The Washington Times - July 23, 2012, 01:16PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. —- Maryland was picked last in the ACC Atlantic Division in the league’s preseason poll, while Florida State was pegged as the conference favorite for the second straight year.

The Terrapins, who were 2-10 last year, received 148 points from the 95 voters. Boston College was fifth in the Atlantic with 181 points.


It is only the fourth time since voting began in 1976 that Maryland was picked last in the conference. It also happened in 1998 (when Maryland went 3-8 overall and 1-7 in the league), 1999 (5-6, 2-6) and 2010 (9-4, 5-3).

Meanwhile, Florida State was picked to finish first in either the league or its division for the 20th time in its 21 years in the conference. It was followed by Clemson, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

Virginia Tech earned the nod in the Coastal Division for the sixth straight year, followed by Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Virginia, Miami and Duke.

Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins took 25 votes (26.3 percent) in heavily split balloting on the preseason player of the year. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas (21 votes), Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel (19 votes) and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd (18 votes) each received significant support.

—- Patrick Stevens