Spring football tidbits

The ACC came out with its Spring Football Prospectus on Thursday. It’s a 35-page production loaded with information.

Georgia Tech leads the conference with 62 returning lettermen, and 19 returning starters. (The ACC includes punters and placekickers in returning starters).

Here’s a rundown of returning starters by division.

COASTAL

Tech: 19

Miami: 18

Virginia Tech: 16

North Carolina: 16

Virginia: 13

Duke: 12

ATLANTIC

Boston College: 16

Clemson: 15

N.C. State: 15

Wake Forest: 14

Florida State: 13

Maryland: 11

For what it’s worth, Tech put 10 players on the ACC’s all-star watch list:

QB Josh Nesbitt, RBs Jonathan Dwyer and Roddy Jones, WR Demaryius Thomas, G Cord Howard, DE Derrick Morgan, LB Sedric Griffin and DBs Morgan Burnett, Rashaad Reid and Cooper Taylor.

Every team has a bunch of guys on there. In fact, Duke has 11, including two tight ends.

Here are some other tidbits that jumped out at me:

The ACC led D-I conferences with a 72 percent graduation rate for football players, according to the NCAA’s 2008 survey.

In the last three NFL drafts, an ACC player has been the first defensive player taken: Mario Williams, Gaines Adams and Chris Long.

There were 20 former ACC players in the NFL Pro Bowl last month, most of any conference. The ACC was followed by the SEC (13), Big 12 (8) and Big Ten (7).

Virginia Tech has finished in the top seven nationally in defense each of the past five years, giving up an average of 263 yards per game. The Hokies also are one of three teams to win 10 games each of the last five years, along with USC and Texas.

Tech safety Morgan Burnett and Clemson corner Crezdon Butler lead all returning ACC players with 10 career interceptions apiece.

FSU’s offensive line returns intact and has no seniors.

NC State quarterback Russell Wilson enters 2009 with a streak of 249 passes without an interception. He was the first freshman named first-team All-ACC in the 56-year history of the league.

The ACC had three underclassmen break 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in history: Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer (1,395), Virginia Tech’s Darren Evans (1,265) and Maryland’s Da’Rel Scott (1,133).

Spring practice is less than a month away. Tech starts March 23, with the spring game on April 18.

How much stock do you put into Tech leading the ACC in returning starters and lettermen?

38 comments Add your comment

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 27th, 2009
8:46 am

A Lot, how can you not. Bad news for the ACC and the fleabags.

coopjacket

February 27th, 2009
8:55 am

Returning starters means alot on offense particularly at skill positions; but the most important fact is that offense has a years experience running the new system. The offense will be run much more quickly and the run & shoot plays will be added. I think this year opponents will have to score at least 28-35 points in order to defeat Tech. And…….to hell with georgia

Pi$$onaDAWG

February 27th, 2009
9:09 am

Let’s play some ball. Can’t wait to goto Nashville this year. Ole Miss how is getting that 12th game going for you? You pu$$ies backed out and I was so ready to go to The Grove.

Huh?

February 27th, 2009
9:36 am

“How much stock do you put into Tech leading the ACC in returning starters and lettermen?”

Plenty. It means that I can bookmark this blog and then show it to the Techies in December when they are full of excuses about their underwhelming season. They are so full of bravado right now. We’ll see if it stands the test of time. I frankly have my doubts. They don’t have enough depth behind all those returning starters and it will catch up to them as the season progresses, much like it did last year. But I am obviously just an illiterate redneck that lives in a trailer. What the heck would I know?

gtNC

February 27th, 2009
9:48 am

I’m just grateful to read about something other than b-ball. Looking forward to spring practice.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 27th, 2009
9:57 am

Huh? has finally figured out his status in life…FINALLY!!!

LMAO at your comment “December when they are full of excuses about their underwhelming season”…um who was the Preason#1. Pot meets the kettle.

Depth?, You can take UGAgs Caleb King and Samuel and they would be 2-3 string RB on our A/B Back chart.

GT had as many injuries as the excuse riddled leghumpers last year, if it caught up to us last year, it was after we spanked your azz 45-42.

Shut up and get back in your trailer.

DawginLex

February 27th, 2009
10:03 am

Now, now RAMBLER. You gotta come up with something new other than the “go back to your trailer” line.

Can’t wait to watch our “underwhelming” offense light your “D” up again. You can bet UGA’s “D” won’t duplicate its performance from last year.

Who is gonna cover AJ?

Huh?

February 27th, 2009
10:12 am

Georgia was preseason #1. That was well documented. I think the shoe will be on the other foot to some degree this year. From what I can tell, Georgia Tech will probably be a concensus preseason top 15 pick for ‘09. Tech benefited from low expectations last year. That won’t be the case in ‘09. You won’t sneak up on anybody. You won’t catch anyone napping. Your offense will have a year of experience under the Johnson system, but most of your opponents will also have a year of experience defending the Johnson system. And laugh all you want, but your lack of depth will catch up to you. You don’t have to believe me. I don’t care.

I think Tech will be pretty good next year. My prediction: 8-4 regular season. And since that’s not good enough to justify your preseason Top 15 ranking it will be safe to say that your season was a disappointment. Welcome to the big time Techies. Naturally, Tech fans want to be a big time program but won’t want to deal with the expectations that come with being a big time program. That’s why I expect lots of excuses in December.

BobinBuford

February 27th, 2009
10:24 am

Dawg/Huh?:

Go back to your own blog – you guys have enough to worry about – like opening at Oklahoma State, playing AT Alablama, and trying to score more than 10 points against Florida. Guess you won’t have that pre-season #1 ranking this year. Plus having to deal with a GT offense that put up 45 points on you last year with only 60% of it in place. I think Matthew Stafford is still having nightmares about #1 running past him to the end zone.

We all know that the easiest part of GT’s schedule is that we have 3 games against SEC teams. See you at BDS@HGF in November.

Zach

February 27th, 2009
10:26 am

19 Returning starters = 10-3 record at worst this year. Yes the expectations are high. The depth still isn’t great but it’s MUCH improved – I don’t see how anyone could argue otherwise. We did more than 8-4 on less depth last year. This year will be a step forward. Plus, our toughest games will be at home this year. The only thing I fear this year is a nagging Nesbitt injury and our C’ville curse (because we should DEFINITELY beat them there this year, but that’s usually when they win).

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 27th, 2009
10:40 am

DawginLex, you’re still alive!!! That’s where “Huh?” said he lived…what do you want me to say?

Who is going to cover AJ…Morgan Burnett the leading interception DB in the nation last year, if Derek Morgan lets your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd string QB get a pass off. I figure we’ll go through a few of your QBs when the whopping is finally over.

m

February 27th, 2009
10:41 am

**The future is so bright that we will all need to wear shades. We have a real college football coach and will have more depth and experience to put in more of the offense and to execute it more efficiently. Paul Johnson is an offensive genius which will become more clear over the next year or two. And, as always, thank God and greyhound that the worst coach in the history of the world is gone FOREVER!! Hallleeeedamloooyah!!**

Huh?

February 27th, 2009
10:42 am

“We did more than 8-4 on less depth last year.”

You also had an easier schedule. You played two D-1aa’s and had 8 home games. I think the ACC will be alot tougher in 2009 and you play all the tough teams, two of them on the road. Plus you’ve got that long stretch without any off weeks. That’s when the depth becomes an issue. I know that you “don’t see how anyone could argue otherwise.” You are a Tech fan that is incapable of even considering opposing viewpoints. This is not new information.

“We all know that the easiest part of GT’s schedule is that we have 3 games against SEC teams.”

That’s a good point. I forgot about how well Tech performed against the last SEC team that it faced. I think they had a 3-5 SEC record and of course didn’t stand a chance against the mighty Jackets. Yeah, go ahead and put those SEC games in the W column for sure.

Good grief.

GA Tech Insider

February 27th, 2009
11:19 am

“Bob the Expert – Huh?” or whoever you are;

Predictions are for prognasticators. I don’t think you’ll ever hear Coach Johnson making a “prediction” about how many game GA Tech WILL win. What you WILL hear Coach Johnson say is that his goal for his team to win EVERY game, EVERY year.

You people come on here, talking about GA Tech’s depth problems like they’re unique to the program. GA Tech had depth problems last year, had to learn whole new Offensive and Defensive schemes, and still managed to win as many games as they did against quality opponents, including UGA. You’re here again, telling the world that it will be GA Tech’s downfall next year as well.

On the other hand, UGA had their fair share of injuries last year as well, and all I read on the AJC blogs, from most of you UGA fans, is that the Bulldogs lost several games due to the injuries.

Does that mean UGA had a depth problems, like you are accusing GA Tech of, or does that mean Georgia has poor Coaching because they weren’t able to use their reserves as well as GA Tech’s new Coaching Staff was able to do because they didn’t win games they were supposed to win in spite of the injuries?

You can’t have it both ways, boys.

MinnesotaJacket

February 27th, 2009
11:28 am

I mean really UGA fans…this is the TECH blog… I mean god I don’t even LOOK at UGA stuff on here because I don’t have a reason to comment on it….and seriously your going to talk about depth I mean hell half of our offensive line didn’t even know what they were doing so ANYONE is going to be just as good so our depth their is great. Defensive line have you not heard about the 300lb redshirt from last year with another one coming this year…yeah they might not be great (I hope they are) but still they aren’t going to be moved…and your bragging about a passing game with Joe fn COX….are you serious???
I will put money he gets benched after 3-5 games this year for an upcoming freshmen or some crap….
I mean when your best come back is talking about how ANOTHER team beat us…pretty embarrassing

Not Disappointed

February 27th, 2009
11:38 am

Bring the noise! I’m so glad spring practise is here! Let’s go Jackets!

Huh?

February 27th, 2009
11:44 am

I’m not trying to have it both ways and I’m not sure what Georgia has to do with this discussion. Georgia lost 3 games in 2008 because our defense was absolutely god awful. No excuses. I think the injury card has been way overplayed. Injuries do not account for missed tackles, penalties, and blown coverages. We had alot of very talented guys who I’m afraid let the hype get to their heads. Do you feel better now Techie?

A tad bit touchy aren’t we Tech fans? What exactly is the problem? This is a blog about Tech football and I have simply offered an opinion. I’m sorry that it differs from your own. Please take no offense.

“I mean when your best come back is talking about how ANOTHER team beat us…pretty embarrassing”

What’s embarassing is your inability to read and hold a thought for more than 5 seconds. BobinBuford made the claim that the 3 SEC teams that Tech plays this year is the easiest part of its schedule. I simply pointed out that Tech did not fair very well against the last SEC team that it played. This was not a “comeback.” I don’t even konw what the crap you are talking about. This isn’t the 4th grade. Grow up.

Tech fans are absolutely off their rocker. There is no talking to these clowns.

yellowblood

February 27th, 2009
12:46 pm

Has it been determined if the Spring Tickle Pile Day will be held in conjunction with the Spring Football Game?

TechFan

February 27th, 2009
12:50 pm

Huh?:

Get your facts straight before you come in this blog. Tech played 7 home games and 5 away games. In 09′ we play one tough ACC road game against FSU. Surely the other tough ACC road game you are talking about is not Miami. We have beat Miami 4 years in a row. All the other games against up and coming ACC games are at home.

As for the bye weeks. We do have one. It just happends to be before the UGAG game. Seems like UGAG has a game the week before they play Tech. Advantage Tech.

And for all you SEC fans that boast the SEC is head and shoulders above everyone else take a look at the amount of Pro Bowlers from the ACC in the NFL. If you can’t count thats seven more than your beloved SEC and double in other conference.

Chew on that.

jacketbacker

February 27th, 2009
1:06 pm

quincy carter!! YOU DA MAN!!….way to carry on that Ugag tradition!!

Huh?

February 27th, 2009
1:08 pm

My facts are straight. I was counting the bowl game played within walking distance (if you’re feeling remarkably brave) from your campus. If Tech is going to reach the heights that its fans claim, you can bet your bowl game in 2009 will not be 2 minutes from your campus against a 7-5 team. Thus making your schedule all the more difficult. Hence my point.

Yes, I was counting Miami. Again, just another difference of opinion here I guess (Do Tech fans even understand this concept?), but I think Miami will be pretty solid in 2009. That will be a Thursday night game and they will be jacked up. As you of all people should know, past winning streaks do not guarantee future victories. In fact, this seems to be the premise of every Techies’ argument. Because they did well in 2008 they are virtually guranteed of even better results in 2009. Okay, good luck with that. You better pray to God your team isn’t thinking the same thing. If their complacency in the Chicken Bowl is any indication that very well may be the case.

bluecole

February 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

Huh?, you may be one of the halfway decent UGA fans out there, at least on this blog post. I agree with you on the Miami, we need to make sure our head doesn’t get toooo big.

I do believe the SEC is overrated; 2 or three dominate teams, but the rest are okay. We blew it with LSU, but i betcha CPJ won’t make that mistake again.

I expect us to win every game this year. Will we? We’ll see. However, I’ll wear my Old Gold on sundays, just like i wear on Fridays, regardless of the outcome.

If Tech is to make the transition from middle of the road program to top ten, we need to handle both the big games and the little games. That is what i expect of our team this year; handle yourselves.

RAMBLE ON!!!

February 27th, 2009
1:37 pm

If you are only attracted to a few guys…does that mean you are gay?

Hmmmmm

February 27th, 2009
2:35 pm

If the defense is as bad as it was last year, we had better SCORE on every possession! Period.

Hello - Huh?

February 27th, 2009
3:44 pm

Aren’t your priorities a little crooked? You ARE a UGA FAN right? Why are you on a TECH BLOG everyday?!?! Don’t you find it kind of strange you argue with tech fans every day of your life. Isn’t that a little bit sad? The game was months ago dude. Oh and 1 outta 8 right? So be happy about those wins and move on lil guy. Go and talk about your team. You know – Those DAWGS. I find it so odd that you are on a Tech blog day in and day out but claim to be this die hard Georgia Fan. What gives? I’d love an explanation on why you live on this blog. It’s kinda depressing.

Huh?

February 27th, 2009
3:46 pm

Ok maybe I do think about Tech a little bit too much. I should just go talk to my buddy Dawg fans I guess. It’s just tough…I want to tell you tech people how much I hate you every single minute of every day because it makes me feel better about my sad sad existence.

Huh? - got a couple questions for ya

February 27th, 2009
3:55 pm

And be honest…

Do you get sad when you somehow miss time talkin smack on the Tech Blog? If you have to go out of town or something. Do you get upset if you cant talk about the Yellow Jackets for a full day?

How much do you write on the UGA blog. Or do they hate you over there too?!

Last question – Do you find it strange that you talk about the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets this much (constantly you are blogging and thinking about TECH!)? Does it bother you at all to spend so much time here with us rather than with your bulldog nation?

TDone

February 27th, 2009
6:58 pm

To all you Muttlanders, yes we lost to LSU in the Chik-fil-a Bowl. But that was really not a bowl game for us. Our bowl game was a month earlier in Athens.

With over 60 lettermen returning, I call that depth. Plus, you get in add in any redshirts or incoming freshmen that will play.

Finally, you Muttlanders have enough problems of your own, so I guess the reason why you are on the Tech Blog is that you can’t deal with your own problems.

You people never cease to amaze me.

Huh? - you got kinda quiet...those comments hurt your little feewings?

February 27th, 2009
7:05 pm

sad…so sad

Arob

February 27th, 2009
7:48 pm

Huh,
You actually have a pretty good take for a Dawg fan. But that does not change the fact that it seems pretty weird for a Dawg fan to be hanging out on a Tech blog. Why don’t you go over to Dawg Nation (or whatever the Dawg blog is called) and discuss Tech’s depth with other Dawgs? You must have too much free time on your hands.

Too Easy

February 28th, 2009
8:28 am

BufordBob: Dawgs don’t play AL in 2009, but don’t let the facts get in your way.

mtraininjax

February 28th, 2009
11:10 am

Georgia fans on the TECH blog? What, is the paint not drying fast enough for you? Go to your OWN blog.

Tech fans, one burden I would like to get off our back is beating UVA in Charlottesville. And I want Tech to pound them as revenge for last season.

Carolina Jacket

February 28th, 2009
12:26 pm

I see that although Dykes is shown on the roster he is listed as a “lost letterman” on the availability chart. Has he left the team, and if so, why? Was it his decision or the coach’s? Thanks.

macrotech

February 28th, 2009
2:05 pm

huh? i’m not offended by your statements on our blog…on occassion, you make some valid points. BUT, you were trying to rile some souls with the ‘last sec opponent’ ya’ll played comment and i’m confident you are not oblivious to this. it worked. tech was 2-1 against sec opponents last season. you HAVE GOT TO know that it is as easy to jump on the dawg blog and get some of your fellow fans pissy… with no judging, i can see you giggling at the responses you inspire. truly, enjoy! anyone that would let a blog upset their balance is an idiot and they should get what they deserve; high blood pressure! as a tech fan, i am PUMPED about this coming season!!! Huh?, i look forward to your future thoughts…as you giggle, so shall i! (PEOPLE, DON’T MAKE IT WEIRD!)

Joshua Barlowe

February 28th, 2009
6:52 pm

So, what was the SEC graduation rate?

Baba O'Riley

March 1st, 2009
6:41 am

Have to disagree about Miami. That program, although very talented is in disarray. They had to replace both coordinators and Randy Shannon is not a good head coach. We get on to CMR for underperforming with top recruits, but **nobody** does less with more than Randy Shannon.

Cindy

March 1st, 2009
1:05 pm

Ga Tech Insider is not only a huge poser, but an absolute idiot as well. Get an IQ above room temperature and then post “Insider”. LMAO!!

Cindy

March 1st, 2009
1:11 pm

Did your mommy give your computer privelages back little Joshy Barlowe?