ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
James Conner (JR), Pittsburgh: He is the most dominant player in the ACC.
Conner was selected the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year last year by the league's media and coaches.
Justin Thomas (SR), Georgia Tech: Tough choice because the ACC has some quality signal-callers, and Thomas is far from conventional, but he's highly productive and the reason for Tech's success last season.
He finished his first full year as a starter with 1,719 yards passing and 1,086 rushing yards, a school-single season record for a quarterback.
James Conner (JR), Pittsburgh: A bulldozer at tailback, Conner sets the tone for Pitt's offense and is a terror for opposing defenses.
Last year the first-team All-ACC pick rushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns on 298 carries.
Matt Dayes (JR), NC State: This pick might surprise some folks and honestly it would have been Florida State's Dalvin Cook if he wasn't dealing with major legal issues that could sideline him this season (he's currently suspended indefinitely).
Dayes was one of the most productive tailbacks in the league last year, despite sharing the workload with Shadrach Thornton. Dayes finished the season third in the ACC in touchdowns (13) and was second among returning running backs in catches (32).
He's proven he makes plays with the ball in his hands and look for him to be even more of a focal point this season with the personnel losses at wideout.
Tyler Boyd (SR), Pittsburgh: Boyd is a threat in the return game and was a first-team All-ACC pick last season after totaling 78 receptions for 1,261 yards and eight touchdowns. In an offense that had passing problems with young quarterback Chad Voytik, he was just as consistent as Conner.
Mike Williams (JR), Clemson: A second-team All-ACC pick last year, Williams totaled 57 receptions for a team-high 1,030 yards and six touchdowns in 749 snaps over 13 games (11 starts).
He's a big, fast playmaking receiver who can stretch the field vertically and is a developing weapon in the redzone.
Artavis Scott (SO), Clemson: A second-team All-ACC pick last year, Scott had a team-high 76 receptions for 965 yards and a team-high eight touchdowns.
He did all that while making just six starts as a true freshman. He's a major weapon for the Tigers.
Bucky Hodges (SO), Virginia Tech: A third-team All-ACC pick as a freshman, Hodges was terrific. He totaled 45 receptions on the season, the most ever for a freshman tight end at Tech, 526 yards and six touchdowns.
The scary thing about Hodges is he's still learning to play the position. He was a recruited to play quarterback by the Hokies before moving to tight end during his redshirt year.
Center Matt Skura (SR), Duke: A third-team All-ACC pick as a junior, Skura has started 27 games and is the cornerstone of Duke’s offensive front that has led the ACC in fewest sacks allowed per pass attempt in each of the past two seasons.
Offensive Tackle Roderick Johnson (SO), Florida State: A true freshman in 2014, Johnson started the last five games at left tackle, and he was dominant. He appeared in eight games, grading out to an average of 82.2 in his five starts... comparable to FSU All-American offensive linemen Cameron Erving and Tre’ Jackson.
Offensive Tackle Adam Bisnowaty (JR), Pittsburgh: Bisnowaty is the top returning lineman for Pitt, and he'll anchor the offensive front that opens holes for star tailback James Conner.
Offensive Guard Joe Thuney (SR), NC State: A versatile lineman capable of playing guard or tackle, Thuney is NC State's best offensive lineman and a critical factor to the Pack's emerging rushing attack.
Offensive Guard Landon Turner (SR), North Carolina: A third-team All-ACC pick last year, Turner is North Carolina's top returning lineman and they bring back all five starters.
Roberto Aguayo (JR), Florida State: He is the top kicker in the country and nearly declared for the NFL Draft. Aguayo is nearly automatic.
Tyler Boyd (JR), Pittsburgh: A second-team All-ACC pick last year, Boyd led the ACC in kickoff return yards per return and was second in punt return yards per return.
He's a threat to score every time he touches the football.