Back with more from Barnhart, who this time, travels around some of the heavy weights in the ACC, as they wrap up their spring practice.
Four ACC teams have already concluded practice, and five more take to the field for the final time on Saturday, including Georgia Tech.
Tony writes that Tech head coach Paul Johnson is not concerned about teams catching up to his offense in year two:
“When we were at Georgia Southern we played the same teams every year,” said Johnson, implying that things turned out okay in Statesboro, where he won five straight Southern Conference championships and a pair of national championships"
“People may get better at defending it but we’ll get better at running it, too” Johnson said. “That much I do know.”
Sounds about right to me. Only the physical superiority of LSU stopped the offense cold in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, much like Miami did to the former Big 8 teams in the 80's.
Tide Not on Hokies’ Minds…Yet
Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said that "Alabama, the Hokies’ opening opponent on September fifth at the Georgia Dome, will not be discussed this spring. We’re trying to get ourselves better right now. We’re concentrating on trying to get Virginia Tech better.”
VA Tech will put up a much tougher test, than Clemson did last year, for three reasons.
1. Frank Beamer is a better coach than Tommy Bowden.
2. Nobody will be underestimating Alabama this year.
3. See the first point.
Korn Not Guaranteed Clemson QB Job
Former HS All American Wily Korn is in a battle with red shirt freshman Kyle Parker for the starting quarterback job at Clemson. Many thought Korn would beat out Cullen Harper his freshman year, but the former Byrnes HS star has yet to overly impress the Clemson staff.
Parker’s baseball career could play into the decision as well. Tony Barnhart said, “Someone asked Swinney if he would lean toward playing Parker because Parker might decide to concentrate on baseball if he doesn’t win the job.”