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5 Likely Candidates to Dethrone Jameis Winston as ACC POY

5 Likely Candidates to Dethrone Jameis Winston as ACC POY

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Every year, it's difficult to predict who will do what based off their previous year's statistics. Most analyst are already giving the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston the nod as 2014 ACC POY before even taking a snap in his sophomore season.

There is a plethora of talent within the ACC besides Winston. These guys will look to take that title from him and put their name at the top of the ACC.

5. Dominique Brown, RB, Louisville

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5. Dominique Brown, RB, Louisville

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Brown is a bit of a dark-horse candidate. He will be splitting carries with Michael Dyer, but should receive the bulk of the carries. A veteran line should help him potentially improve upon his career season last year. He also has great hands out of the backfield which will bode well for his production. Defenses in the ACC will be much more challenging than the AAC, but I expect solid numbers by Brown.

4. Cole Stoudt, QB, Clemson

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4. Cole Stoudt, QB, Clemson

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The senior gunslinger is finally ready for his turn as the main man. Sitting patiently behind Tajh Boyd the last three seasons hasn't been easy. Of course, he’s had opportunities in mop up duty, but now it’s his turn to shine. There will be plenty of chances for that with the potent offense Clemson likes to run. Early games against Georgia and Florida State could either make him or break him.

3. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina

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3. Marquise Williams, QB, North Carolina

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Williams was a large part of the Tar Heels' success down the stretch of last season. His dual-threat capability will continue to give defenses headaches, especially with his continued development. This season, he will have a chance to be their guy from start to finish. Head coach Larry Fedora is excited for the Tar Heels' future, thanks to Williams.

2. Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State

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2. Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State

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Last season was only a glimpse of the raw talent Williams has at tailback after making the switch from safety. With being the featured back and running behind arguably the best line in the country, his numbers are destined to jump. Though he will split carries between two or three other running backs, he should still be able to put up the stats needed to contend for ACC POY.

1. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

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1. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

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Johnson is perhaps the most talented player in the ACC besides Jameis Winston. He suffered a season-ending injury last season against the Seminoles. The Hurricanes will look to him to be their workhorse this season. His numbers could be scary good, if he remains healthy and gets the amount of touches he deserves.