Clemson, QB Watson earn preseason ACC awards

JOEDY McCREARY, AP Sports Writer

Clemson has been picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference and sophomore Deshaun Watson is the league's preseason player of the year.

The Tigers and Georgia Tech were the preseason picks Tuesday to win their divisions following a vote of 158 media members attending the league's media days.

Clemson received 101 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division while the Yellow Jackets were picked by 96 voters to win the Coastal.

Watson threw for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns with just two interceptions while playing eight games as a freshman for the Tigers, who last won the ACC in 2011.