Miami picked second in ACC Coastal; Brad Kaaya earns POY votes

The Hurricanes were picked to finish second behind North Carolina in the ACC Coastal Division, and quarterback Brad Kaaya earned a little love for preseason player of the year.

Brad Kaaya throws against UNC last season. (Getty Images)

Brad Kaaya throws against UNC last season. (Getty Images)

Such are the results of local interest from the ACC’s annual poll, in which 191 media members voted at the ACC Kickoff last weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

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Miami (which finished third in the Coastal last year, at 5-3, 8-5 overall) made a run at UNC in the Coastal poll, picking up 1,108 voting points to UNC’s 1,238. The Hurricanes earned 50 first-place votes to UNC’s 121.

Kaaya earned two votes for preseason player of the year, tying him with Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (164) was the overwhelming choice, with Florida State running back Dalvin Cook (18) and UNC running back Elijah Hood (4) far behind.

Clemson was picked to repeat as ACC champion, earning 144 votes. Florida State (39), UNC (7) and Louisville (1) were the runners-up. Miami didn’t earn a vote.

ACC Championship Votes

  1. Clemson – 144
  2. Florida State – 39
  3. North Carolina – 7
  4. Louisville – 1

 Atlantic Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

  1. Clemson (148) – 1,293
  2. Florida State (42) – 1,176
  3. Louisville (1) – 961
  4. NC State – 704
  5. Boston College – 441
  6. Syracuse  – 426
  7. Wake Forest – 347

Coastal Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)

  1. North Carolina (121) – 1,238
  2. Miami (50) – 1,108
  3. Pitt (14) – 859
  4. Virginia Tech (3) – 697
  5. Duke (2) – 597
  6. Georgia Tech (1) -588
  7. Virginia -261

ACC Player of the Year

  1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson – 164
  2. Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State – 18
  3. Elijah Hood, RB, North Carolina – 4
  4. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami; Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – 2
  5. DeVon Edwards, CB/KR, Duke – 1

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