A midseason review of the ACC

Originally Published: October 12, 2004
By Doug Carlson | Special to
A midseason team-by-team look at the ACC.

Major shortcomings on the offensive line and inconsistent play at receiver have contributed to a nightmare start for junior quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, who entered this season expected to be perhaps the league's best at his position. His struggles (with a completion percentage of 50.3, and 11 interceptions, he's 10th in the ACC in passing efficiency) reflect Clemson's. There's no excuse for the late-game flop, which cost Clemson a victory over Georgia Tech on Sept. 11. That's the game the Tigers would most like to have back. A win over the Yellow Jackets, which appeared a certainty, would mean the Tigers go into the second half of the season within reach of a mid-level bowl bid. Instead, Clemson is 1-4 with four consecutive losses, and likely to miss a bowl bid altogether for the first time since 1998.

Midseason MVP: Return specialist Justin Miller, who set an NCAA record with 282 return yards against Florida State, taking two kickoffs for touchdowns. He's third in the nation in kick returns, averaging 34.3 yards.