ACC Football Daily Links — Starting QB Battles Beginning to Take Shape at UVa, Pitt, FSU & Syracuse

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Monday through Friday each week, we compile the best links on ACC football from around the web.

Monday, April 8, 2013

2013 Virginia Spring Game Results: Quarterback Situation Remains Unsettled (SB Nation)

The Orange Team defeated the Blue Team, 18-15, in Virginia’s spring game on Saturday afternoon. The game included three safeties, as well as a snap that went sailing over a punter’s head. Yes, ACC spring football is here. The Cavaliers are trying to sort out their cloudy quarterback situation and also develop more of a smash-mouth mentality with a stronger ground game…

Pitt Quarterback Tom Savage Struggles in Spring Practices (Cardiac Hill)

I preface this piece by saying that if you’re not already reading the Post-Gazette’s Sam Werner for spring football updates, you’re missing out. He’s got regular updates on every practice and the bulk of my links in this post are to his blog. Check it out. It’s virtually assumed that quarterback transfer Tom Savage is Pitt’s quarterback for 2013…

The Forgotten Man (‘NoleNation)

Clint Trickett was meeting with reporters earlier this spring for the first of what promises to be many summits on the state of the quarterback battle at Florida State when he was asked if it bothered him that a majority of fans already had relegated him to third-tier status behind Jacob Coker and Jameis Winston. The suggestion came as something of a surprise to Trickett…

Terrel Hunt Seeing More First-Team Reps at Quarterback (

Syracuse is in the second half of its spring practice schedule and worked inside the Carrier Dome on Sunday for a 94-play scrimmage in front of a crowd of about 100 people. It was the first chance for fans to observe rookie coach Scott Shafer as well as the quarterback competition, other position battles and the overall progress of several units. Shafer said he’s revved up the intensity at the last two practices…

Grobe: Takeaways Will Be Key for Deacons (Winston-Salem Journal)

One of the main takeaways from a fourth-straight losing football season at Wake Forest was that the Deacons still aren’t taking the ball away from their opponents enough. Strides were made last fall when Wake Forest’s 23 takeaways tied for fourth most in the ACC. But to again be a contender for a conference title, Coach Jim Grobe said his team needs to be as aggressive as the glory teams of 2006, 2007 and 2008…

Steve Addazio Looking for Winning Attitude (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

As far as Steve Addazio is concerned, there’s no room for “my bad” at Boston College. The new coach of the Eagles, one of the last people off the Alumni Stadium field on Thursday after practice, said he’s encouraged with how the players have responded so far this spring. But he knows there’s a long, long way to go…

D-Line Depth Giving Swinney Peace of Mind This Spring (Orange and White)

Depth – it’s the difference between the elite and the rest in college football, and on the defensive line especially, says Clemson coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers return eight d-lineman who played triple-digit snaps last season – and lose only one (Malliciah Goodman, 622; 7 sacks/9.5 tackles for loss), with the top-five in tackles, four of the top-five in tackles for loss and the leader in sacks back on the unit…

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