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The ACC name game

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Even if you don't want to know or care to know, odds are you know who Tim Tebow is. Soccer moms know who Tim Tebow is. And just about every college football fan across the country knows Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, and Terrelle Pryor. They're what you call household names.

Does the ACC have any this year?

Does the casual college football fan really know who Mark Herzlich is? How about Travis Benjamin? Christian Ponder? More players in the ACC are in the midst of making names for themselves in 2009 than living up to the hype.

Here are the top three big-name players returning to the ACC in 2009, the closest the conference has to "household names:"

1. Tyrod Taylor -- He led the Hokies to a win in the Orange Bowl, so you'd think everyone knows Virginia Tech's No. 1 quarterback by now, but 2009 will be the first full season -- starting with Wednesday's first spring practice -- that Taylor isn't looking over his shoulder to see Sean Glennon waiting in the wings.

2. C.J. Spiller -- He was the "Lightning" half of the backfield that last year included James Davis ("Thunder") and at least in August 2008 was regarded by many as one of the best backfields in the country. He turned down the NFL draft and will now be the focal point of the Tigers' offense.

3. Jonathan Dwyer -- In a little over a season, Dwyer has totaled 1,831 career rushing yards. He surpassed the 100-yard mark 10 times in his career, including nine of 13 games last season when he led the ACC in rushing with 1,395 yards. He was named the ACC's player of the year as a sophomore and averaged 7 yards per carry.

Coming up next ... three players who, by the end of 2009, everyone will know.