1. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Thomas played two levels higher than expected in his first year as a starter in 2011. The 6-6, 255-pound signal caller threw for 3,013 yards with 19 TDs while adding 469 yards on the ground. Last year was Thomas's first chance to play, and he not only delivered, it was clear that he was improving every game.
Any type of improvement from Thomas this year, and he will have a chance at All-American honors. This is one of the top dual-threat QBs in the country, and you do not need to look any further for a case that the Hokies will outperform expectations.
2. Tajh Boyd, Clemson
It was a tale of two seasons for Boyd in 2011. For the first eight games, there may not have been a better, more consistent QB in the country. But he came back to Earth over the last six games. What is in store for Boyd this year? We see nothing but success with the return of all his receivers, including Sammy Watkins and DeAndre Hopkins. The only major loss offensively is tight end Dwayne Allen.
Boyd has a big arm and can make all the throws. When he was rolling last year, it was his throwing in rhythm that was absolutely gorgeous to watch. Boyd is an underrated athlete that is capable of picking up yards with his feet.
It is Year 2 in the Chad Morris system for Boyd, and we expect another big season.
3. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
It has been an interesting career for Manuel thus far. The 6-5 dual-threat quarterback was able to start games as a freshmen and sophomore due to Christian Ponder injuries. Last year, when it was his team, he was the one that got injured. And that adversely affected the whole team.
Manuel has the tools to be No. 1 on this list. His 65-percent completion percentage is fantastic. Along with Thomas, he brings the most to the running game. The issue for Manuel has been feeling comfortable. He simply has never looked in total control.
He is healthy, and this is the money year for Manuel and FSU fans. We expect him to be one of the nation's best.
4. Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
Coach Tom O'Brien took some flak for unceremoniously running Russell Wilson off before last season. He was vindicated with the performance of Glennon, who threw for over 3,000 yards with 31 TD passes.
Glennon is one of the top pro-style prospects in the country, and he closed last season like a freight train. NC State is one of the sleepers in the conference this year, and to reach the ACC Championship Game, Glennon will need to be the key figure. His ability to be accurate down the field is unmatched in the ACC.
Glennon opens the season with a nationally-televised contest with Tennessee and Tyler Bray. A win by the Wolfpack should give him the confidence he needs to compete for All-ACC accolades.
5. Tanner Price, Wake Forest
Price quietly threw for over 3,000 yards in his redshirt sophomore campaign. The southpaw is a near perfect fit in the Demon Deacon offense and poised for a breakout season.
Two things are for certain with the Deacs: They put their players in a position to succeed, and they will fight until the final whistle. Price is the unquestioned leader of the offense and capable of winning football games with his clutch passing.
The main concern is the loss of of receiver Chris Givens (1,330 yards receiving). Junior Michael Campanaro -- a former Under Armour All-American -- is the most talented returning wideout. Look for Price to build on a good sophomore season.