ACC Football Kickoff 2007: Day One

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PINEHURST, N.C. – August is just days
away and football fans are anxiously – to say the least – awaiting the start
of fall practice. The Atlantic Coast Conference is getting a jumpstart on
the upcoming season this weekend with the annual ACC Football Kickoff event
for all 12 league teams.

ESPN 840 AM’s (Charlottesville) Wes McElroy trekked to the Tar Heel State
for the festivities and he checks in with a report from around the ACC.

COASTAL DIVISION


VIRGINIA TECH

One of many hot tickets early in the season is September 8 when Virginia
Tech travels down to LSU pairing off two prime conferences.

“That will be a pivotal game in a pivotal part of our season,” said Hokie
representative Duane Brown, senior offensive tackle.”

The anticipation of the Week 2 showdown paired with Tech’s season ending
31-24 defeat to Georgia in the Chick-fil-a Bowl spurred many questions about
how the ACC, and in particular Virginia Tech, matches up vs. the SEC.

“I can tell you we’ve played SEC teams in the past for the last few years
and haven’t done so well,” added Brown, “so I think maybe a National
Championship would change the perception of the conference.”

America’s Team? With the events of April 16 still fresh in
every ones’ mind, the tragic events were a frequent topic of questioning
with Tech players.

Senior Carlton Powell could see how this Tech team is similar to the New
York Yankees in 2001. “I can see how that mirrors 9 -11, having another
national tragedy like this.”

When asked if the Hokies are America’s Team, Powell smiled and added
“America’s team? I don’t mind taking on any extra responsibility. Shoot if
we’re going from Virginia Tech to America’s Team, that’s great right there!”


VIRGINIA

A rough start by Virginia’s offense in 2006 forced Al Groh to rein in his
tight ends and use them more as blockers than receivers. Now with a more
experienced unit up front, Tom Santi feels the

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