EJ Manuel should be one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC by season's end.
Kickoff for the 2011 season is just a few weeks away. To help pass the time before the opening weekend, Athlon will be taking a look at the best units by conference.
The ACC has a lot of turnover at quarterback this year, but should be pretty strong on defense. Florida State takes home an Athlon award for two units on defense and for the receivers on offense. The Seminoles are Athlon's pick to win the ACC crown and they fare quite well in the overall unit rankings at each position.
What is a breakout player? Defining that term isn’t exactly easy. Although ACC fans are likely already familiar with the names on this list, this is Athlon’s attempt to peg the players that will be household names at the end of the 2011 season. These players may have started at some point in their career, but have yet to become a name familiar with all college football fans.
If you are a free agent coach, which programs are the most attractive jobs in the ACC?
We have ranked every college football program in the country, based on the attractiveness of the position from a coaching perspective. We considered many factors — tradition, facilities, location, money — but in the end, we simply asked ourselves the following question: Where would we want to coach? Today we focus on the ACC.
(Note: Current or impending NCAA sanctions were not a factor in these rankings.)