After a bye week, we're back, and strangely fantasy-focused. Hosting this week is Jim Young from ACCSports.com.
1) Most of the ACC has now reached the halfway point of its season. On a scale of 1 (I'm rounding up pitchforks, torches and a mob to storm the football office) to 10 (I'm selling of organs to raise money for a statue of the coach) how do you feel about your team's performance thus far?
Probably about a 2.5. I mean, Maryland did beat Clemson, so not everything was negative. If not for that win, this is a 1; no brainer. There are people who are currently at a 1 anyway, but there are some people who are probably at a 3 or 4, too. I'm taking the middle and saying 2.5, though I kind of feel 1.5-ish.
2) Give me the best case scenario for your team the rest of the way. Then give me the worst case.
Best case, we pull out wins over two of Virginia, Duke, and FSU, plus another upset along the way. That would give Maryland five wins and a 4-4 ACC record, which is probably wishful thinking, but is definitely possible.
Worst case - and this is more likely in my opinion (not likely, necessarily, but more likely) - is Maryland goes the rest of the way without winning a game. Definitely possible.
3) Because it's my turn to host the roundtable and I like fantasy football, I'm going to ask a few questions with that theme. First, you're in an ACC keeper league. Which three players on your team do you designate as keepers for next season? (Obviously this rules out seniors, except for Riley Skinner, who I assume has six more years of eligibility remaining)
Torrey Smith is the no-brainer. He's leading the NCAA in APY, and would be a fantasy stud. Also, Da'Rel Scott, who is a monster with a good offensive line, which he should have next year. Third, I'm keeping Adrian Cannon. He's shown he has the ability to be a playmaker and put up TDs. If defensive players got fantasy points, I'd also consider Alex Wujciak and Adrian Moten instead of Cannon, but they don't, so Cannon gets it.
4) Let's do the reverse of this, with coaches. You're forced to drop one member of your team's coaching staff. Who gets the axe? (Head coaches or assistant coaches are eligible here)
This isn't that tough. And really, "forced" might not be the right word. It's more of an "allowed" sort of mentality.
It's clear something isn't right with the program, and the buck's gotta stop somewhere. hat somewhere is on Ralph Friedgen's desk. No choice but to let him go.
5) Let's say the rest of the ACC is available via free agency. Who's the one player from the other 11 teams that you'd most like to add to your squad?
Jason Fox. Give me another stud tackle and I'll give you one more win.
6) Finally, we'll stage a mock draft of ACC quarterbacks. Who are you taking with the first pick, and why? And who would you get stuck with if you had to pick No. 12?
Jacory Harris goes first, pretty easily for me. He's talented, a great leader, and would be full of team spirit...and Jay-Z spirit. And Jay-Z gave a shout out to the state of Maryland once...so...yeah, that's like destiny or something. Plus, Russell Wilson has looked human this year and I'm still not sold on Tyrod Taylor being able to lead a team without a great rushing attack and awesome defense. Riley Skinner goes two, probably.
As for the last pick, it's probably between Jameel Sewell, Chris Turner, Josh Nesbitt (I'll explain in a minute), and Dave Shinskie. Neither Sewell nor Turner have any sort of consistency, and Shinskie is still, for the most part, and unknown commodity. As for Nesbitt, I'm not running the triple option. Therefore, he is of no use to me. I'm going to take a homer pick and say Sewell. After all, he barely beat out a cornerback for his job.