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2013 ACC Preview - Coastal Team Breakdown
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Posted Jul 26, 2013


Preview 2013 - CFN ACC Team By Team Quick Looks and Predicted Finish



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2013 CFN ACC PREVIEW

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2013 CFN ACC PREVIEW

ATLANTIC
- 2013 BC Preview
- 2013 Clemson Preview
- 2013 Florida State Preview
- 2013 Maryland Preview
- 2013 NC State Preview
- 2013 Syracuse Preview
- 2013 Wake Forest Preview
 
COASTAL
- 2013 Duke Preview
- 2013 Georgia Tech Preview 
- 2013 Miami Preview
- 2013 North Carolina Preview 
- 2013 Virginia Preview 
- 2013 Virginia Tech Preview 

- 2013 ACC Preview
- 2013 ACC Unit Rankings
- 2013 CFN ACC Schedules & Picks
- 2013 CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players
- 2013 ACC Atlantic Team Looks & Predicted Finish  
- 2013 ACC Coastal Team Looks & Predicted Finish  
T1. Georgia Tech
2013 CFN Prediction: 8-4
2013 ACC Prediction: 6-2

Offense: Changes are taking place on the Georgia Tech offense in 2013. No, the Yellow Jackets will not be shifting away from the triple-option that’s been the staple since Paul Johnson came aboard more than five years ago. However, Tech will be running it with a new man at the pivot, likely up-and-coming sophomore Vad Lee. Lee played some a year ago, and showed flashes, but he’s now poised to pilot the attack from the opener forward. He’s got as much potential as any of Johnson’ former pupils, and has been groomed the last two years for this moment. Behind the quarterback will be an eclectic mix of B-backs and A-backs that are long on diversity, yet short on star power. Powerful David Sims is the best of the lot, and the one most likely to lead the team in rushing. The ground game should be well-supported form a veteran line that returns four starters. But, the homerun-hitting passing game could suffer a power outage if a capable receiver doesn’t step up. The role was supposed to belong to Jeff Greene, but he’s since transferred to Ohio State.

Defense: The Yellow Jackets have found their permanent replacement for deposed coordinator Al Groh, veteran assistant Ted Roof, who’ll be doing his second stint on the Flats. Roof assumes control of a veteran defense that has the parts to evolve beyond last season’s sloppy and inconsistent results. He inherits eight starters and a swath of seniors who’ll be asked to assume more of a leadership role as the unit switches from a 3-4 to a 4-3. Tech will be especially stable in the back seven, where only two underclassmen might be starting. Linebackers Quayshawn Nealy, Jabari Hunt-Days and Brandon Watts each have All-ACC potential. And CB Jemea Thomas and S Isaiah Johnson are playmakers from the last line of defense. It’s up front where the Jackets need to get much nastier. Roof instantly upgraded the front wall by relocating pass-rushing specialist Jeremiah Attaochu from outside linebacker. But the ACC’s No. 3 sack man in 2012 needs more help if Tech is going to be tougher at the point of attack.

T1. North Carolina
2013 CFN Prediction: 9-3
2013 ACC Prediction: 6-2

Offense: Carolina delivered one of its best offensive seasons in school history in its first year running head coach Larry Fedora’s up-tempo, no-huddle spread. How potent might the Heels be now that they’ve had a full year to digest all of the nuances of the system? After ranking No. 8 nationally in scoring, Carolina has its sights set on even bigger aspirations. It returns triggerman Bryn Renner, one of the country’s most efficient quarterbacks. Renner will no longer have the support of RB Giovani Bernard or three-fifths of his starting line, including All-American G Jonathan Cooper. However, the Heels have recruited very well in recent years, so there’s no shortage of precocious players waiting in the wings. WR Quinshad Davis is a budding star, and the tight ends are as deep as any in the ACC. The line, while adapting to new faces, is strong in the foundation with all-league candidates James Hurst at left tackle and Russell Bodine at center.

Defense: Carolina’s unique 4-2-5 defense performed sporadically, at best, in 2012; now it has to regroup without the services of its two best players, DT Sylvester Williams and LB Kevin Reddick. The Tar Heels are going to be challenged up the middle this fall, and capable on the outside. Teams that run the ball up the gut later this year will see noticeably more room than a year ago. However, throwing on Carolina could be a challenge. The Heels have one of the ACC’s better pass rushers, DE Kareem Martin, and a Tre Boston-led secondary that returns four savvy and physical starters. If another outside rusher, like ‘Bandit’ Norkeithus Otis, emerges, look out. The task for the D will be to shore up a run defense that is going to be vulnerable in the fall. The linebackers are unproven, and the interior of the line is short on elite stoppers.

T1. Virginia Tech
2013 CFN Prediction: 9-3
2013 ACC Prediction: 6-2

Offense: Bryan Stinespring has been reassigned to the delight of Hokies fans. The job of turning around the offense now belongs to Scot Loeffler. Loeffler was brought aboard for a number of reasons, mainly to tinker with erratic QB Logan Thomas. But the remade staff has concerns that extend beyond a single player. Last year’s unit was toothless, ranking 81st nationally in scoring and total offense. Thomas was the focal point of the ineptitude, but the ground game also slumped and the O-line played poorly. Loeffler wants to spread the field this year, but schemes won’t matter if the holdovers don’t execute at a higher level. The line remains a question mark, especially at tackle, and there’s a serious power shortage at the skill positions. J.C. Coleman heads an anonymous backfield, and two of the most productive receivers in school history need to be replaced. The arrival of Loeffler as Stinespring’s replacement ought to help light a spark under an anemic Tech attack. Is it possible, though, that the program has had output problems lately because the personnel is only slightly better than average?

Defense: Losing just two starters from a defense that ranked No. 18 nationally in 2012 has Virginia Tech poised to once again stand among the FBS’ surliest and stingiest units. Coordinator Bud Foster is one of the best in the business, crafting attacking, fundamentally-sound groups that yield very little ground. The 2013 edition will be no exception. The Hokies are going to be especially tough to throw on, the byproduct of a terrific pass rush and a lockdown secondary. Up front, Tech will pressure the pocket from all angles with ends James Gayle and J.R. Collins and tackles Derrick Hopkins and Luther Maddy. The defensive backfield boasts just as much talent, though All-ACC CB Antone Exum is making his way back from an offseason ACL injury. The linebackers need someone to step up and provide a little support for tackling machine Jack Tyler. Tariq Edwards has the requisite talent to be that guy, but was never quite healthy enough to deliver a year ago. The Hokies are going to be dynamite once again this year on D.

4. Miami
2013 CFN Prediction: 8-4
2013 ACC Prediction: 5-3

Offense: Miami has no good excuses for not being one of the most potent offenses along the Eastern Seaboard. And coordinator James Coley was lured away from Florida State to ensure that the Canes fulfill their potential. He’ll attempt to blend his own penchant for an up-tempo, passer-friendly attack with head coach Al Golden’s philosophy of a more conservative pro-style system. Egos will need to be left at the front door this season. Coley inherits a slew of ready-made talent. His quarterback, Stephen Morris, will play in the NFL. His running back, Duke Johnson, is one of the game’s emerging young stars. And his corps of receivers and collection of offensive linemen are flush with gifted returning starters. The key in 2013 will be to get this unit, which misfired too often a year ago, to perform at a much higher level of efficiency. In 2012, the Hurricanes were just 68th nationally on third-down conversions, and 97th in red-zone touchdowns, numbers that need to be turned around this year.

Defense: If Miami is going to take a step forward in 2013, it’ll have to be initiated by Mark D’Onofrio’s defense. The unit was historically atrocious a year ago, yet another disturbing reminder of how far the Hurricanes have fallen from their glory days. The D was brutal in every imaginable facet, bending and breaking at the same time. Fixing the problems that plagued the 2012 team won’t happen overnight. Miami just doesn’t have that kind of talent on hand. LB Denzel Perryman is a nice player, and DE Anthony Chickillo and S Deon Bush are two of a handful of kids capable of blooming, but the front seven figures to again struggle at the point of attack. And if the Canes get bullied near the line of scrimmage, it’ll mean the run defense remains on its heels, and a young secondary in transition will get no help from the pass rush. D’Onofrio has a tough challenge ahead, and a shortage of slam-dunk talent with which to clear it.

T5. Pitt
2013 CFN Prediction: 5-7
2013 ACC Prediction: 2-6

Offense: The Panthers are riddled with questions marks and uncertainty on offense entering 2013. But hey, at least they’ve got a full season of experience running head coach Paul Chryst’s physical and balanced pro-style system. Pitt will have plenty of new faces in key places this season. Likely starting QB Tom Savage hasn’t played a game in three years. Isaac Bennett is the new feature back now that star-in-waiting Rushel Shell opted to leave the school at the end of March. And the troubled O-line is undergoing an extreme makeover. The closest thing to stability on this side of the ball can be found on the receiving corps, where WR Devin Street and TE J.P. Holtz have All-ACC trajectories. Unless Savage morphs into an NFL-caliber distributor, the Panthers are likely to struggle to move the ball consistently in their new league.

Defense: A new year, another coordinator. The Panthers have endured a revolving door on the defensive staff lately, with Matt House being the latest to earn an internal promotion. House won’t change much, and shouldn’t have to with a group that returns nine starters. Pitt will clearly be led by the D in its first season in the ACC, leaning on a unit that’s especially capable up the middle and in the defensive backfield. It’ll be difficult to throw on a group that has Jason Hendricks at free safety and Lafayette Pitts and K’Waun Williams at cornerback; even tougher when DT Aaron Donald is harassing the quarterback. However, if the Panthers are going to duplicate last year’s efforts in a tougher league, they’ll need the linebackers to remain healthy and the defensive ends to make some noise. Ends accounted for just six sacks in 2012.

T5. Virginia
2013 CFN Prediction: 5-7
2013 ACC Prediction: 2-6

Offense: Mike London shook up his offensive staff, adding former Colorado State head coach Steve Fairchild as his coordinator and longtime ACC head coach Tom O’Brien as an associate head coach of offense. Their directive from London has been simple—recommit to running the ball. The 2012 squad ranked 37th nationally in passing, yet struggled to score, and turned the ball over too often. UVa would like to get back to basics, grinding out yards from Kevin Parks and hopefully blue-chip rookie Taquan Mizzell in order to set up the pass. The pilot of that passing game has yet to be determined, though sophomore David Watford, who redshirted last year, appears to have an edge. The Cavaliers do have a nice set of hands for the quarterback, from wideouts Darius Jennings and Tim Smith to TE Jake McGee. The O-line is marginal, with massive LT Morgan Moses standing out as an exception. The senior will entice plenty of pro scouts to watch him perform in the fall.

Defense: Not since Chris Long was still an amateur has Virginia had a pass rush capable of disrupting the other guy’s offensive gameplan. Enter Jon Tenuta. The well-traveled assistant is returning to his alma mater intent on making the Cavaliers a more aggressive team. Being aggressive is in Tenuta’s DNA, from as far back as his days as a defensive back, and now he’ll try to pass that gene along to his new pupils. The strength of this D will be in the secondary, where CB Demetrious Nicholson and S Anthony Harris head the return of all four of last year’s starters. The pass defense was erratic in 2012, which can partially be attributable to that sagging pass rush. Much will be expected from the linebackers, specifically middle man Henry Coley, and defensive ends Jake Snyder and Eli Harold. Virginia sort of knows what it’s going to get from the senior Snyder. Harold, though, is a wild card, a second-year athlete off the edge who came to C’Ville in 2012 as a five-star recruit.

7. Duke
2013 CFN Prediction: 5-7
2013 ACC Prediction: 1-7

Offense: Duke continues to surge forward on offense for head coach David Cutcliffe and coordinator Kurt Roper. Don’t expect much of a regression just because the pitch-and-catch combo of Sean Renfree to Conner Vernon is gone. Yeah, 2013 brings new challenges for the offense, but the Devils feel as if they’re equipped to rebuild. Renfree was steady, but multi-dimensional successor Anthony Boone might have even more potential at quarterback over his final two years. And Jamison Crowder has already proven that he has go-to guy qualities. Factor in an improving O-line that returns four starters and ranked fourth in the ACC in sacks allowed, and it’s easy to see why Duke expects to continue rolling through the air. Running the ball remains a struggle in Durham, though modest gains have been achieved. The Devils will ditch a workhorse for a committee that includes Juwan Thompson, Josh Snead and Jela Duncan.

Defense: Saying that the Duke D will struggle is like suggesting that Duke basketball will contend for a spot in next March’s NCAA Tournament. It’s sort of elementary. The Blue Devils return five full-timers from a unit that was predictably feeble in 2012; they ranked 105th nationally in total defense, giving up at least 40 points to six of their final seven opponents. Hope in 2013 is scarce. Yeah, the Kenny Anunike D-line is littered with veterans, and CB Ross Cockrell is a returning All-ACC first-teamer. But Duke will again have problems at the point of attack, a reality that immediately impacts both the run and pass defense. A year ago, the Devils gave up five yards a carry, while ranking last nationally in yards per completion. The availability of S Jeremy Cash and the returns from injury of LB Kelby Brown and NG Jamal Bruce will help, though not so much that Duke avoids being a second-tier ACC defense.