ACC Media Day was yesterday. Some interesting tid bits from the discussion.
Staying true to home and the ACC division that's represented in our state: Duke's Daniel Jones and Virginia's Kurt Benkert are the only Coastal Division starting quarterbacks returning from last year. I saw nothing impressive about UVA's QB, or the whole team, at all last year. But Daniel Jones gave Virginia Tech fits, as that kid can play hard and tough. The Hokies graduated and lost some of the best offensive players in the ACC, but the defense comes back loaded up with talent. And defense wins games!
The ACC is contending to come off a 2016 season that saw the conference at #1 of the Power 5 conferences. Clemson won that national title and Lamar Jackson of Louisville won the Heisman Trophy. What are the odds that the ACC will maintain its spot at the top?
And looking at the schedule can Lamar Jackson play enough to be in the Heisman race again? A lot of talk on these 2 topics was that Louisville only has 4 returning starters on offense. Jackson will have to groom some new talent to keep those stats up.
And Clemson has graduated some of its best talent from the Championship squad. Deshaun Watson at QB, Mike Williams at WR and captain Ben Boulware at linebacker.