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My vote: ACC's 2011 impact player

Last week you had a chance to cast your vote on which player you thought would have the biggest impact on his team and in turn the conference race this year. The quarterbacks -- Florida State's EJ Manuel and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas -- were the fan favorites, with Manuel having a slight edge.

My vote:Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel

Making the case for Manuel: He's the obvious choice because he's already a proven winner. You can't go wrong with the 2009 Gator Bowl MVP, a player who has a 5-3 record as a starter, who has completed more than 60 percent of his passes and has already played in an ACC championship game. Although this will be his first season as a full-time starter, his prior experience in big games should give him an edge over the competition, and is a major reason why Florida State should be favored to again win the Atlantic Division.

Give the guy some credit: Does unanimous All-America status not carry any weight with you guys? Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly isn't getting enough ACC love. He's not just a tackle machine. He disrupts that passing game, he's instinctive, he strips the ball, and he hasn't reached his peak yet. Oh, and he's also one of the most humble, genuinely nice players I've ever interviewed. C'mon, man ...