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  1. #1
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    Dec 2010

    Preseason ACC team, ACC preseason POY, ACC Preseason Media Polls

    Didn't see this in here so I thought I should post it.
    GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Florida State and Miami led all Atlantic Coast Conference schools each with four players selected to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff, which was held July 24-25 at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C.
    The Preseason All-ACC team was announced Wednesday.

    In all, 15 of the 25 honorees on the team earned first or second-team All-ACC honors last fall, with nine having been selected to the All-ACC first team. Three of the selections are returning first-team 2011 All-Americas.

    The Seminoles, tabbed by the media at the ACC Football Kickoff to win their first ACC Football title since 2005, had quarterback EJ Manuel (Virginia Beach, Va.) and offensive tackle Andrew Datko (Weston, Fla.) chosen on offense; defensive end Brandon Jenkins (Tallahassee, Fla.) selected on offense; and cornerback Greg Reid (Valdosta, Ga.) named as the specialist for his abilities as a punt and kickoff returner.

    Miami, beginning its first season under new head coach Al Golden, also had four players selected in guard Brandon Washington (Miami, Fla.), center Tyler Horn (Memphis, Tenn.), outside linebacker Sean Spence (Miami, Fla.) and safety Ray-Ray Armstrong (Sanford, Fla.).

    Virginia Tech, Clemson and North Carolina all had three selections apiece. Named for the Hokies, who were tabbed by the media to win the Coastal Division, were cornerback Jayron Hosley (Delray Beach, Fla.), who led the nation in pass interceptions in 2010, safety Eddie Whitley (Charlotte, N.C.) and offensive tackle Blake DeChristopher (Midlothian, Va.). Clemson's honorees included running back Andre Ellington (Moncks Corner, S.C.), defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (Thomasville, Ga.) and punter Dawson Zimmerman (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Tabbed for the Tar Heels were wide receiver Dwight Jones (Burlington, N.C.), defensive end Quinton Coples (Kinston, N.C.) and defensive tackle Tydreke Powell (Ahoksie, N.C.).

    Boston College and Duke each had two players chosen. BC was led by preseason player of the year tailback Montel Harris (Jacksonville, Fla.) who enters the season needing 1,002 rushing yards to break the 33-year-old ACC career record set in 1978 by former NC State All-America Ted Brown, and 2010 unanimous All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly, who led the nation in tackles per game in 2010 and is the NCAA's leading career returning tackler in tackles per game. Harris and Kuechly tied for the highest amount of votes received as each were named on 49 ballots. Duke was represented by All-America placekicker Will Snyderwine (Potomac, Md.) and wide receiver Conner Vernon (Miami, Fla.), who led the ACC in 2010 in receptions per game.

    Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State and Virginia were represented on the team by one player each: Georgia Tech offensive guard Omoregie Uzzi (Lithonia, Ga.), who helped the Jackets lead the nation in rushing offense last year; Maryland linebacker Kenny Tate (Forestville, Md.), who moved from safety to linebacker this year and was named to the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award; NC State tight end George Bryan (Castle Hayne, N.C.), a 2010 John Mackey Award semifinalist; and Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield (Lexington, Ky.), who has been named to the preseason watch list for the Thorpe, Nagurski, and Bednarik Awards.

    Those who were chosen first-team All-ACC last fall included Montel Harris and Luke Kuechly of Boston College, Brandon Jenkins of Florida State, Kenny Tate of Maryland (though selected at safety last year), Brandon Washington of Miami, Quinton Coples of North Carolina, George Bryan of NC State, Chase Minnifield of Virginia, and Jayron Hosley of Virginia Tech.

    The six selections who were named to the second team 2010 All-ACC squad were Conner Vernon and Will Snyderwine of Duke, Sean Spence and Ray-Ray Armstrong of Miami, Omoregie Uzzi of Georgia Tech and Blake DeChristopher of Virginia Tech.

    Three members of the 2011 preseason team were repeaters from 2010 preseason squad in Montel Harris and Luke Kuechly of Boston College and George Bryan of NC State.

    The three All-Americas were Boston College's Luke Kuechly, who was a 2011 unanimous first-team choice, Duke's Will Snyderwine (AFCA) and Virginia Tech's Jayron Hosley (Walter Camp,
    In all, eleven of the 12 ACC schools were represented on the preseason All-ACC team. A total of 51 ballots were turned in from the more than 290 media members in attendance at the 2011 ACC Football Kickoff.

    The closest position vote turned out to be the center position where Miami's Tyler Horn edged out Clemson's Dalton Freeman (Pelion, S.C.), by one vote, 18 to 17.

    2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team
    Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
    WR Conner Vernon, Duke (20) 6-2 195 Junior Miami, Fla.
    WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina (26) 6-4 225 Senior Burlington, N.C.
    TE George Bryan, NC State (40) 6-5 265 Senior Castle Hayne, N.C.
    T Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech (30) 6-5 312 Senior Midlothian, Va.
    T Andrew Datko, Florida State (29) 6-6 321 Senior Weston, Fla.
    G Brandon Washington, Miami (28) 6-4 320 Senior Miami, Fla.
    G Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (21) 6-3 300 Junior Lithonia, Ga.
    C Tyler Horn, Miami (18) 6-4 305 Senior Memphis, Tenn.
    QB EJ Manuel, Florida State (23) 6-5 245 Junior Virginia Beach, Va.
    RB Montel Harris, Boston College (49) 5-10 200 Senior Jacksonville, Fla.
    RB Andre Ellington, Clemson (19) 5-10 190 Junior Moncks Corner, S.C.
    Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
    DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (44) 6-3 265 Junior Tallahassee, Fla.
    DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina (38) 6-6 285 Senior Kinston, N.C.
    DT Tydreke Powell, North Carolina (21) 6-3 310 Senior Ahoskie, N.C.
    DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson (21) 6-2 310 Senior Thomasville, Ga.
    LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College (49) 6-3 235 Junior Cincinnati, Ohio
    LB Sean Spence, Miami (35) 6-0 224 Senior Miami, Fla.
    LB Kenny Tate, Maryland (23) 6-4 220 Senior Forestville, Md.
    CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia (38) 6-0 185 Senior Lexington, Ky..
    CB Jayron Hosely, Virginia Tech (32) 5-10 170 Junior Delray Beach, Fla.
    S Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami (36) 6-4 215 Junior Sanford, Fla.
    S Eddie Whitley, Virginia Tech (17) 6-1 187 Senior Charlotte, N.C.
    Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
    PK Will Snyderwine, Duke (18) 5-11 190 Senior Potomac, Md.
    P Dawson Zimmerman, Clemson (21) 6-0 205 Senior Lawrenceville, Ga.
    SP Greg Reid, Florida State (22) 5-8 186 Junior Valdosta, Ga.
    PINEHURST, N.C. -- Florida State, seeking its first league title since 2005, is the consensus choice to win the Atlantic Division and to defeat Virginia Tech in the Dr Pepper ACC Championship Game according to a poll of media members attending this week's ACC Football Kickoff at the Pinehurst Resort.

    The 2005 ACC Football Kickoff was also the last time the Seminoles were projected by the media to win
    the ACC title.

    Boston College running back Montel Harris, who enters his final season within striking distance of the
    conference's 33-year-old record for career rushing yardage, is the preseason Player of the Year.

    The Seminoles of coach Jimbo Fisher, who won the Atlantic last year, received 65 of 71 first-place votes in that portion of the balloting. Fifty of the 65 also said Florida State will prevail in the title game, set for Dec. 3 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

    The Hokies, who have won three of the first six championship contests, got 66 votes in the Coastal election.

    Eighteen electors picked Tech to repeat as ACC champion.

    Harris, who enters this fall with 3,600 career rushing yards, the most of any ACC player after his junior
    season, as chosen by 26 media representatives, with FSU quarterack EJ Manuel second with 14 votes. Harris' teammate Luke Kuechly, a 2010 unanimous All-America linebacker selection, was third with 12 votes.

    This fall, Harris will be chasing the Atlantic Coast Conference career rushing record of 4,602 yards, set in 1978 by NC State All-America Ted Brown.

    ACC Championship Votes

    2011 ACC Football Preseason Media Polls
    ACC Championship Votes
    1. Florida State 50
    2. Virginia Tech 18
    Clemson 2
    4. Boston College 1
    Atlantic Division
    1. Florida State (65) 420
    2. Clemson (4) 286
    3. NC State 270
    4. Boston College (2) 224
    5. Maryland
    6. Wake Forest 80
    Coastal Division
    1. Virginia Tech (66) 421
    2. Miami (4) 328
    3. North Carolina 287
    4. Georgia Tech (1) 226
    5. Virginia 132
    6. Duke 96
    ACC Player of the Year
    1. Montel Harris, Boston College 26
    2. EJ Manuel, Florida State 14
    3. Luke Kuechly, Boston College 12
    4. David Wilson, Virginia Tech 8
    5. Danny O'Brien, Maryland 4
    6. Andre Ellington, Clemson 3
    7. Lamar Miller, Miami 2
    T8. Sean Spence, Miami 1
    T8. Brandon Jenkins, Florida State 1
    ACC Championship Game Predictions
    1. Florida State over Virginia Tech 45
    2. Virginia Tech over Florida State 15
    3. Florida State over Miami 4
    T4. Clemson over Virginia Tech 2
    T4. Virginia Tech over Clemson 2
    T6. Florida State over Georgia Tech 1
    T6. Virginia Tech over Boston College 1
    T6. Boston College over Virginia Tech 1


  2. #2
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    Oct 2007
    Lamar Miller should be on that preseason list

  3. #3
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    Mar 2008
    South Carolina
    EJ Manuel second on the list for ACCPOY?

    FSU is this year's Miami, although I do believe FSU is a better team. I don't see them winning more than 9 games though. And for all the crap I read and here about the media underrating Clemson, that's utter trash as we're apparently the third best team in the ACC according to this. I'm not sure I agree with them, though.

    I would argue that Dalton Freeman is a better candidate as the center, but I know that when in doubt, the media will toss a Miami or FSU player on the list.

  4. #4
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    Dec 2010
    I think Kuechly should've gotten ACCPOY.


  5. #5
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    Aug 2007
    Audie Cole getting robbed.

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