Here is one trend to keep an eye on this spring in the ACC.
The potential rise of dual-threat quarterbacks.
Last season, four teams had true dual-threat signal-callers starting -- EJ Manuel at Florida State, Tajh Boyd at Clemson, Logan Thomas at Virginia Tech, and Tevin Washington at Georgia Tech. Depending on how some of the open quarterback competitions go, the ACC could see as many as nine dual-threat starters at the position.
We already know that Duke is trying to install some option principles with Anthony Boone taking over for pro-style Sean Renfree. Wake Forest has said it wants starter Tanner Price to run more out of designed plays. NC State coach Dave Doeren has succeeded the past two years at Northern Illinois with a dual-threat quarterback. Syracuse and Virginia also have dual-threat quarterbacks competing for the starting job.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe explained his decision to shift philosophy in an interview earlier this month with fellow blogger Heather Dinich.
Cutcliffe said of Boone, "He is the new era of quarterback. Anthony is going to change our run game a good bit. He can prolong plays better. Just watch football, I don’t care what level -- it’s not just the zone read. Ben Roethlisberger is not that kind of guy, but he prolongs plays really well for the Steelers through the years. That’s how a lot of big plays occur. That wasn’t Sean’s strength. It is Anthony’s. Anthony is always dangerous back there. I think that adds a little bit of life to your offense."
Here is a look at the type of quarterback each team has across the ACC.
Boston College: Pro-style with Chase Rettig. The Eagles are sure to feature a running quarterback in the future as coach Steve Addazio prefers dual threats to run his spread offense.
Clemson: Dual threat. Boyd is one of the best in the nation.
Duke: Dual threat with Boone. Changed from pro-style.
Georgia Tech: Triple-option, with Vad Lee taking over.
Maryland: Pro-style, C.J. Brown.
Miami: Pro-style, Stephen Morris.
North Carolina: Pro-style Bryn Renner.
Virginia Tech: Dual-threat with Thomas.
Wake Forest: Working toward making Price more dual threat.