Well here we go. It’s time to start ranking the best players in the ACC for the 2019 season. As usual we hope you enjoy the rankings.
Previous and Upcoming Rankings
1) Travis Etienne, Clemson
Clemson has the best QB in the country. They also have the best RB in the ACC in Travis Etienne. Etienne might just be nation’s best RB. A pre-season All-American, Etienne had a fantastic 2018 season running for 1,658 yards with a whopping 8.1 yards per carry average to go along with 24 TDs. He has tremendous break-away speed, and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball.
2) AJ Dillon, Boston College
Even with an inconsistent passing game that led to defenses keying on him, AJ Dillon still ran for over 1,100 yards last season. He even missed two games while having an All-ACC 2018 season. The bruising 245 pound back returns going for his 3rd straight 1,000+ yard rushing season. He’s a projected as a 2nd to 3rd round NFL pick that, with a great season could move into the 1st round.
3) Cam Akers, Florida State
What could Cam Akers do with a competent offensive line? Somehow he managed to average 4.4 yards per carry behind arguably one of the five worst Power 5 offensive lines in the country. Akers broke FSU’s freshman rushing record in 2017 and still ran for 706 yards last year. I’ve seen mock drafts with him as high as a 2nd round pick. The Noles just need to give him a little help. He’s a big time talent.
4) Cade Carney, Wake Forest
Wake Forest’s Senior RB Cade Carney is back after a strong 1,005 rushing season season. He also averaged a solid 5.3 yards per rush with 223 rushing yards against Duke. I’m not quite sure he’s has gifted as the other running backs on this list, but he sure is reliable and productive. He didn’t have one single fumble in 188 carries.
5) Michael Carter, UNC
Michael Carter is a talented RB that got lost on a 2-9 UNC team. On just 84 carries he had nearly 600 yards on the ground for an outstanding 7.1 yards per rush average. The versatile back also had 25 receptions last year and is UNC’s second leading returning receiver. Carter might be rest RB of a sneaky good group at UNC.