Preview 2018: CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players

Preview 2018: CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players

2018 Preview

Preview 2018: CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players


Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the ACC season with the CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 players. 


Preview 2018: CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players

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2018 Preseason CFN ACC Offensive Player of the Year

RB AJ Dillon, Soph. Boston College
The ACC might be mostly about the defense this season, but the offensive stars will be there with Florida State RB Cam Akers, NC State QB Ryan Finley, and either Trevor Lawrence or Kelly Bryant under center at Clemson. But it’s the 6-0, 245-pound Dillon who’ll be the workhorse of the conference season.

It’s a wee bit of a stretch to say he turned around the Boston College program as a freshman, but … he turned around the Boston College program, at least after its rough first half. By the end of the year, he ended up with 300 carries turning into a 100-yard machine. One of the league’s toughest runners, he’ll have to do it all again.

2018 Preseason CFN ACC Defensive Player of the Year

DT Dexter Lawrence, Jr. Clemson
Or Christian Wilkins, or Clelin Ferrell, or Austin Bryant. Take anyone on the great Clemson defensive front, and you’ve probably got the best defensive player in the ACC, But it’s the freakish 6-4, 340-pound Lawrence who’ll be the anchor the front four works around.

He can get into the backfield – turning in 6.5 sacks and 62 stops in his freshman season, and making 34 stops last year – or he can be a double-team rock on the inside so everyone else can shine. He’s the total package for an NFL defensive tackle, but Clemson still has him.

2018 Preseason CFN All-ACC Offense

QB – Ryan Finley, Sr. NC State

RB – Cam Akers, Soph. Florida State

RB – AJ Dillon, Soph. Boston College

WR – Kelvin Harmon, Jr. NC State

WR – Jaylen Smith, Sr. Louisville

TE – Tommy Sweeney, Sr. Boston College

OL – Parker Braun, Jr. Georgia Tech

OL – Justin Falcinelli, Sr. Clemson

OL – Justin Herron, Sr. Wake Forest

OL – Mitch Hyatt, Sr. Clemson

OL – Chris Lindstrom, Sr. Boston College

2018 Preseason CFN All-ACC Defense

DE – Zach Allen, Sr. Boston College

DT – Dexter Lawrence, Jr. Clemson

DT – Christian Wilkins, Sr. Clemson

DE – Clelin Ferrell, Jr. Clemson

LB – Joe Giles-Harris, Jr. Duke

LB – Dorian Etheridge, Soph. Louisville

LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Jr. Miami

CB – Mark Gilbert, Jr. Duke

S – Lukas Denis, Sr. Boston College

S – Jaquan Johnson, Sr. Miami

CB – Michael Jackson, Sr. Miami

2018 Preseason CFN All-ACC Special Teams

PK – Ricky Aguayo, Jr. Florida State

P – Lester Denis, Sr. Virginia

KR – Joe Reed, Jr. Virginia

PR – Michael Walker, Sr. Boston College

2018 Preseason CFN ACC Top 30 Players

1. DT Dexter Lawrence, Jr. Clemson

2. DT Christian Wilkins, Sr. Clemson

3. RB AJ Dillon, Soph. Boston College

4. LB Joe Giles-Harris, Jr. Duke

5. DE Zach Allen, Sr. Boston College

6. RB Cam Akers, Soph. Florida State

7. LB Shaquille Quarterman, Jr. Miami

8. DE Clelin Ferrell, Jr. Clemson

9. QB Ryan Finley, Sr. NC State

10. DE Austin Bryant, Sr. Clemson

11. QB Josh Jackson, Soph. Virginia Tech

12. S Lukas Denis, Sr. Boston College

13. QB Trevor Lawrence, Fr. Clemson

14. DE Brian Burns, Jr. Florida State

15. LB Dorian Etheridge, Soph. Louisville

16. QB TaQuon Marshall, Sr. Georgia Tech

17. WR Jaylen Smith, Sr. Louisville

18. S Jaquan Johnson, Sr. Miami

19. CB Mark Gilbert, Jr. Duke

20. QB Kelly Bryant, Sr. Clemson

21. OT Mitch Hyatt, Sr. Clemson

22. WR Kelvin Harmon, Jr. NC State

23. S Reggie Floyd, Jr. Virginia Tech

24. CB Michael Jackson, Sr. Miami

25. WR/KR Greg Dortch, Soph. Wake Forest

26. LB Kendall Joseph, Sr. Clemson

27. C Justin Falcinelli, Sr. Clemson

28. DE Joe Jackson, Jr. Miami

29. QB Eric Dungey, Sr. Syracuse

30. DT Demarcus Christmas, Sr. Florida State

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