ACC polls show Hokies some love

ACC polls show Hokies some love
July 22, 2014, 5:15 pm
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(Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports)

While Florida State looks poised for another dominant year in the ACC, Virginia Tech is still receiving some love from the media

As part of the ACC Football Kickoff, media members in attendance were polled to determine who they felt would win each division, the conference and the player of the year.

Not surprisingly, Florida State and Heisman winner Jameis Winston were the runaway winners. Of the 112 member polled, 104 selected Florida State to win the conference and 99 selected Winston as the player of the year. No surprise there.

What was surprising, however, is who else received votes.

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Virginia Tech and Clemson were the only other teams to receive votes for the conference championship, each receiving two votes apiece. Considering the Hokies are coming off two down seasons and are still searching for a starting quarterback and were not selected to win their own division, this seems like a bold prediction.

The Coastal Division is expected to be wide open this season and that was reflected in the poll. Six of the seven teams received at least one first place vote with Virginia being the only exception.

Though they were the only team to receive votes for the conference championship, Virginia Tech was picked to finish third in the division. Three other teams (Miami, Duke and North Carolina) received more first place votes. Miami was picked to win.

Even bolder was the selection of quarterback Brenden Motley, who received one vote for the conference player of the year. Motley has not attempted a pass in his collegiate career and may not even win the starting job this season. Yet he was one of only five players in the conference to receive a vote.

Coach Frank Beamer will be relieved to know someone has picked a starting quarterback for him.

Full results of the preseason poll can be seen here.