We had a bonanza of polls on the ACC blog this week, and wanted to take a quick moment to review your thoughts on both.
First: What was the ACC's best moment of 2012?
With nearly 7,000 votes in, Chandler Catanzaro's game-winning field goal to beat LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl was the overwhelming choice with 51 percent of the vote. You were not as high on Duke becoming bowl eligible, which only got 5 percent of the vote. There were clearly a ton of great moments throughout the ACC this year, so it was really difficult to narrow this list down to five choices.
Catanzaro had one of the most meaningful plays for the ACC, because it allowed the league to post a marquee win against an SEC opponent, something it desperately needed to get done. Clemson finished with 11 wins and a spot in the Top 10 in the coaches' poll and the ACC finished with two teams in the Top 10. Given the way the regular season went, this was huge for the league. If I had a vote, I would have picked the 4-2 bowl record.
That, of course, would have included the Catanzaro kick, and also Georgia Tech, Florida State and Virginia Tech wins. The bowl record has been so atrocious, especially last season, that the ACC needed that winning record badly.
Second: Who will be the ACC's most improved quarterback in 2013?
With over 4,000 votes in, Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas was the overwhelming choice with nearly 50 percent of the vote. The quarterback voters had the least confidence in? Maryland quarterback C.J. Brown, who is set to make his return after missing 2012 with a torn ACL.
I am actually surprised Thomas is the runaway winner of the fan vote, considering all the heat he has taken over the past two years. His critics label him a linebacker or tight end playing quarterback, and lambast his accuracy. But you probably see what we see -- a guy with potential who will have every opportunity to be better in 2013. Especially now that there is a change at coordinator with Scot Loeffler, a coach known for his work with quarterbacks.