GREENSBORO, N.C. -- 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, according to voting results released Wednesday.
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 in balloting conducted earlier this week at the league's media days in Greensboro, Ga.
Clemson was the media's pick to win the league championship.
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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.
• Alabama and Clemson will reportedly earn nearly $2 million apiece for their season-opening matchup in Atlanta.
The Birmingham News reported on its Web site that the teams will split $3.8 million for the Aug. 30 game. The contract obtained by the paper through a public records request also shows beer will be available at concession stands until halftime of the game at the Georgia Dome.