There are only two ACC spring games this weekend, as Georgia Tech and Syracuse wrap up on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will end spring practices next week, the final teams in the ACC to close out the spring.
Here’s a quick preview of this weekend’s games:
When: 7 p.m. on Friday (ESPN3)
Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium
Format: Four quarters with shortened halftime and a running clock at some point in the second half.
One thing to watch: The new 4-2-5 defensive scheme. In his second season as coordinator, Ted Roof has switched from a base 4-3 to the 4-2-5, a scheme they used frequently last season because of the offenses they faced. More importantly, the change was made in an effort to get their best athletes on the field. Georgia Tech has tried this spring to get more of a pass rush on the edge, and the switch in scheme allowed junior Jabari Hunt-Days to move from linebacker to defensive end to help with that aspect.
When: 1 p.m. on Saturday (ESPN3)
Where: Carrier Dome
Format: The offense will earn points the traditional way while the defense will score off interceptions, three-and-outs, turnovers on downs and touchdowns. At halftime, the trailing team will get a chance to earn points thanks to sophomore punter Riley Dixon. If Dixon can land the ball inside the 15-yard line, the team will earn a point. Inside the 10-yard line is worth two, and inside the five-yard line is worth three points.
One thing to watch: The receivers. All spring, the coaching staff has been looking for a few dependable receivers to emerge because the position collectively wasn’t as productive as it needed to be last season. In order for Syracuse’s offense to improve, the receivers have to improve, and there are plenty of options. Ashton Broyld returns, along with Jarrod West, Adrian Flemming, Alvin Cornelius, Corey Winfield, Sean Avant and Jeremiah Kobena. With so much depth at running back, the next step is for some receivers to emerge to give quarterback Terrel Hunt some options and open things up in the running game.