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Bourbon Shots: ACC Quarterbacks vs. SEC Quarterbacks Edition

A few bloggers have had fun with the news that Kentucky's Mike Hartline and South Carolina's Stephen Garcia shared Third-team All-SEC honors from that league's coaches this week. That got me thinking. Does the ACC have a better crop of QBs than God's Conference this year?

I say yes if guys like Hartline and Garcia are the best the SEC can produce after Florida's Tim Tebow and Ole Miss' Jevan Snead. Here are the QBs in the two leagues this season.

2009 Probable Starting QBs
ACC QB SEC QB
Boston College Boek/Shinskie/Tuggle Alabama Greg McElroy
Clemson Korn/Parker Arkansas Ryan Mallett
Duke Thaddius Lewis Auburn Kodi Burns
Florida State Christian Ponder Florida Tim Tebow
Georgia Tech Josh Nesbitt Georgia Joe Cox
Maryland Chris Turner Kentucky Mike Hartline
Miami Jacory Harris LSU Jordan Jefferson
North Carolina TJ Yates Ole Miss Jevan Snead
NC State Russell Wilson Mississippi St Tyson Lee
Virginia Hall/Sewell/Verica South Carolina Stephen Garcia
Virginia Tech Tyrod Taylor Tennessee Jonathan Crompton
Wake Forest Riley Skinner Vanderbilt Adams/Smith

After Tebow and Snead, the SEC has a laundry list of guys who have a lot to prove in 2009. While the same can be said for a lot of the ACC's QBs, I think the quality is higher from top to bottom in the ACC. No, Russell Wilson and Riley Skinner aren't nearly as good as Tebow and Snead. But to me the middle and bottom of the ACC's QBs are much better than what the SEC has to offer.

Hokies Up to 15 Commitments

Tech Sideline reported this morning via The Twitter and TSL Mail that the Hokies have received two more commitments for the 2010 class. Brian Laiti, a linebacker from Robinson (Fairfax, VA) HS, and Detrick Bonner, an athlete from Luella (Locust Grove, GA), have decided to pledge VPI.

Laiti is the No. 9 prospect in The Commonwealth according to TSL. Bonner played receiver and cornerback last year.

Twitter Can be Useful

It turns out The Twitter can be used for more than just swearing and libeling people anonymously. Apparently you can use it to get answers to questions you have as well.

This week the ACC announced what players would be attending the conference's media days in Greensboro. I wanted to know why it wasn't being held in Tampa to help promote the ACCCG. The Big 12 always holds its media days in the city that's hosting that year's conference title game.

So, I sent a message to @ACCGridiron using The Twitter. That username is maintained by Michael Kelly, the ACC's associate commissioner in charge of football. Surprisingly, he got back to me quickly. The league's original plan was to hold media days in Tampa this year. However, the ever-decreasing travel budgets of media outlets led them to move it to Greensboro.

However, the ACC will stream media days on its Web site and provide feeds for TV and radio in Tampa. The league will also have a separate promotional tour in Tampa to promote the ACCCG.

After Marcus' description of last year's game, it's apparent the league needs to do a better job marketing the game to locals in Tampa. The "Road to Tampa Bay" concept was a good idea, but I think the league failed to follow through to get locals excited about the game. Hopefully Kelly's response means they'll do a better job this year. But this game can't get to Charlotte quick enough.

Linkage

Hokies

- Bud Foster has bad taste in music. (Southern Pigskin)
- Yeah, I can't think of a reason to hate ECU, either. (The North End Zone)
- 25 years later, Bruce is still the best defensive player to come through the Burg. (Blogsburg)

ACC and Opponents

- Don't read Bleacher Report. Ever. (Backing the Pack)
- "...it's clear we've seen what Groh's ceiling is." (From Old Virginia)
- A sizzling start and fizzling finish could be on tap for FSU (Scalp 'Em)
- The best trophy in sports visits BC. (Eagle in Atlanta)

Stuff Only I Care About

- A Penn State survey showed bloggers think their attitude separates them from MSM. (Penn State Live)
- Please don't trade Buchholz for Halladay. (Over the Monster)
- No combination of these players is Halladay if I'm Toronto. (Power Allie)
- Sympathies to Doug, who joins the unemployment line. (Hey Jenny Slater)