ACC media days primer: Key storylines

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Clemson QB Tajh Boyd will be one of the players in attendance at ACC media days. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tajh Boyd

By Zac Ellis

Conference media days season is upon us, which means games aren't too far behind. The ACC's annual event will take place at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C., from July 21-22. Here are three storylines to watch:

1. New faces, new places. The ACC will be a little more crowded this season following the additions of Syracuse and Pitt from the Big East (now the American Athletic Conference), but don't expect the two programs to make a big splash in their conference debuts. Both the Orange and Panthers face a host of questions heading into the fall, and their coaches might face just as many about their respective teams' transitions to a new league. Pitt coach Paul Chryst will likely field plenty of queries about his team's rushing attack, which is in flux after the transfer of tailback Rushel Shell -- the team's presumed starter -- after spring practice. First-year Syracuse headman Scott Shafer will likely be asked about the Orange's own offensive uncertainty; 'Cuse must replace record-setting quarterback Ryan Nassib and its top two receivers.

2. Hurricane warning. When Miami self-imposed a second straight bowl ban in 2012 as a result of an ongoing NCAA investigation, it marked the first time since 1981-82 that the school went consecutive years without a bowl berth. It will be postseason eligible again in 2013, and with 10 offensive starters returning, coach Al Golden's squad enters this fall as the Coastal Division favorite and an under-the-radar threat to Clemson and Florida State for the league title. While NCAA questions will undoubtedly loom over Miami's appearance in Greensboro, the Hurricanes' chances at the conference crown should produce plenty of football-driven questions for Golden and company.

3. Heisman hopeful. Clemson's Tajh Boyd opted to return for his senior season, a decision that should keep the Tigers' offense among the nation's elite in 2013. The unit ranked first in the ACC in scoring, passing and total offense last season, and Boyd's individual numbers were terrific: He threw for 3,896 yards and an ACC single-season record 36 touchdowns. Coming off a dominant outing against LSU in last season's Chick-fil-A Bowl (36-of-50, 346 yards, three total touchdowns), the senior enters this fall as a Heisman candidate -- a designation he'll certainly be asked about at media days.

Players in attendance

Boston College

QB Chase Rettig

LB Steele Divitto


QB Tajh Boyd

LB Spencer Shuey


QB Anthony Boone

CB Ross Cockrell

Florida State

WR Rashad Greene

DB Lamarcus Joyner

Georgia Tech

OL Will Jackson

DE Jeremiah Attaochu


QB C.J. Brown

CB Dexter McDougle


QB Stephen Morris

DL Shayon Green

North Carolina

QB Bryn Renner

DE Kareem Martin

NC State

WR Rashard Smith

CB Dontae Johnson


WR Devin Street

DL Aaron Donald


C Macky MacPherson

DT Jay Bromley


OT Morgan Moses

DE Jake Snyder

Virginia Tech

QB Logan Thomas

LB Jack Tyler

Wake Forest

WR Michael Campanaro

Justin Jackson