PONTE VEDRA BEACH — It took until his senior year, but Christian Olsen finally ascended to the role of Virginia's starting quarterback. He's happy to accept some brotherly love for that accomplishment, even if it comes from a conference rival.
Christian Olsen's younger brother is Greg Olsen, Miami's standout tight end. The two had quite different seasons in 2005. Kyle was second on the Hurricanes with 31 receptions for 451 yards and four touchdowns. Christian completed seven of 11 passes for 71 yards and an interception.
Now the two have a Nov. 18 matchup in Charlottesville, Va., to look forward to, both as starters for their respective teams.
"He's always been on my side," Christian Olsen said of Greg at Sunday's ACC Media Days. "He's always said, 'Don't worry, your time's going to come,' when I said I don't know if it's ever going to work out."
Christian Olsen, a fifth-year senior, said those brotherly bonds always have been strong, even if they wear different jerseys.
"We've probably talked five times since I've been here," Christian Olsen said, "and I've only been here 24 hours."
JOHNSON READY FOR SPOTLIGHT: Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson was brimming with confidence at Sunday's interviews, evident when a reporter asked him about how other ACC defensive backs have stopped him.
"They haven't stopped me," Johnson said. "If I don't get the ball, I don't get the ball. They're lucky that game. Any other game, it'd be different."
Johnson has reason to be that confident. He's a returning first-team All-American who caught 54 passes for 888 yards and six touchdowns. Plus, his quarterback from 2005, Reggie Ball, is a returning senior.
"We talk on the sideline after every drive," Johnson said. "Our chemistry over the years has grown so much."
EIGHT MEN OUT: Clemson's Gaines Adams, a preseason first team All-American defensive end, had a football upbringing different than most of his teammates.
As a three-year starter at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood, S.C., he played eight-man football. When Cambridge won a state title in 2000, Adams recorded 78 tackles, 14 sacks and five interceptions and caught 57 passes for 1,680 yards and 20 touchdowns.
"It was crazy," Adams said. "At the time, I was just out there enjoying playing football. I wasn't really used to that. I really learned a lot from that, knowing pursuit angles and small details like that, since there are less people on the same size field."
Adams was fourth in the ACC in 2005 with 9½ sacks, earning honorable mention All-America and All-ACC selections.