Last week you had a chance to cast your vote on who would be the ACC's most improved player in 2011. It was a tight race, as all of the candidates -- Miami quarterback Jacory Harris, Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro, North Carolina tailback Ryan Houston, Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig and Georgia Tech quarterback Tevin Washington -- are expected to be, and need to be, better this fall. Harris, at last look, was leading the race, but it was difficult this spring to tell just how much improvement he made. We'll find out if and when he's named Miami's starter for 2011. Until then, my vote goes to ...
My vote: Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig.
Making the case for Rettig: With the hire of Kevin Rogers as offensive coordinator, Rettig's improvement seems inevitable. Rogers has worked with Brett Favre, former Virginia Tech quarterbacks Bryan Randall and Marcus Vick, and another great quarterback in Donovan McNabb. Rettig's comfort level in the huddle and as a starter should be much better now that he's entering his second season, and there will be plenty of talent returning surrounding him, especially with the anticipated return of receiver Colin Larmond Jr.
Give the guy credit: Where's the love for Clemson's kicker? Catanzaro made six of his final seven field goals last season, and he also finished strong this spring. If he picks up where he left off, he's bound to improve.