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CRAWFORD | Lamar Jackson voted ACC preseason player of year, Louisville picked third

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Fresh off his historic Heisman Trophy winning season, University of Louisville junior quarterback Lamar Jackson was voted to repeat as Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in a vote of league media.

Jackson was the overwhelming choice among the 167 media members who voted last week during the league's annual ACC Kickoff media days, garnering 113 votes. Florida State's Deondre Francois was next with 23 votes.

Francois team, however, was the runaway choice to win the league. Florida State was voted No. 1 in the Atlantic Division on 121 ballots and was picked to win the overall ACC championship on 118 ballots. Clemson was picked to finish second in the ACC Atlantic and was the second choice for overall league champion.

Jackson is coming off a record-setting season in the ACC. He averaged 393.4 yards per game of total offense and accounted for 51 touchdowns, both ACC single-season records. His school-record 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns also were ACC records for a quarterback.

Florida State owns 15 ACC championships since joining the league in 1992, just behind leader Clemson’s 16 conference crowns. Head coach Jimbo Fisher will welcome back 20 starters this season, including Francois and a deep defensive secondary led by Tavarus McFadden, Nate Andrews and Derwin James, a redshirt sophomore who returns after being sidelined by a knee injury in the second game of last season.

Results of the balloting:

ACC Championship
1. Florida State - 118
2. Clemson - 35
3. Louisville - 7
4-t. Virginia Tech – 3
4-t. Miami – 3 
6. Duke – 1 

Atlantic Division  
(First place votes in parenthesis)                  
1. Florida State (121) – 1,108
2. Clemson (37) – 1,007
3. Louisville (9) - 843
4. NC State - 658
5. Wake Forest – 415
6. Syracuse  - 362
7. Boston College - 283

Coastal Division
(First place votes in parenthesis)                  
1. Miami (103) – 1,065
2. Virginia Tech (40) – 932
3. Georgia Tech (9) – 708
4. Pitt (7) – 673
5. North Carolina (4) - 606
6. Duke (4) -473
7. Virginia -219

ACC Player of the Year
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville - 113
2. Deondre Francois, QB, Florida State - 23
3. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson - 11
4. Harold Landry, DE, Boston College - 8
5. Jaylen Samuels, AP, NC State - 7
6. Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse - 2
7-t. Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Miami - 1
7-t. Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami - 1
7-t. Daniel Jones, QB, Duke - 1

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