Preseason All-ACC Ballot: Offense

Here is a look at the offensive selections on Pack Pride's 2013 Preseason All-ACC ballot, which will be submitted at ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Here is a look at the offensive selections on Pack Pride's 2013 Preseason All-ACC ballot, which will be submitted at ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro, North Carolina.

QUARTERBACK
Tahj Boyd (SR), Clemson: Maybe the easiest pick to make, Boyd is coming off a terrific junior season where he accounted for 4,410 total yards and was responsible for an ACC-record 46 touchdowns.

Boyd, the ACC's reigning Player of the Year, is a two-time All-ACC first team selection.

RUNNING BACK
Duke Johnson (SO), Miami: The ACC Rookie of the Year in 2012, Johnson is coming off a historic freshman season for the Hurricanes.

He rushed for a freshman-record 947 yards and 10 touchdowns and set a Miami single-season record with 892 kick return yards and two touchdowns.

Johnson's 2,060 all-purpose yards was the second-most in program history. Not bad for a freshman who made just five starts at tailback.

Jerome Smith (SR), Syracuse: ACC fans probably don't know about Smith, but they will soon enough.

A talented runner, Smith rushed for 1,171 yards last season, and he had 115+ rushing yards in five of his final seven games.

WIDE RECEIVER
Sammy Watkins (JR), Clemson: Watkins started 2012 serving a suspension and never seemed to REALLY get going, but he is arguably the most talented player in the ACC.

Even in a "down year," Watkins still had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns, 97 yards on 14 carries and one touchdown, three punt returns for 11 yards, and 13 kickoff returns for 257 yards in 403 snaps over 10 games (seven starts).

Alex Amidon (SR), Boston College: A surprising first-team selection in 2012, Amidon won't sneak up on teams this fall.

Chase Rettig's go-to wideout, Amidon tallied 78 receptions for 1,210 yards (15.5 yards per game) and seven touchdowns, establishing a school record for receiving yards and receptions in a season.

With Rettig back, Amidon should have a huge senior year.

TIGHT END
Eric Ebron (JR), North Carolina: A second-team All-ACC pick in 2012, Ebron is a physical mismatch for defenses from the tight end position where North Carolina will line up him beside the tackle or in the slot.

Last year he caught 40 passes for 625 yards and four touchdowns, setting a school-record in receiving yards by a tight end.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Center Bryan Stork (SR), Florida State: A candidate for the Rimington Trophy given to the nation's top center, Stork graded out at 85.6% with 26 knockdown blocks last season.

For his efforts, he was named second-team All-ACC.

Offensive Tackle James Hurst (SR), North Carolina: Hurst has started 36 games in his career since earning a starting job in the second week of his true freshman season.

He earned first-team All-ACC honors from the league's head coaches and second-team honors from the media in 2012 and graded out at nearly 90 percent for the season.

Offensive Tackle Brandon Thomas (SR), Clemson: Thomas has 66 knockdowns in 1,900 snaps over 36 games (23 starts) in his career. He was a first-team selection in 2012.

Offensive Guard Brandon Linder (SR), Miami: Linder anchored an offensive line that paved the way for third-best passing offense (295.4) and fifth-best total offense (440.2) in the ACC.

He was an honorable mention pick in 2012.

Offensive Guard Tre' Jackson (JR), Florida State: Jackson started all 14 games in 2012, boasting the second-highest season grade, 84.7 percent, on the team and finished with 22 knockdown blocks.

A high school teammate of NC State defensive tackle T.Y. McGill, Jackson was a second-team All-ACC pick last season.

KICKER
Chandler Catanzaro (SR), Clemson: An extremely accurate kicker with a huge leg, Cantanzaro connected on 18-of-19 field goals in 2012.

Cantanzaro was a second-team selection last season.

SPECIALIST
Rashard Smith (SR), NC State: Smith will have a chance to impact on special teams this year as he is expected to take over as the Wolfpack's kick returner following the graduation of Tobais Palmer.

Smith led the ACC in punt return yards last season and should be one of the few players in the league to handle both return jobs.


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