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Mark Beech
August 20, 2007
[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.] HOW THEY'LL FINISH
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The 6' 4", 284-pound senior started 25�games over the last two seasons. An Outland Trophy candidate, he'll have to steady a line that lost standout tackle Steve Vallos to the NFL.


As a junior the 6' 5" 218-pounder was the premier quarterback in the ACC last season, completing nearly 62% of his passes and throwing for 15 touchdowns and 245.2 yards per game.


BEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER Branden Ore, RB, Virginia Tech This bruising back rushed for 1,137 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore.

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER Vince Hall, LB, Virginia Tech The heartbeat of one of the country's best linebacking units led the Hokies in tackles the last two seasons.

TRUE FRESHMAN TO WATCH Graig Cooper, RB, Miami A January enrollee, he shot up the Hurricanes' depth chart in the spring.

COACH ON THE RISE Butch Davis, North Carolina Optimism is high for the first time in a decade, thanks to a bumper crop of recruits.

COACH ON THE HOT SEAT Tommy Bowden, Clemson Tigers fans won't soon forget last year's 1-4 finish, and Bowden's underachieving 60-37 record doesn't help.

SLEEPER Virginia With a soft conference schedule and 19 starters back from a 5-7 team, the Cavaliers could be the most improved team in the ACC.

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