Clemson picked to win ACC, Boyd named preseason Player of the Year

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Tajh Boyd was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year in the ACC. (USATSI)
Tajh Boyd was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year in the ACC. (USATSI)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clemson was named the media's preseason favorite to win the ACC in 2013, collecting 95 of the 120 first-place votes during balloting at the ACC Kickoff on Monday.

That wasn't the only accolade for the Tigers at the league's annual media event, as Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd was named the league's preseason Player of the Year as well.

Miami edged Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech in the vote for the ACC Coastal Division champion, but no team from that division received more than three ACC Championship votes.

While the game is unrelated to their ACC prospects, the Tigers are going to be under the spotlight from now until the kickoff against Georgia on Aug. 31. The game, on prime time national television in Death Valley, will be the beginning of a highly-touted senior campaign for Tajh Boyd. Boyd is considered by many to be one of the best quarterbacks in the country, and the game against the Bulldogs will feature a stout measuring stick with Aaron Murray.

For Miami, a Coastal Division title and trip to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game would alleviate some of the pain from missing out on that opportunity in 2012. The Hurricanes finished the season in a tie for the Coastal Division title, but were ineligible to compete due to year two of the program's self-imposed postseason ban.

The Hurricanes offense took off last season thanks to the arrival of ACC Rookie of the Year Duke Johnson and improved quarterback play from Stephen Morris. This year, the Canes will look to build on that success with a tempo-based attack under first-year offensive coordinator James Coley.

Check out the full voting breakdown for ACC Championship and ACC Preseason Player of the Year below.

ACC Championship Votes
2.Florida State15
T3.Georgia Tech3
T3.North Carolina3
6.Virginia Tech1
Atlantic Division
1.Clemson (102)815
2.Florida State (18)731
3.NC State490
4.Wake Forest392
7.Boston College211
Coastal Division
1.Miami (65)736
2.Virginia Tech (27)654
3.North Carolina (22)649
4.Georgia Tech (6)522
ACC Player of the Year
1.Tajh Boyd, Clemson105
2.Duke Johnson, Miami4
T3.Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech3
T3.Sammy Watkins, Clemson3
5.Bryn Renner, North Carolina2
T6.Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech1
T6.Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State1
T6.Stephen Morris, Miami1
ACC Championship Game Predictions
Clemson over Miami55
Clemson over Virginia Tech19
Clemson over North Carolina18
Florida State over Miami7
Florida State over Virginia Tech7
Clemson over Georgia Tech3
Georgia Tech over Clemson3
Miami over Clemson2
North Carolina over Florida State2
Virginia Tech over Clemson1
North Carolina over Clemson1
Miami over Florida State1
Miami over Florida State1
Florida State over North Carolina1
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