ACC Kickoff: Pack Picked Fifth in Atlantic

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Media attending the 2006 ACC Football Kickoff in Jacksonville picked Florida State and Miami to win the league's Atlantic and Coastal Divisions, respectively.

The Seminoles were the media favorite a year ago and tied Boston College in the regular season title. Florida State went on to win the inaugural ACC Football Championship Game 27-22 over Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes claimed the media's choice to win the Coastal Division, ahead of last year's Coastal Division champion Virginia Tech.

Miami also edged Florida State as the favorite to win the 2006 ACC Football Championship Game in Jacksonville on December 2.

In other voting at the ACC Football Kickoff, the media overwhelmingly voted for Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson as the 2006 Preseason Player of the Year. The junior All-American from Tyrone, Ga., leads all returning ACC receivers with 1,725 yards on 102 career receptions. He received 50 of the possible 65 votes in the preseason balloting.

If Johnson were selected as ACC Player of the Year, he would be the first receiver since NC State's Torry Holt in 1998 and just the fourth receiver in league history to do so. He could also become just the eighth junior in league history to earn that accolade - the last junior to do so was Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward in 1992. The last Yellow Jacket to be named ACC Player of the Year was quarterback Joe Hamilton in 1999.

2006 ACC Preseason Football Poll

Atlantic Division: (First Place in Parentheses)

  1. Florida State (49) 373 points
  2. Clemson (13) 322 points
  3. Boston College (3) 269 points
  4. Maryland 163 points
  5. NC State 124 points
  6. Wake Forest 116 points

Coastal Division

  1. Miami (52) 374 points
  2. Virginia Tech (10) 316 points
  3. Georgia Tech (3) 279 points
  4. Virginia 166 points
  5. North Carolina 165 points
  6. Duke 65 points


ACC Championship Game Winner
Miami (31)
Florida State (23)
Clemson (5)
Virginia Tech (5)
Georgia Tech (1)


Preseason Player of the Year
Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (50)
Kyle Wright, Miami (5)
James Davis, Clemson (4)
Drew Weatherford, Florida State (4)
Lorenzo Booker, Florida State (1)
Gaines Adams, Clemson (1)


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