Florida State and Miami favored in 2006 ACC Football Preseason Poll
July 24, 2006
theacc.com - Media attending the 2006 ACC Football Kickoff in Jacksonville picked Florida State and Miami to win the league's Atlantic and Coastal Divisions, respectively.
The Seminoles were the media favorite a year ago and tied Boston College in the regular season title. Florida State went on to win the inaugural ACC Football Championship Game 27-22 over Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes claimed the media's choice to win the Coastal Division, ahead of last year's Coastal Division champion Virginia Tech.
Miami also edged Florida State as the favorite to win the 2006 ACC Football Championship Game in Jacksonville on December 2.
In other voting at the ACC Football Kickoff, the media overwhelmingly voted for Georgia Tech wide receiver Calvin Johnson as the 2006 Preseason Player of the Year. The junior All-American from Tyrone, Ga., leads all returning ACC receivers with 1,725 yards on 102 career receptions. He received 50 of the possible 65 votes in the preseason balloting.
If Johnson were selected as ACC Player of the Year, he would be the first receiver since NC State's Torry Holt in 1998 and just the fourth receiver in league history to do so. He could also become just the eighth junior in league history to earn that accolade - the last junior to do so was Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward in 1992. The last Yellow Jacket to be named ACC Player of the Year was quarterback Joe Hamilton in 1999.