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ACC Quarterbacks Should be Better in 2009
by Chris Coleman,

The ACC has been regarded as arguably the weakest BCS football conference over the last few seasons. Things should begin to change in 2009. Success in football starts at the quarterback position, and for the first time in quite awhile, the ACC returns nine starters at quarterback for the 2009 season.

Sub par quarterback play has hurt the conference over the last several years. However, some good young talent is beginning to emerge, and the ACC looks like it could improve this year.

ACC Quarterbacks
School Player Returner?
Boston College Dominique Davis No
Clemson Willy Korn No
Duke Thad Lewis Yes
Florida State Christian Ponder Yes
Georgia Tech Josh Nesbitt Yes
Maryland Chris Turner Yes
Miami Jacory Harris Yes
NC State Russell Wilson Yes
UNC T.J. Yates Yes
Virginia Vic Hall No
Virginia Tech Tyrod Taylor Yes
Wake Forest Riley Skinner Yes


Nine of the 12 ACC teams have a returning starter at quarterback. Though Dominique Davis (BC), Willy Korn (Clemson) and Vic Hall (UVA) aren't considered returning starters, they have been spot starters in the past. While Hall only has one game under his belt at quarterback, at Virginia Tech last season, the Hoos return two other signal callers with starting experience: Jameel Sewell and Marc Verica.

These guys not only have experience, but they have talent as well. Russell Wilson was first team All-ACC last year as a r-freshman. Jacory Harris had a very impressive true freshman season for Miami. Riley Skinner is an experienced senior with an underrated arm who just finds ways to win. Josh Nesbitt is the perfect fit in Georgia Tech's triple option offense, while T.J. Yates has put up big numbers in the past for UNC.

Clemson quarterback Willy Korn is a former 5-star recruit who will finally take over the signal caller duties full-time. Tyrod Taylor is perhaps the ACC's most talented starting quarterback, and he'll have a number of weapons surrounding him this season at Virginia Tech.

Since the Hokies joined the ACC for the 2004 season, they have had two first team All-ACC quarterbacks in Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick. Sean Glennon was one of the better quarterbacks in the league as well, and Tyrod Taylor certainly has the talent. While Tech's offense hasn't always been as productive as everyone would like, the Hokies do generally get better quarterback play than their opponents.

On paper, the ACC will have a number of good quarterbacks in 2009. Which team ends up winning the conference could depend on which quarterback plays the best.

TSL Spring Game Tailgate Information

OK, Hokie Sports Fans...time once again for the VT Spring Game. The team has been busy throughout the winter in the weight room, has endured the dreaded 6 AM workouts, and is busy sharpening their skills in Spring practice. It is just about time for the annual Maroon and White Spring Game. The least we can do, as fans, is come out and cheer them on, and what better way to get in a cheering mood than to do a little tailgating!

The 2009 Edition of the Award Winning TSL Spring Game Tailgate Party. Your hosts this year will be Pops & Co., knucklejunction, hokiebred, HFNVA and F4EHokie. Russian Hokie will be our official photographer.

Here's what will be provided:

  • BBQ Pork!
  • Plates, napkins, cups, and utensils
  • Buns and condiments
  • Ice
  • Grills

Here's what you need to bring:

  • Your favorite beverage, adult or otherwise
  • Hamburger, sausages, hot dogs, or anything else you want to grill
  • Chips, salsa, veggie trays, chicken, side dishes, etc.
  • Cookies, cake, or other baked goods for desert.
  • Whatever else you want to eat (But plan on sharing!)

We will be cooking about 125# of pork, and it will be first come, first served.

Tailgating begins at 10:00 AM. Look for the white tents and the Hokie flag in the east end of lot 2.

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For more info on TechSideline Pass, and to subscribe, click here. Updates From the Past Week
Friday Q&A: April 17, 2009
April 17, 2009
In this week's Friday Q&A, Raleigh Hokie talks about new wrinkles we could possibly see from the Tech offense this season. He also discusses Bud Foster's defensive scheme, as well as different variations of the Wild Turkey offense.

Zack McCray Talks Recruiting
April 17, 2009
Brookville (Lynchburg, VA) defensive end Zack McCray continues to enjoy success on the recruiting trail, recently receiving official offers number 12 and 13 from South Carolina and UCLA, respectively. The 6-5, 235-pound junior indicated that Clemson could become offer #14 soon and added that Southern Cal has expressed serious interest.

TSL Audio: The Jerry Miller Show, 4/13/09
April 16, 2009

On Monday, Chris Coleman was a guest on The Jerry Miller Show. Coleman and Miller discussed what happened in last week's scrimmage in Lane Stadium, including the impressive performance by Ryan Williams.
The Jerry Miller Show appears on The Sports Addict Radio Network every afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm in Blacksburg (1430 AM), Charlottesville (840 AM), and Bluefield (1050 AM), and from 2:00-4:00 in Martinsville (1160 AM).

Top LB Discusses Monday's Visit
April 16, 2009
Thomas Johnson (Frederick, MD) linebacker Nick Forbes visited Virginia Tech on Monday, arriving at noon to take a tour of the campus, meet the coaches and take in a spring practice. The 6-1, 210-pound junior reflected on the trip and discussed where Virginia Tech now stands in the race for his commitment.

A Look Ahead to Alabama: The Quarterbacks
April 15, 2009
Virginia Tech has a huge football game on September 5 against Alabama in the Georgia Dome. This will be the most hyped college football game during the offseason, and ESPN will cover it heavily in the days leading up to the event. Both teams will likely be in the preseason Top 10, and the Crimson Tide could even begin the year in the Top 5. It's never too early to start previewing such a big game, and today we'll take a look at Alabama's quarterback situation.

ACC Programs High on Marshall's List
April 15, 2009
5-11, 170-pound junior cornerback A.J. Marshall is now up to 10 written scholarship offers, with Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia being the most recent schools to mail the paperwork. Marshall, a star prospect out of Southern High School in Durham, North Carolina, currently favors three of those 10 programs.

Spring Practice Update
April 14, 2009
Eight practices are in the books, and seven remain, including the spring game. Less than two weeks of spring practice are left, and we are starting to get an idea of how certain position battles are going to shake out. This week's spring practice report covers every position on the team. With one full scrimmage and the spring game remaining, the depth chart is still subject to change.

Offer Profile: DE Kareem Martin
April 14, 2009
Prior to the 2007 season, Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) head coach Russell Weinstein envisioned Kareem Martin as a wide receiver. It didn't take long for Martin to impress on the defensive side of the ball, though, and now the 6-6, 220-pound junior has become one of the top defensive prospects in the state of North Carolina's 2010 class.

Farris Scores Big Offer
April 14, 2009
Rockbridge County (Lexington, VA) offensive lineman Caleb Farris picked up a big-time offer last Tuesday, when Virginia Tech became the third Division 1A program to offer the 6-4, 300-pound junior. Farris, who also has offers from East Carolina and Marshall, learned of the news in interesting fashion.

Who Makes What in the Virginia Tech Athletic Department
April 13, 2009
Who's the highest paid employee in the Virginia Tech athletic department? Frank Beamer, of course, at about 2 million dollars per year. But who's got the highest salary? That's a different question, and via the magic of a database on the Collegiate Times web site, we can find out who makes what in the VT Athletic Department.

4-Star Painter Available Again
April 13, 2009
Hargrave Military Academy (VA) senior power forward DeShawn Painter has received a release from the letter of intent he signed with the University of Florida, and the 6-9, 210-pound prospect is now free to be recruited by other schools. Painter knows of three schools that have shown immediate interest and expects to learn about more when he returns to Hargrave tomorrow.
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