ACC's lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

NC State started things off, albeit rather poorly, but now it's time for the main course. Here's a quick trip around the ACC heading into the first full weekend of the season:

  • Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has no intention of losing to Jacksonville State, but he hasn't exactly forgotten the Jackets play Clemson five days later, either. Speaking of Clemson ...

  • Quarterback Kyle Parker will be making his debut against Middle Tennessee on Saturday, and while nobody around the program has questioned Parker's athleticism and skill, how he handles the pressure when the lights come on is an unknown. Coach Dabo Swinney pointed to Parker's comeback during the baseball season as evidence he'll be all right.

  • J.P. Giglio tells us what we learned from NC State's 7-3 loss to South Carolina. Among them, quarterback Russell Wilson was a little off. (And was it just me, or did he also look a step slower than usual?)

  • Wake's offensive linemen have been having fun at practice putting on their little shows, but are they ready for the big one?

  • How's this for taking your leadership role seriously? Place your hand on the Bible and take oaths affirming your commitment. That's exactly what Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen had his captains do this year in search of some dependable leaders.

  • BC kicker Steve Aponavicius has one year of eligibility remaining, and since nobody kicked him out of practice when he kept showing up this summer, the job remains his until proven otherwise.

  • UNC's young receivers haven't even hit the field yet and they've got a setback. Sophomore Dwight Jones will miss the opener after surgery today on his right knee.

  • Miami had to play 18 freshmen in its season opener last year, but this year will be different. Canes fans will see four or five max, and that's a good thing.

  • Virginia Tech left guard Sergio Render is about as country as it gets. On the field? He's "plumb mean."

  • Virginia running back Keith Payne, who had slipped to fourth on the depth chart, has left the program, the Daily Progress reports.

  • Duke will use two kickers for Saturday's season opener, and it's a decision that could continue this fall.

  • Florida State isn't quite sure what to expect from Miami's two new coordinators, other than the situation is "clear as mud."