2013 ACC Media Poll Picks Clemson to Win, Votes Tajh Boyd as Player of the Year

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJuly 22, 2013

It may be the Year of the Snake on the Chinese calendar, but it looks like it will be the year of the Clemson Tiger in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Clemson cleaned up in the ACC media day voting, as they were chosen to win the 2013 ACC title in 95 of 120 media ballots, according to a release on the official ACC website.

Additionally, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was tabbed as the massive favorite to repeat as the ACC Player of the Year. The Hampton, Va. native was predicted to defend his ACC Player of the Year title on 105 of the 120 media ballots.

Defending ACC champion Florida State finished second in the voting, garnering 15 first-place votes. Georgia Tech, Miami and North Carolina each earned three first-place votes, while Virginia Tech had one.

FSU was also picked to finish second to Clemson in the Atlantic Division. In the Atlantic, Clemson earned 102 first-place votes, while FSU carried the remaining 18.

The Coastal Division was much more wide open. Miami was chosen as the Coastal champion with 64 first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech, earning 27, 22 and six first-place votes respectively.

The ACC will be in its first year with new members Syracuse and Pitt. The Orange were picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic, while the Panthers where chosen fifth in the Coastal.

Miami was picked to fall to Clemson in the ACC title game by 55 voters.

Just as the Hurricanes were largely picked to finish second, Miami running back Duke Johnson finished second in the preseason Player of the Year voting. 

However, Johnson earned just four votes. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, Clemson's Sammy Watkins and North Carolina's Bryn Renner were the only others with multiple preseason Player of the Year votes.

Boyd tallied 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns through the air in 2012 for his second straight season with at least 3,800 yards and 33 touchdowns.

That helped Clemson to an 11-2 finish in 2012, a season that ended with a comeback victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Clemson tied FSU atop the Atlantic last year, but the Seminoles' head-to-head victory over the Tigers on Sept. 22 earned them a spot in the ACC title game.

Clemson and FSU will meet on Oct. 19 in Death Valley this season.


ACC Championship

1. Clemson (95)

2. Florida State (15)

T3. Georgia Tech (3)

T3. Miami (3)

T3. North Carolina (3)

6. Virginia Tech (1)


Atlantic Division

1. Clemson 815 (102)

2. Florida State 731 (18)

3. NC State 490

4. Wake Forest 392

5. Maryland 373

6. Syracuse 320

7. Boston College 211


Coastal Division

1. Miami 736 (65)

2. Virginia Tech 654 (27)

3. North Carolina 649 (22)

4. Georgia Tech 522 (6)

5. Pitt 313

6. Virginia 230

7. Duke 228


ACC Player of the Year

1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson (105)

2. Duke Johnson, Miami (4)

T3. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (3)

T3. Sammy Watkins, Clemson (3)

5. Bryn Renner, North Carolina (2)

T6. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (1)

T6. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (1)

T6. Stephen Morris, Miami (1)



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