Florida State picked to win the ACC Football Championship:David Amerson(Dudley HS) #6 in voting for ACC Player of the Year

Posted by Andy Durham on July 23, 2012 at 1:52 pm under College | 2 Comments to Read

from www.theacc.com:

ACC Football Kickoff Media Selects Florida State as 2012 Favorite Seminoles, Virginia Tech, Picked To Win Atlantic, Coastal Divisions Clemson’s Sammy Watkins Voted ACC Preseason Player of the Year…..

GREENSBORO, N.C. (ACSMA & theACC.com) — Florida State, seeking its first league title since 2005, is the consensus choice to win the Atlantic Division and to defeat Virginia Tech in the 8th Annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game according to a poll of media members attending this week’s ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C.

This is the second straight year that Florida State has been projected to win the ACC Football Championship, as the Seminoles were tapped by the media last July to win the 2011 title. Clemson was the actual 2011 ACC Football Champion, defeating Virginia Tech 38-10 in the 2011 ACC title game in Charlotte.

Clemson sophomore wide receiver Sammy Watkins (Fort Myers, Fla.), who set ACC single-season freshman records for receptions (82), reception yardage (1,219) and receiving touchdowns (12), was the choice for Preseason Player of the Year. Watkins received 25 votes and nudged out Virginia Tech junior quarterback Logan Thomas (Lynchburg, Va.) who had 21 votes. The Preseason Player of the Year ballotting was a close, four-person race with Florida State senior quarterback EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va.) coming in third with
19 votes and Watkins’ junior teammate, quarterback Tajh Boyd (Hampton, Va.), finishing fourth with 18.

The Seminoles of coach Jimbo Fisher, who finished second in the Atlantic last year, received 72 of 95 firstplace votes in that portion of the balloting. Sixty of the 95 also said Florida State will prevail in the title game, set for Dec. 1 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

The Hokies, who have captured five of the seven Coastal Division crowns since the ACC went to divisional play in 2005, got 83 votes in the Coastal election. Eighteen electors picked Virginia Tech to garner its fourth ACC football championship in the last six years. Georgia Tech, which faces the Hokies in Blacksburg in the season opener for both teams on Sept. 3, Labor Day Monday Night (ESPN, 8 p.m.), was chosen to finish second
in the Coastal with 10 first-place votes, while Clemson was projected as the runnerup in the Atlantic with 17 first-place votes.

Atlantic Division
1. Florida State (72) 543
2. Clemson (17) 470
3. NC State (5) 402
4. Wake Forest 241
5. Boston College 181
6. Maryland 148

Coastal Division
1. Virginia Tech (83) 558
2. Georgia Tech (10) 328
3. North Carolina (2) 341
4. Virginia 326
5. Miami 245
6. Duke 04

ACC Championship Votes
1. Florida State 60
2. Virginia Tech 18
3. Clemson 13
4. Georgia Tech 3
5. NC State 1

ACC Championship Game Predictions
1. Florida State over Virginia Tech 60
2. Virginia Tech over Florida State 12
3. Florida State over Georgia Tech 4
4. Virginia Tech over Clemson 3
Clemson over Georgia Tech 3

ACC Player of the Year Voting
1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson 25
2. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech 21
3. EJ Manuel, Florida State 19
4. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 18
5. Mike Glennon, NC State 5
6. David Amerson, NC State 3
7. Giovani Bernard, North Carolina 1
Bryn Renner, North Carolina 1
Tanner Price, Wake Forest 1
Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 1

  • mick said,

    Did I miss your link to the N&R article about “academic clustering” of athletes at the Big 4 Schools? Maybe it just got by you. You have linked every other article involving sports and academics… why not that one?

  • Andy Durham said,

    Never really go to read that one….So many of the N&R articles these days have you read a couple of sentences or three and then they was to charge 50 cents to read the rest……Having trouble gettng the full story from them these days and I can link it, but it would just be linking it to a set of one or two short paragraphs and then they want to charge you to read the rest….I’ll have to go back and read in in the paper or see if WRAL has it….

    Thanks for bringing it up…..I will do my best to find it…..