There is not much of a buzz at the ACC Football Kickoff this year. The chances an ACC team will be in the BCS Championship Game is remote which tones down the hype but the big buzz kill is lack of star power. The most recognized quarterbacks here are Drew Weatherford of Florida State and Virginia Tech’s Sean Glennon, QB’s like the economy right now, up and down with rumors of recession.
There are some stars in the making, Cullen Harper should have a great season with the weapons his has at Clemson and Duke’s Vince Oghobasse will be a monster on defense for the Blue Devils. My star watch is focusing on North Carolina’s Hakeem Nicks. Nicks has great hands and can get yards after the catch. If T.J. Yates can get the ball to Nicks, he could be a 1st team All-American.
The Duke Diet
Duke Head Coach David Cutcliffe is watching the waste lines of the Blue Devils. In talking with Blue Devils’ Eron Riley and Vince Oghobasse, Duke’s dropping some pounds. Oghobasse, who plays at or around 300 pounds on the defensive line, has lost 7% body fat and said that the team has trimmed to a total of 59% of body fat lost. Will losing the pounds mean winning some football games? Hey when your Duke and have won 3 games the past 4 years, you will do anything.
We Are Going To Sic Them Dogs
It’s July 20th and already the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have circled November 29th on their calendars. That’s when the Yellow Jackets take on arch rival Georgia. Both Georgia Tech Defensive Tackle Vance Walker and Offensive Tackle Andrew Gardner told me they want to win the ACC and beat Georgia. Gardner took it further already talking smack about them Dawgs. For the sake of the Yellow Jackets, I’m not going to repeat what Gardner said but let’s just say it brings a whole new meaning to the term clean ole fashion hate. Georgia Tech just needs to focus on game #1 against Jacksonville State which features Ryan Perrilloux, who was the SEC Championship Game MVP last year for LSU.
Weather – ing The Storm
One year, Drew Weatherford dressed up as Gilligan for Halloween. Well lately the S.S. Minnow has gone way off course as Florida State is coming off back to back 7-6 seasons with Weatherford under center most of the time. I asked Weatherford if he was the starting quarterback of the Seminoles and Weatherford said he was. Perhaps all this talk about a quarterback controversy in Tallahassee is media driven. If Weatherford should struggle again, the hook might be swift and sudden.
Dumb Move Of The Day By Yours Truly
After filling out my ACC pre-season ballot, I left it face up on the floor. Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper picked it and checked it out. I showed Clemson a lot of love picking the Tigers to win the Atlantic Division and the ACC Championship however; I picked Harper’s teammate James Davis as ACC Pre-Season Player of the Year. Harper called me on that so I changed my vote and told him he had to have a big season to make me look good. Let this be a lesson to you, hide your ballots.