Change is in the air as ACC football teams prepare to open spring practice

New teams, new head coaches, new coordinators, wide-open quarterback battles among ACC's top storylines

Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price attempts a pass against Clemson.

Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price attempts a pass against Clemson.

Change is the name of the game as the ACC's football teams prepare to open spring practice over the next few weeks.

Three teams - all in the Atlantic Division - have new head coaches, while three Coastal Division teams have new offensive coordinators.

There will be open competition for new quarterbacks at eight schools, while at three others, veteran quarterbacks will be working for new offensive coordinators.

Just three teams go into the spring anticipating no drama at the quarterback spot: Wake Forest, with fourth-year starter Tanner Price; and Clemson and North Carolina, with third-year starters Tajh Boyd and Bryn Renner, respectively.

Returning starters Logan Thomas at Virginia Tech, Chase Rettig at BC and Stephen Morris at Miami will have new coordinators.

Boston College will be the first team to kick off spring practice, as the Eagles will open on Feb. 28 under new head coach Steve Addazio. Miami and Maryland will follow on March 2, Duke on March 4, Pittsburgh on March 5, and Clemson and UNC on March 6.

Nearly two weeks later, on March 18, Virginia will get underway, followed on March 19 by Syracuse, Wake Forest and N.C. State, and on March 20 by Florida State.

The final teams to open spring drills will be Georgia Tech, on March 25, and Virginia Tech, on March 27.

Some ACC teams will work straight through spring drills, while others - like Clemson - will take spring break in the middle and spread its practices over a longer period of time.

Virginia has the earliest spring game, on April 6, while Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Wake Forest and N.C. State will finish on April 20.

Other spring game dates include Maryland and Pittsburgh on April 12; Clemson, FSU, Boston College, Duke, Miami and UNC on April 13; and Georgia Tech on April 19.

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