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Top 5 ACC Quarterbacks Heading Into Week 1

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Top 5 ACC Quarterbacks Heading Into Week 1

Jameis Winston

College football kicks off in a little more than three weeks. It's that time of year again when we start throwing out our opinions on top players in the country and what coaches may be on the hot seat. The ACC will have quite a few fresh faces at quarterback this season, but one familiar face will be none other than Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston. Is there anyone else that tops the list?

5. Cole Stoudt, Clemson

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5. Cole Stoudt, Clemson

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Stoudt played behind Tajh Boyd his entire career and now it’s his team. Most of his experience has come in mop-up duty, but having some experience is better than none. He should have a pretty productive year playing in a Chad Morris offense, and the Tigers will need it if they want to make it to the ACC Championship.

4. Will Gardner, Louisville

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4. Will Gardner, Louisville

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Gardner may be a bit of a reach here, but I like his pedigree. He is 6-foot-5, 226 pounds, which is great size for a quarterback. He also has Bobby Petrino who knows how to coach quarterbacks. No, I don’t believe he will give Louisville what Teddy Bridgewater did, but I do believe he will make them extremely competitive in the ACC.

3. Marquise Williams, North Carolina

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3. Marquise Williams, North Carolina

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Williams only started a handful of games last season, but finished with a 4-1 record. His dual threat capability fits the fast tempo offense perfectly. Head Coach Larry Fedora is excited about the offense and what Williams brings to the table. If healthy, the sky is the limit for Williams.

2. Anthony Boone, Duke

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2. Anthony Boone, Duke

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He helped Duke win the Coastal Division and lead them to one of their best seasons in school history. Perhaps his best performance was against Texas A&M in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, throwing for 427 yards and four touchdowns. Even without offensive coordinator Kurt Roper, I expect Boone to have another strong showing this season.

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

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1. Jameis Winston, Florida State

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Winston is coming off a National Championship and a Heisman Trophy. He will be looking to avoid the sophomore slump in 2014. There will be more pressure on him this season compared to last, largely because the lack of proven targets besides Rashad Greene and Nick O’Leary. Regardless, there is no doubt he is the top quarterback in the ACC and has a great chance at another Heisman trophy.