It’s nearly impossible to narrow the list of possible candidates for this year’s ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Trust me, the arguments I’ve had with myself about it have been longer than the season itself. Truth is, there is no clear frontrunner this year -- not with so many new faces at quarterback. Virginia Tech alone has two possible candidates in quarterback Logan Thomas and running back David Wilson. But we haven’t seen enough of either one to be certain.
Duke quarterback Sean Renfree should be given legitimate consideration, as he threw only two interceptions in his final 188 pass attempts of 2010 and has some of the top receivers in the league to throw to. If Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the Tigers to a winning record in the first five weeks there’s no question he should become a frontrunner. The same can be said in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, where Mike Glennon and Bryn Renner both have teams capable of contending for their respective division titles.
There are also plenty of proven winners who should be considered: Boston College running back Montel Harris is ready to cap a record-setting career. Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel has two bowl wins to his name. And Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien was the ACC’s 2010 Rookie of the Year.
This is one race that should unfold and become clearer as the season progresses, but we’ve got to start somewhere.