Clemson looks to repeat as ACC champions with the return of Tajh Boyd and the deadly Sammy Watkins. Though Watkins is suspended the first two games, neither of them are ACC games. Upon his return look for him to strive for a career day versus Florida State. He will be hungry to become even better than he was last season, and what a better team to do it against than FSU, who many see as the ACC favorite.
Keep an eye on Al Golden in his second year with the Miami (FL) Hurricanes as there has been a resurgence in the atmosphere down in Coral Gables. Though NCAA sanctions are looming over the Canes, it hasn’t stopped Golden from getting quality recruits, who along with the talented veterans, continue to impress the likes of the Ninja as well as analysts and coaches across the country.
Logan Thomas returns to lead the Hokies offense after an impressive 2011 season. The loss of two record setting wide outs (Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale) looks to be crucial but if Thomas can get just a little bit of help from promising senior receiver Marcus Davis the Hokies will once again take the Coastal side handily.
This is a big year for Jimbo Fischer and Florida State as it is the “do or die” season for Jimbo’s first recruiting class. With such a talented roster across the board, look for a National Championship run, but it is likely their title hopes will diminish with Clemson dominating the Atlantic side of the conference.
|NC State||3-5||Miami (FL)||6-2|
|Boston College||2-6||Georgia Tech||5-3|
|Wake Forest||2-6||North Carolina||4-4|
Games to Watch:
Sept. 3: Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech
Sept. 22: Clemson @ Florida State
Sept. 22: Miami @ Georgia Tech
Oct. 20: Florida State @ Miami
Oct. 20: Virginia Tech @ Clemson
Nov. 8: Florida State @ Virginia Tech
Nov. 24: Virginia Tech @ Virginia
Clemson vs. Virginia Tech
Ninja Sports Preseason All-ACC Team 2012
|WR Sammy Watkins, CLEM||DE Brandon Jenkins, FSU||K Dustin Hopkins, FSU|
|WR Allen Hurns, MIA||DE Malliciah Goodman, CLEM||P Dalton Botts, MIA|
|TE Matt Furstenburg, MD||DT Joe Vellano, MD||KR Sammy Watkins, CLEM|
|T Morgan Moses, VA||DT Nikita Whitlock, WF|
|T James Hurst, UNC||LB Bruce Taylor, VT|
|G RJ Mattes, NCST||LB Steve Greer, VA|
|G Brad Linder, MIA||LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC|
|C Dalton Freeman, CLEM||CB David Amerson, NCST|
|QB Logan Thomas, VT||CB Kyle Fuller, VT|
|RB Giovanni Bernard, UNC||S Vaughn Telemaque, MIA|
|RB Orwin Smith, GT||S Lamarcus Joyner, FSU|
ACC Offensive Player of the Year: Logan Thomas, QB VT
ACC Defensive Player of the Year: David Amerson, CB NCST