2019 ACC Football Preview

Check out the CSD preview for the ACC’s 2019 season in this loaded preview featuring in-depth coverage of everything you need to know about all 14 teams, projected records based on thousands of computer simulations, and a list of the top players in the conference.

2019 Unit Rankings

QBRBWR/TEOLDLLBDB
1. clemson1. clemson1. clemson1. clemson1. clemson1. miami1. clemson
2. virginia2. boston college2. miami2. virginia tech2 miami2. clemson2. syracuse
3. virginia tech3. florida state3. syracuse3. north carolina3. syracuse3. virginia3. virginia

All-ACC Team

Offense

QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson
RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College
WR – Tee Higgins, Clemson
WR – Justyn Ross, Clemson
WR – Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech
TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami
C – Sean Pollard, Clemson
OL – Charlie Heck, North Carolina
OL – John Phillips, Boston College
OL – Justin Herron, Wake Forest
OL – John Simpson, Clemson

Defense

DL – Marvin Wilson, Florida State
DL – Jonathan Garvin, Miami
DL – Xavier Thomas, Clemson
DL – Nyles Pinckney, Clemson
LB – Michael Pickney, Miami
LB – Shaq Quarterman, Miami
LB – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
LB – Charles Snowden, Virginia
DB – Essang Bassey, Wake Forest
DB – Bryce Hall, Virginia
DB – Andre Cisco, Syracuse
DB – Trajan Bandy, Miami

Awards

Offensive POY: QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Defensive POY: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia
Freshman OTY: QB Sam Howell, North Carolina
Newcomer OTY: WR KJ Osborn, Miami
Coach OTY: Manny Diaz, Miami
Game OTY: Clemson @ Syracuse (September 14th)
Breakout Player: QB Tommy DeVito, Syracuse


ATLANTIC

1. Clemson

Top Returning Players: QB Trevor Lawrence, RB Travis Etienne, WR Justyn Ross, WR Tee Higgins, LB Isaiah Simmons, CB A.J. Terrell, S Nolan Turner, S K’Von Wallace, S Tanner Muse

Notable Players Leaving: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, IDL Christian Wilkins, IDL Dexter Lawrence, LB Tanner Muse, CB Trayvon Mullen

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 1st
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 3rd

Average Projected Record: 10.8 wins, 1.2 losses (7.1 wins, 0.9 losses)

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2. NC State

Top Returning Players: IDL Larrell Murchison, LB Isaiah Moore, S Jarius Morehead

Notable Players Leaving: QB Ryan Finley, WR Kelvin Harmon, WR Jakobi Meyers, C Garrett Bradbury, G Terronne Prescod, IDL Eurndraus Bryant, LB Germaine Pratt, S Dexter Wright

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 41st
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 35th

Average Projected Record: 7.5 wins, 4.5 losses (4.4 wins, 3.6 losses)

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3. Florida State

Top Returning Players: IDL Marvin Wilson, LB Dontavious Jackson

Notable Players Leaving: IDL Demarcus Christmas, EDGE Brian Burns

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 72nd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 34th

Average Projected Record: 6.7 wins, 5.3 losses (4.2 wins, 3.8 losses)

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4. Syracuse

Top Returning Players: EDGE Kendall Coleman, EDGE Alton Robinson, CB Christopher Fredrick, S Evan Foster, S Andre Cisco

Notable Players Leaving: LB Kielan Whitner, LB Ryan Guthrie

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 42nd
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 46th

Average Projected Record: 7.2 wins, 4.8 losses (4.1 wins, 3.9 losses)

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5. Wake Forest

Top Returning Players: QB Sam Hartman, RB Cade Carney, EDGE Carlos Bashman Jr., LB Justin Strnad, CB Essang Bassey

Notable Players Leaving: WR Greg Dortch, IDL Zeek Rodney, S Cameron Glenn

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 36th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 55th

Average Projected Record: 6.8 wins, 5.2 losses (3.6 wins, 4.4 losses

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6. Boston College

Top Returning Players: LB Max Richardson, CB Brandon Sebastian

Notable Players Leaving: G Chris Lindstrom, EDGE Zach Allen, CB Taj-Amir Torres, CB Hamp Cheevers

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 65th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 64th

Average Projected Record: 5.7 wins, 6.3 losses (3.2 wins, 4.8 losses)

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7. Louisville

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 111th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 92nd

Average Projected Record: 4.1 wins, 7.9 losses (2.0 wins, 6.0 losses)

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COASTAL

1. Miami (FL)

Top Returning Players: WR Jeff Thomas, EDGE Jonathan Garvin, LB Michael Pinckney, CB Trajan Bandy

Notable Players Leaving: EDGE Joe Jackson, IDL Gerald Willis III, S Jaquan Johnson, S Sheldrick Redwine

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 14th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 18th

Average Projected Record: 8.7 wins, 3.3 losses (5.8 wins, 2.2 losses)

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2. Virginia Tech

Top Returning Players: WR Tre Turner, WR Damon Hazelton

Notable Players Leaving: IDL Ricky Walker

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 57th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 37th

Average Projected Record: 7.8 wins, 4.2 losses (4.7 wins, 3.3 losses)

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3. Virginia

Top Returning Players: QB Bryce Perkins, EDGE Charles Snowden, CB Bryce Hall, S Joey Blount

Notable Players Leaving: RB Jordan Ellis, WR Olamide Zaccheaus, EDGE Chris Peace, CB Tim Harris, S Juan Thornhill

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 35th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 45th

Average Projected Record: 7.4 wins, 4.6 losses (4.5 wins, 3.5 losses)

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4. Pittsburgh

Top Returning Players: EDGE Patrick Jones II, EDGE Rashad Weaver, CB Dane Jackson

Notable Players Leaving: RB Quadree Ollison, RB Darrin Hall, G Connor Dintino

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 38th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 53rd

Average Projected Record: 6.2 wins, 5.8 losses (3.9 wins, 4.1 losses)

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5. Duke

Top Returning Players: IDL Derrick Tangelo, IDL Trevon McSwain, CB Michael Carter II, S Marquis Waters, S Dylan Singleton

Notable Players Leaving: QB Daniel Jones, LB Joe Giles-Harris

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 91st
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 71st

Average Projected Record: 4.8 wins, 7.2 losses (3.0 wins, 5.0 losses)

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T6. North Carolina

Top Returning Players: IDL Jason Strowbridge

Notable Players Leaving: T William Sweet, EGE Malik Carney, IDL Jeremiah Clarke, LB Cole Holcomb

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 67th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 62nd

Average Projected Record: 4.9 wins, 7.1 losses (2.8 wins, 5.2 losses)

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T6. Georgia Tech

Notable Players Leaving: FB Clinton Lynch, IDL Desmond Branch, EDGE Arnee Saint-Amour

Final 2018 CSD Prime Ranking: 54th
Projected 2019 CSD Prime Ranking: 69th

Average Projected Record: 4.9 wins, 7.1 losses (2.8 wins, 5.2 losses)

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2019 ACC Title Game Prediction: Clemson 37, Miami (FL) 20