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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Surprise vote for Motley; freshman RB’s unwanted gains

It came as no surprise that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, received 99 of the 108 votes for preseason ACC player of the year.

The shock came with the rest of the vote. Virginia Tech sophomore quarterback Brenden Motley received one vote, tying him for third with Miami running back Duke Johnson and Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder, both of whom received first or second-team All-ACC honors last season.

The 6-foot-4, 219-pound Motley, who has yet to see game action but is listed atop the Hokies depth chart heading into training camp, still hasn’t earned a starting gig, and he figures to get some stiff competition from senior Mark Leal and junior transfer Michael Brewer.

Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley, a projected high NFL draft pick, was second with six votes.


The Hokies would love for freshman Marshawn Williams to play a big part in their rushing success this season, but right now his biggest gains have come from bad eating habits.

Tech coach Frank Beamer said Williams has put on some unwanted weight between the end of spring practice and now.

“His weight got up a little bit this summer, so we’ve got to get that back down,” Beamer said of Williams, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 224 pounds in the Hokies media guide. “He’s got to do what’s good for him and what’s in the best interests for him and the program.”

“There’s no question about his talent,” Beamer added. “There’s no question I thought he had a good spring practice, but it’s one of those things — he’s a young guy and he’s got to learn how to make progress from spring to the fall, too.”

– Nathan Warters


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