GREENSBORO, Ga. —- Lots to discuss in depth over the next week or so (when you bring six tape recorders, there’s a lot to listen to).
But among the highlights from this afternoon I happened to hear myself:
* Maryland‘s Jeremy Navarre is checking in at 288 pounds as he prepares for his senior season at defensive tackle.
* Maryland’s Edwin Williams has had some interesting experiences this month in both a putting competition and a jet ski endeavor over the July 4 holiday.
* Neither Navarre nor Williams were particularly mobbed by the assembled media here at Reynolds Plantation. Perhaps that was because Clemson’s Cullen Harper, Florida State’s Drew Weatherford and a pair of defensive stalwarts for Wake Forest (Aaron Curry and Alphonso Smith) were available at the same time.
A more likely explanation: Maryland isn’t as interesting as the likely ACC favorites (Clemson), the team facing more preseason adversity than anyone (Florida State), the annual Jim Grobe Miracle (Wake Forest) and enough Carolina interest for a team inside the Triangle (N.C. State).
An equally plausible explanation: A dearth of beat writers in attendance.
* North Carolina’s Hakeem Nicks came about as close as he could to saying he’s the best receiver in the ACC. Thing is, with apologies to Clemson’s Aaron Kelly and Maryland’s Darrius Heyward-Bey, he might well be right.
* Duke defensive lineman Vince Oghobaase and Wake Forest linebacker Aaron Curry both agree —- as players who dealt with Navy’s triple option offense last year, they see no reason why new coach Paul Johnson can’t get it to work at Georgia Tech.
There’s plenty more to delve into, and it will eventually be tossed out here before Maryland’s camp begins.
But first, there’s a dead tree edition story to churn out. Check back in a bit for what Maryland’s latest personnel losses (Stephen Smalls and Brian Whitmore) mean for the Terps’ scholarship situation, as well as some background on both guys for more casual fans.
—- Patrick Stevens