Florida State, Miami predicted as ACC division winners

Lamar Jackson named ACC preseason Player of the Year

Florida State, Miami predicted as ACC division winners

On Monday, the ACC announced the results of a preseason poll from the conference's Kickoff event last week, which ran Thursday and Friday in Charlotte.

It was Clemson who won the ACC and eventually the national championship in 2016, but it is Florida State whom the media believes will be on top of the conference in 2017.

The Cardinals were also slotted to finish third in the Atlantic Division behind both the Seminoles and Tigers. No other Atlantic team received a first-place vote to win the division. They discuss the overall improvement in the ACC and Glenn predicts the Hurricanes to win the Coastal Division.

Louisville returns 14 starters from last season's 9-4 team that finished as co-champions of the ACC's Atlantic Division with a 7-1 conference record and participated in the Citrus Bowl.

Defending Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson was the preseason pick as conference player of the year, receiving 113 votes for the award, well ahead of Florida State sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois, who received 23 votes.

Pitt (seven first-place votes) totaled 673 points, followed by North Carolina (four first-place votes) at 606, Duke (four first-place votes) at 473 and Virginia at 219. Jackson received 113 votes, followed by FSU quarterback Deondre Francois and Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole.

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