Around the ACC, Aug. 13
A trip around the conference as preseason practice gets into full swing.
The Post's Mark Viera reports that Virginia Tech may go with a three-headed backfield this season now that Darren Evans is out with a torn ACL. The most intriguing news: heralded freshman running back David Wilson, he of the 4.3 40 time, won't redshirt this season. "The boy is fast," fellow Hokies running back Ryan Williams said.
Jimmy Graham, a former Miami basketball player, is drawing raves as a tight end in Hurricanes camp. Graham is 6 feet 8, and basketball coach Frank Haith said he could have earned six figures playing basketball in Europe if he had wanted to do so. He'll get a rude introduction to the college gridiron. Miami opens with a four-game gantlet that has to be the toughest stretch in the nation: at Florida State, home against Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech, home against Oklahoma.
Florida State has doubled the amount of reps its players are getting in preseason camp. In years past, there was "a lot of standing around," one player said.
Meanwhile, Jermaine Thomas is vying to become the first Florida State running back to rush for at least 1,000 yards since Warrick Dunn in 1996. Thirteen years without a 1,000-yard rusher? Wow.
Georgia Tech is looking to improve its pass-efficiency numbers, which were dismal last season.
North Carolina's players were given pills containing a battery, thermometer and radio transmitter in order to measure their core body heat. The data will be used to help determine whether higher body temperatures increase the possibility of concussions, and by coaches to better regulate drills during practice and during high-temperature games.
Duke Coach David Cutcliffe says his favorite four-letter words are "hard work," and drops all kinds of baseball references to try to inspire the Blue Devils.
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