Earlier this week I asked you guys to submit your votes for ACC preseason defensive player of the year, and at last count, Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley was the fan favorite, leading Florida State defensive end Brandon Jenkins by a smidge.
Three main thoughts on this:
1. Where is the love for Luke? Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly was a unanimous All-American last year. One of the best players in the country. And you guys don't think he'll be the best in the ACC? C'mon, man.
2. I've seen this happen with defensive backs before. Miami's Brandon Harris, Clemson's DeAndre McDaniel -- eventually people stop throwing their way. McDaniel had eight INTs in 2009. Hosley had nine last year. The odds of repeating that seem slim, but that doesn't mean that Hosley won't again put up a performance worthy of All-America honors.
3. Based on the votes, I think Quinton Coples is really going to surprise some of you guys. He was playing out of position last year and still had 10 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss at defensive tackle. He should only be better this year at his natural position, defensive end.