Thursday, July 24, 2008

ACC media picks

I know I should just stop taking notice of the ACC media picks in either football or basketball. They are notoriously inaccurate and slanted towards the southern conference members. In their opinion Maryland is going to finish 5th in the Atlantic Division ahead of only NC State. Clemson is picked to win both the Atlantic and the ACC Championship.

I think the Terps have a chance to make a run at the ACC title game this year with some solid QB play and a modest improvement in the defense. With the ACC still a fairly weak conference any team with solid play at the quarterback position has a huge advantage. Maryland's road slate isn't easy and it may prove too much for a team that lacks confidence. I'll have my ACC picks out next month and hopefully I'll keep the string going from last season when I correctly picked each division winner and Maryland's final record.

Center Edwin Williams was the only All-ACC selection but pre-season selections don't amount to much. With some consistent QB play WR Darrius Heyward-Bey could be an All-American candidate. He'll need to become more of a scoring threat as three touchdowns won't get you much publicity. Other Terrapins who could make a name for themselves this season: G Jamie Thomas, RB Da'Rel Scott, LB Adrian Moten, LB Dave Philistin, and CB Kevin Barnes.


FREDTERP said...

Esq one more if? The "O"-Line cannot be injured. LaQuan Williams and Danny Oquendo can be solid support for #8. FREDTERP

Esquire said...

Very true, Fred. This season hinges on many "ifs" and could range from excellent to awful depending on the answers. Offensive line depth is always a problem and there are lots of players like Oquendo and Williams coming off injury. If Isaiah Williams could ever get his head on straight he and DHB would be the best duo in the ACC. Many things would need to come together for the Terps to challenge Clemson. I think the possibility of an ACC title game is still a season away.