ACC weekend practice update

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

RALEIGH, N.C. -- I'm still in Raleigh, but there are a few other things going on in the league worth checking in on. These scrimmage reports just came in:


  • One day after I wrote about Duke's running game taking a hit, the young running backs stood out in today's 80-snap scrimmage in Wallace Wade Stadium.

  • Jay Hollingsworth, Tony Jackson and Patrick Kurunwune combined to rush for 179 yards.

  • Jackson led with 71 yards on 13 carries while Kurunwune added 62 yards on 11 attempts. Hollingsworth picked up 46 yards on 13 rushes and added a one-yard touchdown run.

  • Quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completed six of 12 throws for 69 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown to Raphael Chestnut.

  • Sheldon Bell led all receivers with four catches for 23 yards while Jeremy Ringfield and Johnny Williams had two grabs for 38 and 37 yards, respectively.

  • Defensively, Trent Mackey, Eddie Morgan and Clifford Respress each posted one tackle for loss.

  • The kicking game included field goals by Nick Snyderwine (26 yards) and Joe Surgan (24 yards).


"We absolutely accomplished what we wanted," coach David Cutcliffe said. "We really limited our defense not knowing who is in the stands and we limited our offense some in the passing game. We more strictly limited our defense. It was good for us to find out some things when we are playing straight and how we hold up. I thought the effort was really good. I thought we were pretty crisp throwing and catching the ball. You can see a big difference. Both lines of scrimmage were physical with a lot of crisp hits. I think we got a lot out of this."


Again with the infusion of youth.

  • Three true freshmen scored touchdowns and two sophomore B-backs combined for 174 yards in the Yellow Jackets' 90-minute scrimmage at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

  • True freshmen -- quarterback Tevin Washington, receiver Tyler Melton and safety Cooper Taylor -- combined for three of Georgia Tech's six touchdowns. Washington had a 53-yard TD run, Taylor returned a fumble 39 yards for a score and Melton made an impressive catch in the end zone on a 35-yard pass from another true freshman, quarterback Jaybo Shaw.

  • Shaw took most of the snaps with the first-unit offense as sophomorequarterback Josh Nesbitt remained sidelined with a shoulder injury.

  • Sophomore B-back Anthony Allen, a Louisville transfer not eligible until 2009, ran for a team-high 90 yards on seven carries including a 70-yard touchdown run.

  • Jonathan Dwyer, the sophomore expected to start at B-back, had seven carries for 84 yards including one 55-yard TD run.

  • Senior Calvin Booker was the leading passer on Saturday, completing 8 of 12 passes for 88 yards. Booker did throw the only interception of the day, a short pass picked off by redshirt freshman defensive end Jason Peters.

  • Peters and another redshirt freshman defender, Kyle Jackson, recorded Tech's two sacks. Jackson added one fumble recovery.


"We ran over 100 plays and we're at the point where I know what they can do," coach Paul Johnson said. "Now, we just have toget ready to play."

MIAMI (catching up from Friday)
The Hurricanes went almost 100 plays in their scrimmage on Friday night.

Sophomore running backs Shawnbrey McNeal and Damien Berry, along with redshirt freshman Lee Chambers, handled the bulk of the carries. McNeal scored the scrimmage's first touchdown on the offense's second drive of the night.


"We've got to find some depth at running back," coach Randy Shannon said. "We've got six guys. We can't get caught like last year when we ran out of running backs. The more work we get for those guys, the better off we'll be. If they do a great job picking up the offense, we'll be OK."