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ACC Pre-Spring Preview - What Needs Work?
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Posted Feb 8, 2012


2012 ACC Pre-Spring Preview - What Every ACC Team Needs To Work On.

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

What To Work On - ACC


Atlantic Boston Coll | Clemson | Florida St | Maryland | NC St | Wake Forest
Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech

2012 ACC Pre-Spring Preview
- ACC Atlantic Pre-Spring Rankings
- ACC Coastal Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On
2012 Recruiting Rankings ACC Atlantic | ACC Coastal
 
Atlantic

Boston College
The offense. You name it, and the Boston College attack struggled at it in 2011. Heck, this unit has been feeble for years, averaging a league-low 298 yards and 18 points a game last fall. Only 11 schools nationally normed fewer yards per play than the Eagles.

Clemson
Plugging the myriad holes on defense. The Tigers lacked consistency throughout 2011, both against the run and the pass. They were burned for 26 touchdown passes, including six in the Orange Bowl debacle, and allowed well over four yards per carry.

Florida State
Blocking. The Seminoles did a lot of things well last fall, but winning the line of scrimmage on offense was not one of them. They were 104th in the country on the ground, and 110th in sacks allowed, a direct result of what was taking place in the trenches.
 
Maryland
Stopping the run. Technically, the Terrapins need to work on everything, but the top priority will be fixing a run defense that was a sieve a year ago. Maryland stood 111th in the area in 2011, giving up 219 yards a game, and 4.7 yards a carry.

NC State
To run the ball with more consistency. This has been an area that’s plagued the program for years, but especially since Tom O’Brien came aboard as the head coach. State was 109th in the country , averaging slightly more than three yards a carry. There’s cautious optimism that the return of RB Mustafa Greene from a foot injury will create an uptick in production.

Wake Forest
Getting to the quarterback. In 13 games, the Demon Deacons managed to get to the quarterback just 11 times, ranking ahead of only five of the country’s 120 FBS schools. With leading edge rusher Kyle Wilber gone, someone other than NG Nikita Whitlock needs to become a regular in opposing backfields.

Coastal

Duke
Pass defense. The Duke D has long been an Achilles’ heel of the program, with the secondary taking the majority of the lumps last fall. The team was a dismal 108th nationally in pass efficiency defense in 2011, yielding 23 touchdown passes, picking off only six balls and giving up a whopping 8.7 yards per attempt.
 
Georgia Tech
Defense, particularly on third downs. One of the central reasons that the Yellow Jackets gave up at least 30 points in each of 2011’s final four games was an inability to make stops at key junctures of the game. There’s talent in the back eight, but it needs to assert itself more in the upcoming season.

Miami
Takeaways. It’s unconscionable that a team as athletic as Miami created only 15 turnovers in a dozen games last year. Only Duke was less opportunistic in the ACC. While the secondary did a decent job of defensing the pass, it needs to at least double the six interceptions it grabbed in 2011.

North Carolina
Stopping the pass. When Carolina had problems last season, the secondary was a frequent culprit, playing too soft in coverage, especially in the red zone. Rarely having a true playmaker on the field, the Tar Heels gave up 24 touchdown passes, and allowed 61% of the other guy’s passes to be completed.

Virginia
On the play of the quarterbacks. It’s been a long time since the Cavaliers had any consistency behind center. Too long. Michael Rocco and David Watford will resume their battle for reps after combining for 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the nation’s 90th-ranked passing efficiency team.

Virginia Tech
Special teams, specifically the punting game. In uncharacteristic fashion, Virginia Tech endured constant problems with its punters, using three different players before eventually going with senior WR Danny Coale. The team was dead last in the ACC in net punting, which won’t sit well with this staff in the offseason.

Atlantic Boston Coll | Clemson | Florida St | Maryland | NC St | Wake Forest
Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech

2012 ACC Pre-Spring Preview
- ACC Atlantic Pre-Spring Rankings
- ACC Coastal Pre-Spring Rankings
- Why Every Team Should Be Excited
- Why Every Team Should Be Grouchy
- What Every Team Needs To Work On
2012 Recruiting Rankings ACC Atlantic | ACC Coastal