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ACC Pre-Spring Preview - The Concerns
Georgia Tech QB Tevin Washington
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Posted Feb 8, 2012


2012 ACC Pre-Spring Preview - Why Every ACC Team Should Be Grouchy

2012 Pre-Spring Preview   

Why To Be Grouchy - 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
All-America LB Luke Kuechly’s decision to leave early for the NFL leaves a massive void in the middle of the D. While coaches are excited about the futures of Kevin Pierre-Louis, Sean Duggan and Steele Divitto, there’s no simple way to offset the production of a player who averaged 177 tackles over three seasons.

Clemson
The program’s two best defensive linemen, DE Andre Branch and DT Brandon Thompson, have exhausted their eligibility. New coordinator Brent Venables will have his hands full with a D that capped an inconsistent season by yielding 70 points to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl.
 
Florida State
The line remains a glaring offseason question mark that’s capable of derailing the offense. Banged up and out of synch in 2011, Florida State will still be somewhat inexperienced at the point of attack, with a couple of pivotal starters needing to be replaced.
 
Maryland
The in-season uncertainty at quarterback from a year ago figures to trickle into 2012. Head coach Randy Edsall, never one to excel in developing passers, must decide whether Danny O’Brien or C.J. Brown is going to pilot his attack, a decision that could go right up until the opener.
 
NC State
The Pack will need to make wholesale changes at linebacker, a position of strength a year ago. Not only have ultra-productive seniors Audie Cole and Dwayne Maddox run out of eligibility, but Second Team All-ACC junior Terrell Manning declared early for the draft.

Wake Forest
The offensive line promises to be a concern right up until the opener. Four starters have graduated, including anchor Joe Looney at left guard, leaving the coaching staff to conduct auditions for the next seven months. And last fall’s veteran unit still ranked 100th in the country in pass protection.

Coastal

Duke
The perennial league also-rans will carry a seven-game losing streak into the opener in September. The Blue Devils haven’t been to the postseason since 1994, and much of the enthusiasm that surrounded the hiring of Cutcliffe four years ago has long since been replaced a familiar feeling of despair and frustration.

Georgia Tech
The defensive line figures to once again be a weakness for Tech. An already marginal group has parted ways with graduating DE Jason Peters and DT Logan Walls, who combined for 66 starts throughout their career. Someone other than LB Jeremiah Attaochu will need to get pressure in 2012.

Miami
The turnover on the roster from 2011 is going to be extensive. Not only were a dozen seniors on the two-deep for last November’s regular season finale with Boston College, but leading rusher Lamar Miller, leading receiver Tommy Streeter, top blocker Brandon Washington and starting D-linemen Olivier Vernon and Marcus Forston all left school early for the NFL Draft.

North Carolina
Next-level WR Dwight Jones is going to leave a gaping void in the passing game now that he’s off to the NFL. The can’t-miss, 6-4, 225-pound target was a natural safety net for Renner in 2011, hauling in 85 passes for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns in an All-ACC finale in Chapel Hill.

Virginia
Last season’s breakout 8-5 squad lost a lot of key veterans to graduation. Both sides of the ball will looking to Mike London’s first two recruiting classes for help, with the O-line losing a pair of starters, the D-line needing to replace three stalwarts and the secondary almost needing to start over from scratch.

Virginia Tech
For the second straight year, the Hokies are being forced to replace an elite back who left early for the NFL. Last season, they had electrifying David Wilson in the stable, but now that he’s gone, the program will be challenged to mine a successor to help support burgeoning QB Logan Thomas.

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