ACC preseason poll: Florida State No. 1, Clemson No. 2

18 July, 2017, 04:51 | Author: Eloise Marshall
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Louisville's Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, was the league's runaway pick as preseason player of the year.

Florida State was picked to win the Atlantic Division-and to become the overall league champion-by a group consisting of 167 media members, while Miami is the early favorite to take home the Coastal Division.

The rest of the division's predicted order was Louisville in third (9 first-place votes), followed by N.C. State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Boston College. The Hurricanes received 103 first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech's 40, Georgia Tech's nine, Pittsburgh's seven and North Carolina and Duke, who each received four. His 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns were also ACC records for a quarterback.

Miami was selected the likely Coastal Division victor by 103 voters and amassed 1,065 total points.

Miami's no stranger to having been picked to win the division, having been the choice now in three of the last five seasons. Clemson got 35 votes, followed by Louisville (7), Virginia Tech and Miami (3 each) and Duke (1).

When the ACC first conceived of a football championship game, the game was awarded to Jacksonville for a variety of reasons.

Florida State is predicted to break a 2-year hiatus and win its first ACC title since 2017. Miami Sophomores, linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and wide receiver Ahmmon Richards finished in a three-way tie for seventh with one vote each.

Louisville's Jackson led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 113 votes, while Florida State's Deondre Francois was listed on 23 ballots and Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins on 11.

The Cardinals were also slotted to finish third in the Atlantic Division behind both the Seminoles and Tigers.

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