Backup quarterbacks: Coastal Division

Now here is a look at the backup quarterback situation for teams in the Coastal Division.


School: Miami

Starter: Stephen Morris

Backup: Ryan Williams

The skinny: Coach Al Golden has Morris atop the depth chart after their scrimmage performances last weekend, and that should not come as a shock. Morris has played in games in each of the last two seasons and has a familiarity with the offense and his teammates. But if he should falter, Miami definitely has a great second option in Williams, who started 10 games as a true freshman at Memphis in 2010, throwing for 2,075 yards and 13 touchdowns.

School: Virginia

Starter: Michael Rocco

Backup: David Watford

The skinny: Rocco went into fall practice as the starter, even though coach Mike London has opened up the competition with David Watford and Alabama transfer Phillip Sims trying to provide a push. Rocco made major progress last year as the starter, but there is plenty of experience behind him. Watford played in 10 games last season, while Sims was one of the most highly sought after recruits out of Virginia several years ago and has loads of potential.


School: Duke

Starter: Sean Renfree

Backup: Anthony Boone

The skinny: Renfree is the unquestioned starter, and coach David Cutcliffe has high hopes for him this season. Right behind him is the more mobile Boone, who saw significant playing time in the season finale against North Carolina. After Renfree took a hit to the head just before halftime, the Blue Devils relied on Boone, who finished with 111 yards passing, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran for 41 yards and caught a pass. Cutcliffe has talked about his quarterback depth, because his backups do have game experience and can be relied on in different situations. No. 3 quarterback Brandon Connette has game experience as well.


School: Georgia Tech

Starter: Tevin Washington

Backup: Synjyn Days

The skinny: On the latest depth chart, coach Paul Johnson lists Days as the backup but that is no slam dunk. There is an extremely close competition between Days, a sophomore, and redshirt freshman Vad Lee. Days has been kept pretty busy during fall practice so far, because he also is taking snaps with the A-backs as well as the quarterbacks. Lee did not have a great performance in the scrimmage last weekend, and is still struggling to master the option. Johnson says not to read too much into the depth chart until game week.

School: North Carolina

The starter: Bryn Renner

The backup: Marquise Williams

The skinny: Renner is one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC, and the hopes of the new hurry-up spread offense are resting on his shoulders. Behind him on the depth chart, there is no experience at all. Williams did play in a similar offense in high school, where he was rated one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation. But he is a redshirt freshman and has never played in a college game. Neither has redshirt freshman Caleb Pressley.

School: Virginia Tech

The starter: Logan Thomas

The backup: Mark Leal

The skinny: Leal goes into his second year as the backup to Thomas, who had a breakout season a year ago. Virginia Tech is a favorite to win the Coastal, in part, because of what Thomas can do for the offense. Though he is not as big as Thomas, Leal does have a strong arm, and he is accurate. The coaches have expressed confidence in him, but there is no question many of Virginia Tech's hopes are pinned to what Thomas can do.