Tiger tops ACC player of the year voting

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JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT
Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year Cullen Harper is 297-for-455 for 29 touchdowns and 3,161 yards at Clemson. The bulk of those numbers piled up during his junior season, his first as the Tigers' starter.
2007 STATS
Completions.......282
Attempts.......433
Interceptions.......6
Passing yards.......2,991
Touchdowns.......27
VITAL STATS
Height: 6-4
Weight: 220
Class: Redshirt senior

Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper is the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason player of the year.

 

Harper set 21 school records in earning second-team all-ACC honors last season. He received 34 of 64 votes in a poll of media members on the league's top player.

He finished ahead of two teammates -- James Davis received 16 votes and fellow running back C.J. Spiller had four. No other player in the league had more than two votes.

The Tigers were joined by Atlantic Division rivals Florida State and Wake Forest with four players on the All-ACC team. Harper and Davis were joined by receiver Aaron Kelly and safety Michael Hamlin .

Kelly and Davis were two of seven players to make the preseason team after claiming spots on the all-league team following last season, joining Boston College's Ryan Purvis , Georgia Tech's Andrew Gardner and Vance Walker , Virginia Tech's Victor Harris and Wake Forest's Alphonso Smith .

Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson also was named to the team.

Duke, Miami and North Caro-lina State were not represented on the all-league team.

HILLARY HONORED: Appalachian State's Coco Hillary , a former Strom Thurmond High School standout, was named first-team wide receiver and specialist in preseason voting by Southern Conference coaches.

The Mountaineers, the three-time defending champions, are picked to win the nine-team league.

Appalachian State was followed by Elon, Wofford, Georgia Southern, Furman, The Citadel, Chattanooga, Western Carolina and league newcomer Samford.

Appalachian State received eight of nine first-place votes. Armanti Edwards, the Mountaineers quarterback, and linebacker Pierre Banks were voted offensive and defensive preseason players of the year.

Georgia Southern defensive lineman Larry Beard , defensive backs Chris Covington and Carson Hill and place-kicker Jesse Hartley were named to the first team.

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