Every Thursday we're going to be running a fun, little mailbag here at Your Best 11. Thursday afternoons are the place, but anytime is the right time to send your college football questions in. You can drop them on me via Twitter Tweet to @InTheBleachers or you can shoot me an email to my B/R address. Today we've got an all Twitter responses, but if you'd like your questions here, get them in, anyway possible!
@InTheBleachers Does Wake Forest have a chance to improve upon their strong ACC Atlantic performance from last year?— Jon Grice (@Grice_Is_Right) March 29, 2012
Ah, Wake Forest. First and foremost, I love Jim Grobe, but this team will have their work cut out for them to get back to 5-3 as they were in the ACC a season ago. Tanner Price coming back at quarterback helps, he has a very "Riley Skinner-ish" feel to him from the "just gets it done" standpoint.
However, losing Chris Givens is not a positive for any team, especially Wake. At the skill positions I do like Michael Campanaro and running back Josh Harris to take over for Givens and Brandon Pendergrass. On defense, I think Justin Jackson should assume control of the team and Kenny Okoro is poised to have one of those big years that will put him on to everyone's radar as a ball player.
The issue for Wake is less about what they lose. Their team is going to be solid, probably as good as a season ago. The problem will be how the teams in the ACC, especially the Atlantic change. Wake won two games last season that are going to be difficult to duplicate in 2012; NC State and Florida State.
Catching the Wolfpack early was to the Demon Deacons' benefit as the Wolfpack improved mightily in the back end of the season. If I had to kick out a prediction based upon their league schedule, I'd put Wake at 4-4 in the conference. Losing to Clemson, FSU, NC State and Virginia, but beating Maryland, BC, Duke and a North Carolina team in transition that they catch early in the year.
@InTheBleachers will expansion ever include ND and does lack of conference affiliation hurt their recruiting?— John Starnes (@AUgrad00) March 29, 2012
Notre Dame has been pretty clear about having no desire to get into a conference. With the ACC roping in Pitt and Syracuse, it would seem that league is out of the expansion business until the move to 16 is forced upon us all.
The Big Ten is the option that everyone screams about, but Notre Dame and the Midwest's premier conference have not made much headway in that realm. The Big Ten is set at 12 for the time being. We might see something interesting happen as this push for conference champions only in a four-team playoff comes to fruition, but odds are that Notre Dame gets an exemption, much like in the BCS.
As for recruiting; have you seen what Brian Kelly has done so far in the 2013 cycle? He's got a commitment list of nine kids right now. Six this week, three of those six are 4-star players. Not to mention the man just reeled in Gunner Kiel to the fold, away from national title contender LSU. It is safe to say that not having a conference to call home is not stopping the Fighting Irish's recruiting efforts.
@InTheBleachers Just for that, a real Q: How well do you think Bryn Renner's QB skills translate to the Larry Fedora spread?— ACC Sports (@ACCSports) March 29, 2012
My man fifty grand folks. Jim Young from the ACC Sports Journal. Great question and one that has a simple answer—very well. To expound, Bryn's at his most comfortable doing a couple different things; throwing from the shotgun, running play action and rolling out.
Fedora's offense is going to allow him to do all of those things, sometimes all of them in a single play. Playing out of the shotgun he'll be able to spend more time with eyes down field and focused on his wide receivers. With the roll-out game, he'll be able to move outside of the pocket a bit to find targets at different levels against the defense.
Keep in mind we'll be seeing a healthy Bryn Renner this season and that means the athleticism will be improved from what we saw towards the end of 2011. He is not going to be running all over the field but that little extra mobility will help him be more effective and more comfortable in Fedora's wide-open offense.
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