The ACC announced the players scheduled to attend ACC Kickoff later this month in Pinehurst, North Carolina. It should come as no surprise that quarterbacks highlight the list, considering the overall depth at the position across the league.
But there were still some notable omissions. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, pegged to be perhaps the best quarterback in the conference, won't be there. Neither will Florida State transfer quarterback Everett Golson.
Or anybody on offense from Louisville or Wake Forest.
That proved to be most newsworthy of all: The Seminoles, Cards and Deacs chose not to bring offensive players. Florida State will have preseason All-America candidate Jalen Ramsey and Lou Groza winner Roberto Aguayo. Louisville will have two of its best defensive players, Sheldon Rankins and James Burgess. Wake Forest brings punter Alex Kinal and linebacker Brandon Chubb.
Generally speaking, it is customary to bring one representative from offense and one from defense. But in the case of Florida State and Louisville, there remains uncertainty at quarterback and much rebuilding to do across the offense. Wake Forest was abysmal on offense last season, and Kinal has a good chance to win All-ACC honors at punter.
Still, two special teams representatives is highly unusual.
Two more interesting tidbits: Only two sophomores are on the list: Kaaya at Miami and Zaire Franklin at Syracuse. Marquise Williams is the only player making back-to-back media day appearances.
Here is the complete list. ACC Kickoff starts July 19.
Harris Williams, OL, Boston College
Mehdi Abdesmad, DT, Boston College
Eric Mac Lain, OL, Clemson
D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson
Matt Skura, C, Duke
Jeremy Cash, S, Duke
Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State
Jalen Ramsey, CB Florida State
Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech
D.J. White, DB, Georgia Tech
James Burgess, LB, Louisville
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami
Raphael Kirby, LB, Miami
Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina
Jeff Schoettmer, LB, North Carolina
Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State
Mike Rose, DE, NC State
James Conner, RB, Pitt
Darryl Render, DT, Pitt
Terrel Hunt, QB, Syracuse
Zaire Franklin, LB, Syracuse
Canaan Severin, WR, Virginia
David Dean, DT, Virginia
Michael Brewer, QB, Virginia Tech
Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Alex Kinal, P, Wake Forest
Brandon Chubb, LB, Wake Forest