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2014 ACC Football: Top 5 Defensive Lineman

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Top 5 ACC Defensive Lineman Heading Into Week 1

Timmy Jernigan Florida State Football
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The ACC is filled with defensive-line talent. They lost Timmy Jernigan, but still have Vic Beasley who some believe will win Defensive Player of the year in the Conference. There are several other players who believe they have what it takes to win the award and some of those are on this list.

A lot of games can be won and lost in the trenches. These players know a thing or two about winning some wars in the trenches.

5. Eli Harold, Virginia

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5. Eli Harold, Virginia

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A little added weight to go along with his quickness off the edge has made him a great darkhorse candidate to be the best defensive lineman in the ACC. He is looking to improve upon his sophomore season as he will be looked to provide the pressure along the line. Last season he finished with 50 tackles and 8.5 sacks.

4. Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

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4. Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech

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Maddy is very similar to Jarrett. A great interior defensive lineman that stuffs the run very well. He is also a very good pass rusher from the inside. A lot of the defensive line revolves around Maddy as he is the leader of that line. He is looking to help the defense get the Hokies back to the ACC Championship, which has been eluding them since 2010.

3. Grady Jarrett, Clemson

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3. Grady Jarrett, Clemson

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Jarrett is the second of two top defensive lineman in the ACC for Clemson. He had an extremely productive season last year with 83 tackles to go along with 11 tackles for losses. Regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the country and paired with Beasley gives the Tigers one of the best defensive lines in the nation.

2. Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State

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2. Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State

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Edwards Jr. is finally starting to live up to his former five-star status. He too will be relied upon to anchor the front seven much like Beasley from Clemson. The word out of the Seminoles camp is they are shifting him around on the line to provide some mismatch opportunities. Look for him to play all over the defensive line this season.

1. Vic Beasley, Clemson

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1. Vic Beasley, Clemson

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Beasley is one of the nation’s top pass rushers totaling 13 sacks and 23 tackles for losses last season. He has possibly the quickest first step in the nation and anchors one of the best defenses in the ACC. When the season is over, it will be tough to imagine any first team All-American list with his name not on it.