Take 2: Is UNC the ACC’s top offense?

Teams are still working their way through spring practice, so a lot can change. But ACC bloggers Andrea Adelson and David Hale decided to take the gloves off to debate whether North Carolina’s offense could emerge as the league’s best in 2015.

Andrea says no way: We can agree on one thing, David — North Carolina has a wealth of offensive talent. But we could say the same every single year. The Tar Heels draw us in with what they could do.

Recruiters want Raekwon Davis to be big man on campus


NEW ORLEANS — At 6-foot-7½ and 314 pounds, Alabama defensive tackle commitment Raekwon Davis towered over the competition at Saturday’s Opening Regional at Joe Brown Park in New Orleans. He also loomed large over his peers with his play.

Davis, from Meridian (Mississippi) High School, who ranks as the nation’s No. 243 player, earned an invitation to The Opening finals, which will be held from July 5-10 at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Michigan committed to press coverage

Michigan’s cornerbacks will be operating in close quarters this season. The Wolverines want to play a more aggressive defensive scheme in 2015, which means more press coverage in the secondary.

Lining up facemask-to-facemask with opposing wide receivers was common in coordinator D.J. Durkin’s schemes when he was running Florida’s defense the past two seasons. Michigan dabbled in tight coverage in the recent past, but never fully committed to playing that way.

Five things to watch: New Orleans Opening Regional

NEW ORLEANS — Many said the absolutely loaded 2014 recruiting class in Louisiana would never be matched. Somebody forgot to tell that to the players in 2016 class. The Bayou State is again stacked, and many of those national recruits will be on display at Saturday’s Nike Opening regional at Joe Brown Park. More than 20 players ranked in the ESPN Junior 300 will be in attendance, including nine of the top 20 players in Louisiana.

Alexander leads deep D-line group

At the top of the list is defensive tackle Edwin Alexander of Hammond St.

Florida State receivers work to replace prolific Rashad Greene

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — When an all-time program great leaves a school, his presence is felt far longer than the last time he played.

This spring at Florida State, it’s not just Jameis Winston’s name being consistently thrown into that conversation. Former receiver Rashad Greene is talked about at length despite leaving almost three months ago, and he’s spoken about in a manner that can be described as nothing short of reverential.

Pro-style offense part of Nebraska’s new normal

Nebraskans might be landlocked in their home state, but they’re no strangers to sea change.

They saw Nebraska leave behind its history in the Big Eight/Big 12 for a new home in the Big Ten. They watched the program move from two handpicked successor coaches — Tom Osborne and Frank Solich — to an outsider (Bill Callahan) doomed by a historically bad defense, and another coach (Bo Pelini) doomed by a combustible personality and four-loss seasons.