The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2019 All-ACC Team on Tuesday, including a conference-best 16 selections from Clemson. Clemson’s 16 selections across the first, second and third teams are double the number of the next-closest programs (Wake Forest and Pitt, eight each). Clemson’s 16 selections are tied for the third-most in school history, trailing the program’s 18 selections in 2018 and 17 selections in 2015.
Clemson produced eight first-team selections, including quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back Travis Etienne, wide receiver Tee Higgins, offensive tackle Tremayne Anchrum, offensive guard John Simpson, linebacker Isaiah Simmons, cornerback A.J. Terrell and safety Tanner Muse.
Clemson produced four players each on both the second and third teams. Offensive lineman Gage Cervenka, center Sean Pollard, defensive tackle Tyler Davis and cornerback Derion Kendrick all earned second-team honors, while offensive tackle Jackson Carman, defensive end Xavier Thomas, defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney and safety K’Von Wallace all collected third-team selections.
The full release from the Atlantic Coast Conference is included below.
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Four-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson leads the 2019 All-ACC Football Team announced on Tuesday.
The Tigers placed a total of 16 players on the first, second and third teams. Pitt and Wake Forest followed with eight selections each, while Boston College and North Carolina each filled seven spots.
A voting panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches cast ballots for the 2019 All-ACC Football Teams, with three points awarded for each first-team vote, two points for each second-team vote and one point for each third-team selection.
Clemson junior running back Travis Etienne, who has rushed for 1,386 yards this season and became the ACC career leader in touchdowns scored with 57, led the balloting with 176 total points. Tigers teammate Isaiah Simmons led all defensive players with 157 points at one of the first-team linebacker spots. NCAA record-setting kicker Nick Sciba of Wake Forest and Virginia kick returner Joe Reed each amassed 156 points to earn spots as first-team specialists.
Virginia’s Reed was a dual first-team selection, as he also led the voting at the all-purpose back position. Louisville’s Hassan Hall was a similar dual choice as second-team all-purpose back and third-team specialist.
This year’s All-ACC team also features an offensive/defensive first-team brother combination as Wake Forest’s Sage Surratt was the leading vote-getter among wide receivers, and North Carolina linebacker Chazz Surratt placed second behind Simmons in the balloting at his position. They are the first brothers to earn All-ACC first team honors in the same season since Virginia identical twins Tiki Barber (running back) and Ronde’ Barber (cornerback) in 1995 and 1996.
Etienne is joined in the All-ACC first-team backfield by Clemson sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence (2,870 yards passing, 30 touchdowns and a .686 completion percentage) and Boston College junior running back AJ Dillon, the ACC’s leading rusher with 1,685 yards.
Etienne and Dillon were also first-team selections in 2018, while Lawrence earned a spot on the second team.
Wake Forest’s Surratt (66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns while playing only nine games) is joined on the first-team wide receiving corps by Clemson junior Tee Higgins (an ACC-leading 20.9 yards per reception, 10 touchdowns) and Louisville sophomore Tutu Atwell (61 catches for an ACC-leading 1,129 yards and 12 TDs).
Miami’s Brevin Jordan (35 receptions for 495 yards and two touchdowns) is the first-team tight end.
Clemson guard John Simpson and tackle Tremayne Anchrum were the leading vote-getters on the offensive line. They are joined by ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner Mekhi Becton of Louisville, Boston College offensive guard John Phillips and Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey.
Miami redshirt freshman defensive end Gregory Rousseau, who ranks second nationally with 14 quarterback sacks, is joined on the defensive first-team front by fellow defensive end Carlos Basham of Wake Forest, Pitt tackle Jaylen Twyman and Florida State tackle Marvin Wilson.
Clemson’s Simmons and North Carolina’s Surratt are joined at linebacker by repeat first-teamer Shaquille Quarterman of Miami.
Clemson landed two spots on the All-ACC first team secondary in cornerback A.J. Terrell and safety Tanner Muse. Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley and Pitt safety Paris Ford are the other two selections.
Rousseau, Basham and Quarterman rank 1-2-3 among ACC defenders in tackles for loss. North Carolina’s Surratt is tied for the lead in total tackles with 110. Virginia Tech’s Farley and Clemson’s Muse have each picked off four passes, and Farley leads the conference in total passes defended with 16.
Wake Forest’s Sciba connected on his first 23 field goal attempts this season, and his 34 consecutive successful tries dating back to last season set an NCAA record. He is currently 24-for-25 in 2019 with 116 total points. Virginia’s Reed is just the second player in ACC history to surpass 3,000 kick return yards.
Syracuse senior Sterling Hofrichter – the first Ray Guy finalist in school history – repeated as All-ACC first-team punter after wrapping up his career as the program’s all-time leader with 11,651 yards on 270 punts.
The complete 2019 All-ACC Football Team:
First-Team OffenseQB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson; 150RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson; 176RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College; 168WR – Sage Surratt, Wake Forest; 167WR – Tee Higgins, Clemson; 153WR – Tutu Atwell, Louisville; 153TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami; 115AP – Joe Reed, Virginia; 142OT – Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson; 136OT – Mehki Becton, Louisville; 126OG – John Simpson, Clemson; 160OG – John Phillips, Boston College; 114C – Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt; 92
First-Team DefenseDE – Gregory Rousseau, Miami; 152DE – Carlos Basham, Wake Forest; 142DT – Jaylen Twyman, Pitt; 146DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State; 136LB – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson; 157LB – Chazz Surratt, North Carolina; 144LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami; 129CB – Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech; 136CB – A.J. Terrell, Clemson; 100S – Paris Ford, Pitt; 130S – Tanner Muse, Clemson; 122
First-Team SpecialistsPK – Nick Sciba, Wake Forest; 156P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse; 103SP – Joe Reed, Virginia; 156
Second-Team OffenseQB – Bryce Perkins, Virginia; 102RB – Cam Akers, Florida State; 123RB – Javian Hawkins, Louisville; 103WR – Dazz Newsome, North Carolina; 96WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State; 90WR – Trishton Jackson, Syracuse; 86TE – Noah Gray, Duke; 75AP – Hassan Hall, Louisville; 59OT – Charlie Heck, North Carolina; 117OT – Ben Petrula, Boston College; 85OG – Gage Cervenka, Clemson; 103OG – Zion Johnson, Boston College; 98C – Sean Pollard, Clemson; 90
Second-Team DefenseDE – Patrick Jones II, Pitt; 103DE – Victor Dimukeje, Duke; 88DT – Larrell Murchison, NC State; 89DT – Tyler Davis, Clemson; 79LB – Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech; 120LB – Max Richardson, Boston College; 90LB – Michael Pinckney, Miami (FL); 55CB – Dane Jackson, Pitt; 87CB – Derion Kendrick, Clemson; 77S – Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State; 102S – Andre Cisco, Syracuse; 99
Second-Team SpecialistsPK – Christopher Dunn, NC State; 87P – Dom Maggio, Wake Forest; 76SP – Damond Philyaw-Johnson, Duke; 69
Third-Team OffenseQB – Sam Howell, North Carolina; 76RB – Jordan Mason, Georgia Tech; 42RB – Michael Carter, North Carolina; 39WR – Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest; 64WR – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 61WR – Dyami Brown, North Carolina; 57TE – Hunter Long, Boston College; 63AP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 34OT – Justin Herron, Wake Forest; 83OT – Jackson Carman, Clemson; 52OG – Bryce Hargrove, Pitt; 88OG – Nate Gillam, Wake Forest; 81C – Alec Lindstrom, Boston College; 72
Third-Team DefenseDE – Xavier Thomas, Clemson; 49DE – Chris Rumph II, Duke; 38DT – Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina; 60DT – Nyles Pinckney, Clemson; 59LB – Jordan Mack, Virginia; 53LB – Lakiem Williams, Syracuse; 51LB – Koby Quansah, Duke; 49CB – Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State; 74CB – Essang Bassey, Wake Forest; 61S – K’Von Wallace, Clemson; 80S – Joey Blount, Virginia; 38
Third-Team SpecialistsPK – Andre Szmyt, Syracuse; 59P – Trenton Gill, NC State; 61SP – Hassan Hall, Louisville; 68
Honorable Mention OffenseQB – Jamie Newman, Wake Forest; 27RB – Javonte Williams, North Carolina; 22RB – David Bailey, Boston College; 20WR – Justyn Ross, Clemson; 48WR – Hasise Dubois, Virginia; 24WR – Amari Rodgers, Clemson; 20WR – Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech; 20TE – Cary Angeline, NC State; 32TE – Jack Freudenthal, Wake Forest; 23AP – Michael Carter, North Carolina; 32AP – Amari Rodgers, Clemson; 31OT – Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech; 36OT – Tyler Vrabel, Boston College; 29OT – Jake Benzinger, Wake Forest; 24OG – Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech; 38OG – Jack DeFoor, Georgia Tech; 20C – Zach Tom, Wake Forest; 40C – Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke; 29C – Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia; 25
Honorable Mention DefenseDE – Justin Foster, Clemson; 33DE – Alton Robinson, Syracuse; 33DE – Eli Hanback, Virginia; 21DT – Aaron Crawford, North Carolina; 42DT – Amir Watts, Pitt; 34DT – Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech; 33LB – Justin Strnad, Wake Forest; 43LB – Charles Snowden, Virginia; 38LB – David Curry, Georgia Tech; 25LB – Zane Zandier, Virginia; 23LB – Kylan Johnson, Pitt; 23CB – Tre Swilling, Georgia Tech; 55CB – Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech; 54CB – Stanford Samuels III, Florida State; 32CB – Trajan Bandy, Miami (FL); 30S – Myles Dorn, North Carolina; 23S – Nasir Greer, Wake Forest; 23
Honorable Mention SpecialistsP – Oscar Bradburn, Virginia Tech; 59P – Austin Parker, Duke; 29SP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 28PK – Brian Delaney, Virginia; 22PK – AJ Reed, Duke; 21