Here is a look at the offensive selections on Pack Pride's 2016 Preseason All-ACC ballot, which we've submitted to the ACC Football Office.
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dalvin Cook (JR), Florida State: In our opinion, Dalvin Cook player in the ACC.
Cook was the only P5 running back to average over seven yards per carry (7.38 ypc) on 200+ carries (229) in 2015. He's the biggest home run threat in college football and could lead FSU to an ACC title.
Deshaun Watson (JR), Clemson: Watson is the preseason ACC POY pick, and he definitely has a chance to repeat as the league's Player of the Year. He would be the first player to do so since Florida State's Charlie Ward.
The league's top quarterback? Easy decision.
Dalvin Cook (JR), Florida State: Dynamic and consistent, Cook had eight 100-yard games in 12 outings last season. He is the league's top returning back and will be featured prominently by the Seminoles.
Matt Dayes (SR), NC State: This pick might surprise some folks, and honestly Wayne Gallman (Clemson) and Elijah Hood (UNC) are just as worthy.
However, Dayes is expected to be the focal point of an offense that features the running back in the receiving and passing game. OC Eli Drinkwitz coached Boise State's Jeremy McNichols in 2015, and all McNichols did was rush for 1,300+ yards and 20 touchdowns while catching 51 passes for 460 yards and six more scores in Drinkwitz's system.
Dayes, who is an exceptional receiver, is an ideal fit for Drinkwitz's scheme, and he was having arguably the second-best season in the league behind Cook last year when he went down 7.5 games into the season. At that time, he was second in the ACC in rushing yards per game and led the league in touchdowns.
He's poised to have a huge senior year.
Isaiah Ford (JR), Virginia Tech: Ford was a first-team All-ACC pick last season after totaling 75 receptions for 1,164 yards and 11 touchdowns. In an offense that is expected to open up even more under Justin Fuentes... the arrow is pointing up for Ford.
Artavis Scott (JR), Clemson: Albeit in 15 games, Scott led the ACC in receptions (93) while earning first-team All-ACC honors as a sophomore.
Travis Rudolph (JR), Florida State: Rudolph emerged down the stretch for Florida State, capping his sophomore season with a seven-catch, 201-yard performance against Houston in the bowl game.
The breakout season is coming for Rudolph.
Jaylen Samuels (JR), NC State: As with Cook and Watson, Samuels was an easy pick to make. A first-team All-ACC pick in 2015 by the media and Pro Football Focus, Samuels, like most tight ends these days, is used in various spots to take advantage of his playmaking ability.
All Samuels did was lead all college tight ends in receptions and total touchdowns. What some may not know about him is he's a strong blocker as well. Pro Football Focus stated he graded out as the second-best BLOCKING tight end in the ACC.
Offensive Tackle Roderick Johnson (JR), Florida State: Johnson is FSU's next great offensive lineman. He is a returning first-team All-ACC pick.
Offensive Tackle Adam Bisnowaty (SR), Pittsburgh: Bisnowaty is the top returning lineman for Pitt, and he'll anchor the offensive front that opens holes for star tailback James Conner. He was a second-team All-ACC pick in 2015 and Pro Football Focus, the site we lean on heavily for lineman evaluation because they actually grade film of every player, tabbed him a second-team selection as well.
Offensive Guard Tony Adams (JR), NC State: Adams was tabbed second-team All-ACC by Pro Football Focus in 2015, and he was a critical factor to the Pack's emerging rushing attack. With both 1st-team All-ACC guards moving on, Adams has a chance to be the best guard in the league.
Offensive Guard Wyatt Teller (JR), Virginia Tech: Like Adams, Teller was tabbed second-team All-ACC by Pro Football Focus in 2015.
Center Jackson Matteo (SR), Virginia: Matteo was tabbed second-team All-ACC by Pro Football Focus in 2015 behind Duke's Matt Skura, who graduated.
Michael Badgley (JR), Miami: Badgley connected on 25-of-30 kicks last season and at times, was the top weapon for Miami.
Brisley Estime (SR), Syracuse: There are a lot of great returner options in the ACC, but we went with Estime because he can handle both punt return and kick return duties for the Orange.
He was third nationally in punt return average (18.13), nearly five yards per return better than Ryan Switzer, who finished No. 2 in the ACC. He also had two return touchdowns and ranked No. 7 in the ACC in kick return average.
Estime likely won't get a lot of votes because he plays for Syracuse, but he is our preseason pick.