The offensive is looking to continue their dominance in the ACC with the ground game. The A Back position returns a deep and experienced group of players. Johnson sees players like Embry Peeples, Tony Zenon, B.J Bostic, and Deon Hill pushing starters Roddy Jones and Orwin Smith. "You have good competition."
Senior Roddy Jones is the leader of the A Back group. He too is seeing the same enthusiasm witnessed by Coach Johnson. "What we see in practice every day is a group of young talented guys who are hungry."
Jones knows that the team is capable of leading the nation in rushing but he also knows that they need todo a better job in the red zone. Jones is not hesitant to express his feelings about those who think defenses have caught up to them. "I hope people on the outside think they've caught up to us because we'd like to show them that they haven't."
One of the keys to opening holes for this year's group of running back is center Jay Finch. He has the task of replacing All-ACC center Sean Bedford. "I think Jay Finch can be as good as he wants to be," said Johnson. Johnson feels that he can be a really good player who has the strength and the ability to roll his hips that is necessary to be a good center.
Johnson sees the depth on this year's team giving everyone good competition. "The young guys are going to push them. The freshmen class is pretty talented." Johnson sees a hungry team that is ready to play.
One of the positions where we may see the talent from the freshmen class is the wide receiver position. Corey Dennis, Darren Waller, and Jeff Greene are all getting a chance to show what they can do. "We're working all three of them in with the first and second group." The coaches are encouraged by what they see.
Running back Roddy Jones addressed the subject of adversity that they faced last season. "I think we've done a good job of coming together and rallying around each other," said Jones.
NEWS AND NOTES
On the subject of special teams and the return game, Coach Johnson said everyone will get a chance to show what they can do.
David Sims is looking quicker in practice thus far.
Treymayne McNair suffered the first injury of the pre-season with a turned ankle.