Defending Heisman Trophy victor Lamar Jackson was the preseason pick as conference player of the year, receiving 113 votes for the award, well ahead of Florida State sophomore quarterback Deondre Francois, who received 23 votes.
The conference released its media poll voted on by 167 members on Monday. After back-to-back ACC championships and back-to-back appearances in the national title game, Clemson has proven it is the class of the ACC and has a mental edge over the rest of the conference.
The ACC media picked Florida State and Miami to win their respective divisions, with the Seminoles the overwhelming choice to win the league this season.
N.C. State (658 total points) was tabbed for a fourth-place Atlantic Division finish, followed by Wake Forest (415), Syracuse (362) and Boston College (283).
Louisville was third with seven votes, while Virginia Tech and Miami totaled three each and Duke had one. His 1,571 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns were also ACC records for a quarterback.
Miami, beginning its second season under head coach Mark Richt, was selected the likely Coastal Division victor by 103 voters and amassed 1,065 total points. Virginia Tech, which won the Coastal last season, is the second-place pick. Georgia Tech placed third with nine first-place votes and 708 points. The Seminoles and Hurricanes meet in Tallahassee on September 16.
The next highest finisher for conference player of the year was FSU quarterback Deondre Francois, who earned 23 votes.
At the ACC Kickoff last week in Charlotte, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney mentioned several times that the lack of questions concerning his current players will help motivate them this season to show they deserve some attention.