Heels copying Tigers’ offensive approach

GREENSBORO, N.C. — With the success of Clemson’s up-tempo offense last season, the strategy was expected to quickly be copied in the ACC, and the first to follow Clemson’s approach is North Carolina.

The Tar Heels hired Larry Fedora to be their new coach, and he’s implemented an up-tempo offense.

UNC quarterback Bryn Renner said he spoke to Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd about the offensive philosophy in the offseason.

“It was a culture shock this spring,” Renner said. “We were literally going as fast as you can go.”

Fedora has employed an up-tempo offense since working as an assistant at Middle Tennessee State in 1999 when he traveled to Tulane to study the up-tempo spread used by Tommy Bowden and Rich Rodriguez.

Fedora used a prolific offense to lead Southern Miss to a Conference USA championship last season.

Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller doesn’t know where his brother, prized five-star prospect Kendall Fuller, will play college football but he’s hoping it is at Virginia Tech.

Kendall Fuller, also a cornerback, visited Virginia Tech earlier this month and was at Clemson this weekend for Dabo Swinney’s “All In” cookout with other recruits.

The older brother insists he does not know which way his brother is leaning but the finalists are Clemson and Virginia Tech.

“He wants to go through the process,” Fuller said.

Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman said new defensive coordinator Brent Venables uses simpler, truncated language in his play calling.

What was a five-word play call under Kevin Steele last year will be a two-word call under Venables. Goodman said players were sometimes confused and were sometimes waiting on play calls under Steele last season.

Renner says Clemson pitcher Mike Kent has been his best friend since fifth grade. The two grew up together in Virginia. Kent has had a trying year as he gave a bone marrow donation to his ailing brother earlier this year.

“He’s part of my family,” said Renner, who had to fight back emotions when speaking of the Kents.