NCAA Fantasy Football Preview
The Atlantic Coast Conference (Atlantic)
The NCAA 2016 season is less then two month away, with kickoff happening in Sidney mate! FanPicks will preview all of the conferences before season starts. If you missed the AAC preview, click here. The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is viewed as one of the best conference in NCAA division 1 football. Bringing 14 program into their fold, including last years CFP national championship finalist Clemson, the ACC is one of three conferences to have one of their schools winning the BCS title at least twice. It was Florida State who won it twice for the Atlantic Coast Conference back in 1999 and 2013. With new season comes new changes, here’s a look at what to look for the 2016 season in the Atlantic side of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
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The Eagles brought in Scot Loeffler, who coordinated offenses at Virginia Tech, Auburn and Temple, to run an offense that averaged just 275 yards and 17 points last season. Boston College will count on a solid defense, which includes the return of seven of their impressive starters.
2015 Heisman trophy nominee Deshaun Watson has amassed 5,209 yards of total offense (becoming the first player in FBS history with 4,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in a season) just a year after an ACL injury. Late in the season, he showed how effective he can be in the run game, finishing with three 100-yard rushing performances in his final four games. He also had a hand in 478 of Clemson’s 550 yards in the national championship game, carrying the then-undefeated Tigers to within points of a title.
QB Sean Maguire will be out for the spring with a broken ankle. The Seminoles have groomed eventual replacements for Maguire, with redshirt freshman Deondre Francois and freshman Malik Henry showing promise. RB Dalvin Cook accomplishments in his sophomore season makes him a lethal weapon for Florida State’s offense, this year.
For his bowl performance against Texas A&M, Lamar Jackson threw for 227 yards and ran for 226 more in the 27-21 win. Coach Bobby Petrino said Jackson, a dual-threat QB who rushed for 186 or more yards in each of the last two games last season, showed improvement in his decision-making and in his throwing accuracy.
The Wolfpack wanted to grasp the fundamentals of coach Eli Drinkwitz’s offense. Drinkwitz came from Boise State to replace the fired Matt Canada. Jalan McClendon and Jakobi Meyers are competing to replace Jacoby Brissett as the starting QB. This will likely gives RB Matthew Dayes even more carries this year, assuming he stays healthy.
Due to injuries, Syracuse has used six different quarterbacks over the past two seasons. The Orange brought in coach Dino Babers to revive a program that went a combined 7-17 the past two years. Eric Dungey is the favorite to win the quarterback competition and orchestrate Babers’ desired offensive transformation. In eight games as a true freshman last fall, he was responsible for 16 touchdowns and 1,649 yards of offense.
Wake Forest’s offense was among the worst in the nation in 2015, ranking 119th in points (17.4) and 113th in yards per game (333.4). Though both were improvements from 2014. QB John Wolford has never thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in a season, and his nine passing TDs last year ranked just 15th among ACC QBs. But now is the time for that to change, with sophomore Kendall Hinton pushing him for the starting job. Whoever is under center will be aided by receiver Cortez Lewis, who had 611 yards and four touchdowns as a redshirt freshman last year.
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