Just got the list of attendees for the ACC’s football kickoff event later this month —- something that typically doesn’t draw a lot of quarterbacks.
In 2007, Boston College’s Matt Ryan was there. That was it.
Last year, Clemson’s Cullen Harper, Florida State’s Drew Weatherford and Virginia Tech’s Sean Glennon made the trip. Two of those guys weren’t starting by the second week of the season.
But this year? A whopping half-dozen QBs are expected to be in attendance —- Duke’s Thaddeus Lewis, Florida State’s Christian Ponder, Maryland’s Chris Turner, North Carolina’s T.J. Yates, Virginia’s Vic Hall and Wake Forest’s Riley Skinner.
Given that two programs are in serious QB flux (Boston College and Clemson) and couldn’t be expected to send someone from that position, that makes the presence of six signal-callers even more impressive.
(Cornerback Nolan Carroll, by the way, is Maryland’s defensive rep).
Just with the QBs alone, there are some great storylines. It’s just a shame they’ll all probably be subjected to the same line of “why isn’t there a juggernaut in the ACC” line of questioning Kickoff attendees have faced since league expansion in 2004.
The full rundown of players for the July 26-27 event, courtesy of the ACC office:
Boston College: C Matt Tennant, DE Jim Ramella
Clemson: TB C. J. Spiller, DE Ricky Sapp
Duke: QB Thaddeus Lewis, DT Vince Oghobaase
Florida State: QB Christian Ponder, LB Dekoda Watson
Georgia Tech: RB Jonathan Dwyer, DE Derrick Morgan
Maryland: QB Chris Turner, CB Nolan Carroll
Miami: T Jason Fox, S Randy Phillips
North Carolina: QB T.J. Yates, DE E.J. Wilson
N.C. State: RB Jamelle Eugene, DE Willie Young
Virginia: T Will Barker, QB Vic Hall
Virginia Tech: TE Greg Boone, FS Kam Chancellor
Wake Forest: QB Riley Skinner, DT John Russell
—- Patrick Stevens