Photos taken at the ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst, NC from July 19th through July 21st.
ACC has five quarterbacks selected to Manning Preseason Watch List, Most quarterbacks selected of any conference
GREENSBORO, N.C.—The Atlantic Coast Conference had the most quarterbacks chosen of any conference nationally with five selections on the 2015 Manning Award Preseason Watch List announced Thursday.
The Manning Award, created and sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, honors the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting. A total of 30 quarterbacks nationally were chosen for this year’s Watch List.
Leading the way is Clemson sophomore Deshaun Watson, who was voted the ACC’s preseason Player of the Year by the credentialed media at the recently concluded ACC Football Kickoff in Pinehurst, N.C.
Joining Watson is NC State senior Jacoby Brissett, Miami sophomore Brad Kaaya, Georgia Tech junior Justin Thomas and North Carolina senior Marquise Williams.
Brissett recorded one of the best seasons in ACC history in interception avoidance in 2014, tossing only five picks in 370 attempts with 23 touchdown passes.
Kaaya was named the ACC Rookie of the Year after leading the conference in passing efficiency (145.9) and touchdown passes (26).
Thomas rushed for 1,086 yards—the second-highest total by a quarterback in ACC history--and recorded a passing efficiency mark of 153.90 which would have led the conference had he had enough pass attempts. He accounted for 26 touchdowns (TDR) in leading Tech to an 11-3 record and No. 8 national ranking.
Watson, despite being limited to eight games due to injury, managed a passing efficiency rating of 188.57 which would have led the nation had he played in enough game to qualify. Watson accounted for 19 touchdowns, passing and rushing, in his abbreviated rookie season.
Williams ran and passed for 34 touchdowns in 2014, which tied for the ninth-best single-season total in ACC history, and finished second in the conference in total offense with 3,856 yards.
The ACC members of the 2015 preseason Manning Watch List are:
Player School Cl. Hometown
Jacoby Brissett NC State Sr.-R West Palm Beach, Fla.
Brad Kaaya Miami So. West Hills, Calif.
Justin Thomas Georgia Tech Jr.-R Prattville, Ala.
Deshaun Watson Clemson So. Gainesville, Ga. .
Marquise Williams North Carolina Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
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2015 All-ACC Preseason Football Team, Clemson leads with five selections; four each from Florida State, Virginia Tech
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson leads all schools with five selections to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Football Team announced on Thursday.
The team was selected by a vote of 163 media members who were credentialed for the ACC Football Kickoff earlier this week at Pinehurst Resort.
Clemson sophomore quarterback Deshaun Watson, who earlier this week was voted the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, is joined on the All-ACC preseason team by Tiger wide receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott, offensive guard Eric Mac Lain and defensive end Shaq Lawson.
Florida State and Virginia Tech each placed four student-athletes on the 2015 All-ACC preseason team, while Pitt had three selected.
Watson, who threw for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns despite being limited to eight games and five starts last season due to injuries, is joined in the offensive backfield by running backs James Conner of Pitt and Shadrach Thornton of NC State.
Conner, a 2014 All-American and the reigning ACC Player of the Year, led the conference and ranked among the nation’s leaders with 1,765 yards rushing and an ACC-record 26 touchdowns as a sophomore. Thornton, a rising senior, ranks 10th in NC State history with 2,369 career rushing yards and 12th all-time among Wolfpack ball-carriers with 16 career rushing touchdowns.
Clemson’s Williams and Scott are joined on the preseason All-ACC wide receiving corps by Pitt junior Tyler Boyd, the the first player in ACC history to compile 1,000 receiving yards in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. Williams joined Boyd as one of four ACC players with at least 1,000 receiving yards in 2014, and Scott was close behind with 965.
Preseason All-ACC tight end recognition goes to Virginia Tech’s Bucky Hodges, a redshirt sophomore who broke in last season with 45 receptions for 526 yards and six TDs. He is joined on the offensive line by Florida State’s Roderick Johnson and Pitt’s Adam Bisnowaty at tackle. North Carolina’s Landon Turner and Clemson’s Mac Lain man the guard spots, while Duke’s Matt Skura was selected at the center position.
Three defensive ends were selected due to ties in the voting, with Virginia Tech’s Dadi Lhomme Nicolas joining Clemson’s Lawson and Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins. Adam Gotsis of defending Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech is a choice at defensive tackle, along with Virginia Tech’s Luther Maddy.
Florida State’s Terrance Smith, Wake Forest’s Brandon Chubb and Louisville’s James Burgess form the preseason All-ACC linebacker corps.
The secondary features a trio of returning All-Americans in cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, as well as Duke safety Jeremy Cash. Virginia’s Quin Blanding, the 2014 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year, also earned a spot at safety on the preseason team.
The special teams include junior All-America placekicker Roberto Aguayo, whose 293 total points in two seasons already ranks eighth on Florida State’s all-time list. Wake Forest’s Alex Kinal earned the spot at punter, while North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer is the choice at return specialist.
Pitt’s Conner led the overall voting, being chosen by 148 of the 163 media members casting ballots. Florida State’s Aguayo received 141 votes.
Others reaching or topping the century mark were Pitt’s Boyd (137 votes), Duke’s Cash (116), Florida State’s Ramsey (115), Virginia Tech’s Fuller (112), Duke’s Skura (111), North Carolina’s Turner (108), Virginia Tech’s Nicolas (108), Florida State’s Johnson (104) and Clemson’s Watson (100).
Boyd, Conner, Aguayo, Fuller and Ramsey were all named first-team All-ACC last year, while Scott, Williams, Nicolas, Gotsis, Smith, Cash, Blanding and Kinal all earned second-team All-ACC. Switzer, Hodges, Turner, Skura and Rankins were 2014 third-team All-ACC selections.
2015 All-ACC Preseason Football Team
WR – Tyler Boyd, Jr., Pitt
WR – Mike Williams, Jr., Clemson
WR – Artavis Scott, So. Clemson
TE – Bucky Hodges, r-So., Virginia Tech
OT – Roderick Johnson, So., Florida State
OT – Adam Bisnowaty, r-Jr., Pitt
OG – Landon Turner, r-Sr., North Carolina
OG – Eric Mac Lain, Gr., Clemson
C – Matt Skura, r-Sr., Duke
QB – Deshaun Watson, So., Clemson
RB – James Conner, Jr., Pitt
RB – Shadrach Thornton, Sr., NC State
DE – Dadi Lhomme Nicolas. r-Sr., Virginia Tech
DE – Shaq Lawson, Jr., Clemson
DE – Sheldon Rankins, Sr., Louisville
DT – Adam Gotsis, Sr., Georgia Tech
DT – Luther Maddy, r-Sr., Virginia Tech
LB – Terrance Smith, r-Sr., Florida State
LB – Brandon Chubb, r-Sr., Wake Forest
LB – James Burgess, Sr., Louisville
CB – Jalen Ramsey, Jr., Florida State
CB – Kendall Fuller, Jr., Virginia Tech
S – Jeremy Cash, r-Sr., Duke
S – Quin Blanding, So., Virginia
PK – Roberto Aguayo, r-Jr., Florida State
P – Alex Kinal, r-Sr., Wake Forest
KR – Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina
2015 All-ACC Preseason Team Voting
Deshaun Watson, Clemson 100; Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech 33; Marquise Williams, North Carolina 13; Brad Kaaya, Miami 10; Jacoby Brissett, NC State 6; Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech 1.
James Conner, Pitt 148; Shadrach Thornton, NC State 37; Dalvin Cook, Florida State 36; Jon Hilliman, Boston College 33; Wayne Gallman, Clemson 19; Brandon Radcliff, Louisville 15; Shaquille Powell, Duke 12; T.J. Logan, North Carolina 9; Matt Dayes, NC State 6, J.C. Coleman, Virginia Tech 5; Joe Yearby, Miami 4; Gus Edwards, Miami 2.
Tyler Boyd, Pitt 137; Mike Williams, Clemson 98; Artavis Scott, Clemson 86; Ryan Switzer, North Carolina 32; Travis Randolph, Florida State 23; James Quick, Louisville 23; Quinshad Davis, North Carolina 23; Stacy Coley, Miami 21; Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech 16; Max McCaffrey, Duke 8; Jesus Wilson, Florida State 8; Steve Ishmael, Syracuse 5; Canaan Severin, Virginia 4; Ja’Quay Savage, Louisville 3; Mack Hollins, North Carolina 3.
Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech 75; Braxton Deaver, Duke 28; Cam Serigne, Wake Forest 21; David Grinnage, NC State 13; Jordan Leggett, Clemson 12; Ryan Malleck, Virginia Tech 6; J.P. Holtz, Pitt 5; Chris Herndon, Miami 3.
Roderick Johnson, Florida State 104; Adam Bisnowaty, Pitt 70; Bryan Chamberlain, Georgia Tech 63; Jon Heck, North Carolina 22; Eric Smith, Virginia 17; Errin Joe, Georgia Tech 16; KC McDermott, Miami 12; Casey Blaser, Duke 12; Trevor Darling, Miami 7; Ivan Foy, Syracuse 3.
Landon Turner, North Carolina 108; Eric Mac Lain, Clemson 36; Wyatt Teller, Virginia Tech 33; Joe Thuney, NC State 31; Trey Braun, Georgia Tech 30; Dorian Johnson, Pitt 29; Lucas Patrick, Duke 20; Caleb Peterson, North Carolina 18; Danny Isidora, Miami 18; Tony Adams, NC State 3.
Matt Skura, Duke 111; Ryan Norton, Clemson 18, Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech 11; Rob Trudo, Syracuse 7; Lucas Crowley, North Carolina 5; Nick Linder, Miami 5; Ross Burbank, Virginia 4; Quinton Schooley, NC State 2.
Dadi Lhomme Nicolas, Virginia Tech 108; Shaq Lawson, Clemson 56; Sheldon Rankins, Louisville 56; Ken Ekanem, Virginia Tech 50; DeMarcus Walker, Florida State 21; Mike Rose, NC State 9; Mike Moore, Virginia 8; KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech 6; Dajaun Drennon, North Carolina 3; Ron Thompson, Syracuse 3; Quan Muhammad, Miami 2, Ufomba Kamalu, Miami 2; Kevin Kavalec, Boston College 2.
Adam Gotsis, Georgia Tech 87, Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech 66; Corey Marshall, Virginia Tech 27; Connor Wujciak, Boston College 27; Derrick Mitchell, Florida State 25; Nile Lawrence-Stample, Florida State 22; D.J. Reader, Clemson 19; David Dean, Virginia 11; Nazair Jones, North Carolina 10; B.J. Hill, NC State 9; Jabari Hunt-Days, Georgia Tech 6; Kentavius Street, NC State 5; Calvin Heurtelou, Miami 4; Truman Gutapfel, Boston College 3; Carlos Wray, Duke 3; Khaynin Mosely-Smith, Pitt 2.
Terrance Smith, Florida State 99; Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest 75; James Burgess, Louisville 67; Reggie Northrup, Florida State 58; Keith Kelsey, Louisville 38; Ben Boulware, Clemson 36; P.J. Davis, Georgia Tech 33; Rafael Kirby, Miami 19; Jeff Schoettmer, North Carolina 16; Steve Daniels, Boston College 14; Jermaine Grace, Miami 9; Deon Clarke, Virginia Tech 8; Zaire Franklin, Syracuse 7; Mike Strizak, Boston College 3; Darrion Owens, Miami 2; Jerod Fernandez, NC State 2; Marqez Hodge, Syracuse 2; Demond Smith, Georgia Tech 1.
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State 115; Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech 112; Mackensie Alexander, Clemson 28; Maurice Canady, Virginia 12; D.J. White, Georgia Tech 10; Breon Borders, Duke 7; Shaq Wiggins, Louisville 7; Jack Tocho, NC State 5; Tracy Howard, Miami 5; Juston Burris, NC State 5; Artie Burns, Miami 4; Justin Simmons, Boston College 3; Bryon Fields, Duke 3; Demetrious Nicholson, Virginia 3; Chris Milton, Georgia Tech 3; Brian Walker, North Carolina 2; Lafayette Pitts, Pitt 1; Des Lawrence, North Carolina 1.
Jeremy Cash, Duke 116; Quin Blanding, Virginia 92; Jayson Kearse, Clemson 21; Deon Bush, Miami 20; Josh Harvey-Clemons, Louisville 18; Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech 16; DeVon Edwards, Duke 13; Nate Andrews, Florida State 10; Tyler Hunter, Florida State 8; Hakim Jones, NC State 4; Ryan Janvion, Wake Forest 3; Deondre Singleton, Duke 2; Josh Jones, NC State 2; Dallas Crawford, Miami 1.
Roberto Aguayo, Florida State 141; Ross Martin, Duke 8; John Wallace, Louisville 6; Ian Frye, Virginia 4; Cole Murphy, Syracuse 2; Harrison Butker, Georgia Tech 1; Chris Blewitt, Pitt 1.
Alex Kinal, Wake Forest 89; Will Monday, Duke 38; Cason Beatty, Florida State 11; Justin Vogel, Miami 9; Riley Dixon, Syracuse 6; Ryan Rodwell, Georgia Tech 3; A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech 3; Ryan Winslow, Pitt 2; Alex Howell, Boston College 2.
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina 62; DeVon Edwards, Duke 42; Tyler Boyd Pitt 32; Stacy Coley, Miami 9; Kermit Whitfield, Florida State 7; Myles Willis, Boston College 6; Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech 4; T.J. Logan, North Carolina 1.
Clemson leads ACC Football Kickoff Preseason Poll
Georgia Tech selected to repeat as Coastal Division winner;
Tigers’ Deshaun Watson tabbed as Preseason Player of the Year
PINEHURST, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson is the preseason favorite to claim the Atlantic Coast Conference football championship, according to a poll of 158 media members in attendance at the 2015 ACC Football Kickoff at Pinehurst Resort.
The Tigers were also picked over three-time defending ACC champion Florida State to capture the Atlantic Division, while Georgia Tech was favored to repeat as the Coastal Division winner.
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who established himself as one of the nation’s rising stars as a true freshman last season, was voted the 2015 ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
The Tigers were picked the likely overall champions of the ACC on 84 ballots, followed by Florida State with 41 and Georgia Tech with 20. Virginia Tech (7 votes), North Carolina (3), Miami (2) and NC State (1) rounded out the balloting .
In the Atlantic Division preseason voting, Clemson received 101 first-place votes and finished with 1,032 total points. Florida State received 56 first-place votes and placed second with 992 points, while Louisville had one first-place vote and was third in the voting with 746 points.
NC State was tabbed for a fourth-place Atlantic Division finish, followed by Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest.
Georgia Tech was selected the likely Coastal winner by 96 voters and finished with 991 total points, followed by Virginia Tech with 44 first-place votes and 841 points. Miami received seven first-place votes and was third in the voting with 632 total points.
Duke (four first-place votes) placed fourth, followed by North Carolina, Pitt and Virginia. Four voters chose UNC to claim the Coastal Division, while three gave Pitt the nod.
Watson will lead a Clemson offense that also returns talented wide receivers Mike Williams and Artavis Scott. The Tigers, who have won at least 10 games each of the past four seasons, seek their 15th ACC championship and first since 2011.
Watson led the preseason ACC Player of the Year balloting with 69 votes, followed by 2014 ACC leading rusher and Player of the Year James Conner of Pitt with 46. Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas placed third with 13 votes,
Injuries sidelined Watson for part of his freshman season, but the Gainesville, Georgia native still threw for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns against only two interceptions in 330 snaps over eight games (five starts). He also made his mark as a rushing threat with 200 yards and five touchdowns on 63 carries.
Watson finished last season ranked first in Clemson history in passing efficiency and completion percentage by a freshman, as well as first in school history in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense by a first-year freshman.
ACC Championship Votes
1. Clemson - 84
2. Florida State - 41
3. Georgia Tech - 20
4. Virginia Tech - 7
5. North Carolina - 3
6. Miami - 2
7. NC State - 1
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Clemson (101) – 1,032
2. Florida State (56) - 992
3. Louisville (1) - 746
4. NC State - 673
5. Boston College - 473
6. Syracuse - 291
7. Wake Forest - 217
(First place votes in parenthesis)
1. Georgia Tech (96) - 991
2. Virginia Tech (44) - 841
3. Miami (7) - 632
4. Duke (4) - 615
5. North Carolina (4) - 590
6. Pitt (3) -535
7. Virginia -220
ACC Player of the Year
1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson - 69
2. James Conner, RB, Pitt - 46
3. Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech - 13
t-4. Jalen Ramsey, CB Florida State - 7
t-4. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami -7
t-6. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina - 6
t-6. Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech - 6
8. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt – 3
9. Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State - 1
ACC Football Kickoff Student-Athlete Attendees
Player, School Position Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown
Harris Williams, Boston College Offensive Lineman 6-3 296 Sr.-R Lynn, Mass.
Mehdi Abdesmad, Boston College Defensive Tackle 6-7 286 Sr.-R Montreal, Quebec, Can.
Eric Mac Lain, Clemson Offensive Guard 6-4 305 Sr.-R Hope Mills, N.C.
D.J. Reader, Clemson Defensive Tackle 6-2 325 Sr. Greensboro, N.C.
Matt Skura, Duke Center 6-4 305 Sr.-R Columbus, Ohio
Jeremy Cash, Duke Safety 6-2 205 Sr.-R Miami, Fla.
Roberto Aguayo, Florida State Placekicker 6-1 204 Jr.-R Mascotte, Fla.
Jalen Ramsey, Florida State Cornerback 6-1 201 Jr. Smyrna, Tenn.
Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech Quarterback 5-11 189 Jr.-R Prattville, Ala.
D.J. White, Georgia Tech Defensive Back 5-11 188 Sr. McDonough, Ga.
James Burgess, Louisville Linebacker 6-0 229 Sr. Homestead, Fla.
Sheldon Rankins, Louisville Defensive Line 6-2 303 Sr. Covington, Ga.
Brad Kaaya, Miami Quarterback 6-4 209 So. Los Angeles, Calif.
Raphael Kirby, Miami Linebacker 6-1 235 Sr. Stone Mountain, Ga.
Marquise Williams, North Carolina Quarterback 6-2 220 Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
Jeff Schoettmer, North Carolina Linebacker 6-2 235 Sr.-R Dallas, Texas
Jacoby Brissett, NC State Quarterback 6-4 235 Sr.-R West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mike Rose, NC State Defensive End 6-3 277 Sr.-R Fountain Inn, S.C.
James Conner, Pitt Running Back 6-2 240 Jr. Erie, Pa.
Darryl Render, Pitt Defensive Tackle 6-2 300 Sr. Cleveland, Ohio
Terrel Hunt, Syracuse Quarterback 6-3 234 Sr. Rosedale, N.Y.
Zaire Franklin, Syracuse Linebacker 6-0 231 So. Philadelphia, Pa.
Canaan Severin, Virginia Wide Receiver 6-2 215 Sr. Marlborough, Mass.
David Dean, Virginia Defensive Tackle 6-1 295 Sr.-R Virginia Beach, Va.
Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech Quarterback 6-0 200 Sr.-R Lake Travis, Texas
Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech Cornerback 6-0 190 Jr. Baltimore, Md.
Alex Kinal, Wake Forest Punter 6-4 205 Sr.-R Adelaide, South Australia
Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest Linebacker 6-1 245 Sr.-R Powder Springs, Ga.
Four Atlantic Coast Conference schools placed in the top 10 of the CBS Sports Best in College Sports award ranking; seven ACC schools in the top 25 and 11 in the top 50.
The CBS Sports Best in College Sports award is weighed more heavily toward sports that generate the broadest base of fan and media interest. CBS Sports rated five sports -- football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball and a "wild card" sport.
ACC Schools in CBS Sports Best in College Sports Award Ranking
2. Louisville 488
5. Florida State 462
8. Duke 422
10. Notre Dame 419
13. North Carolina 357
22. NC State 321.5
24. Virginia 310
29. Miami 273
31. Clemson 269
38. Georgia Tech 248.5
48. Pittsburgh 198
66. Virginia Tech 142.5
69. Syracuse 133
70. Boston College 130
115. Wake Forest 25
Atlantic Coast Conference places 14 players on Preseason Bednarik Watch List, 11 on Maxwell Watch List
GREENSBORO, N.C.—A total of 14 Atlantic Coast Conference defensive players have been selected to the preseason watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top defensive player, while 11 ACC players have been chosen to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate player.
Both awards are presented by the Maxwell Club which announced its watch lists for the 79th annual Maxwell Award and the 21st annual Chuck Bednarik Award.
The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937. Maxwell's contributions to the game of football were extensive, including time as a player, a sportswriter and an official. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995. Chuck Bednarik, former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of '69 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of '67.
Pitt’s Aaron Donald was the last ACC player to capture the Bednarik Award, as the Panthers former defensive defensive tackle took the honor in 2013. Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward was the last ACC player to win the Maxwell in 1993, though Miami’s Ken Dorsey took home the honor in 2001.
Six ACC quarterbacks made the Maxwell list, including Deshaun Watson of Clemson, Justin Thomas of Georgia Tech, Brad Kaaya of Miami, Marquise Williams of North Carolina, Jacoby Brissett of NC State and former Notre Dame starter Everett Golson who transferred to Florida State after graduating.
Five ACC defensive backs who will be competing for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back also made the preseason Bednarik list in Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Jeremy Cash of Duke, Jalen Ramsey of Florida State, Quin Blanding of Virginia and Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech.
The ACC Members of the 2015 preseason Bednarik watch list:
Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Mackensie Alexander Clemson CB So.-R Immokalee, Fla.
Quin Blanding Virginia S So. Virginia Beach, Va.
Kelby Brown Duke LB Sr.-R Matthews, N.C.
Jeremy Cash Duke S Sr.-R Miami, Fla.
Brandon Chubb Wake Forest LB Sr.-R Powder Springs, Ga.
Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech CB Jr. Baltimore, Md.
Adam Gotsis Georgia Tech DT Sr. Abbotsford, Victoria, Canada
Tylor Harris Wake Forest DT Sr. Baton Rouge, La.
Shaq Lawson Clemson DE Jr. Central, S.C.
Dadi Nicolas Virginia Tech DE Sr.-R Delray Beach, Fla.
Jalen Ramsey Florida State DB Jr. Smyrna, Tenn.
Sheldon Rankins Louisville DE Sr. Covington, Ga.
Mike Rose NC State DE Jr.-R Fountain Inn, S.C.
Terrance Smith Florida State LB Sr.-R Decatur, Ga.
The ACC members of the 2015 preseason Maxwell Award list:
Name School Pos. Cl. Hometown
Tyler Boyd Pitt WR Jr. Clairton, Pa.
Jacoby Brissett NC State QB Sr.-R West Palm Beach, Fla.
James Conner Pitt RB Jr. Erie, Pa.
Dalvin Cook Florida State RB So. Miami, Fla.
Everett Golson Florida State QB Sr.-R Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Jon Hilliman Boston College RB So. Plainfield, N.J.
Brad Kaaya Miami QB So. West Hills, Calif.
Brandon Radcliff Louisville RB Jr.-R Miami, Fla.
Justin Thomas Georgia Tech QB Jr.-R Prattville, Ala.
Deshaun Watson Clemson QB So. Gainesville, Ga.
Marquise Williams North Carolina QB Sr. Charlotte, N.C.
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ACSMA is officially recognized by the Atlantic Coast Conference as the representative body of media members who cover the ACC on a regular basis. It is an organization of journalists dedicated to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between the news media and the institutions and administration of the ACC. ACSMA had 113 members for the 2013-14 school year. NSMA executive director Dave Goren oversees ACSMA.
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