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.