ACC Coastal Predictions
Predicted Order of Finish:
1. Virginia Tech - Honestly, any of the first four teams could win this half of the conference and it wouldn't be a shock. But I expect Bud Foster to retool on defense and for Tyrod Taylor to lead a loaded offense to the ACC Championship.
2. Miami - The Hurricanes are as talented as they have been in a while, and Jacory Harris should improve this year at quarterback. The schedule is tough, however, and I don't quite see this team making it to Charlotte.
3. Georgia Tech - Paul Johnson will have a good team again this year, but with two big losses on each side of the ball (Dwyer, Morgan, etc.), it's hard to see the Jackets overcoming this tough of a division.
4. North Carolina - The Tar Heel defense should be one of the best in the country, but can the offense produce? Throw in the NCAA investigation distraction, and there just seems to be too many questions swirling around this team for them to fulfill their potential.
5. Duke - The Blue Devils lose long-time quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, but they return two great receivers in Donovan Varner and Conner Vernon. This team should compete well in a deep Coastal division.
6. Virginia - It's a transition year for the Cavaliers as new coach Mike London tries to turn it around in Charlottesville.
Player of the Year: Tyrod Taylor - Virginia Tech
If the Hokies are going to return to the top of the ACC, this guy is going to have to get it done in his senior year.
Offensive MVP: Jacory Harris - Miami
Harris was a Heisman candidate before falling off at the end of last season. He's got plenty of weapons at his disposal to help him regain his form.
Defensive MVP: Robert Quinn - North Carolina
Even if North Carolina struggles, Quinn won't. He is a top ten NFL talent and will play like it this season.
Freshman of the Year: Storm Johnson - Miami
This running back out of Loganville, Ga. will contribute mostly on special teams early, but expect to see his share of the carries increase by season's end.
Coach of the Year: Frank Beamer - Virginia Tech
Whatever coach manages to win this division is the coach of the year. I picked Virginia Tech, so I'm going with Beamer.