Loaded Florida State could be headed for ACC title game against Virgninia Tech
5 PLAYERS TO WATCH
QUINTON COPLES, NORTH CAROLINA
Sr. | 6-6 | 285 | DE
In his first season as a starter last fall, Coples made his presence felt with 15 1/2 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks, on his way to first team All-ACC.
MONTEL HARRIS, BOSTON COLLEGE
Sr. | 5-10 | 207 | RB
It remains to be seen how much an arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August will affect him. He was expected to miss as much as four weeks, which could hamper his pursuit of the ACC career rushing yardage mark (needs 1,003 yards to surpass N.C. State's Ted Brown, who had 4,602 career yards).
E.J. MANUEL, FLORIDA STATE
Jr. | 6-5 | 245 | QB
The Virginia Beach native enters his first season as a full-time starter, but he already has the 2009 season Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player award on his resume, and he's the media's pick for preseason All-ACC quarterback.
KENNY TATE, MARYLAND
Sr. | 6-4 | 220 | LB
Though he was a first team All-ACC safety last season, in the spring he was moved to outside linebacker, where he'll have a chance to go above the 100-tackle season he had last fall.
LUKE KUECHLY, BOSTON COLLEGE
Jr. | 6-3 | 237 | LB
After leading the nation with 183 tackles last season, and finishing second in the nation in '09 as a freshman with 158 tackles, he'll be hard-pressed to come up with another impressive encore.
5 GAMES TO WATCH
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