Coach Watson expects Perry back by fall camp
OC Shawn Watson spoke to ESPN Big East Blogger Andrea Adelson and gave an in-depth preview of what to expect as spring ball approaches, including who will start on the OL and just how sick the WR depth is. Expect to see the SEC transfers get chances to make their case for playing time. Florida transfers Clark and Christian (at TE) get some reps as well as Tennessee transfer Matt Milton, and Auburn player Zeke Pike (at TE and apparently still on the team). You’ll get an update on RB Senorise Perry as well.
Tight end is another position in which Watson has high hopes. He has another two transfers eligible there — Gerald Christian from Florida and Zeke Pike, who was a quarterback at Auburn before moving to tight end. Having B.J. Butler and Jalen Harrington available at tight end or fullback gives Watson many possibilities. “My biggest challenge in the offseason is where do we put those guys and how do we use them?” Watson said. “That’s going to add another whole dimension to our offense that I’ve been wanting for two years. We’ve grown to a point, but we haven’t been able to grow all the way. With the addition of Gerald, and Zeke Pike — the prospects of him playing that position and what he brings to the table — it’s really exciting. We’ve got to work with it to see what it pans out to be.”
According to an article on Forbes.com, the ACC was the third most valuable conference after adding revenue from the TV, the NCAA Tournament, and bowl games that totaled $293 million. The ACC ranked ahead of the mighty SEC, but that won’t last long as that league, like the Big Ten, is slated for a huge payday as their television contract is renegotiated.
Total income: $293 million
Bowl games: $35 million
NCAA tournaments: $17 million
Television revenue: $240 million
Even after signing a new $3.6 billion TV deal with ESPN the ACC was hounded with realignment rumors. And though Maryland eventually announced its departure for the Big Ten, the conference offered a strong response by adding Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Louisville and non-football Notre Dame.