ACC Kickoff Notes: Whitehurst, Hill Named Preseason All-ACC

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HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Clemson’s Charlie Whitehurst and Tye Hill were both named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason football team Monday during the conference’s annual Football Kickoff at The Homestead resort in Hot Springs, Va.

Boston College’s Mathias Kiwanuka was selected as the conference’s pick for preseason player of the year honors. The media that covered the conference selected the All-ACC team.

Kiwanuka, a defensive end, led the Big East in quarterback sacks (11.5) and tackles for a loss (24.5) in 2004. He was named the Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

“That big guy they have over there, he will run right over you if you let him,” said Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer about Kiwanuka.

First ACC title game.

According to the media, a rematch of the 2000 Nokia Sugar Bowl will signal in a new era in ACC Football. Florida State (Atlantic) and Virginia Tech (Coastal) have been selected by the media to win their divisions and represent such in the first ACC Championship game, December 3, in Jacksonville, Fla.

Florida State picked up 65 first place votes for 522 points, while Virginia Tech had 62 first place votes and 517 points.

“I think that is a very responsible pick,” said Miami head coach Larry Coker, whose squad was picked second in the Coastal Division. “To get there you have to play this thing out and we have to go to Virginia Tech and prove we can beat them.”

Clemson was picked fourth in the Atlantic Division behind second place Boston College (24 first place votes) and N.C. State (two first place votes) in third place. Clemson received one first place vote.

“That’s pretty accurate,” said Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden. “There is Virginia Tech, Florida State and Miami, then the rest of us are all right there trying to get where they are.”

Maryland and Wake Forest close out the Atlantic Division. Virginia was picked third in the Coastal Division and received one first place vote. Georgia Tech was fourth, North Carolina fifth, and Duke sixth.

New game.

One of the big topics, with the coaches Monday was the ACC title game. For the most part, most were satisfied with the fact the ACC now has a title game, but there were conflicting opinions on how it will affect the leagues chances for having a national title.

“It makes it a lot tougher now,” said Coker. “The Big 12 and the SEC have been doing this for a while and before we got a (title game), I always sided with the coaches that didn’t have to play in a championship game. I know coach (Bob) Stoops has been complaining about it for a while. Now, I agree with him.

“It makes it harder to win a national championship.”

Beamer said he believes if his team wins the ACC, he has a better chance of playing for a national championship than they would before. Florida State’s Bobby Bowden agrees with Beamer.

“If you win the ACC with this schedule, you will get a shot at the national championship,” he said.

Atlantic who?
When asked if he knew the teams with Clemson that make up the Atlantic Division, Clemson’s Tommy Bowden didn’t hesitate to say “no.”
“I don’t know who they are,” he said. “All I know is that I have Texas A&M in front of me, and that is what I’m thinking about.

“I’m sure once we start playing those teams we will learn it better, but right now I don’t know who is in my division.”

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