Miami Hurricanes football picked to win ACC Coastal

Shaq Quarterman and Mark Walton at the ACC Kickoff. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

Reporters at the ACC Kickoff clearly believed in the Hurricanes.

Miami was picked to finish atop the Coastal Division, ahead of defending Coastal champ Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. UM garnered 103 first-place votes, of a possible 167, to the Hokies’ 40.

Credentialed media cast votes at last week’s ACC media days event in Charlotte.

Two Hurricanes sophomores, linebacker Shaq Quarterman and wide receiver Lonnie Walker, each earned a vote as the media’s preseason player of the year.  Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, was the overwhelming choice. Jackson set single-season ACC records with 393.4 yards of total offense and 51 touchdowns, along with 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing scores, both ACC records for a quarterback.

Florida State was picked to win the Atlantic Division and the conference championship, held Dec. 2. at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium.

The Hurricanes, who joined the ACC in 2004, and Seminoles (1991) have never met in the ACC title game. They will  play Sept. 16 in Tallahassee.

The voting:

Coastal Division

(First place votes in parenthesis)                       

  1. Miami (103) – 1,065
  2. Virginia Tech (40) – 932
  3. Georgia Tech (9) – 708
  4. Pittsburgh (7) – 673
  5. North Carolina (4) – 606
  6. Duke (4) -473
  7. Virginia -219

Atlantic Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)                       

  1. Florida State (121) – 1,108
  2. Clemson (37) – 1,007
  3. Louisville (9) – 843
  4. NC State – 658
  5. Wake Forest – 415
  6. Syracuse  – 362
  7. Boston College – 283

ACC Championship Votes

1. Florida State – 117
2. Clemson – 35
3. Louisville – 7
4-t. Virginia Tech – 3
     4-t. Miami – 3
Duke – 1

ACC Player of the Year

1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville – 113
2. Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State – 23
3. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson – 11
4. Harold Landry, DE, Boston College – 8
5. Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State – 7
6. Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse – 2
     7-t. Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami – 1
7-t. Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami – 1

7-t. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke -1

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