The ACC coaches participated in a teleconference Wednesday to wrap up spring practices, as Virginia Tech and Wake Forest will close out spring in the ACC this weekend with their respective spring games. Here are a few quick highlights from the call:
Eight is enough
As the ACC prepares to debate an eight- or nine-game league schedule at its spring meetings next month in Amelia Island, Fla., the coaches “lean heavily toward eight” conference games, according to Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who is chair of the ACC coaches committee.
“I think it’s going to be debated, I will say that,” Cutcliffe said. “I wouldn’t be being truthful if I didn’t tell you the coaches lean heavily towards eight. That’s where we are. … From a coaching standpoint, we’re real happy with eight games. I think there’s a lot of discussions we’re going to have with the ADs that could be interesting.”
The athletic directors, though, have the final vote, and the last time this topic was debated, the coaches were overruled in favor of nine games.
Boston College names starting QB
Florida graduate transfer quarterback Tyler Murphy has officially earned the starting job at Boston College, coach Steve Addazio said. It shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering Murphy’s history with Addazio and the fact that he was the only quarterback on the roster who has ever started a college game. Murphy started six games last year for the Gators in place of injured starter Jeff Driskel.
Addazio praised Murphy’s pocket presence this spring, said he throws the ball well and is dynamic with his feet.
“You’re talking about a guy who’s been in the heat of the battle,” Addazio said. “He’s a veteran, experienced guy, who’s been a starter in the SEC. My familiarity with him, I recruited him, I coached him, I knew him well. He’s pretty comfortable in terms of our program, our weight room, the way we practice, our terminology. It’s not a foreign animal to him. He had a great spring.”
Syracuse kicker suspended
Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said kicker Ryan Norton was suspended for the spring game because of a violation of team rules. Norton should rejoin the team in the summer, and Shafer praised his player for "taking ownership." Shafer declined to say what caused the suspension.
"It's between Ryan and I, but he'll be back with us shortly and we look forward to that," Shafer said.
Norton served a one-game suspension last season after he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest and underage drinking.
Virginia quarterback still unknown
Virginia coach Mike London said he’ll release a post-spring depth chart by the end of next week, and he’s currently in the process of having exit interviews with every player. He said he still has two quarterbacks to interview before he names his starter. David Watford has been competing with Greyson Lambert and Matt Johns this spring for the top job.
“They’ll know it before anyone else knows it,” London said. “I think that’s the right way to do it.”