So there is a race in the ACC to see who can become the league's premier quarterback. Ten-and-a-half teams are returning their starter (pouring some out for Jacory, Jacory's interceptions, and Danny O'Brien), and are coming off seasons ranging from solid to career changing.
And so, I want to take a look at this race before Dinich writes a 12-part series of posts titled "A Countdown of ACC QB's". To appropriately analyze, I'm bringing together two parts of my life that I love: college football, and Mario Kart '64.
Oh yeah, that's right. Over the last 12 years, I think I've devoted more hours to these subjects, than my studies. Naturally, I’m comparing the two. Before you can watch the "race" for the ACC's top quarterback unfold, you need to know who the participants are.
As you (should) know, there are 8 characters in Kart, so naturally I had to leave four quarterbacks off the big board. Condolences to C.J. Brown, Chase Rettig, Bryn Renner and Tanner Price, each of you were close to making the cut but were beat out in the end.
So without further ado... start your engines (yep... I'm that lame).
Mario– Logan Thomas
Bruce Feldman profiled Logan Thomas. By now, most of you know Thomas' story: tight end to quick learning, sucessful quarterback. Even though the narrative remains unchanged, it's great to see LT3 get national attention.
Mike Barber wrote a nice Father's Day piece on Frank and Shane Beamer. Both Beamers seem to hint that the next coach is already on the current staff. That doesn't surprise me considering the Frankinator's loyalty to his staff and the family-like atmosphere of the program. When the time comes, I'm in favor of a national search. That effort may find Shane or Torrian, my one and two respectively from the current staff, as the best candidate. Keep in mind, this will probably be Jim Weaver's replacement's hire.
Here's a bit of a surprise tonight. As first reported by HokieHaven.com, linebacker Jamieon Moss (Northeastern / Elizabeth City, NC), a former ECU commit, verbaled to the Hokies late Friday evening.
Moss making an open field tackle. Photo Credit: The Daily Advance
Sammy Batten of Bonesville.net posted an informative article about Moss.
Moss stands 6-foot-3, weighs about 217 pounds and has been timed at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He used those skills to collect 107 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks to earn All-Northeastern Coastal 2-A/3-A Conference honors last season.
The 2011 season was Moss' second as a varsity starter at Northeastern. He helped the 2010 squad reach the state 2-AA championship game as a sophomore.
This is Moss' high school coach Antonio Moore on his star.
Moss plays the "Stabber" position in Northeastern's 4-4 defensive alignment. "We put him on the outside and just let him make plays for us," Moore said.
The sun kisses Lane goodnight.
Photo Credit: Max Esterhuizen
By uniform number, it's Demitri Knowles. Last season Knowles dressed for a couple of games because of injuries, but didn't play a snap his freshman year. However, there's an opportunity for playing time in 2012 at both kick returner and receiver. Finding a reliable 4th, OK and 5th and 6th, receiver in August will be a top priority. If you know one factoid about Knowles, likely it's that he's fast. He ran the fastest 40 in March, a 4.28. He was a raw talent out of high school, but is working on polishing his game. He's another diamond in the rough prospect that has the potential to thrive at Tech. If he can run solid routes, and read coverage better, he'll be counted on to stretch the field. If he takes another year develop, he'll likely have more of an impact shagging balls on special teams.
Mike Goforth updated BeamerBall.com on injuries. ACL Bros Michael Via, Tony Gregory and Antoine Hopkins are fully cleared for participation. That's fantastic news. D.J. Coles (PCL) is "coming along slowly", but he started jogging and Goforth said, "I have my fingers crossed that we can have him ready to go by the time camp opens." If Coles isn't ready by camp, then it's concerning. We're already extremely thin at receiver, and Coles may be the best we have. Tariq Edwards is jogging, and his rehab is on schedule to be ready by the start of the season. G-W is running and, "pretty much beating everybody at his position." Competition at Whip this summer is going to be the best it's been in three years. Bruce Taylor is rehabbing his right foot at home in Myrtle Beach. Goforth said, "I think Bruce is doing fine." And, "Something tells me that when it matters he'll be ready to go." Is that a vote of confidence?
Preseason practice starts August 7th in Blacksburg.
A little over a month ago an internal investigation revealed evidence of academic fraud (unauthorized grade changes, no-show professors, forged certification documents) in UNC's Department of African and Afro-American Studies. However, the findings of that report didn't suggest that only student athletes were the beneficiaries of the cheating.
The report, released Friday, evolved from the athletic and academic scandal that engulfed UNC's football team, but it said there is no evidence that student-athletes received more favorable treatment than students who were not athletes. It also said that no student received a grade without doing course work. The report has been shared with the NCAA, which could not be reached for immediate comment.
That may no longer be the case. The following was published by NewsObserver.com Friday.
A summer class at UNC-Chapel Hill that lacked any instruction was enrolled exclusively with football players – and it landed on the school calendar just days before the semester started, university records show.
89 days until Hokies football. So more teasing. This time big hits featuring Eddie Whitley foaming at the mouth. Who doles out Tech's biggest hit this year? The smart money is on Exum, but LT3 is going to have a lot of chances to lower his shoulder. Vinston Painter tilling Worsham Field with defensive ends' heels ten yards at a time won't produce a boom, but it'll make me feel all warm inside.
As long as it is reasonably close to Lane/practice field/football office, it probably doesn't matter where the new practice facility goes as long as the Frankinator can hold a 60 minute practice punting indoors when it's lightning out. Also, TIL Tech had a roller hockey rink on campus.
Montrezl Harrell committed to Louisville. Best of luck to him.
Sophomore (2014) running back from Hampton Marshawn Williams gave a verbal commitment to Virginia Tech this evening. He was in attendance for Tech's June 3rd camp and came away impressed.
"I loved it," said Marshawn. "I met all the coaches and the campus was great. I love the school."
He's a two-way player for Hampton coach Mike Smith, but the Hokies recruited him as a running back.
"I think size, speed, intensity," said Smith, who compared Williams to fast, powerful running backs of the past like Marcus Dupree and Ricky Williams. "He's a tremendous looking kid for a sophomore. ... He's quite a specimen.
"Tremendous kid. Great character. Great study habits. A real team person. You just couldn't give him enough accolades."
The Hokies were his first offer in February. Asked who else the running back considered, Smith laughed, before responding, "No one. That's been his dream. He just loved Virginia Tech.