ACC's lunchtime links

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

ACC football officially begins this weekend when players report in Raleigh and Atlanta, so TGIF ...

  • Former Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson signed a four-year deal with Cincinnati. He's just one of three players the Jackets will be missing up front this year. He's not the only former ACC superstar who just got richer.

  • Former Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey signed a contract with the Raiders that will guarantee him at least $23.5 million. I need to learn how to catch the football better.

  • Is the ACC getting offensive? You bet.

  • Jerry Ratcliffe says there are a few reasons for Virginia to be optimistic about this season.

  • Miami senior cornerback Chavez Grant has the pedigree, but he wants to create his own legacy.

  • Duke running back Requan Boyette could give the Blue Devils' running game the boost coach David Cutcliffe is looking for.

  • The Demon Deacons picked up an offensive tackle this week.

  • There's an injury trend at Maryland that doesn't bode well for this season if "stabilizer" Chris Turner becomes the latest in a long line of quarterbacks to get hurt.