North Carolina–yes, North Carolina–edges Georgia Tech in ACC Coastal

 In just six short years (1995-2000) Butch Davis built a national championship program at Miami but left for the NFL before he could really enjoy the fruits of his labor.

He exited Coral Gables after the 2000 season (one in which he should have played for the national championship but got squeezed out by Florida State, a team Miami beat in the regular season) to take a big money offer from the Cleveland Browns. But on the way out he told a friend that he was leaving “at least one national championship” and maybe more behind in Miami.

Davis was right. In 2001 Miami won the national championship under Larry Coker and in 2002 was favored to repeat with a team that was stocked full of NFL draft choices. The Hurricanes lost in double overtime to Ohio State in the BCS championship game, played at the Fiesta Bowl.

The point is, Davis knows what a very good college football team is supposed to look like and he knows how to recruit great players. So when North Carolina hired him on Nov. 13, 2006 it was with the expectation that Davis would eventually be able to stockpile enough talent to get the Tar Heels back into the race for the ACC championship, which they haven’t won since 1980.

North Carolina’s ACC title drought in football will finally come to an end in 2010 as the Tar Heels will win the Coastal Division and beat Florida State to win its first conference championship in 30 years.

 “We have a good group of veteran players who know they might have an opportunity to do something special,” said Davis.

Yes, I know. A lot of people are going to pick Virginia Tech to not only win the ACC title, but to compete for the BCS championship as well. I know I’m going against the grain of conventional wisdom here because the Hokies are going to be absolutely loaded on offense. Bud Foster is one of the best defensive coordinators of this generation but I just see too many holes in the wrong places on that side of the ball. And did we mention the Virginia Tech schedule? The Hokies open with Boise State, a consensus top five pick in the preseason. They also have back-to-back-to-back games with Georgia Tech (Nov. 4), at North Carolina (Nov. 13), and at Miami (Nov. 20). That’s tough.

In fact, I’ve got Georgia Tech finishing ahead of Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets, the defending ACC champs, lost four NFL draft choices (two on each side of the ball) but the offense will be good as long as quarterback Joshua Nesbitt stays healthy. And if Al Groh’s new 3-4 defense jells early and Tech can win at North Carolina on Sept. 18, the Jackets will be in the hunt at the end.

I could be completely wrong here but hey, it’s May. A lot can happen between now and August. But for now, here is our Spring review of the ACC Coastal:

 

1. NORTH CAROLINA

**–Last season: 8-5, 4-4 ACC; lost to Pittsburgh 19-17 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

**–Coach: Butch Davis, 71-38 in nine years, 20-18 in three years at North Carolina.

**–Key losses: DT Cam Thomas, DE E.J. Wilson, OT Kyle Jolly.

**–Returning starters: Offense 10, defense 9, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: DT Marvin Austin, S Deunta Williams, LB Quan Sturdivant, DE Robert Quinn.

**–What we learned: The Tar Heels are loaded with NFL players on defense. Nine starters return from a unit that led the ACC (269.62 ypg) and intercepted 19 passes and returned them for 508 yards—an ACC record. Seven of the returning nine players have started 22 or more games in their careers. “If we can find some depth and certain positions we have a chance to have a pretty solid defense,” said Davis. Davis is actually being modest as North Carolina could have the best defense in all of college football. North Carolina is also due to win the close games this season. Of five losses in 2009, three were by a combined total of six points: Florida State (30-27), N.C. State (28-27), and Pittsburgh (19-17).

**–What we still don’t know: Can quarterback T.J. Yates hold on to his job? Yates, a senior from Marietta (Pope H.S.) has started 31 games at North Carolina but the last two seasons have been marked by injury and inconsistency. He came under significant criticism last season when he threw for 2,136 yards with 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Redshirt freshman Bryn Renner showed arm strength and athleticism this spring. Yates is going to start the first game of the season against LSU at the Georgia Dome, but if he struggles, Tar Heel fans are going to start clamoring for the talented newcomer. “T.J. has so much experience and he has learned that he doesn’t have to put the offense on his shoulders,” Davis said. “It is a long season and we have to have more than one quarterback who can win a game for us.” Yates is going to be under a lot of pressure because good quarterback play—or the lack of it—is the one thing that could keep North Carolina from having a big season.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. LSU (Georgia Dome, Atlanta).

 

 

2. GEORGIA TECH

**–Last season: 11-3, 7-1 ACC; beat Clemson 39-34 in ACC championship game; lost to Iowa 24-14 in Orange Bowl.

**–Coach: Paul Johnson, 127-46 in 13 years, 20-7 in two years at Georgia Tech.

**–Key losses: RB Jonathan Dwyer, DE Derrick Morgan, S Morgan Burnette, WR Demaryius Thomas.

**–Returning starters: Offense 7, defense 8, specialist 2.                                           

**–Players to watch: QB Joshua Nesbitt, RB Anthony Allen, CB Jerrad Tarrant, LB Brad Jefferson.            

**–What we learned:  Georgia Tech now has a defensive identity. The fact is Georgia Tech tried a lot of different things on defense last season to the point where players were confused and uncertain. That has changed with the arrival of new coordinator Al Groh. Groh, who has been the head coach at Wake Forest, Virginia and the New York Jets, installed a 3-4 defense that will allow Georgia Tech to be more aggressive. Georgia Tech has a clear identity with Paul Johnson’s offense and now it will be the same on defense. The Yellow Jackets will now recruit to this system. “I think it is a simpler system that allows guys to just go play,” said Johnson. “We’ve got some good athletes on that side of the ball. I like what I saw over there.”

**–What we still don’t know: Georgia Tech lost four difference makers—Dwyer, Morgan, Burnette, and Thomas—to the NFL Draft. Can the Yellow Jackets replace that big-play potential? Morgan and Thomas were taken in the first round. Dwyer, the 2008 ACC offensive player of the year, fell to the sixth round but has first or second round talent. Burnette was a very underrated safety. Johnson believes that the program has recruited well enough to absorb the losses. Last season, Johnson recalled, the experts said that Georgia Tech would take a dip because it would everybody’s second look at the option offense. Tech won the ACC championship.  “I think we’ve got some other good players,” he said. “We’ve got 15 starters back from our team that won the league. We’re not ready to throw in the towel; we’re going to still show up. Those guys were good players and (now) somebody else will have an opportunity.”

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. S.C. State.

 

 

3. VIRGINIA TECH

**–Last season: 10-3, 6-2 ACC; beat Tennessee 37-14 in Chick-fil-A Bowl.

**–Coach: Frank Beamer, 229-115-4 in 29 years, 187-92-2 in 23 years at Virginia Tech.

**–Key losses: TE Greg Boone, OT Ed Wang, DE Jason Worilds, FS Kam Chancellor, DT Cordarrow Thompson.

**–Returning starters:  Offense 8, defense 5, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: RB Ryan Williams, RB Darren Evans, QB Tyrod Taylor, WR Jarrett Boykin.

**–What we learned: The Hokies are loaded on offense. Let’s start at the running back position, where Virginia Tech has an embarrassment of riches. Sophomore Ryan Williams became the first freshman to ever lead the ACC in rushing (1,655 yards) and scoring (22 touchdowns) last season. He was the All-ACC running back and was easily the choice for the conference rookie of the year. But the reason Williams got a shot last season was that Darren Evans, the 2008 rookie of the year, was injured and sat out the season. Now both are back. And there are some incredibly talented runners waiting in the wings like David Wilson and Tony Gregory so Beamer will probably redshirt a running back who could start for any other team in the conference. Tyrod Taylor, who led the ACC in passing efficiency, is back for his senior season. WR Jarrett Boykin averaged 20.9 yards per catch last season. If a couple of new starters can be found on the offensive line, this has a chance to be Beamer’s best offense since Michael Vick led the Hokies to the national championship game in 1999.

**–What we still don’t know: By the standards of defensive coordinator Bud Foster, 2009 was an average year. The Hokies finished second in the ACC behind North Carolina in total defense and No. 12 nationally. There are some major holes to be filled as six starters are gone, including both defensive ends (Jason Worilds, Nekos Brown), a really good outside linebacker in Cody Grimm, and a free safety (Kam Chancellor) who started 41 career games and was basically the quarterback of the defense. “This is going to be the first time in a long time that we’ve had to replace so many starters up front,” Foster said. “We’re going to be as young this year as we’ve been in a long, long time. There are a lot of question marks.” Some of those questions need to be answered soon because the Hokies open the 2010 season on Sept. 6 against Boise State at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. Boise State returns 21 of 22 starters from a team that went 14-0 last season and beat TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. Beamer, being the special teams guru, is worried about finding a new punter and placekicker.

**–Opening game: Sept. 6 vs. Boise State, FedEx Field, Landover, Md.

 

4. MIAMI

**–Last season:  9-4, 5-3 ACC; lost to Wisconsin 20-14 in Champs Sports Bowl.

**–Coach: Randy Shannon, 21-17 in three seasons at Miami.                    

**–Key losses: RB Jevarris James, OT Jason Fox, LB Darryl Sharpton, CB Sam Shields.

**–Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 8, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch: QB Jacory Harris, LB Sean Spence, RB Graig Cooper, CB Brandon Harris.

**–What we learned: The ‘Canes look like they are finally ready to break out. Miami went 9-4 last season against a very difficult schedule. But there was the nagging sense that the Hurricanes could have been even better. Shannon said recently that this was the best spring Miami has had since he became head coach in 2007. Part of that was because the Hurricanes finally have enough depth to have competition at almost every position. Quarterback Jacory Harris, who is set to begin his third season, sat out the spring while he recovered from an injury to this throwing hand. Shannon said on an ACC coaches’s call on April 21 that Harris would be back to throwing “within the next two weeks.” Harris suffered the hand injury on Nov. 14 against North Carolina and played the final three games wearing a brace. This schedule, by the way, is still ridiculous with non-conference trips to Ohio State (the Big Ten favorite) and Pittsburgh (a favorite to win the Big East) in September.

**–What we still don’t know: Who is going to be the featured running back? Jarvarris James (492 yards) is gone and Graig Cooper (Miami’s leading rusher with 695 yards) suffered a severe knee injury in the Champs Sports Bowl last December. His status for the 2010 is still uncertain but Cooper’s rehab, which is supposed to take 4-6 months, is ahead of schedule. Shannon spent the spring looking at four candidates: Damien Berry, Storm Johnson, Mike James, and Lamar Miller (who is the fastest back on the team). No one, Shannon said recently, separated themselves from the pack during spring practice but it looks like Berry,   a senior who had 616 yards last season despite not seeing action until the fifth game, will be the starter. Shannon has also said that he wants his defense to be “a little nastier” this season. Can the Hurricanes, who were fifth in the ACC in total defense (329.62 ypg), give Shannon his wish? They can with more players like Allen Bailey (Sapelo, Ga.), who can play end or tackle and will be an All-American this season, and LB Sean Spence, who is set for a big junior year after injuries limited him to 10 games in 2009.

**–Opening game:  Sept. 2 vs. Florida A&M.

 

5. DUKE

**–Last season: 5-7, 3-5 ACC. 

**–Coach:  David Cutcliffe, 53-44 in nine years, 9-15 in two seasons at Duke.

**–Key losses: QB Thaddeus Lewis, DT Vince Oghobasse, LB Vincent Rey.

**–Returning starters: Offense 9, defense 6, specialist 2.           

**–Players to watch: QB Sean Renfree,  OT Kyle Hill, C Bryan Morgan, WR Donovan Varner.

**–What we learned: Sean Renfree will replace Thaddeus Lewis (46 career starts) at quarterback but Renfree missed spring practice while he recovered from knee surgery. Renfree did participate in 7-on-7 drills, however. “Sean was actually able to do more than we thought he would be able to do and that was a position,” Cutcliffe said.  Cutcliffe, however, had a couple of young, talented quarterbacks to work with during the spring in redshirt freshman Sean Schroeder and true freshman Brandon Connette, who enrolled last January. Another talented quarterback, Anthony Boone, arrives this summer. Connette, from Corona, Calif., was very impressive this spring, said Cutlciffe. “I like our athleticism at quarterback,” Cutcliffe said. “These are maybe four guys who are as talented as I’ve been around at any one time in a program. They are just young.” The good news for all the quarterbacks is that four of five starters return on the offensive line and two of them, C Bryan Morgan (25 career starts) and tackle Kyle Hill (24 career starts) will push for post-season honors. Duke also returns a 1,000-yard receiver in Donovan Varner, who led the ACC with 65 catches.

**–What we still don’t know: Can Duke overcome its youth, especially on defense? When Duke gathers in August to begin preseason practice, 54 of its 83 scholarship players will be freshmen or sophomores. Nine of Duke’s 14 defensive linemen will be freshmen. “We are much faster and more athletic on defense but we are a whole lot younger,” said Cutcliffe. “Between graduating some good players (DT Vince Oghobaase had 44 career starts) and dismissing some others, we’re going to be in a position where we really have to grow quickly there.” Cutcliffe has reassigned some duties on his defensive coaching staff and DC Marion Hobby, the former Tennessee defensive tackle, will be calling more of the signals.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Elon.

 

6. VIRGINIA

**–Last season: 3-9, 2-6 ACC.

**–Coach: Mike London, 24-5 in two seasons, first season at Virginia.

**–Key losses: CB Chris Cook, WR Vic Hall, OT Will Barker.

**–Returning starters: Offense 6, defense 6, specialist 2.

**–Players to watch:  CB Ras-I Dowling, LB Steve Greer, QB Marc Verica, DE Matt Conrath.

**–What we learned: Mike London has a lot of work to do but the defense has a chance to be decent. London, a former assistant at Virginia, won a Division I-AA national championship at Richmond in 2008 before returning to Charlottesville to replace the departed Al Groh for this season. London earned his stripes as a defensive coordinator at Virginia (2006-07) and if the Cavaliers are going to be at all competitive in 2010, the defense will have to carry the load.  London installed a 4-3 defense, replacing the 3-4 which was favored by Groh, now the defensive coordinator at Georgia Tech.

**–What we still don’t know:  Who are going to be the playmakers? Wide receiver Kris Burd (31 catches) is back but after that the pickings seem pretty slim from a unit that finished dead last in the ACC in total offense and scoring offense. Fifth-year senior Mark Verica threw for over 2,000 yards in nine starts in 2008 and appears to be the likely replacement at quarterback for Jameel Sewell. There are two freshman quarterbacks, Ross Metheny and Michael Strauss, who got a good look in the spring.  Verica has experience (he completed 63.8 percent of his passes in 2008 but also had 16 interceptions) but didn’t help himself by completing only 8 of 23 passes with two interceptions in the spring game. We also don’t know who the starting running back will be. Right now it appears to be sophomore Torrey Mack, the leading returning rusher who had 73 yards last season. There isn’t a whole lot to get excited about on the offensive side of the ball. This season has a chance to be pretty ugly for the Cavaliers.

**–Opening game: Sept. 4 vs. Richmond.

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324 comments Add your comment

Mikey

May 6th, 2010
11:30 am

Who gives a rip.

Dismantle the ACC and move FSU, Miami, GT and Clemson into the SEC

Move VA Tech and UVA into the Big 10 or Conference USA
Move Maryland and Boston College into the Big East along with Duke, Wake, UNC and NC St.

Now, the issue of non attendance at the ACCCG is solved.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
11:31 am

Happy Meal included with ticket purchase. D-Rad looks like he really knocked himself out on this year’s home schedule.

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Brian

May 6th, 2010
11:35 am

This is the toughest division in all of college football. Four teams will show up in the top 25 throughout the fall and depending on the breaks all of them have the ability to play for the Orange Bowl berth presented by TBA. I’m never betting against a staff with Johnson and Groh (Oh and I’m a huge homer too).

GT: will have to solidify the D to take advantage of Joshua running the show on the other side of the ball. Will a WR step up to make plays like BayBay did last year (Clemson part 1 for instance).

UNC: this team hangs squarely on the shoulders of Yates. The D will be there. The offensive playcalling is puzzling at times for this team. I’m sure John Chavis will be ready in the Dome.

VT: come back to earth a bit in the division as the defense has to grow some this year. Teams will make TT throw the ball to beat them and I’m not sure he can do that all year long.

UM: I still feel like this team lacks an identity between the discipline of Shannon and the swagger of The U. Mark Whipple is a good OC, but this team will have let downs throughout the year.

Duke: they are young and unfortunately will be better everywhere except the record and defensive line (Renfree is going to be solid). Hope they can take care of non conference games they should win this year.

UVA:Gonna be a long year for the Hoo’s and new coach London. He has got to get more playmakers into the system on offense and find positions for some of the tweeners that don’t fit directly into his 4-3.

McDawg

May 6th, 2010
11:36 am

its just really difficult for me to take a football team seriously that sports baby blue uniforms

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:36 am

just look at the schedules…tech could be 2-4 or 3-3 after the first 6 games with wins aginst south carolina st and Kansas and losses against North Carolina , north carolina st ,wake forest and virgina where they have just as much talent or more at every position than you guys do and with only 1 good player on your high school offense back there and a very weak defense, tech is in deep trouble…the Next 6 games are even harder. tech could finish up the year going 2-4 or 1-5 if duke sneaks a win from you wich they easily could. so that would make your final record 4-8 or 5-7 at best. the reason for the big drop off is that gailys NFL players are gone and thus your team is left with nesbit and about 20 or so div 1aa players to run that high school offense up against some off the better div 1a defenses in the acc…look foward to reading you techies post of how bad you guys need another coach asap about half way into the season..

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ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:39 am

oh..and the acc is far from the best in college football much less this division..haha..funny though..its only tough for you guys because every team in tha division is weak..

XpatHeel

May 6th, 2010
11:40 am

It’s May 6, 2010 for all you $ec freaks who continue to look backward…guess that should be expected.
Since Davis arrived, the Heels have yet to lose to Miami. They toughed out losing 4 of 5 O-linemen and the #1 RB but went into Blacksburg and beat the Hokies. When Uga lost a few Olinemen to injury, the faithful whined and moaned. The Heels rebounded.
Your strategy to pick winners based off last years results is brilliant. Take that to vegas.
Take away ‘bama and UF and the rest of the $ec would be toss up picks to beat any of the top 6 in the acc. You’ve got door mats; we’ve got door mats. But put the top teams on the field THIS YEAR and you’ve got pick’em games.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:43 am

brian,,right now every team in your div except vir or duke maybe have better players than you right now or at least equal..problem is tech runs a high shcool offense and now with all but 2 div 1aa players runnig the show, they will have their hands full with the other teams defences who have div 1a players lining up against techs smaller and weaker players..they will be on nesbitt and allen in a flash to disrupt anything tech will try and do. and wiht no passing game to help out..look for tech to go 5-7 at best this year

McDawg

May 6th, 2010
11:43 am

Baby Blue is almost as bad as yellow

HugoStiglitz

May 6th, 2010
11:44 am

lol. I love reading delusional posters like ATL XMAN. Yeah, GT is going to lose to WF, VA, and NCst and then go 4-8. How much would you really be willing to bet on that happening?

William Casey

May 6th, 2010
11:45 am

So tired of the “high school offense” slur. It attempts to insult Georgia Tech/Paul Johnson and does insult thousands of good high school coaches. GT’s offense was SECOND IN THE NATION in rushing. That speaks for itself.

Bob K

May 6th, 2010
11:45 am

UNC always loses two or three games it shouldn’t. Nothing changes this year. How many bubble screens will we see again? They might have 9 future NFL’ers on thier defense, but they have to score to win. Those 9 NFL’ers got whipped at GT last year and lost to UVA, a team that couldn’t score at an Asian Spa.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:46 am

xpat..you guys play in the acc where most of your players can carry the sec players jocks..uga played with freshmen and still went 10-3 that year..the heels should of won the div last year insteadthey laid a big egg and let tech win it…

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:46 am

should of read cant carry the sec players jocks

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:48 am

as far as taking away fla and ala you cant do that, but if you did that would still leave about 5 teams that would win the acc if they played in that weak acc team filled schedule

William Casey

May 6th, 2010
11:50 am

HBTD: How many football games above the level of pee-wee have you coached? ‘Nuff said.

Dan

May 6th, 2010
11:52 am

McDawg, do you have a problem taking the Tennessee Titans seriously?

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
11:55 am

william..just says that they can put up a ton of yards on the ground which means nothing when you run 95 percent of the time, your team could run aginst uga or iowa or lsu or mia or that jax ville st team either…your offense wont be that good now that gailys players are gone…high school offense is not an insult either just a fact. most high school teams run that offense when they dont have the over all talent to run a pro style offense. in div 1a college teams are suppose to have good enough players to run a more advanced offense thus helping that player to get to the nfl. i think tech is now the only team that runs that offense in div 1a other than a armed force team where the talent is slim pickings. so its easier to say high school offense when talking about techs offense

McDawg

May 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

William C. Why so defensive? The truth is, 80% of the high schools in Georgia run that offense. Apparently, it works very well in high school and in smaller division college football like the ACC.

None.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:00 pm

hugo…virg beat you guys just two years ago and you had better players then..wake should of beaten you last year but ran out of time and nc st has a better team than you guys this year since most of gailys players are gone..you gyus can 1-2 with the win against a virg team who has a new staff..but even their players are as good as the one your team is putting out there now with a roster full of PJ div 1aa players

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:07 pm

It seemed to work just fine against UGA too, HBTD.

And 8-8 in the League isn’t too bad, McDawg. As a Falcons fan, I would’ve given my right arm for 8-8 seasons some years.

McDawg

May 6th, 2010
12:08 pm

perhaps the addition of 4 dawgs will improve there lot if not there look

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:10 pm

dan, last year it didnt and now that tech has lost all but 1 of gailys players look for even worse numbers..look for fumbles to up and yards to go down..you guys might even punt more this year since tech will be facing a ton of 3rd and 8

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:10 pm

That was actually a funny comment, McDawg.

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:13 pm

It worked just fine last year against UGA, ATL XMAN. Our defense sucked but you can’t blame the loss on the offense.

And can we please stop moving the goal posts on our offense? Two years ago, all we heard was that it couldn’t work. Last year, everyone was going to catch up to it in its second year. Now, it’s Gailey’s players (who, by the way, UGA fans ridiculed as two star players but now basically call all-world). The fact is the offense works and UGA hasn’t stopped it – and they won’t this year either.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
12:14 pm

Dan. It’s apparent that you missed the game last year during your space voyage. The dawgs stuffed tech all night long. I think they ended up with just under 200 rushing yards with 50+ carries. Conversely, the Dawgs ran through tech’s defense all night long. The score really didn’t reflect the complete domination and beat down that was issued to tech by the dawgs.

Dawgboy

May 6th, 2010
12:14 pm

And now their greatest football player, Lawrence Taylor is in the lock up (again) for raping a 15 year old. Loserville.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:14 pm

xpat..i meant gardner webb not jax ville st..sorry

wesleywhatwhat

May 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

@ ATL XMAN

since u r so confident in your that GT goes 5-7 this year, let’s make a bet.

if GT goes .500 or less, then u r declared the king of the internet and i won’t post a single comment on an AJC article for a year.

and if GT goes .500 or better in 2010, u will stop posting your retarded comments on AJC blogs for 12 months.

deal? put your money where your mouth is.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

dan..tech couldnt move the ball at all last year aginst uga,,they had one big play and it was a pass..im not moving goal post..the only reason the offense was doing that well is because of gailys 4 star players and now with PJ 2 star and div 1aa players the offense will look like,,well high school players playing out there…

HugoStiglitz

May 6th, 2010
12:18 pm

lol. Only UGA fans can claim complete domination from a 6 point win and the other team had a chance to win the game at the end. I guess for you guys that was as close to domination as you got last year.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:20 pm

haha..wesley..deal…i will take that bet no problem. tech will finish no better than .500 and that is reaching a bit.

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:20 pm

No they didn’t HBTD. They stopped Dwyer because they had the who defense keying on him. They didn’t stop anything that went to the outside.

The reason we lost the game was because our defense couldn’t stop the run so the weakest link on UGA’s offense, Joe Cox, never had to make a play.

tdebord

May 6th, 2010
12:20 pm

Butch Davis is a great recruiter bu, IMO, an average game day coach. Even with UNC’s outstanding defense I don’t think that will be enough to win the coastal. Butch is always good for screwing up game management along the way, especially 2nd halves.

During the days he had those great Miami players who went on to the NFL, Frank Beamer stilled owned him.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:22 pm

hugo..tech had no chance to win that game…hence the 4 hail mary passes at the end…your running game was stuffed all night. the score only looked like your team had a chance but in reality we all knew tech was done before halftime

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:23 pm

dan..you guys didnt run outside hardly at all brother…nesbitt was too busy keeping it…

VTizzle

May 6th, 2010
12:25 pm

Thanks, Mr. Barnhart…

Winner of the Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech game will win the Coastal — per usual. See: ACC’s past few years. This year it favors Virginia Tech. Why?

1) Home field advantage.
2) They lost at Lane Stadium before.
3) Our defense will be far better by that time of the season (November).
4) We have a bye the weekend before the game.
5) GT lost 4 key NFL-ready Chan Gailey players, which VT struggled against.
6) With D. Thomas gone, Bud will not respect the pass AT ALL. Last year in ATL, he did.
7) VT coaches met with the Iowa and UGA coaches over the off-season (both man-handled GT last year).
8) Did I mention it’s Thursday night on ESPN? (Before anyone tries to mention it; GT does NOT have anything near UNC’s defense)

Thanks.

ATL XMAN

May 6th, 2010
12:25 pm

another thing your logest rush of the night on the outside was from your receiver on a reverse…

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

Nesbitt kept it some, ATL XMAN. But we did run outside with a lot of success, actually.

And if you call having the ball inside UGA’s 35 with 2 minutes to play not having a chance, so be it. Also, we didn’t throw four bombs at the end of the game. We threw three and had an easy catch by a usually dependable receiver dropped. But don’t let facts get in your way.

HugoStiglitz

May 6th, 2010
12:27 pm

Tech had 205 yds rushing with 2 tds. They also had 135 yds passing with 1 td. Giving up 24 points, 340 yds of offense, 3 tds and never forcing a punt is a pretty weak definition of stuffed. Thats with our most important player getting injured. So yeah, keep touting that incredible defensive performance.

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:28 pm

So what’s your point, ATL XMAN?

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:28 pm

Bingo, Hugo.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
12:29 pm

Here you go Dan.
UGA nerds
NET YARDS RUSHING 339 205
Rushing Attempts 44 51
Average Per Rush 7.7 4.0

BrokeBackJacket

May 6th, 2010
12:30 pm

Hello M…my favorite college football blogger is BACK, and he crawled out from under his rock only 6 months after his fearless as always accurate prediction of Clempson over USCe, FSU over UF, and of course ihe all knowing prediction of the mauling of the DAWGS by his techies!

For all you newbies out there…now that he is back…if M said it….take it to the bank…he knows of what he speaks….right m?????

Dan

May 6th, 2010
12:30 pm

Nerds? Are you in the third grade?

Statcat

May 6th, 2010
12:30 pm

Ain’t happening Tony. VT owns the ACC. Even when they stumble they usually finish the highest rated ACC team at the end of the season. Also we wouldn’t even be considering Miami for MNC
in 2000 had Vick not been injured when they played. Remember VT 45 UM 14 in 99 MV’s first
year at qb. More experienced VT team returned for 2000 but lost it’s chance when MV got injured.
Still finished 11-1.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
12:33 pm

Dan. Doesn’t look much like the # 2 rushing team in the country now does it?? Anyone can run up numbers against the cupcakes of the a she she and other smaller schools like Jax State, Gardner Webb and MTS. However, pee jay might need a different game plan against the Big Dawg.

Reptiles Rule

May 6th, 2010
12:35 pm

Hope Urban never leaves but when/if he did, I would love to see Butch Davis be a prime candidate for the UF job. I think he had the ‘Canes primed to come back for another long run and then Coker won it with Butch’s guys. I like the way he runs the program and he can obviously recruit. Also…is Miami back?? Many people, including myself, remain unconvinced.

HBTD

May 6th, 2010
12:37 pm

Yes Dan. Another development while you were traveling the universe. techies = nerds.