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Posted Sep 2, 2008


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By Adam Kurkjian (Atlantic)

ACC Atlantic News

Boston College: After an impressive performance back from missing last year with concussion problems, Jeff Smith looked like he had injured his shoulder at the end of one of his last carries of the night during a 21-0 victory over Kent State. But early reports indicate that Smith’s shoulder is fine and will be back on the field for next week’s ACC season opener at the Heights against Georgia Tech.

Clemson: The Tigers are licking their wounds after Saturday night’s 34-10 pummeling at the hands of Alabama in more ways than one. In the classic adding injuries to insult scenario, three Clemson players went down with injuries in the first half. Starting defensive end Ricky Sapp, offensive guard Barry Humphries and speedy wide receiver Jacoby Ford were all injured and did not return.

Florida State: While most observers considered the race for the Florida State starting quarterback job to be between incumbent Drew Weatherford and Christian Ponder, D’Vontrey Richardson has thrown his hat into the mix in a big way. Both coach Bobby Bowden and offensive coordinator heaped praise upon Richardson after the team’s last controlled scrimmage, and do not be surprised, with the Western Carolina game coming this week, to see Richardson win the highly-contested battle.

Maryland: The quarterback derby at Maryland continues on despite the fact that coach Ralph Friedgen named Jordan Steffy the starter before Saturday’s opener against Delaware. But after he was intercepted twice during the Terrapins’ 14-7 win, Steffy was replaced in the second half by Chris Turner, while Josh Portis also had some snaps there. Part of Steffy’s ineffectiveness was due to a right thumb injury.

NC State: Of all the negatives from Thursday night’s shutout loss to South Carolina, the worst seemed to be the scary injury to starting quarterback Russell Wilson. However, while Wilson did suffer a Grade 3 concussion, there was a slimmer of good news as it was reported that Wilson did not suffer any spinal damage with the injury. Although Wilson’s status is up in the air for next week’s game, Daniel Evans and Harrison Beck saw time at the end of Thursday night’s game and would be available to start in his place.

Wake Forest: No news was good news for the Demon Deacons after their 41-13 win over Baylor Thursday night to open the 2008 season. There were no major injuries to report heading into next week’s game against Ole Miss. The only concern heading into next week has to be the lack of production in the running game, as the offensive line didn’t get much push in the win over Baylor.