Clemson, QB Watson headline ACC’s preseason picks; UNC picked to win division

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Clemson and quarterback Deshaun Watson are the preseason picks for Atlantic Coast Conference favorite and player of the year.

The reigning champion Tigers were picked on 144 of 191 votes released Monday from media members attending last week’s league media days. Atlantic Division rival Florida State was second with 39 votes, while Coastal Division favorite North Carolina was picked on seven.

The Tigers earned 148 votes as Atlantic favorite over FSU, followed by Louisville, North Carolina State, Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

The Tar Heels earned 121 votes as Coastal favorite over Miami, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, Duke, Georgia Tech and Virginia.

Watson, who led Clemson to the College Football Playoff title game, earned 164 votes as player of the year. FSU running back Dalvin Cook was second with 18.

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