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Maryland picked to finish last in Atlantic Division

The preseason ACC media poll has been released and Maryland, fresh off a 2-10 season, was picked to finish last in the Atlantic Division. The only ACC team to receive fewer votes than the Terrapins (139) was Virginia (126), which will be led by first-year Coach Mike London.

Virginia Tech (532) was picked to win the conference title despite receiving fewer total votes than Florida State. The Seminoles, under first-year Coach Jimbo Fisher, garnered 565 votes and was picked to win the Atlantic Division. The Hokies were selected on 50 ballots to win the ACC crown, while Florida State earned 26 championship votes.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder (45) was the media's choice as preseason ACC player of the year. Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams (16) and quarterback Tyrod Taylor (11) were the only other ACC players to earn double digit vote totals.

Here's the complete rundown:

ACC Championship Votes

1) Virginia Tech (50)
2) Florida State (26)
3) Miami (10)
4) Georgia Tech (8)
5) Boston College (2)
5) North Carolina (2)

Atlantic Division

1) Florida State (565)
2) Clemson (479)
3) Boston College (389)
4) N.C. State (283)
5) Wake Forest (203)
6) Maryland (139)

Coastal Division

1) Virginia Tech (532)
2) Miami (444)
3) Georgia Tech (408)
4) North Carolina (379)
5) Duke (169)
6) Virginia (126)

ACC Player of the Year

1) Christian Ponder, Florida State (45)
2) Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (16)
3) Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech (11)
4) Russel Wilson, N.C. State (6)
4) Robert Quinn, North Carolina (6)
6) Joshua Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (4)

By Steve Yanda  |  July 26, 2010; 1:03 PM ET
Categories:  Football  
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After last year, nowhere to go but up.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | July 26, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Just beat Navy. A win at M&T will set the right tone for the season. A loss....ugh.

I am optimistic that at least a few teams in the ACC will be sh*ttier than the Terps. Still, fourth in the division isn't really a goal to reach for.

It reminds me of Fridge's first season - the Terps had been terrible and he turned it around. Hope he catches lightning in a bottle onc again. Hope for the best, expect something bad, but certainly not last place.

Regards -


Posted by: HughGRection | July 26, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Wow. How many years did it take Fridge to "build" the program to this level? Great job Ralph.

Posted by: DodgerDog | July 27, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

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