DE Wesley Oglesby. This 6’6 Sophomore lineman must be able to contain
the edges against a Northwestern team that ran for 269 yards against
Harris. Harris ran for 95 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown in Duke’s
first victory. Expect more of the same against a defense that allowed
4.1 yards per carry last game.
QB Josh Nesbitt. Nesbitt managed the opener against Jacksonville State
in Paul Johnson’s new triple-option scheme well, running for 60 yards
and adding 87 more through the air.
Johnson. Johnson will need to help supply the pressure needed to rattle
Boston College’s Chris Crane who is starting his second career game
S JoJo Nicolas. Nicolas must help defend the vaunted Tim Tebow-led
Florida Gators through the air. If this 6’1 safety doesn’t cover a
large amount of ground, it could get ugly Saturday.
MLB Darryl Sharpton.
Sharpton notched only three tackles in Thursday’s yawner against
Charleston Southern. Don’t let the stats fool you, this kid can play.
Expect him to help the Hurricane’s defense stop the Gators’ run game.
Idle, Next game- September 11 @ Rutgers
LB Jon Copper. Copper was one of the few bright spots in the Cavaliers’
52-7 loss to Southern Cal. The Senior had 11 tackles and should be
flying around the ball against Richmond.
RB Cedric Peerman.
After rushing for only 36 yards on eight carries Saturday, expect
Virginia to give him the majority of the carries versus Richmond. The
5’10 Senior will also have a big impact on the Cavs return game.
RB Kenny Lewis, Jr. Lewis carried the ball eleven times for 63 yards in
a disappointing loss to East Carolina. Offensive Coordinator Bryan
Stinespring would be foolish not to get him more carries against Furman
Tech’s less than encouraging Quarterback play.
LB Cam Martin.
Martin did his part Saturday with eight solo tackles and a forced
fumble. He should help the Hokies’ defense lock down on Furman after
giving up 369 total yards in Charlotte.
By Joey Whelan
Last Week: (W) 31-7 vs. James Madison
This Week: vs. Northwestern
Player to Watch: WR Eron Riley
Riley was the weapon of choice in the Blue Devil’s week one win over JMU;
hauling in 7 receptions for 67 yards and a pair of scores. The 6’3”
senior will have his work cut out for him this week though. Northwestern
sports a much taller secondary that kept Syracuse receivers in check,
holding the Orange to just 103 yards through the air in their 31-10 win.
With a fairly young receiving core and Riley being the only Dukie who
recorded more than two catches, the upperclassman will be a big key in
Georgia Tech: 1-0
Last Week: (W) 41-14 vs. Jacksonville State
This Week: at Boston College
Player to Watch: RB Jonathan Dwyer
The Boston College defense could have their hands full with second year
running back Jonathan Dwyer. At 6’0” and 228 pounds, Dwyer is a big,
strong back, capable of running over would be tacklers; but he also has
deceptive speed. Aside from the Eagles massive defensive tackles (B.J.
Raji and Ron Brace) the rest of the BC defense lacks any sort of
dominating size to stop Dwyer in his tracks. While he may not repeat his
10.2 yards per carry performance from last week (112 yards on 11
carries), Dwyer has the toughness to grind out another 100 yard game
Last Week: (W) 52-7 vs. Charleston Southern
This week: at #5 Florida
Player to Watch: OL Jason Fox
The Hurricanes top notch offensive line is anchored by junior tackle
Jason Fox. A freshman All-American in 2006, Fox has only improved in his
time at Miami. The ‘Canes racked up 224 yards on the ground in their win
last week, and if they have any hopes of doing the same against Florida,
they’ll need Fox to be at his best. Florida has ranked tops in the SEC
and second nationally the last four seasons in run defense, allowing
just 88.9 yards per game. Fox will be a huge key to the Miami offense.
North Carolina: 1-0
Last Week: (W) 35-27 vs. McNeese State
This Week: at Rutgers
Player to Watch: WR Brandon Tate
All eyes will be on the senior receiver this week to see what he will do
next. Tate opened the season with a record setting performance,
accumulating 397 all-purpose yards in leading North Carolina to a
victory. Tate showed the ability to be dangerous in almost any
situation, scoring on an 82-yard punt return, reeling off a 54-yard run
that set up another touchdown and hauling in a 57-yard reception.
Against a stingy Scarlet Knight defense the Tar Heels are going to need
another big performance from Tate.
Last Week: (L) 52-7 vs. USC
This Week: vs. Richmond
Player to Watch: WR Kevin Ogletree
There’s no question that Ogletree is Virginia’s deep threat at receiver.
The junior was the team’s top receiver in 2006 before missing all of
last season due to injury. Though his 4 reception 21-yard performance in
a blowout loss to USC was less than impressive, this week’s match up
with the Richmond Spiders could prove to be Ogletree’s welcome back game
against a secondary less talented than the Trojans.
Virginia Tech: 0-1
Last Week: (L) 27-22 at East Carolina
This Week: vs. Furman
Player to Watch: QB Sean Glennon
know that Glennon is capable of putting up big numbers; we saw it last
year in wins over Virginia and Georgia Tech. The senior struggled
mightily in the Hokies loss to the Pirates, but he is still the man in
Blacksburg for now. While the East Carolina defense did a solid job
disrupting the VA Tech offense, this week’s contest with a much weaker
Furman squad will be the perfect opportunity for Glennon to get back
into a rhythm.
By Chris Womack
Georgia Tech………Georgia Tech K Scott Blair. The Jackets and their
new option attack looked good in the tune-up against Jacksonville
State. The lone area of deep concern was the kicking game. Freshman
Scott Blair missed two field goals and an extra point. While this goes
otherwise unnoticed during a rout, mistakes like that can result in a
loss against Boston College on the road.
Miami……….Miami DT Eric Moncur. If Miami has
any shot against Tim Tebow and the Gators, they will need an exceptional
defensive effort. Moncur, who led the 2007 ‘Canes in sacks is
recovering from hernia surgery and missed the opener against Charleston
Southern. Da ‘U will need him in the swamp.
Virginia Tech………..Virginia Tech QB Sean
Glennon. OK so this is obvious, but I can’t ignore the elephant in the
room. After Frank Beamer announced that Glennon would start and that
Sophomore Tyrod Taylor would be redshirted, Glennon passed for 139
yards, 2 picks and no TD’s in a losing effort to East Carolina. Having
a big game against Furman won’t necessarily quiet the Tyrod Taylor fan
club, but a mediocre performance will continue to put Beamer’s decision
Virginia……….Virginia LB Clint Sintim.
Although it was somewhat embarrassing, nobody expected the Cavaliers to
hang with USC. However, if the Cavs struggle against Richmond, the
grumbling can officially begin. Sintim and the defense can wash the bad
taste out by shutting down Richmond early and giving the offense some
needed opportunities to score.
Duke………..Duke DT Vince Oghobaase. Duke
broke a home game losing streak dating back to 2005 with an opening win
over FCS power James Madison. Northwestern comes to town this week and
present a much more formidable challenge. If Duke wants to increase
their home win streak to two, Oghobaase and the defense will have to
limit Tyrell Sutton; who is fresh off a 144 yard performance against
North Carolina………..North Carolina Promotions
Department. Since UNC is off this week, they might want to spend some
time on quality control for pre-game entertainment. Last Saturday, the
skydivers meant to entertain the Tarheel faithful ended up landing in
the middle of Duke’s stadium during pregame warmups.