Steven Mitchell, USA Today

Hurricanes Picked to Finish Second in the ACC

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football team was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division according to a poll of 191 media members that were in attendance at the 2016 ACC Football Kickoff last week in Charlotte.

The Hurricanes also received 50 first-place votes to win the ACC Coastal.

 

Miami enters the 2016 campaign by returning 17 starters and 41 letterwinners from last year’s squad, which closed out the regular season on a high note by winning four of its last five games en route to earning a bid to the 2015 Sun Bowl - the program’s 39th overall bowl appearance.

 

Quarterback Brad Kaaya leads the way for the Hurricanes’ offense as he returns for his junior season following a stellar 2015 campaign for the Hurricanes in which he threw for 3,238 yards, 16 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Kaaya would eventually go on to earn ACC all-conference honors.

 

The Hurricanes’ junior signal-caller tied for fourth in the ACC Preseason Player of the Year voting.

 

Clemson was picked as the likely ACC champion on 144 ballots, followed by Florida State with 39, North Carolina with 7 and Louisville with one vote.

 

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ACC Championship Votes

1. Clemson - 144

2. Florida State - 39

3. North Carolina - 7

4. Louisville - 1

 

Atlantic Division  

(First place votes in parenthesis)                       

1. Clemson (148) – 1,293

2. Florida State (42) – 1,176

3. Louisville (1) - 961

4. NC State - 704

5. Boston College - 441

6. Syracuse  - 426

7. Wake Forest - 347

 

Coastal Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)                       

1. North Carolina (121) – 1,238

2. Miami (50) – 1,108

3. Pitt (14) - 859

4. Virginia Tech (3) - 697

5. Duke (2) - 597

6. Georgia Tech (1) -588

7. Virginia -261

 

ACC Player of the Year

1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson - 164

2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State - 18

3. Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina - 4

t-4. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami - 2

t-4. Lamar Jackson, QB Louisville - 2

5. DeVon Edwards, CB/KR, Duke - 1

 


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