Well, day 2 is over and it would seem that everyone is anxious to put on some pads and start hitting, coach Paul Johnson especially. Not that he’s going to hit anybody, but you get the idea.
The first two days have been mostly about giving the coaches opportunities to view the players, particularly the freshmen. Other than defensive end Emmanuel Dieke, who enrolled at Tech in the spring, none of the new players have been at Rose Bowl field practicing until Monday. The coaches want to see what they’ve got to work with. It’d be like getting 20-something Christmas gifts, but not being able to open them until Memorial Day.
The quarterbacks looked much smoother in the drills on Tuesday. Josh Nesbitt made some very strong, laser-like throws, as did Jaybo Shaw (who has a nice touch) and Tevin Washington.
There hasn’t been too many position switches yet, other than the one documented in the story in Tuesday’s paper.
Coach Johnson was asked if anybody stood out and he basically said that everybody looks good in helmets and shorts.
It’s hard to tell which freshmen are impressing because there are so many things going on and there’s a lot of mixing and matching of units. Stephen Hill had a nice catch today that I documented in the print story, but he also had a drop on what looked like a sure catch. I’ll say this: Hill looks smooth.
Good news is Roddy Jones (yeah, I got it right this time. Apologies again to Roddy White) remains the only player wearing what could be considered a no-contact jersey. Two days, no injuries. Always a good thing.
And now on to something completely different:
I assume y’all saw esteemed colleague Jeff Schultz’s take on the college draft on ESPN today.
It got me to thinking about which players would you draft in a fantasy league devoted entirely to the ACC. And to make it fun, this isn’t based on potential. Let’s base it on your predicted results. NOTE: THIS IS JUST FOR FUN. TO QUOTE DAVID LETTERMAN: THIS IS ONLY AN EXHIBITION, NOT A COMPETITION. PLEASE, I BESEECH YOU, NO WAGERING.
Basically, it’s your preseason all-ACC team. You can pick two quarterbacks, two running backs, four wide receivers, one kicker and one defensive player. And, as always, tell the board why.