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July 25, 2007
PINEHURST, N.C. ? Boston College quarterback Matt Ryan was named the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason player of the year Wednesday in voting by media attending the conference's Media Days at the Pinehurst Resort.
Ryan, the first-team all-conference quarterback last season, received 31 votes in the Player of the Year voting. Virginia Tech running back Branden Ore finished second with 21 votes.
Virginia Tech led all teams with five selections on the preseason all-conference team. Offensive tackle Duane Brown, linebackers Xavier Adibi and Vince Hall and cornerback Brandon Flowers joined Ore on the team.
Earlier in the week, Virginia Tech was picked to win the conference by more than 80 percent of the media members who voted in the preseason team predictions.
The most notable omission from the team may have been Georgia Tech's Durant Brooks, who failed to make it despite having the second-highest 2006 punting average of any returning player. Wake Forest junior Sam Swank, a Rivals.com first-team All-America kicker last year, made the team as a kicker and punter.
The entire team is listed below
Quarterback: Matt Ryan, Sr., Boston College.
Defensive end: Calais Campbell, Jr., Miami. Chris Long, Sr., Virginia
K: Sam Swank, Jr., Wake Forest
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