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Tag:Seen/Heard at Camp
Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:30 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Seen/Heard at Camp: Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Training camp is underway in college football, with teams all over the country getting a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Along with the help of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters, here is a collection of recent observations from Virginia Tech.

- The Hokies, who seem to be dealing with injuries at key positions every year, got bitten again early with All-ACC offensive lineman Blake DeChristopher straining his left pectoral. DeChristopher's expected recovery time was initially announced as 4-6 weeks, which would make him available sometime in September. DeChristopher was already back on the practice field this week, but wearing a blue non-contact jersey. Running back Dominique Patterson is out "a couple weeks" with a sprained ankle, quarterback Mark Leal (groin) and wide receiver D.J. Coles (hamstring) have been held out of practice and are "doubtful" for Saturday's scrimmage.

One point of concern from the injury reports are in regards to star cornerback Jayron Hosley. Hosley participated in Tuesday's practice, but was wearing a non-contact jersey. CBSSports.com's Sean Bielawski reports that the injury is "not considered serious." [Rapid Reports]

- Speaking of Hosely, his presence on the field will be a necessity for the Hokies defense. The lockdown corner is coming off a fantastic 2010 campaign, and will have an impact when every opposing quarterback drops back to pass. First-year starting cornerback Kyle Fuller knows that playing opposite Hosley will lead to plenty of looks his way.

"Teams aren't going to want to throw to Jayron [Hosley]," Fuller said. "So I think I'm going to have a lot of opportunities to make some plays this year." [Rapid Reports]

- Obviously the top question for the offense for many is how Logan Thomas will perform stepping in to a position that ACC Player of the Year Tyrod Taylor had his hands on for four years. Beamer offered some early comparison that should encourage doubting Hokie fans.

"I think he's got a lot of the same qualities as Tyrod," Beamer said. "I think he's smart. He's competitive. He works hard. I think he's a very natural leader, great character. So, he's got a lot of the same things as Tyrod, except about four inches taller." [Rapid Reports]

- Beamer also weighed in on the Twitter debate, explaining why he will not follow the likes of Boise State, South Carolina, and Kansas in banning Twitter use during the season.

"I think you educate your kids, and then they're responsible for their actions," Beamer said. "People have got to make good decisions. Part of us as coaches is to help kids get to the position where ether make good decisions." [Rapid Reports]

For more daily updates from Virginia Tech training camp follow Sean Bielawski's Rapid Reports and the ACC Blog.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Seen/Heard at Camp: Georgia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Training camp is underway in college football, with teams all over the country getting a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Along with the help of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters, here is a collection of recent observations from Georgia Tech.

- By all accounts, junior Tevin Washington appears to have the starting quarterback position. But that doesn't mean that he isn't being pushed by redshirts freshman Synjyn Days or true freshman Vad Lee. Head coach Paul Johnson is impressed with Lee's rapid development, in particular.

"He's actually light years ahead of where I thought he would be in four days, with footwork and understanding what we're trying to accomplish," Johnson said. "He still drops snaps, he still makes freshman mistakes, but you can see a lot of potential there."

Still, senior running back Roddy Jones is fast to throw his support behind Washington as the leader of the team.

"[Washington] didn't have a great performance in the spring game and that's what everybody brings up," Jones said. "He looks great, looks confident, looks full speed. He's out there running and cutting and really leading us." [Rapid Reports]

- Georgia Tech's defense struggled in 2010, moving to a 3-4 scheme under new defensive coordinator Al Groh. At the ACC Football Kickoff, Paul Johnson admitted there were "growing pains" last season. Groh got very academic when referring to the unit's improvements with the new system.

"We didn't go from first grade to second grade," he said. "As with those apt pupils, we skipped a few grades." [Rapid Reports]

- Georgia Tech is one of many schools having to deal with extreme heat for these first weeks of fall practice. According to CBSSports.com's Larry Harstein, senior defensive tackle Logan Walls has been making extra effort to keep maintain his weight.

DT Logan Walls said he's losing six pounds every practice in the extreme heat. He eats a lot of peanut butter sandwiches, as he tries to keep his weight at 300 pounds. "It gets hard to eat when you're hot all the time, but you just have to keep forcing it down," he said.

That's dedication, holmes.

For more daily updates from Georgia Tech's training camp follow Larry Harstein's Rapid Reports and the ACC Blog.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: August 8, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Seen/Heard at Camp: N.C. State

Posted by Chip Patterson

Training camp is underway in college football, with teams all over the country getting a better idea of what to expect from the upcoming season. Along with the help of CBSSports.com's Rapid Reporters, here is a collection of recent observations from N.C. State.

- One of the most noteworthy changes from 2010 to 2011 for the Wolfpack is the absence of Russell Wilson and development of his successor, junior quarterback Mike Glennon. Glennon was a highly-touted prospect out of Virginia, and now will have a chance to live up to expectations as the new face of the offense. Head coach Tom O'Brien endorsed Glennon from the beginning of spring practice, and recently spoke about his development as they shape the offense around their new starter.

"The offense goes in in increments, and every day for about 10 days there's something new that goes in," O'Brien said. "Certainly for [Glennon], some of it is repetition from the last three years because there's the base of the offense that's going to be there regardless of who's the quarterback, the right guard."[Rapid Reports]

- Glennon's comfort with the system will be impacted greatly by the development of his wide receivers. Team captain and preseason All-ACC selection George Bryan is the most consistent receiver at tight end, but the Wolfpack will be missing three of their top four ball catchers from 2010. Senior wide receivers TJ Graham and Jay Smith each saw action last year, and will be counted on to lead the new group. According to offensive coordinator Dana Bible, the veterans have entered camp ready to go.

"We're a work in progress, but (the returnees) must have had a really good summer as far as training because they bring a lot of speed with them," Bible observed. "And they're anxious and ready to go. You're going to see it as I'm going to see it, as it develops."[Rapid Reports]

- Last season, the defense was quarterbacked by All-ACC linebacker Nate Irving, now with the Denver Broncos. Alongside Audie Cole and Terrell Manning, pressure from the starting linebackers helped the Wolfpack post 42 sacks in 2010 - good for second in the conference. This year Cole has moved into Irving's middle linebacker slot, and defensive coordinator Mike Archer is looking for some depth behind the two returnees.

"The biggest question there is going to be the (strong side). (Sophomore) D.J. (Green) has not played there. He's learning, but we've got to find a backup too," said Archer. "I don't know who the backup is. Based on three days of practice, I don't know if we have one."

Archer also explained that this year's unit will rely heavily on the defensive line to pressure the quarterback. With the linebackers helping out the secondary with some of the coverage responsibility.

"Don't get me wrong, we want to pressure and attack people. But there are going to be times, on third down in particular, where we want to get pressure with four downs, and be able to play max coverage and play five under, two deep. We've got to get better rushing with four, no matter who those guys are." [Rapid Reports]

For daily updates from N.C. State's training camp, be sure to follow CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Mike Potter. Also, bookmark the ACC Blog for news and analysis from across the conference.
 
 
 
 
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