GREENSBORO, NC -The Atlantic Coast Conference Wednesday announced the inaugural All-ACC Football Team as selected by the league’s 12 head coaches.
This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league’s 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and cast ballots for two points for first-team and one point for second-team selections.
Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina each had five players chosen to the first team, though UNC actually had six first-team picks as running back Giovani Bernard was named to the first-team offense as a running back, while also earning first-team specialist accolades. All of Clemson’s first-team honorees were on offense, while four of FSU’s five were on defense.
The Seminoles, who defeated Georgia Tech, 21-15, last Saturday in the ACC Championship football game in Charlotte, led all teams with 12 players selected to either the first or second team, followed by North Carolina (9) and Clemson (7).
In all, 10 of the ACC’s 12 schools placed a player on the first team with all 12 schools having at least one first- or second-team selection.
The 2012 Coaches All-ACC team was similar to the All-ACC squad announced last week by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA), as the two voting bodies agreed on all of the major award winners.
Clemson’s junior QB Tajh Boyd (Hampton, Va.) was selected by the ACC Coaches as Offensive and Overall Player of the Year for a record-breaking campaign which saw Boyd lead the Tigers to a 10-2 record, a No. 14 ranking in the BCS while setting ACC single game (8) and season (41) records for touchdown responsibility.
Florida State junior defensive end Bjoern Werner (Berlin, Germany) was selected the league’s Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in quarterback sacks (13.0) and placing second in tackles for loss (18.0).
Miami true freshman running back Duke Johnson (Miami, Fla.), who set a single-game ACC freshman standard with 368 all-purpose yards while also placing third in the league in rushing with 947 yards and a 78.9 yards-per-game average, was named the ACC’s Offensive Rookie and Overall Rookie of the Year.
The runner-up to Johnson in the Rookie of the Year voting, Maryland true freshman wide receiver and kick returner Stefon Diggs (Gaithersburg, Md.) was named to the All-ACC second team as specialist.
Florida State true freshman cornerback Ronald Darby (Oxon Hill, Md.), a key member of Florida State’s defense which is ranked second nationally in total defense, third nationally in pass defense and third nationally in pass efficiency defense, was named the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Duke’s David Cutcliffe, who led the Blue Devils to a bowl game for the first time since 1994 with a berth in this year’s Belk Bowl, was named ACC Coach of the Year after being selected on seven of the 12 ballots.
The Coaches All-ACC first-team differed from the ACSMA team only at three positions, choosing Duke senior wide receiver Conner Vernon over Boston College’s Alex Amidon; North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst over Clemson’s Brandon Thomas, and Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler instead of Virginia’s Steve Greer. Amidon, Thomas and Greer were all second-team picks.
In all, there were four unanimous first-team selections (22 points) in Clemson’s Boyd and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, and North Carolina’s Bernard on offense and Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine on defense.
A total of six players named to this year’s Coaches’ first-team were named to the 2011 All-ACC ACSMA squad in Clemson’s Boyd and center Dalton Freeman; Georgia Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi; North Carolina’s Bernard; Florida State place-kicker Dustin Hopkins and Maryland defensive tackle Joe Vellano.
ACC Player of the Year (votes in parentheses)Tajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (7)
ACC Offensive Player of the YearTajh Boyd, Clemson, QB, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (7)
ACC Defensive Player of the YearBjoern Werner, Florida State, DE, 6-4, 273, Jr., Berlin, Germany (9)
ACC Rookie of the YearDuke Johnson, Miami, RB, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (8)
ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year Duke Johnson, Miami, RB, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (8)
ACC Defensive Rookie of the YearRonald Darby, Florida State, CB, 5-11, 176, Fr., Oxon Hill, Md. (5)
ACC Coach of the YearDavid Cutcliffe, Duke (7)
2012 Coaches All-ACC Football TeamOFFENSEFirst TeamQB – Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (22)RB – Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, 5-10, 205, So.-R, Davie, Fla. (22)RB – Andre Ellington, Clemson, 5-10, 190, Sr.-R, Moncks Corner, S.C. (21)WR – DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson, 6-1, 200, Jr., Central, S.C. (22)WR – Conner Vernon, Duke, 6-1, 195, Sr., Miami, Fla. (14)TE – Brandon Ford, Clemson, 6-4, 235, Gr., Wando, S.C. (17)T – James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 300, Jr., Plainfield, Ind. (14)T – Oday Aboushi, Virginia, 6-6, 310, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y. (13)G – Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, 6-3, 295, Sr., Wilmington, N.Y. (21)G – Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 300, Sr.-R, Lithonia, Ga. (14)C – Dalton Freeman, Clemson, 6-5, 285, Gr., Pelion, S.C. (17)
Second TeamQB – EJ Manuel, Florida State, 6-5, 245, Sr., Virginia Beach, Va. (12)RB – Chris Thompson, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Greenville, Fla. (13)RB – Duke Johnson, Miami, 5-9, 183, Fr., Miami, Fla. (10)WR – Alex Amidon, Boston College, 5-11, 186, Jr., Greenfield, Mass. (11)WR – Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-10, 190, Jr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (10)TE – Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 235, So., Greensboro, N.C. (13)T – Brandon Thomas, Clemson, 6-3, 300, Jr.-R, Spartanburg, S.C. (10)T – Emmett Cleary, Boston College, 6-7, 313, Sr.-R, Arlington Heights, Ill. (9)G – R.J. Mattes, NC State, 6-6, 313, Sr.-R, Concord, N.C. (11)G – Tre’ Jackson, Florida State, 6-4, 310, So., Jessup, Ga. (9)C – Bryan Stork, Florida State, 6-4, 299, Jr., Vero Beach, Fla. (9)
Honorable Mention (2 or more points)Offense – QB Mike Glennon, Sr.-R, NC State (2); RB-Orwin Smith, Sr., Georgia Tech (2); WR-Sammy Watkins, So., Clemson (5); Rashad Greene, So., Florida State (3); Jamison Crowder, So., Duke (2); Marcus Davis, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (2); TE-Nick O’Leary, So., Florida State (4); T-Cameron Erving, So., Florida State (7); Brennan Williams, Sr., North Carolina (5); Menelik Watson, Fr., Florida State (3); Morgan Moses, Jr., Virginia (3); Seantrel Henderson, So., Miami (3); Vinston Painter, Sr., Virginia Tech (2); G-Josue Matias, So., Florida State (7); Brandon Linder, Jr., Miami (4); Michael Via, Sr., Virginia Tech; C-Cameron Wentz, Sr., NC State (3); Shane McDermott, Sr.-R, Miami (3); Jay Finch, Jr., Georgia Tech (2); PK-Ross Martin, Fr., Duke (3); Casey Barth, Sr.-R, North Carolina (3); SP-Duke Johnson, Fr., Miami (8); Jamal Golden, So., Georgia Tech (2).
DEFENSEFirst TeamDE – Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, 6-5, 267, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio (22)DE – Bjoern Werner, Florida State, 6-4, 273, Jr., Berlin, Germany (21)DT – Joe Vellano, Maryland, 6-1, 285, Sr., Rexford, N.Y. (20)DT – Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, 6-3, 315, Sr., Jefferson City, Mo. (16)LB – Nick Clancy, Boston College, 6-3, 232, Sr., Plainfield, Ill. (18)LB – Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, 5-11, 230, Jr., Oakton, Va. (13)LB – Kevin Reddick, North Carolina, 6-3, 240, Sr., New Bern, N.C. (13)CB – Ross Cockrell, Duke, 6-0, 180, Jr., Waxhaw, N.C. (18)CB – Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, 6-2, 215, Jr., Miami, Fla. (17)S – Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-9, 204, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (18)S – Earl Wolff, NC State, 6-0, 207, Gr., Raeford, N.C. (14)
Second TeamDE – James Gayle, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 250, Jr.-R, Hampton, Va. (10)DE – Kareem Martin, North Carolina, 6-6, 260, Jr., Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (5)DT – Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, 5-11, 260, Jr.-R, Wylie, Texas (9)DT (Tie) Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, 6-3, 297, So., Lake City, Fla. (6)DT (Tie) Everett Dawkins, Florida State, 6-2, 295, Sr., Spartanburg, S.C. (6)LB – Christian Jones, Florida State, 6-4, 240, Jr., Winter Park, Fla. (12)LB – Steve Greer, Virginia, 6-2, 225, Sr.-R, Solon, Ohio (12)LB – Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland, 6-2, 240, Sr.-R, Raleigh, N.C. (9)CB – David Amerson, NC State, 6-3, 194, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (12)CB – Antone Exum, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 219, Jr.-R, Glen Allen, Va. (8)S – Walt Canty, Duke, 6-1, 220, Sr., Roebuck, S.C. (8)S – Brandan Bishop, NC State, 6-2, 205, Sr., Boca Raton, Fla. (7)
Honorable MentionDefense – DE-Kenny Anunike, Sr.-R, Duke (4); A.J. Francis, Sr.-R, Maryland (4); Anthony Chickillo, So., Miami (3); Mallaciah Goodman, Sr., Clemson (2); DT-Anthony Hopkins, Sr-R., Virginia Tech; Anthony McCloud, Sr., Florida State (3); Grady Jarrett, So., Clemson (2); T.J. Barnes, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (2); LB-Jeremiah Attaochu, Jr., Georgia Tech (6); Bruce Taylor, Sr., Virginia Tech (5); LaRoy Reynolds, Sr., Virginia (4); Kenny Tate, Sr.-R, Maryland (4); Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jr., Boston College (2); Darin Drakeford, Sr., Maryland (2); Denzel Perryman, So., Miami (2); CB-Kevin Johnson, So.-R, Wake Forest (4); Kyle Fuller, Jr., Virginia Tech (4); Tim Scott, So., North Carolina (3); Demetrious Nicholson, So., Virginia (3); S-Rashard Hall, Gr-R, Clemson (6); Tre Boston, Jr., North Carolina (6); Jonathan Meeks, Sr., Clemson (4); Vaughn Telemaque, Sr.-R, Miami (4); A.J. Marshall, Jr., Wake Forest; P-Gerald Levano, Sr.-R, Boston College (5).SPECIAL TEAMSFirst TeamPK – Dustin Hopkins, Florida State, 6-2, 190, Sr. Houston, Texas (20)P – Will Monday, Duke, 6-4, 200, Fr.-R, Flowery Branch, Ga. (17)SP – Giovani Bernard, North Carolina, 5-10, 2-5, So.-R, Davie, Fla. (13)
Second TeamPK – Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson, 6-2, 200, Jr.-R, Greenville, S.C. (9)P – Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina, 5-10, 195, So., Charlotte, N.C. (14)SP – Stefan Diggs, Maryland, 6-0, 185, Fr., Gaithersburg, Md. (11)
Player of the Year Voting1. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (7)2. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (3)3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2)
Offensive Player of the Year Voting1. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (7)2. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (3)3. DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (2)
Defensive Player of the Year Voting1. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (9)2. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State (2)3. James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech (1)
Rookie of the Year Voting1. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (8)2. Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (3)3. Eddie Johnson, LB, Miami (1)
Offensive Rookie of the Year Voting 1. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami (8)2. Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (3)3. Vad Lee, QB, Georgia Tech (1)
Defensive Rookie of the Year Voting1. Ronald Darby, CB, FSU (5)2. Eddie Johnson, LB, Miami (4)3. Maurice Canady, CB, Virginia (2)4. Eli Harold, DE, Virginia (1)
Coach of the Year Voting1. David Cutcliffe, Duke (7)2. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (2)3. Tom O’Brien, NC State (1)Al Golden, Miami (1)Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech (1)
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