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ACC Football Kickoff Media Tabs Virginia Tech as 2010 Favorite

Florida State, Hokies, Picked To Win Atlantic, Coastal Division;
Seminoles' Christian Ponder Voted ACC Preseason Player of the Year

ACC Press Release
July 26, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. (ACSMA) - Virginia Tech was the choice of the media assembled for the 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Football Kickoff to win the ACC's Coastal Division and defeat Florida State for the 2010 ACC Football Championship in voting which was announced Monday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro.

A record number of ballots were cast at the Kickoff with 98 media members voting.

Virginia Tech was chosen on 50 ballots to win its fourth ACC football title in just its seventh year in the league. Florida State finished second with 26 votes, followed by Miami (10), Georgia Tech (8), Boston College (2) and North Carolina (2). The Hokies were tabbed to win the ACC's Coastal Division with 532 points and 62 first-place votes outdistancing Miami (444 points, 20 first-place votes), Georgia Tech (408), North Carolina (379), Duke (169) and Virginia (126). Florida State compiled 565 points and 78 first-place votes to claim the Atlantic Division title over Clemson (479), Boston College (389), NC State (283), Wake Forest (203) and Maryland (139).

Virginia Tech was previously chosen as the preseason ACC gridiron favorite in 2007 and 2009. The Hokies captured the 2007 ACC title, but finished second in the Coastal Division to ACC champion Georgia Tech last year.

Florida State senior quarterback Christian Ponder (Colleyville, Tex.), who led the ACC in total offense in 2009 (321.8) after nine games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury, was a runaway selection as the ACC's Preseason Player of the Year. Ponder garnered 45 votes to finish ahead of Virginia Tech tailback Ryan Williams (16) and quarterback Tyrod Taylor (11), NC State senior quarterback Russell Wilson (6) and North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn (6). In all, 12 ACC players received votes for ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

Atlantic Division
1.Florida State (78)565
2. Clemson (16)479
3. Boston College (4)389
4. NC State283
5. Wake Forest203
6. Maryland139
Coastal Division
1. Virginia Tech (62)532
2. Miami (20)444
3. Georgia Tech (11)408
4. North Carolina (5)379
5. Duke169
6. Virginia126
ACC Championship Votes
1. Virginia Tech50
2. Florida State26
3. Miami10
4. Georgia Tech8
T5. Boston College2
T5.North Carolina 2

ACC Player of the Year
1.Christian Ponder, Florida State45
2. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech16
3. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech11
T4. Russell Wilson, NC State6
T4.Robert Quinn, North Carolina6
6. Joshua Nesbitt, Georgia Tech 4
7. Kyle Parker, Clemson3
T8. Mark Herzlich, Boston College2
T8.Jacory Harris, Miami2
T10.Montel Harris, Boston College1
T10.Darren Evans, Virginia Tech1
T10.Bruce Carter, North Carolina1

ACC Championship Game Predictions
1. Virginia Tech over FSU35
2. Virginia Tech over Clemson13
3. Florida State over Virginia Tech11
4. Florida State over Miami10
5. Miami over Florida State9
6. Georgia Tech over Florida State7
7. Florida State over North Carolina3
T8. Virginia Tech over Boston College2
T8.Florida State over Georgia Tech2
T10.Miami over Clemson1
T10.Georgia Tech over Clemson1
T10.Boston College over Georgia Tech1
T10.Boston College over Virginia Tech1
T10.North Carolina over Florida State1
T10.North Carolina over Clemson1


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