Friday Q&A: June 10, 2011

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What ACC teams will have the best line play? What young players have a chance
to see the field for the Hokies? Today’s Friday Q&A topic is simple:
football, football and more football, with a little bit of recruiting thrown in
for good measure.

1) Football games are won up front. Who has the best offensive line and
defensive line in the ACC in 2011?

Chris Coleman: Great question. Let’s start with the offensive lines. The
numbers might surprise you. Eight of the 12 ACC teams return four starters up
front. Of the 60 offensive line starters in the ACC, 31 of them are expected to
be seniors, and there are plenty of juniors to go around as well. In short, 2011
could feature the best offensive line play we’ve seen from the ACC in years.

Ranking all the units are tough, particularly with so many players coming
back. Here’s how they stack up in my eyes.

ACC Offensive
Line Rankings
Rank Team
1 Miami
2 Virginia Tech
3 Clemson
4 Florida State
5 Maryland
6 NC State
9 Wake Forest
10 Boston College
11 Georgia Tech
12 Duke

Miami has the biggest and baddest offensive line in the ACC. Virginia Tech’s
offensive line returns four starters, and will probably upgrade at the center
position. Clemson’s running game should be better with four starters returning,
four of which are seniors. FSU’s offensive line will be good, and Maryland, NC
State, UNC, UVA and Wake Forest should all have solid play up front as well.

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