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ACC Pre-Spring Preview - Why To Be Happy
Florida State's Greg Reid
Florida State's Greg Reid
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Posted Feb 14, 2011


2011 ACC Pre-Spring Preview - Why Every ACC Team Should Be Happy

2011 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Excited - ACC


Click for each team's pre-spring lookback and lookahead
Atlantic Boston Coll | Clemson | Florida St | Maryland | NC St | Wake Forest
Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech

2011 ACC Pre-Spring Preview
- ACC Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On
 
Atlantic

Boston College
In Montel Harris and Luke Kuechly, BC boasts cornerstone players on both sides of the ball who could potentially be the ACC's Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Plus, after enduring the growing pains of Chase Rettig in his first season out of high school, the quarterback should be better prepared to contribute in 2011.

Clemson
Most of the Tigers’ skill position players were young in 2010 and are coming back with the potential for the extra year of experience to translate into more production. RB Andre Ellington has a very high ceiling, and DeAndre Hopkins led the team in receiving as a true freshman.
 
Florida State
The Seminoles are coming off their best season in years, capped by an impressive win over South Carolina in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The defense should be in good shape, especially in a secondary that boasts young stars in cornerbacks Greg Reid and Xavier Rhodes. With the phenomenal recruiting class Fisher and his staff have brought in, the influx of talent will make the young team that much deeper.
 
Maryland
Randy Edsall is a proven winner, guiding Connecticut to improbable heights and doing some big things with a lot less talent than he has with his new squad. He has the right formula for success and the young quarterback to elevate the program, and it doesn't hurt that his first recruiting class was surprisingly fantastic.

NC State
With its most wins since 2002, NC State has rare momentum and confidence, which should bleed into recruiting and the 2011 season. No matter who the quarterback turns out to be, he’ll have plenty of weapons, including young back Mustafa Greene, who showed flashes of greatness as a possible key to the offense.

Wake Forest
Wake Forest used a slew of underclassmen last fall and has a nice base of young talents to build around The program won’t lose much to graduation, making experience and leadership less of a problem down the road. Now the talent that's in place has to come through and produce.

Coastal

Duke
The 2011 recruiting class was the best in years and will provide instant depth and some serious position battles. This remains a young team with its best days ahead of it, but the expectations will be high right now. The Blue Devils were at their best down the stretch, winning 2-of-5 and challenging Boston College, Georgia Tech, and North Carolina in losses.
 
Georgia Tech
That QB Josh Nesbitt missed the last month of the season was bad for 2010 and a blessing for 2011. Tevin Washington got a head start on his maturation process, playing the last five games and showing signs of being the next dual-threat to run Tech’s option. He'll be in for a battle for the starting job, but he'll be able to hit the ground running.

Miami
Al Golden is considered one of the game’s hotter young coaches and an upgrade from the underachieving Randy Shannon. There are enough returning starters on both sides of the ball for him to get off to a fast start in his debut, and the expectations will be sky-high from the start. If he could win at Temple, he should be able to handle making Miami a bigger ACC player. At least that's the theory.

North Carolina
The upshot to all of the suspensions and all the team's 201 drama is that several young players had to step into key roles. While the quarterback will be inexperienced, the staff can’t wait to showcase the potential of former blue-chipper Bryn Renner. There's more next-level talent where the last batch came from.

Virginia
The new staff used a lot of young players who are hoping to play with greater consistency in 2011. The line loses just a single starter to graduation, and true freshman Morgan Moses appears to have star potential at tackle. Mike London did a whale of a job recruiting with a terrific class of young talents coming in.

Virginia Tech
Whoever gets the ball from Frank Beamer will line up behind a front wall that started four juniors in 2010. The D has all-star potential at each level, headed by Jayron Hosley at cornerback. If everyone can hit a bit more and be more consistent against the mediocre offenses, watch out.

Click for each team's pre-spring lookback and lookahead
Atlantic Boston Coll | Clemson | Florida St | Maryland | NC St | Wake Forest
Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech

2011 ACC Pre-Spring Preview
- ACC Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On