ACC Football Kickoff 2007: Day Two

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Last season, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest rose to the top in the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning division titles. The Demon Deacons claimed the ACC Championship and received a spot in the Orange Bowl.

All of that success earned the duo plenty of media respect at the annual ACC Football Kickoff event, right? Not really. GT and Wake were picked no better than second in their respective divisions. In the Coastal, Virginia Tech topped the heap with GT, Miami, Virginia, North Carolina, and Duke rounding out the field. In the Atlantic, Florida State carried the most votes with Boston College, Clemson, Wake Forest, Maryland, and N.C. State completing the standings.

ESPN 840 AM’s (Charlottesville) Wes McElroy checks in from the Tar Heel State with a report from around the ACC.



Quarterback questions in 2006. Quarterback questions in 2007.

With Jameel Sewell’s throwing wrist still on the mend, the Cavaliers will spend much of the fall preseason period evaluating the lefty on just about everything. “I guess you would say E: All of the Above,” said Virginia head coach Al Groh. “[We will be looking] at the day-to-day function of a quarterback.”

As Sewell’s return comes with question marks, it is not a given that incoming freshmen Peter Lalich will automatically be redshirted. “I think we’ll just wait how a number of things go at that position,” added Groh.

Lalich, according to Groh, has spent the summer attending school, which will give him full two full months around his team before training camp begins, “giving him an opportunity to establish a relationship with his teammates.”

If the quarterback question is the number one mystery on the offense, wide receiver would rank 1A.

“It’s the most unproven,” said Groh. When asked in re-evaluating the spring if any one receiver stood out, the head coach responded, “It would be to our best advantage to let that play out.”


Hokies head coach Frank Beamer has been keyed in on many of the NFL behavioral stories including Adam Jones, Chris Henry, and Tank Johnson.