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Monday, January 30, 2012
Vote: ACC's best QB in 2012

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

For the first time in league history, the ACC had five quarterbacks top 3,000 passing yards in 2011, and here's the best part for the conference -- all five of them return in 2012 -- also a record-high for the ACC.

The five passers with 3,000 or more yards in 2011 were Clemson's Tajh Boyd (3,838), Bryn Renner of North Carolina (3,086), Mike Glennon of NC State (3,054), Tanner Price of Wake Forest (3,017), and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech (3,013).

The previous best was four quarterbacks with more than 3,000 yards, in 2009 and 2010, and the previous high in returning passers who had topped 3,000 yards the previous season was just two, in 2003 and 2010. In the ACC’s history, the league has had only 24 different quarterbacks record 30 3,000-yard performances. Only three have recorded back-to-back 3,000-yard seasons -- Florida State’s Chris Weinke (1999, 2000), NC State’s Philip Rivers (2002, 2003), and the Wolfpack’s Russell Wilson (2009, 2010).

This doesn’t include Duke’s Sean Renfree, who threw for 3,131 yards as a sophomore in 2010 and also returns in 2012.