Sunday, August 14, 2005

ACC Breakdown:

Kickers, athletes or not? You decide.

Atlantic Coast


Boston College 8-3

Why would I think a team that couldn't even win the Big East title (uh oh, here he goes again...) could finish ahead of FSU, and the rest of the ACC's Atlantic division? Well, stay with me here. BC's defense has one of the best players in the nation in Mathias Kiwanuka (aka Kiwi) they have a solid linebacking corps, and although Will Blackmon is going to be trying his luck on the other side of the ball, they still have senior corner Jazzmen Williams, who, contrary to previous reports, is not a jazz man at all. He is said to enjoy hip-hop, and a little reggae when lighting up. Offensively, they have a strong line, anchored by Jeremy Trueblood and Josh Beekman. They also have a playmaker at wide receiver, in converted cornerback Will Blackmon, who is also one of the nations top return men. That may be enough to win with a defense like they have.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Kiwi

Florida St. 8-3

Now that the Chris Rix era is over, the crimi-Noles were supposed to be moving on to the Wyatt Sexton era. This was before it was discovered that Wyatt Sexton is, in fact, god and has lying disease... I mean lyme disease. Now there will be a battle between freshman Drew Weatherford and the "X-man" Xavier Lee. Expect Lee to be starting September 5th against Miami. Running backs Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker make up what is the best duo in the ACC. Defensively, the loss of Antonio Cromartie for the season due to a torn ACL is devastating. They still have one of the best linebacking units in the nation with A.J Nicholson, Buster Davis and Ernie Sims.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Washington

Clemson 6-5

Tommy Bowden saved his job last year, going 5-1 in the last six games of the year, after starting out 1-4. This year, all eyes are on quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who will need a great year to prove that he is a top QB in next years draft. A tough non-conference game against Texas A&M may end up keeping them from making a bowl game this year. The defense returns Tye Hill, who is a speedy corner, but overall, the D has lost a lot of talent, and could end up hurting the Tigers in a few games.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Whitehurst

N.C. State 6-5

The Wolfpack was the top defensive team in the country last year, and still have star defensive ends Mario Williams and Many Lawson. Both are 1st round picks, and Williams may be a top five pick in next year's draft. Offensively, they still don't have the stability they had when Phillip Rivers was under center, but Jay Davis played well in his first year. Although, if he throws more interceptions than touchdowns as he did last year, Chuck Amato may cry on him. Speaking of which, coach Amato must have gone through a few boxes of Kleenex last year, watching his 5-2 Wolfpack go 1-4 down the stretch, and miss out on a bowl birth.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Williams* (Jr)

Maryland 5-6

"WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE! Well... we should at least protect the tool shed... and, for the love of god, get grandma to a shelter." That is this years battle cry for the Maryland Terrapins, and coach/actor/enormous blob Ralph Friedgen. Jordan Steffy takes over at QB this year, and his main target will be senior wideout Derrick Fenner. (not that Derrick Fenner, Seahawks fans) D'Qwell Jackson returns at linebacker, with his 123 tackles, 4 sacks, 2 INTs, and a partridge and a peartree.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Jackson

Wake Forest 4-7

What is it that makes the Deacons so demonic? Well, it certainly isn't the football program, where they seemed to be destined for another losing season. Running back Chris Barclay, who is back for what seems like his 12th senior season, is an All-ACC talent. Other than that, who cares? (you don't count, Tim Duncan!)

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Barclay


Miami (FL) 10-1

Just when you forget about them, that's when the Hurricanes jump right back in the national title picture. Sophmore Kyle Wright will get his chance to revive the tradition that once was "QB-U." In the backfield, former Blanche-Ely star Tyrone Moss (sorry for the local high school reference) will get the bulk of the carries. He'll be running behind a line anchored by Eric Winston who is returning from a blown knee that caused him to miss last season, and is maybe just a notch below D'Brickshaw Ferguson for the best tackle in college football. The defense is loaded with playmakers. Baraka Atkins, Orien Harris at the D-tackle positions make up possibly the best combo in football, and redshirt freshman linebacker Willie Williams is on pace to obliterate Darryl Strawberry's record for most arrests of an athlete. The secondary is the best in the nation by far, with Kelly Jennings, Greg Threat, and longshot Heisman hopeful Devin Hester, who had four returns for touchdown last season and expects to see some time at receiver this year as well. All in all, don't be suprised to see them in tha national title game this year.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Winston

Virginia Tech 10-1

Unlike the Michael Vick experience, the Marcus Vick experience involves more pot, and more underaged girls.(but suprisingly less STD's). Coach Frank Beamer hopes to keep that under better control than his enormous goiter. Sophmore phenoms Eddie Royal and Josh Hynam, with senior tight end Jeff King, will be catching the passes, while Mike Imoh amd Cedric Humes form one of the top backfield's in the country. Defensively, the stars are D-end Darryl Tapp,and Jimmy Williams, who is the top corner in some minds. If not for back-to-back games against Miami and at Virgina (of which I'm sure they will lose one) this team may have the best chance of beating USC in a title game.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Williams

Virginia 7-4

Virgina returns what will most likely be 2 of the top 5 picks next year. Senior offensive tackle D'brickshaw Ferguson, and Middle Linebacker Ahmed Brooks both elected to return to Virginia in a surprise of sorts last offseason. QB Marques Hagans doesn't get the press of a Brad Smith or Reggie Ball, but is every bit as athletic and doesn't make as many mistakes. Running back Wali Lundi scored 17 times last season sharing carries with Alvin Pearman. Now that Pearman is out of the picture, expect Lundi to break the 1,000 yard barrier. Virginia has a chance to win Coastal division if Va-Tech or "Da U" stumble.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- D'Brick

Georgia Tech 6-5

From an Al Groh coached team, to a Chan Gailey coached team, as the obscure former NFL coaches run continues. The Yellow Jackets have talent at the skill positions, with sophmore WR Calvin Johnson on the verge of being one of the biggest stars in college football. Reggie Ball still hasn't turned the corner to become an above average QB, but Tech hopes this year he will. Running Back P.J Daniels has gone from walk-on to starter, and is one of the most underrated players in college football. Defensively, they return nine starters, most notably defensive end Eric Henderson, linebacker Gerris Wilkinson, and strong safety Chris Reis.

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Henderson

North Carolina 2-9

Losing Sean May, Ray Felton, and Marvin Williams will be tough on coach Williams-... What? UNC has a football program? They made a bowl game last year? *faints*

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Kyle Ralph OG

Duke 2-9

What can be said about Duke's football program, that hasn't been said about intelligence in the catholic church? Non-existant? Sure, but all jokes aside, a seal walks into a club... Ok ok, you don't care anymore, I get it!

Best NFL Draft Prospect- Ben Patrick TE* (Jr)

All-ACC Team:

QB Charlie Whitehurst Sr Clemson
RB Leon Washington Sr FSU
RB Chris Barclay Sr Wake Forest
WR Calvin Johnson So Georgia tech
WR Eddie Royal So Virgina Tech
TE Greg Olson So Miami
OL D'Brickshaw Ferguson Sr Virginia
OL Kyle Ralph Sr North Carolina
OL Josh Beekman Jr Boston College
OL Jeremy Trueblood Sr Boston College
OL Eric Winston Sr Miami

DL Mathias Kiwanuka Sr Boston College
DL Orien Harris Sr Miami
DL Darryl Tapp Sr Virgina Tech
DL Mario Williams Jr NC State
LB Ernie Sims Jr FSU
LB Ahmed Brooks Jr Viginia
LB D'Qwell Jackson Sr Maryland
DB Jimmy Williams Sr Virgina Tech
DB Devin Hester Jr Miami
DB Kelly Jennings Sr Miami
DB Pat Watkins Sr FSU


skisteve said...

maryland with a losing record this year? are you high? lol! they always replace the lost parts and move forward. sometimes they start slow and that kills you in college. by the end of the year they are always one of the teams you dont want to play.

strong positions every single year (see nfl drafts and free agents): cb, lb, de, dl, rb to be determined star. the great qb days are over but it was a great school for qbs in the 80s and early 90s with 6 qbs in the nfl at one time.

Archer said...

Ah yes..... living in the past of Terrapin glory years. I remember doing the same thing with the Sooners before Bob Stoops came along.