(Editorial Note: This is part 2 of 2 in a series provided by TheSabre.com.
Part 1 is linked at the bottom of this article. — Will
With the Hokies set to start practice in a little more than two weeks and kick off less than 45 days away, football season is ready to roll. So what does the ACC have to offer this year? How many teams are facing quarterback questions? Who are the rookies to watch for? Who wins some superlatives? Here’s Part II of a quick-hitting look at the conference from A to Z.
NFL CALLING. A total of 51 ACC players were chosen in the 2005 NFL Draft, a record for any conference and 15 more than the ACC’s previous high.
The Big Ten was a distant second with 41 and the SEC was third with 37.
With the addition of Miami, Boston College, and Virginia Tech through expansion, the ACC’s status among NFL pickers has grown dramatically and the numbers prove it. The three new additions to the league accounted for 41
percent (21 of 51) of the conference’s 2005 selections.
ACC Breakdown by team:
Virginia Tech (9)
Florida State (8)
N.C. State (6)
Boston College (3)
Georgia Tech (3)
North Carolina (1)
Wake Forest (1)
O? IT’S ALL ABOUT THE O. Guys, is your significant other still searching for that
… Oops! That’s my article for Cosmopolitan. In its first season in the ACC, Boston College got offensive with its new league partners, leading the conference in total offense with 387 yards per game.
The Eagles could get offensive again this season as they return three starters on the offensive line – guards James Marten and Josh Beekman plus offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus. Combined, they have tallied 74 career starts. BC also returns starting quarterback Matt Ryan as well as their top two rushers from last season in L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender.
Whitworth started all 12 games at tailback and was fifth in the ACC in rushing with 807 yards. Callender had a team-high three 100-yard games and finished
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