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College Football Preview 2024: ACC Part 1

Xavier Restrepo, Miami
 

Realignment Recap: After over a decade with 14 teams in the league, the Atlantic Coast Conference will kick off in fall 2024 with 17 teams playing under their banner. The league will also have a significantly different feel, adding in some West Coast and Southwest flair after they raided the remains of the Pac-12 to add California and Stanford, before moving into the American Athletic Conference and snagging SMU. It's widely assumed the moves were an effort by the league to get out in front of the likely departure of Florida State (and likely others) in the near future but for now, the ACC sits behind only the Big Ten in terms of league size. Whether the moves will have a tangible effect on the product on the field in 2024 remains unclear, but new blood in the constantly evolving world of college athletics should be a good thing - right?


Power Rankings

1. Florida State Seminoles

Offense: There will be a new face under center in Tallahassee this fall following the graduation of Jordan Travis, although it's a familiar one for most FSU fans. Former Clemson signal-caller D.J. Uiagalelei is back in the ACC after a pit stop at Oregon State, and expected to be a one-year rental for head coach Mike Norvell and this Seminole staff. Uiagalelei has never quite been able to live up to the lofty expectations surrounding him coming out of high school as a five-star prospect, but he's started 40 games in his collegiate career and has proven to be a steady, reliable leader. At the very least, he'll keep the seat warm for backup Brock Glenn, who started the ACC Championship Game last fall and still looks to be the long-term guy here.

There will be plenty of new faces around Uiagalelei. Gone are wide outs Keon Coleman and Johnny Wilson, while tailback Trey Benson went pro after notching 905 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. There appears to be plenty left in the cupboard to replace Benson in the backfield, with Lawrence Toafili still in town and Indiana transfer Jaylin Lucas coming in, but receiver will be interesting. The Seminoles bolstered this room with a slew of transfers in the offseason, namely Jalen Brown from LSU and Malik Benson from Alabama, but it's short on proven names. I see uber-talented sophomore Hykeem Williams as the most likely breakout candidate, while Destyn Hill remains a talent shrouded in mystery despite finally seeing the field for the first time in 2023. Senior Ja'Khi Douglas also seems likely to factor in, but the 5'9" speedster is more of a specialist than a true, every down option.

The Seminole O-Line went through their fair share of ups-and-downs in 2023, but there's reason to believe this is going to be an improved unit this fall. Robert Scott is finally healthy enough to man one of the tackle spots, while transfers T.J. Ferguson and Richie Leonard IV arrive from SEC territory (Alabama and Florida, respectively) and bring Power Four (!) experience.

Things will be an adjustment on this side of the ball for the Seminoles as they begin the post-Jordan Travis era. With that being said, the staff did a fine job plugging holes with transfers as needed, and their work in high school recruiting could pay major dividends this fall. Expect a drop-off, but not a huge one during a year of transition.

Defense: Coordinator Adam Fuller did an elite job with this Florida State defense in 2023 but much like the offense, plenty of new faces will create a stiffer challenge in 2024. Fortunately, there's still significant star power at all three levels, headlined by defensive end Patrick Payton. Payton earned All-ACC honorable mention after tallying 14.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks last fall, but is now the clear-cut guy off the edge with Jared Verse and Braden Fiske gone. That may lead to more attention on him, but the lengthy, slithery end is too good to be contained by double teams - he has a real shot to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2025 NFL Draft.

Payton will lead the front seven, but the Seminoles will also count on Georgia transfer Marvin Jones Jr. off the edge, plus Darrell Jackson up the middle. Jones never quite got a chance to show what he could do in Athens, but has all the physical tools to be a real force in Tallahassee, while Jackson played in the Orange Bowl after sitting out most of the year and looked the part. 

There will be a new starting linebacker duo for Fuller and LB coach Randy Shannon, but FSU got a nice surprise when D.J. Lundy flipped on his decision to transfer and instead decided to stick around for one more year. Lundy has made 17 starts over his four year FSU career and proven to be a rock-solid defender, although he'll have to grow as a leader in 2024. Who starts alongside him is a complete guess as we stand in early summer, although Alabama transfer Shawn Murphy looks to be on the inside track.

Cornerback Fentrell Cypress II proved to be the real deal in 2023 after coming over from Virginia, and even greater things are expected this fall. Cypress should benefit from a full offseason in the Seminole system, and is talented enough to earn consideration for plenty of accolades, potentially even Jim Thorpe Award consideration. Junior Azareye'h Thomas provides a great complement at the other corner spot, and junior safety Shyheim Brown is another bright spot on the back-end.

Bottom Line: Last season's Playoff snub provides plenty of motivation for Mike Norvell and the 'Noles as he gears up for Year Five at the helm in Tallahassee. However, a step-back should be a reasonable expectation given just how many pieces moved on from the offseason, from Travis and Coleman to Verse, Fiske, and Akeem Dent. Just how large of a step-back will decide on how quickly the new pieces on offense gel and if the transfers can get up to speed. Fortunately, without a clear-cut threat ready to overtake FSU in 2024, albeit with Clemson looming, I still like the Seminoles to repeat as conference champs this fall.


2. Clemson Tigers

Offense: Garrett Riley was supposed to engineer a complete offensive overhaul for the Tigers last fall, but the unit performed pedestrian for a big chunk of 2023 before hitting its stride late in the year. The hope is that this group will be more comfortable with Riley and his philosophy this season and with QB Cade Klubnik running the show, Clemson has a breakout candidate under center.

Much like the team as a whole, Klubnik finished strong and now looks to 2024 as the year it all comes together. He wound up with 2,844 yards and 19 passing touchdowns against nine interceptions as a true sophomore, but will have to showcase more consistency this fall if the Tigers are to overtake Florida State for the ACC crown. Fortunately, he has an abundance of options at receiver back, as sophomores Antonio Williams and Tyler Brown are joined by highly touted newcomers T.J. Moore and Bryant Wesco Jr. Tight end Jake Briningstool also provides a security blanket at the position and has the looks of a future pro.

Losing Will Shipley stings, as the tailback concluded his Clemson career with 2,747 yards and 31 touchdowns. However, the Tigers still boast a proven option in the backfield in senior Phil Mafah, who shouldn't have much issue sliding into the feature role. He'll have the benefit of operating behind an offensive line that returns four starters, with Marcus Tate and Walker Parks moving in the middle and future NFL tackles Tristan Leigh and Blake Miller on the exterior.

There's reason to believe this could be the best Clemson offense since Trevor Lawrence was still in town, with a promising quarterback supported by strong skill positions and a veteran O-Line. Yet, Riley still has something to prove after the ups-and-downs of 2023, and the opener against Georgia could set the tone for the entire season.

Defense: Wes Goodwin hasn't had much problems taking over the reigns of Brent Venables, as the Clemson defense remains as nasty as ever. There's little reason to think that will change in 2024, even with losses at all three levels.

There's massive turnover along the defensive line, but this is one of the premier programs in the country when it comes to developing this position group. Sophomores T.J. Parker and Peter Woods both flashed elite upside last fall and are both breakout candidate as they prepare for 2024. Up the middle, bulldozing seniors Demonte Capehart and Peyton Page will ensure this rush defense doesn't take any sizable step back.

At linebacker, senior Barrett Carter is one of the best anywhere in the country and looks to be a likely first-rounder in the NFL Draft next spring. He'll cause chaos off the edge and plenty of it, but will need help from his fellow linebackers, with two starting spots seemingly up for grabs. I still believe junior Wade Woodaz can take the jump and keep an eye on big-name true freshman Sammy Brown, the highest-ranked recruit at the position in program history. Don't be shocked if he's starting at middle linebacker in short order.

Much like Carter, R.J. Mickens is the veteran leader his respective position group, the secondary, but will need others to emerge alongside him. Corner is a particular concern, without an established pair of starters there. Could this be the year it comes together for junior Jeadyn Lukus? He started four games in 2023 and has had moments, but will now be expected to do more.

Bottom Line: A 4-4 record in the ACC was a bit of a shock from the Tigers, but closing out the year winning their final five could be a sign of things to come in 2024. For all the heat Dabo Swinney has taken for how he has used the transfer portal and NIL in this new age of college football, he remains a strong recruiter and great developer of talent, and there's plenty of it on both sides of the ball. With the Seminoles almost sure to take a slight step backwards, it would not shock me if the Tigers wrestle back the conference crown - especially if Klubnik take the leap that is expected.


3. Miami Hurricanes

Offense: It was a dramatic offseason for Cam Ward, flipping between going pro and potentially transferring to several big-name programs but in the end, he begins 2024 as the man in charge of the Miami offense. There's no denying the electrifying playmaking potential of Ward, fresh off a season in which he totaled nearly 4,000 yards of offense and 33 touchdowns, but it will be a new offense for him as he adjusts to OC Shannon Dawson's scheme. With that being said, him and Dawson seem like a much better fit than Dawson and Tyler Van Dyke, who transferred to Wisconsin after an uneven campaign.

There's a refugee from another former Pac-12 program at running back, too, as Damien Martinez arrives after a tremendous career at Oregon State. Martinez notched 1,185 yards and nine touchdowns last season and looks to be the first Miami tailback to hit the 1,000-yard threshold since Mark Walton in 2016. Sophomore Mark Fletcher Jr. provides a nice change of pace behind him on the depth chart.

If Ward and Dawson are going to become a match made in heaven, they absolutely need from this receiver corps. Senior Xavier Restrepo has proven his worth, as he went for over 1,000 yards in 2023, as has Jacolby George, but who will be the third option in this offense? That could be Houston transfer Sam Brown, who reunites with Dawson after spending time together with the Cougars. Brown, a 6'2", 200-pounder chose the Hurricanes over Texas A&M and others.

Offensive line has been a priority for Mario Cristobal as he looks to develop a group similar to the ones he played in at Miami back in the day. His third offensive line looks to the best, with Jalen Rivers manning left tackle and sophomore Francis Mauigoa at right after a Freshman All-American season. The interior remains a work-in progress, but looks to be improving.

Defense: One of the highlights of the 2023 season in Coral Gables was seeing freshman phenom Rueben Bain Jr. earn ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors, and the defensive end is back to stir up even more chaos this fall. Fortunately for him, other pieces on the D-Line will still demand attention, including veterans Akheem Mesidor and C.J. Clark, giving opposing blockers plenty of think about when they face the Hurricanes.

Miami and coordinator Lance Guidry got quite the treat when linebacker Francisco Mauigoa, the older brother of star tackle Francis, decided to stick around for one more year. Mauigoa tied Bain for the team lead in sacks last season, with 7.5, and also showed his worth in coverage. He'll lead the linebacker corps, with junior Wesley Bissainthe beside him.

The defensive backfield are were the most severe losses are, as safeties Kamren Kinchens and James Williams moved on. Senior corner Daryl Porter Jr. will be the leader, and Cristobal and staff worked the transfer portal by bringing on Dyoni Hill from Marshall and Mishael Powell from Washington. Still, I have my concerns about this unit, even if the ACC as a whole is going through quite the transition at the quarterback position.

Bottom Line: It's the same old story for Miami. They are loaded with talent and star-power, but will it all come to fruition and this team contends for an ACC Title? The move to no divisions that began last year really hurts their chances, as they have to overtake either Clemson or Florida State to even play for a conference championship game. This team has the tools to do it, and Year Three will be a major one for Cristobal - the ceiling is high here, but you can just never know with this program.


4. NC State Wolfpack

Offense: After an illustrious career with Coastal Carolina, quarterback Grayson McCall is set to make the jump to the Power Four level and take command of the NC State offense in 2024. It will be an interesting pairing seeing him work with coordinator Robert Anae, with both bringing unique skillsets to the equation. It's either going to be the combination that helps the Wolfpack finally get over the top in the ACC, or potentially be a major hindrance throughout the fall.

McCall's top target is undoubtedly sophomore Kevin Concepcion, who set the league on fire as a true freshman, with 71 receptions for 839 yards. However, NC State has worked to improve the weapons around him by snagging Ohio State transfer Noah Rogers in the portal and adding true freshman Terrell Anderson and Jonathan Paylor. In the backfield, Duke transfer Jordan Waters looks to take over feature back duties.

The offensive line doesn't have as much star-power as others in the conference, but brings back four quality starters, all of whom with plenty of experience. The lone spot where the Wolfpack don't have a returning piece is at center, where Notre Dame transfer Zeke Correll could slide right in after making 10 starts for the Irish in 2023.

With how NC State finished last season and the addition of McCall, this has a chance to be one of the best offenses of the Dave Doeren era. However, this group and all the newcomers will have to gel in short order if the Wolfpack are to reach their ceiling, with Tennessee and Clemson on the schedule within the season's first month.

Defense: Losing Butkus Award winner Payton Wilson is a crippling blow for a Wolfpack defense that has long been stout under coordinator Tony Gibson, but he's not the only name moving on. In fact, the Wolfpack look to replace as much as eight starters from a unit that allowed under 17 points per game in conference competition.

There are still several familiar faces here, most notably senior defensive linemen Davin Vann and corner Aydan White. However, Gibson is going to have a brand new trio of linebackers to work with, none of which are at Payton Wilson's level, and will be forced to lean on a slew of transfers on the back-end.

While this could prove to be quite the challenge for Gibson, he's proven himself as one of the most underrated defensive minds in the game today and the cupboard is far from bare. Beyond Vann and White, names like Sean Brown, a one-time safety who will play more of a hybrid linebacker role this fall, along with senior defensive end Red Hibbler should be able to step up and contribute in a major way.

Bottom Line: As crazy as it sounds, don't count NC State out of competing for a Playoff berth in the expanded field. Once they get past Clemson in late September, the schedule is remarkably easy and 9-10 wins seems like a realistic goal. 2024 could finally be the long-awaited breakout from Doeren and company, who has proven to be one of the most consistent coaches anywhere in the nation, but has yet to hit the elusive 10-win plateau.


5. Louisville Cardinals

Offense: Jeff Brohm proved his offensive bonafides in 2023, coming in and leading the Louisville offense to 30.7 points per game in his debut campaign. With another full offseason under his belt, even more will be expected this fall.

With that being said, the skill positions went through an overhaul over the offseason. Former Oregon and Texas Tech transfer Tyler Shough looks to be the heir apparent at quarterback, while Maurice Turner and one-time Miami transfer Don Chaney Jr. handle tailback duties. On the perimeter, Alabama transfer Ja'Corey Brooks has always had superstar talent, but hasn't put it together just yet. In this offense, with the Cardinals looking for someone else to emerge, this could be his time.

It's good and bad news up front, where Louisville brings back several starters, with guards Renato Brown and Michael Gonzalez headlining things, but has question marks at the tackle spots. Perhaps that will force Brohm and the Cardinals to lean on the ground early, with Brown and Gonzalez proven movers in the ground game.

With Brohm, I suspect the Louisville offense to be strong no matter what, but it's Shough who will determine just how high their ceiling can be. Shough has been in school since 2019 and consistently shown flashes at his previous stops, but injuries have completely derailed his promising career. If he stays healthy and the receivers step up, this could be a very fun team to watch.

Defense: Despite the offensive improvement, it was the defense that carried the Cardinals to an ACC Championship Game appearance in 2023. This group has a chance to be very strong again, particularly up front. Veterans Ashton Gillotte and Dezmond Tell are proven contributors, and this team is much more physical than one would assume - they really look the part in the trenches.

The linebacker corps has some moving parts but returns last year's leading tackler T.J. Quinn, while the secondary has a bunch of experience returning. In particular, the safety combo of M.J. Griffin and Devin Neal could be one of the best in the ACC, with Griffin looking back to 100 percent after missing the entirety of last season.

As the offense breaks in some new faces, it is likely to be the defense to fuel Louisville early on in 2024. This group looked remarkably well-coached for a first-year staff taking over a defense that struggled throughout the Scott Satterfield years, and more time with this scheme should make for a tremendous fall on this side of the ball.

Bottom Line: Certainly Louisville was far ahead schedule when they won ten games and played for an ACC Title in 2023, so a slight step-back seems fair. It could be the type of situation where the Cardinals actually look like a much better football team but end up losing more games, with the schedule including road trips to Notre Dame, Clemson, and Kentucky, plus a home date with Miami sandwiched in October. Even so, don't count this team out of returning to a conference championship game, as they return aplenty to remain dangerous.


6. Virginia Tech Hokies 

Offense: After taking over the reigns of the offense from Grant Wells, former Baylor transfer Kyron Drones reinvigorated the Hokie offense and is now returning to keep things rolling in 2024. The junior still has room to grow in his decision-making, but his dual-threat capabilities and huge arm make this Virginia Tech offense much more dangerous. 

Drones also helps open things up for other playmakers to emerge, with defenses so keyed in on the signal-caller. Senior tailback Bhayshul Tuten took off in 2023 and returns as the feature option, while the receiver room is one of the strongest in recent Virginia Tech memory. Seniors Jaylin Lane, Ali Jennings Jr., and Da'Quan Felton combine to make up one of the best groups in the entire ACC.

There's more good news up front, with the Hokies returning just about every key piece along the offensive line. The unit did go through its struggles in 2023 but seemed to come together down the stretch, and it's hard to imagine it going any direction but up this fall, especially with Georgia State transfer Montavious Cunningham coming in to strengthen things.

On paper, Virginia Tech doesn't offer quite the star power of other top-tier ACC contenders, but this is a unit without any overwhelming weaknesses, with a rising star leading things under center. If Drones can continue his development, the Hokies certainly have the pieces in place to push towards ACC Title contention.

Defense: Defense defined Virginia Tech football throughout so much of the Frank Beamer era, and it became clear the program was looking to get back to their roots by hiring Brent Pry as head coach. After a rough debut in 2022, Pry delivered one of the most improved defenses anywhere in the nation last year, and the prognosis for 2024 is promising.

The back-seven is the highlight of this Hokie defense. Cornerbacks Dorian Strong and Mansoor Delane are a remarkably strong 1-2 punch, while the two seniors, Jalen Stroman and Jaylen Jones, clean things up at the safety spots. 

The rush defense took its lumps early on, but seemed to find their rhythm later on, and should be helped by the addition of Middle Tennessee transfer Sam Brumfield, slated to come on and play right away at middle linebacker. Brumfield led the Blue Raiders in tackles in 2023, with 81, but will need time to adjust to the Power Four level. 

Up front, seniors Cole Nelson and Antwaun Powell-Ryland will be expected to cause their usual chaos off the edge, while Virginia Tech worked the portal to address holes elsewhere. A pair of transfers from fellow Power Four programs, Kelvin Gilliam Jr. from Oklahoma and Aeneas Peebles could start right away.

Bottom Line: Between finishing 2023 strong and returning plenty on both sides of the ball, it shouldn't come as a surprise Virginia Tech is receiving significant hype looking ahead to the fall. With that being said, this season still feels like it could be setting the stage for something greater in 2025 of 2026 - unless the rapid rise of Drones and a stout defense accelerates things. Either way, 8-9 wins seems like the goal, setting the stage for the best season in Blacksburg in nearly a decade.


7. Syracuse Orange

Offense: Kyle McCord took a lot of heat for a solid, but rather underwhelming lone season as starter in Columbus, but the Ohio State transfer seems like the type of player that could greatly benefit from a change of scenery. Now, he's out of the pressure cooker that is Buckeye football and back on the East Coast with first-year head coach Fran Brown. 

McCord is a former five-star recruit with a great arm, but the biggest thing for him will be getting his confidence back. He seemed hesitant and uncomfortable throughout so much of 2023, but the Orange will look to cater to his strengths and put him in better position. He'll also be in the enviable position of still having a great group of receiver to throw to, namely tight end Oronde Gadsen II, who should be a John Mackey Award frontrunner.

With the attention paid to McCord and the Syracuse passing game this offseason, people seem to be forgetting tailback LeQuint Allen, fresh off a season in which he totaled over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. It's not just the ground game where Allen will be a factor - he also notched 38 receptions in 2023 and is a constant factor in the passing attack.

With four starters back on the offensive line, McCord should benefit from great protection. If he's able to form chemistry with Gadsden and the rest of this group of pass-catchers, he could be in store for a resurgent campaign and the Orange offense as a whole in store for a great season.

Defense: There's plenty of turnover along the Syracuse defense, but Fran Brown's recruiting chops were on full display over the offseason. Not only did he bring in Elijah Robinson from Texas A&M to be his defensive coordinator, fresh off a stint as A&M interim head coach, he plugged numerous holes through the portal.

The defensive front could be in for a step back as they replace several key faces, but look for Fadil Diggs, who followed Robinson up from College Station to be a huge factor. He started 20 games over his Aggie career and proved to be extremely productive - he should relish the opportunity to show his stuff against ACC competition.

Linebackers Marlowe Wax and Derek McDonald are both important returnees, two players with proven experience who can thrive in just about any defensive scheme. There two of several quality defenders for Robinson to deploy in the back-seven, including senior Alijah Clark and Duce Chestnut, who is back in town after a short pit stop at LSU.

Bottom Line: Syracuse came away as one of the winners of the offseason with an outside-the-box hire in Fran Brown and immediate wins with their coaching staff and in the portal. But, I don't think this is merely a type with offseason hype that will fold during the regular season. Not only is there a lot returning and key additions, this is potentially the easiest schedule in the ACC. The non-conference games are Ohio, Holy Cross, UNLV, and UConn, and they miss both of Clemson and Florida State in the league. They should be favored in as many as 10 games this fall - it seems highly likely Brown will deliver a bowl berth in Year One.


8. SMU Mustangs

Offense: Quarterback Preston Stone leads an explosive SMU offense flush with former Power Four transfers. Based on pure talent, the backfield alone could be among the best in the ACC, with a pair of SEC transplants in L.J. Johnson (Texas A&M) and Camar Wheaton (Alabama), plus Jaylan Knighton from Miami. However, getting this group to play more consistently as the Mustangs themselves make the jump to the power conference level is the primary challenge for Rhett Lashlee and company.

Jordan Hudson flashed in his first season since coming over from TCU, but the talented wide out should be ready for even more, headlining a deep and talented receiver corps. Unsurprisingly, there are plenty of former big-name transfers here, too, including Key'Shawn Smith and Romello Brinson, who followed Lashlee from his previous post as Miami offensive coordinator.

The offensive line could be the unit with the most questions entering 2024 as several starters depart, but the Mustangs still return aplenty and worked the portal to address needs. Look for guard Jakai Clark, another former Miami Hurricane, and Savion Byrd, a former Oklahoma Sooner, to thrive as they take over starting roles.

Defense: The SMU defense was a pleasant surprise in 2023, ending up as a Top 15 unit despite playing opposite of an up-tempo, high-scoring offense. That's a testament to the work this entire staff has done bringing in talent, but also the genius of coordinator Scott Symons, who is back in the same position after flirting with job openings over the offseason.

Symons will have to deal with significant turnover in the front seven, but the Mustangs still appear stout. Elijah Roberts emerged as one of the top pass rushers in the nation in 2023, with ten sacks, and now anchors the defensive line, with Jahfari Harvey looking to create chaos off the opposite edge. At linebacker, people around the program have sky high hopes for sophomore linebacker Alexander Kilgore, who had 36 tackles as a true freshman.

Corner is a slight concern, although SMU is hopeful former Texas A&M transfer Deuce Harmon emerges as a leader, and the safety spots are in great hands. Seniors Jonathan McGill and Cale Sanders Jr. are about as reliable of tacklers as they come at this level, while veteran Brandon Crossley is also going to factor into the rotation in the secondary, potentially at multiple spots.

Don't be surprised if another strong season has Symons in talks for major defensive coordinator gigs, or potentially even head coach positions. He has had a quick ascent through the coaching ranks and the last several years his work at coordinator with Liberty and the Mustangs have earned him plenty of adoration. Although him and Lashlee go all the way back to the early 2010s during a stint at Arkansas State, he won't hesitate to make the jump if SMU has another strong year on this side of the ball.

Bottom Line: Interestingly enough, despite the fact SMU is the only one of the three league newcomers making the jump from the Group of Five to Power Four, they seem to be in the best position to succeed right away. Lashlee and this entire staff have infused the talent top-to-bottom with power conference talent and combined it in a system built for all that talent to shine through. Repeating the 11-win 2023 is probably unrealistic, but don't be shocked if this team is in the mix for a double-digit win campaign.

Teams 9-17 available in Part 2*

Patrick Payton, Florida State


All-ACC Teams

First Team

QB Cam Ward, Miami

RB Omarion Hampton, North Carolina

RB Jaydn Ott, California

WR Kevin Concepcion, NC State

WR Xavier Restrepo, Miami

TE Orondo Gadsden, Syracuse

OL Blake Miller, Clemson

OL Darius Washington, Florida State

OL Maurice Smith, Florida State

OL Jalen Rivers, Miami

OL Logan Parr, SMU

DL Rueben Bain Jr., Miami

DL Antwaun Powell-Ryland, Virginia Tech

DL Peter Woods, Clemson

DL Patrick Payton, Florida State

LB Barrett Carter, Clemson

LB Francisco Mauigoa, Miami

LB Power Echols, North Carolina

CB Fentrell Cypress II, Florida State

CB Aydan White, NC State

S Shyheim Brown, Florida State

S Jaylen Stinson, Duke

Second Team

QB Thomas Castellanos, Boston College

RB Damien Martinez, Miami

RB Jamal Haynes, Georgia Tech

WR Elic Ayomanor, Stanford

WR Caullin Lacy, Louisville

TE Jake Briningstool, Clemson

OL Ozzy Trapilo, Boston College

OL Walker Parks, Clemson

OL Justin Osborne, SMU

OL Willie Lampkin, North Carolina

OL Francis Mauigoa, Miami

DL Jasheen Davis, Wake Forest

DL Ashton Gillotte, Louisville

DL Elijah Roberts, SMU

DL Davin Vann, NC State

LB Marlowe Wax, Syracuse

LB Kaimon Rucker, North Carolina

LB Kyle Efford, Georgia Tech

CB Quincy Riley, Louisville

CB Daryl Porter Jr., Miami

S R.J. Mickens, Clemson

S Jonas Sanker, Virginia


Superlatives

Offensive Player of the Year: Omarion Hampton, RB, North Carolina

Defensive Player of the Year: Patrick Payton, DE, Florida State

Coach of the Year: Dave Doeren, NC State

Freshman of the Year: Sammy Brown, LB, Clemson

Transfer of the Year: Cam Ward, QB, Miami

ACC Championship Game: Florida State over Clemson

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