ACC Football Kickoff 2007: Players Ready

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PINEHURST, N.C. – August is just days away and football fans are anxiously – to say the least – awaiting the start of fall practice. The Atlantic Coast Conference is getting a jumpstart on the upcoming season this weekend with the annual ACC Football Kickoff event for all 12 league teams.

ESPN 840 AM’s (Charlottesville) Wes McElroy trekked to the Tar Heel State for the festivities and he checks in with a report from around the ACC.

COASTAL DIVISION

VIRGINIA

Tom Santi feels the tight ends will return to a more balanced routine.

“I think that’s a lot better option this year,” said Santi. “For those guys it was, a lot of them, their first time playing. It’s very important to have an offensive line that plays as a unit. I think it’s going to be really important for us to have a strong corps on the offensive line.”

Santi and fellow ends John Phillips and Jon Stupar combined for only 46 catches and one touchdown last season.

Santi, who along with Chris Long represented Virginia, also added that an uneventful offseason off the field really shows the focus of the 2007 team.

“It takes everybody. It takes one guy to mess up a play, especially on offense,” Santi said. “It takes one guy not doing his job and the play’s probably going to be shot.”

Watching And Learning: Long, who is the lone picture on the face of the 2007 UVa Media Guide, said he enjoys watching college football for the games but likes the NFL to focus in on the players. In particular, he said he watches the New York Giants’ Michael Strahan, the Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis, and the Seattle Seahawks’ Patrick Kerney. He recently spoke with Kerney.

“They’re the people you watch everyday and you just get so lucky to get a chance to talk to them. Obviously getting to meet Kerney was awesome

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