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Best position in the ACC?

There is a wealth of talent spread throughout the ACC this year, enough that it's difficult to again pigeonhole the league as "a defensive conference." Several offensive skill positions run deep -- including the quarterbacks -- and the big uglies can give anyone a run for their money.

So which position group will be the best this fall? I've got three nominations:

1. Running backs: Montel Harris, Da'Rel Scott, Darren Evans, Ryan Williams and Joshua Nesbitt -- all 1,000-yard rushers at one point. This group goes well beyond those five, though, as teams like Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Miami have at least three deep to choose from.

2. Linebackers: You have to start at Boston College and North Carolina. The Eagles will have Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly, and the Tar Heels have Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant. Literally half the league has at least two players worthy of all-conference consideration.

3. Quarterbacks: This is the main reason the ACC is expected to be a better conference this fall. Joshua Nesbitt, Christian Ponder, Tyrod Taylor and T.J. Yates are all seniors. Kyle Parker is back after a record-setting freshman season, Jacory Harris should be better in the second season under Mark Whipple, and Russell Wilson is on a faster pace than Philip Rivers was.