CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Newest on Atlantic Coast Convention media days (all occasions native):
Georgia Tech linebacker David Curry says he did not know what to make of latest Yellow Jackets head trainer Geoff Collins when he first met him.
Collins was once leaping round, excited and stuffed with power when he first spoke to gamers at a staff assembly after being named head trainer. Curry says Collins joked with gamers “that is probably the most uninteresting I will be.”
Curry stated Thursday right through ACC media days that his trainer has lived as much as phrase.
Curry says Collins’ power and exuberance is “throughout the roof,” whether or not it is the center of the day or Four o’clock within the morning. The linebacker says it isn’t same old to peer Collins, who was once referred to as the “Minister of Mayhem” as a faculty participant, operating round and chest-bumping his gamers.
Curry laughs on the perception of being excitable, announcing “I have no idea another option to be.”
New Tar Heels trainer Mack Brown says there is a false impression in regards to the staff’s offensive recreation plan this season.
Whilst Brown says he needs to make use of rules of the “air raid offense” that trainer Mike Leach helped popularize at Texas Tech, Brown says North Carolina will even position an enormous emphasis on an influence operating recreation.
Brown added Thursday right through ACC media days that the Tar Heels “almost certainly wish to trade the identify” of his offense as a result of folks view Leach’s offense as person who throws the ball all the time.
Brown says, “we are not doing that.”
UNC’s quarterback place stays up for grabs. Early on in spring observe all 3 attainable beginning QBs —Sam Howell, Cade Fortin and Jace Ruder— had been suffering with making choices on the line of scrimmage. So he is positioned an emphasis at the trio studying the offense, as a substitute of being worried about competing for a task.
Chazz Surratt, who began seven video games at QB in 2017, has moved to linebacker.
Pitt trainer Pat Narduzzi believes kicker Alex Kessman offers the Panthers a leg up at the pageant within the ACC.
The 6-foot-Three Kessman led the Panthers in scoring for a 2nd consecutive season in 2018 with a career-high 79 issues on 13 of 17 box targets, together with a faculty report 4 box targets from 50 yards or extra. He additionally made 40 of 42 additional issues.
Kessman’s 55-yard box objective at Heinz Box in Pittsburgh is the longest through any kicker — faculty or skilled.
In shut video games, Narduzzi says Kessman’s accuracy and leg power is an incredible weapon and feels he may also be the adaptation between successful and shedding, announcing “so long as he has a just right snap, a just right dangle, there is a actual just right likelihood that ball goes throughout the upright.”
Narduzzi says Kessman has an explosive leg and a self assurance and swagger that he attributes to being a former boxer.
Virginia Tech trainer Justin Fuente says he isn’t in a position to call a beginning quarterback till after he is aware of if Oregon switch Braxton Burmeister will probably be eligible to play this season for the Hokies.
Burmeister is petitioning the NCAA for instant eligibility, however there has now not been a ruling but. Fuente expects one quite quickly.
Junior Ryan Willis would seem to be the frontrunner for the task on paper, however Fuente stated Thursday right through ACC media days that “it would not be sensible to near the task ahead of I do know who’s going so to compete.” The 6-foot-Four, 211-pound Willis gave the impression in two video games closing season and made his first get started towards Duke main the Hokies to a 31-13 win through finishing 17 of 27 passes for 322 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Fuente says he promised everybody an opportunity to compete for the task, so he’s withholding any choice at the moment.
New Miami Hurricanes trainer Manny Diaz says there may be no doubt in regards to the power of his staff — it is his linebacker group.
Shaq Quarterman, Mike Pinckney and Zach McCloud all arrived at Miami in combination 3 years in the past because the staff’s beginning linebackers and they’re going to end their careers in combination, too.
Diaz, who served as Miami’s defensive coordinator and linebackers trainer for the closing 3 years ahead of being named head trainer, and touted the trio’s wealth of revel in. He stated Thursday right through ACC media days that “they’ve observed all of it in faculty soccer” and predicts their management could have a trickle-down impact on the remainder of the protection, in addition to the staff.
Diaz does not have that very same luxurious at quarterback, the place he is says it stays unclear who’ll get started the season.
However he says he has self assurance that new offensive coordinator Dan Enos, who got here to Miami after serving as Alabama’s quarterbacks trainer closing season. Below Enos in 2018, Alabama averaged 45.6 issues consistent with recreation and established an NCAA report for QB ranking (199.Four).
Atlantic Coast Convention Commissioner John Swofford says league colleges are making coordinated efforts to inspire fanatics to touch cable suppliers in search of the league’s new TV channel launching subsequent month.
Disney-owned ESPN has offers in position with a number of suppliers to hold the ACC Community, together with direct-to-customer products and services equivalent to Ps Vue and Hulu. However there are not any offers in numerous key spaces of the league’s footprint forward of the Aug. 22 release.
The ESPN-directed messaging contains social media posts from college coaches and athletics administrators encouraging fanatics to invite their suppliers to hold the channel.
The ACC hopes channel earnings closes a rising monetary hole with its power-conference friends, with Swofford noting in an interview with The Related Press that the ACC Community is “a large deal and it must paintings.”
For now, the league in large part should wait amid distribution negotiations.
Swofford says that procedure is “stimulating” but in addition “nerve-racking,” noting: “you’ll handiest do such a lot, and that’s the reason the place we’re at this day and age.”
Duke trainer David Cutcliffe is not shedding any sleep over the problem of changing Daniel Jones, the primary quarterback decided on in April’s NFL draft.
That is as a result of he has fifth-year senior Quentin Harris in a position to take reins.
Cutcliffe stated Wednesday right through ACC media days that he has “nice self assurance” in Harris, calling him a “good” participant who is easily ready to put the Blue Devils to compete for the Coastal Department name this season.
Cutcliffe says Harris has a perfect clutch of the staff’s move play ideas and now it is just an issue of zeroing in at the performs he is maximum ok with. Harris will have to additionally get numerous assist offensively from operating backs Brittain Brown and Deon Jackson, who ran for 847 yards closing season — probably the most through a operating again within the Cutcliffe technology.
Changing high-profile QBs is acquainted territory for Cutcliffe, who up to now helped Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Heath Shuler grow to be first-round NFL draft alternatives. Jones may had been probably the most sudden select of the NFL draft, taken 6th total through the New York Giants.
The Atlantic Coast Convention concludes its preseason media days Thursday with a focal point at the at all times unpredictable Coastal Department.
The department hasn’t produced a repeat champion since Virginia Tech gained it in 2010 and 2011. That is left six of the seven department groups to earn a place within the league championship recreation every 12 months since, with Pittsburgh breaking thru closing season.
The one department staff to not win it in that point is Virginia, although the Cavaliers go back 9 defensive starters from an eight-win staff.
The department additionally options 3 new coaches in North Carolina’s Mack Brown, Miami’s Manny Diaz and Georgia Tech’s Geoff Collins. For Brown, it is his 2nd tenure with the Tar Heels after development a top-10 program from 1988-97 ahead of his 16-season stint at Texas.
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