie Ball during the red zone portion of Saturday's scrimmage.
Miami: The 'Canes remain very thin at wide receiver despite moving freshman cornerback Ryan Hill to the offense. Junior Terrell Walden remains out and Tuesday sophomore Khalil Jones wore a protective boot on his sprained ankle. One receiver who is healthy, Lance Leggett made a great 45-yard catch in Tuesday's scrimmage. Javarris James worked as the second-team running back during the scrimmage.
North Carolina: Fullback Nick Starcevic has been opening holes for running backs. Offensive lineman Ben Lemming showed versatility by moving all across the line. He has played center, guard and tackle. Jesse Holley has developed into a leader for the younger receivers on the team, including freshman Hakeem Nicks.
Virginia: Eugene Monroe is still favoring his surgically repaired knee. The 6-6 315-pound sophomore is expected to replace D'Brickashaw Ferguson as the team's left tackle this season. Senior Fontel Mines is now the go-to receiver with Deyon Williams out with a broken foot.
Virginia Tech: The defensive line controlled the scrimmage on Saturday, giving the offense very little room to run. Branden Ore was the only back to break the 10 yard mark for the day, rushing for 29 yards on five carries. Xavier Adibi, Dorian Porch and Barry Booker each recorded four tackles during the scrimmage.

(Compiled by Brandon Castel, Rivals.com)

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