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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher figures the ACC has three Heisman candidates

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It isn’t just the title that will be on the line this season in the ACC. It could also be the Heisman Trophy.

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher casually mentioned that three players from the ACC could be ranked as Heisman Trophy contenders: the Seminoles’ Dalvin Cook, Clemson’s DeShaun Watson and Miami’s Brad Kaaya.

That shouldn’t surprise anyone. Last year Watson was third in the voting and Cook was seventh. Only Kaaya did not finish in the top 10.

“You’ve got guys [in the ACC],” Fisher said when asked about the conference’s reputation at the ACC meetings in Amelia Island. “It’s going to be loaded. I coached in the other league [the SEC] for 13 years. It’s a great league, but this one is, too.”

Last year, Cook rushed for 1,691 yards and averaged 7.4 yards per carry. He scored 19 touchdowns.

Watson passed for 4,104 and 35 touchdowns in leading the Tigers to finish second in the nation.

Kaaya threw for 3,238 yards and 16 scores.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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