The ACC might be losing Deshaun Watson, Mitch Trubisky and more, but it returns Lamar Jackson and Deondre Francois to lead the way at quarterback.
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From Deshaun Watson to Jonathan Allen to Dalvin Cook, it was a bowl season filled with spectacular performances. Here are the best of the best.
It was a banner season for the ACC, and the biggest story was quarterback Deshaun Watson leading Clemson to a national championship.
NC State needs a kicker and help at running back and wide receiver this offseason.
It's certainly not the biggest prize they've won this week, but members of national champion Clemson dominate the bowl season All-ACC team.
Florida State should be among the nation's elite next season, returning numerous impact players, including quarterback Deondre Francois.
Doeren involved in championship MegaCast
NC State coach Dave Doeren will take part in the Coaches Film Room broadcast during Monday night's national championship game. 8:15 p.m. ET on ESPNews/WatchESPN
Bradley Chubb had a second- or third-round grade, but he said his decision to return to NC State was about more than just his NFL draft stock.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb will return for his senior season, huge news for a Wolfpack defense that brings back 16 starters for 2017. Every starter on the line returns off a group that had 89 tackles for loss and 37 sacks. Chubb had 10.5 sacks and 22 TFLs on his own and is a likely choice for preseason All-ACC honors.
For years, the ACC fought the idea that it wasn't on par with the SEC or Big Ten. But its 2016 bowl record is further proof the landscape has changed.
Has the ACC already won bowl season?
The ACC can finish no worse than 8-4 in bowl games, but the SEC can still finish with an 8-5 record and a national championship. A 5-5 record is within reach for the Big Ten.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
NC State safety Josh Jones has decided to leave school early to enter the NFL draft. Jones led the team this past season with 109 tackles and has eight career interceptions. Now the Wolfpack await word from defensive end Bradley Chubb, who is still weighing his future options.
Do-everything offensive weapon Jaylen Samuels caught three passes for scores as NC State handled Vanderbilt in the Camping World Independence Bowl.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
NC State easily could have been a 9- or 10-win team this season. The Wolf Pack lost several games on special teams and could get out of their way in other contests. Talent never was the issue, especially along a defensive line that some ACC coaches considered the best in the league. Dave Doeren's team finished strong with wins over North Carolina and Vanderbilt. He now enters a pivotal season with another tough schedule.
Jaylen Samuels caught three touchdown passes from Ryan Finley, Nyheim Hines returned a kickoff for a 100-yard touchdown and North Carolina State beat Vanderbilt 41-17 on Monday night in the Indep
NC State seals win with pick-six
On the final play of the Camping World Independence Bowl, Niles Clark intercepts Kyle Shurmur's pass and returns it for a 32-yard TD, as NC State beats Vanderbilt, 41-17.
Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer
North Carolina State routs Vanderbilt 41-17. The ViewFromVegas is the Wolfpack also covered as 6-point favorites and the game went over the betting total of 46 points. It was only the second time the popular fave/over parlay has hit in 17 bowl games so far. Faves have won 12 of 17 bowls, but underdogs lead 12-5 ATS (70.6 percent) while unders lead 10-7 (58.8 percent).