2005 ACC Football Preseason Predictions: Hokies Picked to Win ACC’s Coastal Division

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Hokies Picked to Win ACC’s Coastal Division

The ACC media released their preseason predictions on Monday from The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. Virginia
Tech was picked to win the Coastal Division, nabbing 62 of 87 first place votes and 517 total points, enough to
outdistance Miami, who had 24 first place votes and 487 total points. Virginia finished third in voting in the Coastal
Division, getting one first place vote and 356 points.

Florida State easily outpaced Boston College in the Atlantic Division, grabbing 65 first place votes and 522 total
points. BC got 24 first place votes with 458 points. NC State finished third with two first place votes, while Clemson
got one first place vote and finished fourth.

2005 ACC Media Preseason Predictions

Atlantic Division

Coastal Division





Florida State (65)


Virginia Tech (62)


Boston College (24)


Miami (24)


NC State (2)


Virginia (1)


Clemson (1)


Georgia Tech




North Carolina


Wake Forest




*First Place votes in parentheses

The media did not predict an overall winner of the conference, so we’ll never get to know if the Hokies would have
been predicted to win their conference for the first time in history. Virginia Tech was predicted to finish second in
the Big East a total of five times. In 1999 the Hokies exceeded expectations and won the conference. In 1994 and 2000,
Tech finished second, exactly as expected. 2001 and 2002 saw the Hokies finish lower than their second place prediction.

It’s not surprising that VT was picked first in the Coastal Division. The Hokies host two of the top three
challengers in their division, Miami and Georgia Tech. However, Tech must travel to Virginia. The Hokies also don’t
play Florida State, but Coastal members Miami and Virginia both have to cross over to the Atlantic Division to play the
Seminoles. Virginia Tech begins ACC play at NC State on Sunday, Sept. 4.

Florida State also has a favorable ACC schedule. The Seminoles host the annual rivalry game with Miami this year, and
NC State, Maryland and Wake Forest also must travel to Tallahassee. FSU’s sternest road tests are trips to Boston
College, in the Eagles’ first ever ACC game, and Virginia.

Virginia Tech returns the majority of a team that won the ACC and went to the Sugar Bowl in 2004. The Hokies were
picked sixth in the preseason, but dropped just one ACC game to NC State. Tech beat Miami in the Orange Bowl to clinch
the championship in the season finale.

The Hokies do lose ACC Player of the Year Bryan Randall, but replace him with the exceptionally talented Marcus Vick.
Vick dominated spring practice for the Hokies and could be poised for a breakout season. Question marks remain for Tech
on the offensive line and in the defensive secondary, but the positives far outweigh the negatives.

Florida State returns only nine starters, four fewer than anyone else in the conference,
and a
ttrition in the offseason has taken its toll on the Seminoles. Florida State first lost starting quarterback
Wyatt Sexton to Lyme Disease. They also lost starting cornerback and All-American candidate Antonio Cromartie to a torn
ACL. Sexton and Cromartie will both miss the entire 2005 season, as will star defensive lineman Clifton Dickson, who was
ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester.

Two Florida State star linebackers, A.J. Nicholson and Ernie Sims, had run-ins with the law this summer, but FSU head
coach Bobby Bowden said Monday that both will play in the season opener against Miami. Since their legal charges were
misdemeanors, Bowden told the press that he would "handle their discipline."

The winners of the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions will meet in the ACC Championship game in Jacksonville, FL on
Saturday, December 3rd.

Four Hokies Make Preseason First Team All-ACC

In other news, four Hokies were named first-team preseason All-ACC. OL Will Montgomery and TE Jeff King made the
offensive first team, while DL Darryl Tapp and DB Jimmy Williams made the defensive first team.

There were some interesting choices from the media. First of all, Boston College defensive end and ACC newcomer
Mathias Kiwanuka was named preseason player of the year. Charlie Whitehurst of Clemson was the first-team QB, and Chris
Barclay of Wake Forest was one of two first-team running backs.

Here’s the complete list of All-ACC first-teamers.

2005 Preseason All-ACC First Team



QB – Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson

DL – Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College

RB – Chris Barclay, Wake Forest

DL – Manny Lawson, NC State

RB – Leon Washington, Florida State

DL – Darryl Tapp, Virginia Tech

WR – Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech

DL – Mario Williams, NC State

WR – Tramain Hall, NC State

LB – Ahmad Brooks, Virginia

TE – Jeff King, Virginia Tech

LB – D’Qwell Jackson, Maryland

OL – D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia

LB – Ernie Sims, Florida State

OL – Will Montgomery, Virginia Tech

DB – Tye Hill, Clemson

OL – Kyle Ralph, North Carolina

DB – Greg Threat, Miami

OL – Steve Vallos, Wake Forest

DB – Pat Watkins, Florida State

OL – Eric Winston, Miami

DB – Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech

Special Teams

PK – Connor Hughes, Virginia

P – Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest

SP – Devin Hester, Miami

Preseason Player of the Year: DL Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College

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