FSU named ACC favorite, Jackson picked to repeat as Player of the Year
Posted July 17
Florida State is picked to win the ACC and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson (Louisville) is the preseason favorite for ACC Player of the Year, the conference announced Monday. Jackson won the Heisman Trophy and 2016 ACC Player of the Year with his record-setting season last fall.
Duke is the only team from North Carolina with a vote to win the conference, receiving just one vote. NC State is picked to finish in fourth place in the Atlantic Division (behind FSU, defending National Champion Clemson and Louisville) and Wake Forest is picked to finish fifth.
North Carolina and Duke each got four first-place votes in the Coastal Division, but the Tar Heels are picked to finish fifth in the division and the Blue Devils are voted to finish in sixth place.
Miami is the Coastal Division favorite.
Jimbo Fisher's Seminoles got 118 of 167 first-place votes from the media. Dabo Swinney's Tigers finished in second place with 35 votes. Seven voters picked Louisville to win the conference, Virginia Tech and Miami each landed three votes and Duke got one.
Entering Mark Richt's second season, Miami got 103 votes to be the Coastal Division's champion. Virginia Tech, which won the Coastal last season, is the second-place pick. Georgia Tech placed third, followed by Pittsburgh. North Carolina, Duke and Virginia round out the Coastal hierarchy.
FSU got 1,108 total points to lead the Atlantic, Clemson got 1,007 total and Louisville got 843. NC State's fourth-place pick came by way of 658 total votes and Wake Forest got 415 total. Syracuse and Boston College are the bottom finishers for Atlantic.