ACC Football Daily Links — What Are Realistic Expectations for Virginia Tech This Season?

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

Monday, August 19, 2013

Preseason Roundtable — Realistic Expectations for Virginia Tech Following Injury Bug (Gobbler Country)

Between attrition and injury news, Virginia Tech’s prospects for the season seem to be trending downward before the team has even stepped foot on the field officially. The days are dwindling before the Hokies have to strap their chinstraps and go against the two-time defending national champion, the Alabama Crimson Tide. This alone is a tall task…

ACC Needs to “Win Some of the Games” (Daily Progress)

The past year has been a huge one for ACC football, thanks mostly to its commissioner, John Swofford, who engineered expansion, negotiated the conference’s proper place in the future playoff system and a grant of media rights package to secure the membership. During July’s gathering of media covering the conference, Swofford boasted that within the ACC footprint lies the largest TV audience and most population…

Syracuse Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2013 (Athlon Sports)

After a dreadful four-year stretch under Greg Robinson from 2005-08, Syracuse rebounded back to respectability under Doug Marrone. Under Marrone, the Orange earned two bowl appearances and had two eight-win seasons. Marrone left for the NFL in January, and Syracuse chose to stay in house for his replacement. Scott Shafer, who served as the program’s defensive coordinator under Marrone, was promoted to head coach…

Florida State Cornerbacks to Use More Shuffle Technique (Tomahawk Nation)

Florida State’s defense is going to have a very different look to it in 2013. Gone is defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, who took the Kentucky head coach position. Enter Jeremy Pruitt, a first-time defensive coordinator. His previous position was Alabama’s secondary coach under Nick Saban. Florida State’s defense was already going to be a lot more aggressive in 2013 than 2012…

2013 Virginia Football Previews: Special Teams (Streaking the Lawn)

In 2012, the Hoos special teams were terrible. They were 111th in punt returns, and 73rd in kick returns. They were 69th in net punting, which includes 81st in punt coverage. They were 119th in kick return coverage, giving up 2 KR TDs, and almost 10 yards per punt return. As a team, they were 11/16 in FGs, including a miss from just 22 yards out…

Offensive Line Still a Concern for Deacs (Winston-Salem Journal)

Forty percent of Wake Forest’s projected starting offensive line spent the offseason on the shelf, leaving Coach Jim Grobe to wonder just who he will have available when the Deacons begin their season. Grobe said he’s confident that Steven Chase and Antonio Ford are on the mend from career-threatening injuries suffered last season…

Seantrel Henderson Playing Underdog Role (ESPN’s ACC Blog)

His every move was once scrutinized, his words parsed for clues, his college destination a guessing game. Analysts agreed on only one thing: Minnesota high school standout Seantrel Henderson would be the most dominating offensive tackle in college football, no matter where he ultimately went to college. Look at one high school tape, and you understand why…

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