My vote: ACC's offensive player of the year


The votes are in. At last count, Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel was the people's choice for this year's ACC offensive player of the year.

Couldn't agree more.

My vote: Manuel

Making the case for Manuel: If Florida State lives up to the hype this season and delivers on an ACC title or more, it's going to be hard to ignore the quarterback who took them there. And Manuel definitely has the proven ability to do that. He has already started in one ACC title game, and has two impressive bowl wins on his résumé. He's 5-3 as a starter, has completed more than 60 percent of his passes and was Jimbo Fisher's first hand-picked quarterback at Florida State.

Give the guy some credit: Boston College running back Montel Harris. For the past three years, BC's offense literally has run through Harris. He enters his senior season within reach of breaking one of the league's oldest records. Harris, who has run for more career yards than any other ACC junior in history, enters his final season with 3,600 career rushing yards. NC State’s Ted Brown currently holds the conference’s career rushing record with 4,602 yards (1975-1978). Harris could break the 33-year-old mark with a repeat of his 2010 season with 1,243 yards. Harris has also topped the 100-yard mark 21 times in his career. Brown also holds the ACC record for 100-yard games in a career (27). Harris is also closing in on the ACC career record for carries. If he finishes his career as one of the ACC's all-time leading rushers, he should be a front-runner for the top offensive award.