Countdown to kickoff: No. 20

Twenty more weekdays until NC State kicks off against Tennessee in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31. We’re counting down with 25 reasons to be excited about ACC football this year. This list features coaches, players, games, themes, position groups -- 25 things for you to look forward to.

The countdown to kickoff continues with …

No. 20: The ACC’s record chasers. Duke senior receiver Conner Vernon enters this season within reach of becoming the ACC’s leading all-time receiver. Last year, Vernon became the first player in ACC history with back-to-back 70-catch seasons. He needs 35 more receptions and 843 yards to set league records in both categories. Also keep an eye on NC State cornerback David Amerson, whose 13 career interceptions ranks third in school history. He needs four more to become the school’s all-time leader. Eric Williams holds the current school record with 16, and Wake Forest’s Alphonso Smith holds the ACC career record with 21.

  • No. 21 Larry Fedora

  • No. 22 One of the nation's top rushing offenses

  • No. 23 The last season before expansion

  • No. 24 Brent Venables

  • No. 25 A fresh start at Maryland