Earlier we took a look at teams that answered the most questions this spring. But not every question gets answered.
So which teams left spring with the most questions? Our ACC reporters discuss.
Andrea Adelson says Miami. Everybody knows this is a make-or-break year for coach Al Golden and the Canes. But the biggest question -- perhaps in the entire ACC -- is whether they can deliver. We still have no idea after a spring in which the offensive line remained a work in progress; no running back truly distinguished himself; and uncertainty remained across the defense. Coaches say they are thrilled with the development of the defensive line and depth in particular. But after watching Miami struggle to sustain a pass rush -- especially over the past four seasons -- nobody truly knows whether this year will be different. Quarterback Brad Kaaya is as close to a sure thing as Miami has, but he is working with an entirely new supporting cast. Can the running backs, receivers and tight ends on the roster replicate the production NFL picks Duke Johnson, Clive Walford and Phillip Dorsett had? Maybe more importantly, can Miami find a healthy starting five on the offensive line that can play consistently week to week? We know about Kaaya. But beyond him, Miami might have more unknowns than any other team in the league.
David Hale says Clemson. In fairness, this was inevitable. Quarterback Deshaun Watson wasn't going to practice this spring, and therefore the biggest question at Clemson -- and probably in the entire ACC -- was going to remain unanswered. If Watson is healthy, the Tigers are playoff contenders. If he's not, the Atlantic is wide open. So much rides on Watson's ability to rehab (something he's reportedly done with gusto so far) and stay healthy for the full season (something we won't know until it happens). Clemson did made some progress without its star, but there remain major questions of defensive depth, particularly at end, and along the O-line. A healthy Watson can cover up for a lot of other shortcomings. An injured Watson means every blemish on the roster will be exposed that much more.
Jared Shanker says Florida State. Spring practice isn't always about solidifying a depth chart, as often the 15 sessions are to prepare the roster for the fall. That said, the Seminoles certainly needed to answer a few more questions than they were able to this spring, and there are still too many uncertainties heading into the summer for FSU fans to feel comfortable about a fourth straight ACC championship. While coach Jimbo Fisher raved about quarterback Sean Maguire's progress in behind-closed-doors practices, the redshirt junior struggled in the spring game. That spring game was also missing a number of starters on defense, which took a major step back last season. The unit needed to begin jelling and inexperienced starters needed to gain valuable reps, but injuries prevented that. Outside of running back, left tackle and one cornerback position, there is nothing set in stone this summer.