ACC Football Daily Links — Senior Brandon Jenkins Powers Florida State’s Rise on Defense

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Brandon Jenkins Key Cog of FSU Seminoles’ Rise on Defense (Miami Herald)

A lot has changed for Brandon Jenkins since he joined the Florida State Seminoles a little more than three years ago. Now a rising senior, Jenkins arrived at Florida State during the final year of a decline that saw the Seminoles’ perennially powerful defense ranked 96th nationally in Bobby Bowden’s last season under then-coordinator Mickey Andrews…

How Much Faster Can Clemson Offense Get? (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has repeated all summer that he wants his offense to play even faster. But wait a minute. The Tigers ranked No. 2 in the nation last year in total plays behind Houston, with 1,055. Not fast enough? Nope. Morris wants there to be no wasted time on the field this season. That means getting to the line faster, snapping the ball faster, making decisions faster…

State of the Brand: Florida State (ESPN’s NoleNation)

On the first day, it rained. A day later, it rained again, and on through the rest of Florida State’s first week of practice, forcing the Seminoles to move workouts to the wee hours of the morning, with players taking the field long before the sun rose. “It’s another reason for us to get this indoor facility,” quarterback EJ Manuel said. “Win a national championship and maybe we’ll get one next year”…

BC’s Emmett Cleary Protective of O-Line U (Boston Herald)

Emmett Cleary was recruited and mentored to assume a daunting responsibility along the Boston College offensive line. The 6-foot-7, 313-pound senior left tackle will protect quarterback Chase Rettig’s blind side when the Eagles open the 2012 season with an ACC game against the Miami Hurricanes at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 1…

Four-Star Tight End Andrew Isaacs Switches Sides, Drops BC for Maryland (Testudo Times)

It’s a big week in basketball recruiting for Maryland, but the first big news comes from the gridiron instead: Andrew Isaacs, a tight end committed to Boston College, has switched his commitment to Maryland. And hey, he looks good: Rivals has him as a four-star player and the #203 player overall in the country. Not too shabby. Given Maryland’s serious need for tight ends, this is a pretty substantial commitment…

Clemson Linebackers Adjusting to Brent Venables’ New Scheme (Orange and White)

From a 4-3 to covering guys who run a 4.3-second 40-yard dash. This has been Quandon Christian’s reality this spring and summer. Christian is one of a number of Clemson linebackers who have adjusted to the presence of new defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Venables has taken former coordinator Kevin Steele’s defense – a true 4-3 – and turned it into a 4-2-5…

Duke’s Dynamic Duo on Record Pace (Asheville Citizen-Times)

One of the most prolific duos in Duke football history could rewrite some record books this season. Quarterback Sean Renfree — already the most accurate quarterback in school history — enters with an outside shot at becoming its leader in passing yardage. His go-to receiver, Conner Vernon, should become the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career leader in two significant stat categories by November…

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