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July 23, 2012

VT Picked To Win Coastal Division

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Virginia Tech has been selected to win the Coastal Division by members of the media at the ACC Football Kickoff.

Florida State is also the pick to win the Atlantic Division and an overwhelming favorite to win the championship.

The Hokies picked up 83 first-place votes in the division and 558 points overall. Junior quarterback Logan Thomas finished as runner-up in pre-season player of the year voting, with 21 votes. Clemson's Sammy Watkins has been named the pre-season player of the year, with 25 votes.

Watkins set a single-season ACC record for receptions by a freshman with 82 last season, 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns.

In voting for the championship game result, 60 votes were cast for Florida State over Virginia Tech. The Hokies picked up 12 votes to defeat the Seminoles, while Florida State picked up four votes to defeat Georgia Tech.

Three votes apiece were cast for Virginia Tech over Clemson and Clemson over Georgia Tech.

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

Atlantic Division (first place in parentheses)
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

Atlantic Division (first place in parentheses)
1. Virginia Tech (83) 558
2. Georgia Tech (10) 328
3. North Carolina (2) 341
4. Virginia 326
5. Miami 245
6. Duke 104

ACC Player of the Year
1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson 25
2. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech 21
3. EJ Manuel, FLA 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

ACC Championship Game Predictions
1. FSU over VT 60
2. VT over FSU 12
3. FSU over GT 4
4. VT over Clem 3
Clem over GT 3

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