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2010 ACC Preview - Unit Rankings
Florida State OG Rodney Hudson
Florida State OG Rodney Hudson
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Posted Aug 2, 2010


2010 CollegeFootballNews.com Preview - ACC Unit Rankings


Preview 2010

ACC Unit Rankings


ATLANTIC
- Boston College Preview | Clemson Preview | Florida State Preview
- Maryland Preview | NC State Preview | Wake Forest Preview

COASTAL
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- North Carolina Preview | Virginia Preview | Virginia Tech Preview

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ACC Atlantic Overall

Based on how good each team is and NOT the predicted finish

1. Florida State
2. Boston College
3. Clemson
4. NC State
5. Wake Forest
6. Maryland

ACC Coastal Overall

Based on how good each team is and NOT the predicted finish

1. Virginia Tech
2. Miami
3. North Carolina
4. Georgia Tech
5. Virginia
6. Duke

Offenses

1. Virginia Tech
Finally. After being a scapegoat for years, coordinator Bryan Stinespring mercifully had something to gush over last season. And the best is yet to come. The Hokies finally cranked up the offense in 2009, scoring at least 36 points in the final four games and relocating the big play. It turns out that last November and December is going to be an omen of what’s to come. Tech brings back improving veteran QB Tyrod Taylor, the last two ACC Newcomers of the year, backs Ryan Williams and Darren Evans, and top receiver Jarrett Boykin. It’s as much skill position talent that this program has had in years. If the line can recover from the graduation of the left side and the staff keeps the backs happy, the Hokies will have enough firepower to compensate until the rebuilt D begins to gel.

2. Florida State
3. Miami
4. Boston College
5. Clemson
6. Georgia Tech
7. NC State
8. Wake Forest
9. North Carolina
10. Maryland
11. Duke
12. Virginia

Quarterbacks

1. NC State
When Russell Wilson puts on a helmet in the fall, it will have a facemask instead of a baseball helmet … breathe a sigh of relief, Pack fans. With him and Mike Glennon at the staff’s disposal, NC State will have a chance in every game this fall. Wilson is one of the ACC’s premier quarterbacks, having already accounted for 56 touchdowns and just a dozen picks in two seasons. Glennon has an enormous ceiling, and could start for a bunch of programs across the country. Together, they give State an enviable situation behind center.

2. Florida State
3. Georgia Tech
4. Virginia Tech
5. Miami
6. Clemson
7. North Carolina
8. Maryland
9. Boston College
10. Duke
11. Wake Forest
12. Virginia

Running Backs

1. Virginia Tech
Two years ago, Tech responded to the dismissal of Branden Ore with Darren Evans. Last year, its answer to Evans’ injury was Ryan  Williams. Now that both are on hand, the biggest challenge will be keeping everyone happy. Add mobile QB Tyrod Taylor into the mix, and opponents won’t know where to turn to stop this running attack. ‘Bama is the only other school with an argument about the best backfield in the country .

2. Georgia Tech
3. Boston College
4. Florida State
5. Clemson
6. Miami
7. Maryland
8. Wake Forest
9. North Carolina
10. NC State
11. Virginia
12. Duke

Receivers

1. NC State
NC State is stacked with talent and depth in the receiving corps, which it’ll look to leverage week-in and week-out. There’s size and the speed to challenge any secondary, and the battery mates, in Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon, to make connections. If they can keep everyone well-fed, it’ll be fun watching this collection of talent, led by Jarvis Williams, blossom.

2. Miami
3. Duke
4. Wake Forest
5. Florida State
6. Virginia Tech
7. North Carolina
8. Maryland
9. Clemson
10. Virginia
11. Boston College
12. Georgia Tech

Offensive Lines

1. Florida State
Having built for this moment over the past few seasons, Florida State is on the verge of rolling out one of its best offensive lines in school history. Not only is Rodney Hudson an all-time great leading a line returning five starters, but ace line coach Rick Trickett is getting on board for his third season. The ‘Noles won’t maul opponents, but they’ll protect the pocket, pull in an instant, and make a ton of blocks way downfield.

2. Boston College
3. Virginia Tech
4. Miami
5. Clemson
6. Georgia Tech
7. North Carolina
8. Wake Forest
9. NC State
10. Maryland
11. Virginia
12. Duke

Defenses

1. North Carolina
Sometimes a mob mentality isn’t such a bad thing. All six of Carolina’s defensive all-stars put off the NFL Draft for one more season, ensuring that the program will again boast one of the nation’s nastiest and stingiest defenses. The group that allowed 17 points and an ACC-low 269 yards brings back All-America candidates at every level, Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin up front, Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter at linebacker, and Deunta Williams and Kendric Burney in the secondary. From creating turnovers to creating pressure, there’s nothing this veteran unit doesn’t do well, meaning the only offseason objectives are to build more depth and guard against overconfidence.

2. Miami
3. Boston College
4. Virginia Tech
5. Clemson
6. Florida State
7. Georgia Tech
8. Virginia
9. NC State
10. Maryland
11. Wake Forest
12. Duke

Defensive Lines

1. North Carolina
Butch Davis and his assistants have quietly turned Chapel Hill into an NFL pipeline for defensive linemen. Carolina is once again loaded with next-level talent up front, boasting All-America candidates in Robert Quinn and Marvin Austin and a very capable supporting cast. It’ll again dominate the line of scrimmage, clogging running lanes and keeping quarterbacks from getting comfortable in the pocket.

2. Miami
3. Clemson
4. Virginia Tech
5. Florida State
6. Boston College
7. Georgia Tech
8. Virginia
9. NC State
10. Wake Forest
11. Maryland
12. Duke

Linebackers

1. North Carolina
This is going to be fun to watch. If you enjoy the kind of linebackers who impose their will on every facet of opposing offenses, do not miss this ensemble. Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter are sure-fire NFL players, and Kevin Reddick will get there once he has enough experience. Zach Brown provides a speedy and seasoned option off the bench.

2. Maryland
3. Boston College
4. NC State
5. Miami
6. Virginia Tech
7. Florida State
8. Georgia Tech
9. Clemson
10. Wake Forest
11. Virginia
12. Duke

Secondaries

1. North Carolina
Like the rest of the defense, the secondary is flush with talent and returning starters, two of which should again be all-stars. Not only can this group cover and create mistakes, but combined with a hellacious pass rush, will once again be one of the nation’s best pass defenses. The Tar Heels, led by free safety, Deunta Williams, do the two things really, really well: create turnovers and limit big plays. They return the same starting quartet that picked off 15 passes, took a couple back for touchdowns, and limited opponents to a nation’s-low 9.7 yards a completion

2. Miami
3. Virginia Tech
4. Boston College
5. Virginia
6. Florida State
7. Georgia Tech
8. Clemson
9. Wake Forest
10. NC State
11. Maryland
12. Duke

Special Teams

1. Miami
Thanks in large part to the right leg of Matt Bosher and the potential of the return game, the ‘Canes will once again vie for the ACC’s best all-around special teams unit. If Travis Benjamin can push Thearon Collier and start realizing all of his own potential, Miami will have a hidden edge in the return game.

2. Florida State
3. Georgia Tech
4. Virginia Tech
5. North Carolina
6. Maryland
7. Boston College
8. Wake Forest
9. NC State
10. Clemson
11. Virginia
12. Duke
 
ATLANTIC
- Boston College Preview | Clemson Preview | Florida State Preview
- Maryland Preview | NC State Preview | Wake Forest Preview

COASTAL
- Duke Preview | Georgia Tech Preview | Miami Preview
- North Carolina Preview | Virginia Preview | Virginia Tech Preview

- 2010 ACC Preview | 2010 ACC Unit Rankings | 2010 CFN Schedules & Picks
- 2010 CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players | 2010 ACC Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish