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CFN 2016 Preseason All-ACC Football Team

Nov 28, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) carries the ball during the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tigers won 37-32. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 28, 2015; Columbia, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Wayne Gallman (9) carries the ball during the first half against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium. Tigers won 37-32. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports


CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Football Team. The best ACC football players coming into the season including the Preseason ACC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year.


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CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Offensive Player of the Year

QB Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson

There are certainly other outstanding options – FSU RB Dalvin Cook and Miami QB Brad Kaaya, to start – but obviously there’s no other choice. Watson would’ve almost certainly been the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft this year had he been eligible, and now the 6-2, 210-pounder is expected to be the one to lead Clemson to another CFP run after throwing for over 4,100 yards with 35 touchdowns with 1,105 rushing yards and 12 scores.

CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Defensive Player of the Year

S Derwin James, Soph. Florida State

You know all those things everyone said about how good Jalen Ramsey was last year? Now transfer them over to James, a 6-3, 213-pound top-ten-overall pro prospect with all the skills and tools to be special. He finished second on the team with 91 tackles to go along with 4.5 sacks, and now he’s the superstar on a Seminole defense full of superstars.

CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Offense

QB – Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson
RB – Dalvin Cook, Jr. Florida State
RB – Wayne Gallman, Jr. Clemson
WR – Isaiah Ford, Jr. Virginia Tech
WR – Travis Rudolph, Jr. Florida State
TE – Jaylen Samuels, Jr. NC State
OL – Adam Bisnowaty, Sr. Pitt
OL – Jon Heck, Sr. North Carolina
OL – Dorian Johnson, Sr. Pitt
OL – Roderick Johnson, Jr. Florida State
OL – Caleb Peterson, Sr. North Carolina

CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Defense

DL – Carlos Watkins, Sr. Clemson
DL – Derrick Nnadi, Jr. Florida State
DL – Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt
DL – DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
LB – Devonte Fields, Sr. Louisville
LB – Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia
LB – Matt Milano, Sr. Boston College
DB – Quin Blanding, Jr. Virginia
DB – Derwin James, Soph. Florida State
DB – Cordrea Tankersley, Sr. Clemson
DB – Jordan Whitehead, Soph. Pitt

CFN 2016 Preseason ACC Specialists

PK – Michael Badgley, Jr. Miami
P – Nicholas Conte, Sr. Virginia
KR – DeVon Edwards, Sr. Duke
PR – Brisly Estime, Sr. Syracuse