GREENSBORO, N.C. (via theACC.com) – Three-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson leads the 2018 All-ACC Football Team announced on Monday.
The Tigers placed a total of 18 players on the first, second and third teams. Boston College followed with 11 selections, while Syracuse followed with nine and NC State filled eight spots.
A voting panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches cast ballots for the 2018 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 running back Travis Etienne, who leads the ACC with 1,307 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, led the balloting with 174 points. Two-time ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner Mitch Hyatt of Clemson earned his third first-team All-ACC selection.
Wake Forest sophomore Greg Dortch was voted the team’s all-purpose back after piling up 1,750 total yards on receptions, kick returns and rushing. Dortch also earned a spot as a first-team specialist.
Etienne is joined in the All-ACC first-team backfield by NC State quarterback Ryan Finley (3,380 yards passing for 21 touchdowns through 11 games) and Boston College sophomore running back AJ Dillon (1,108 rushing yards despite missing two full games).
NC State juniors Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers claimed two of the first-team wide receiver spots. Harmon’s 1,179 receiving yards in 11 games leads the conference, and Myers ranks first with 7.6 receptions per game. Virginia senior Olamide Zaccheaus (81 catches, 958 yards, six touchdowns) is the third All-ACC first-team wide receiver.
Boston College’s Tommy Sweeney (32 receptions for 348 yards and three touchdowns) is the first-team tight end.
Clemson’s Hyatt is joined on the first-team offensive line by NC State tackle Tyler Jones and center Garrett Bradbury, Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom and Georgia Tech offensive guard Parker Braun.
Clemson dominated with three of the four first-team defensive line selections, led by junior defensive end Clelin Ferrell with 163 total points. Ferrell leads the conference in quarterback sacks (10.5) and has 15.5 total tackles for loss. He is joined by the Tiger defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, along with Florida State defensive end Brian Burns.
NC State’s Germaine Pratt, Miami’s Shaquille Quarterman and Duke’s Joe Giles-Harris comprise the linebacker corps. A pair of juniors – Boston College’s Hamp Cheevers and Virginia’s Bryce Hall – man the cornerback slots. Virginia senior Juan Thornhill and Syracuse redshirt freshman Andre Cisco are the first-team safeties.
Cheevers and Cisco are currently tied for the NCAA Division I lead in interceptions with seven each. NC State’s Pratt leads the ACC in tackles with 9.8 per game. Florida State’s Burns is tied for second behind Ferrell in tackles for loss with 10.
Syracuse freshman Andre Szmyt is the first-team placekicker after connecting on 28 of 32 field goal attempts and all 57 of his extra point tries during the regular season. The Orange also boast the first-team All-ACC punter in junior Sterling Hofrichter, who averages 43.3 yards per attempt and has placed an ACC-leading 25 punts inside the opponents’ 25-yard line.
Clemson’s Hyatt, Ferrell, Wilkins and Lawrence are repeat first-team All-ACC selections from 2017, as are Boston College’s Dillon and Duke’s Giles-Harris.
NC State’s Harmon, Virginia’s Zaccheaus, Georgia Tech’s Braun, Wake Forest’s Dortch and Miami’s Quarterman were second-team selections last season. Boston College’s Sweeney, NC State’s Finley, Clemson’s Etienne and Virginia’s Thornhill were all third-team selections a year ago.
The complete 2018 All-ACC Football Team:
First-Team OffenseQB Ryan Finley, Gr., NC State, 130RB Travis Etienne, So., Clemson, 174RB AJ Dillon, So., Boston College, 162WR Kelvin Harmon, Jr., NC State, 164WR Olamide Zaccheaus, Sr., Virginia, 158WR Jakobi Meyers, Jr., NC State, 141TE Tommy Sweeney, Gr., Boston College, 158AP Greg Dortch, So., Wake Forest, 172OT Mitch Hyatt, Sr., Clemson, 172OT Tyler Jones, Sr., NC State, 93OG Chris Lindstrom, Sr., Boston College, 136OG Parker Braun, Jr., Georgia Tech, 129C Garrett Bradbury, Gr., NC State, 113
First-Team DefenseDE Clelin Ferrell, Jr., Clemson, 163DE Brian Burns, Jr., Florida State, 120DT Christian Wilkins, Gr., Clemson, 160DT Dexter Lawrence, Jr., Clemson, 137LB Germaine Pratt, Gr., NC State, 125LB Shaquille Quarterman, Jr., Miami, 113LB Joe Giles-Harris, Jr., Duke, 111CB Hamp Cheevers, Jr., Boston College, 159CB Bryce Hall, Jr., Virginia, 139S Juan Thornhill, Sr., Virginia, 123S Andre Cisco, Fr., Syracuse, 110
First-Team SpecialistsPK Andre Szmyt, R-Fr., Syracuse, 165P Sterling Hofrichter, Jr., Syracuse, 134SP Greg Dortch, So., Wake Forest, 127
Second-Team OffenseQB Trevor Lawrence, Fr., Clemson, 106RB Qadree Ollison, Sr., Pitt, 128RB Travis Homer, Jr., Miami, 71WR Tee Higgins, So., Clemson, 117WR Jamal Custis, Sr., Syracuse, 115WR Damon Hazelton, So., Virginia Tech, 76TE Brevin Jordan, Fr., Miami, 58AP Deon Jackson, So., Duke, 50OT Tremayne Anchrum, Jr., Clemson, 60OT Stefano Millin, Sr., Pitt, 60OG Phil Haynes, Sr., Wake Forest, 87OG Sean Pollard, Jr., Clemson, 72C Justin Falcinelli, Gr., Clemson, 92
Second-Team DefenseDE Zach Allen, Sr., Boston College, 112DE Alton Robinson, Jr., Syracuse, 91DT Gerald Willis III, Sr., Miami, 129DT Ricky Walker, Sr., Virginia Tech, 63LB Cole Holcomb, Sr., North Carolina, 98LB Tre Lamar, Jr., Clemson, 82LB Ryan Guthrie, Sr., Syracuse, 76CB Trayvon Mullen, Jr., Clemson, 98CB Essang Bassey, Jr., Wake Forest, 75S Jaquan Johnson, Sr., Miami, 99S Cameron Glenn, Sr., Wake Forest, 51
Second-Team SpecialistsPK Christopher Dunn, Fr., NC State, 86P Pressley Harvin III, So., Georgia Tech, 121SP Michael Walker, Sr., Boston College, 78
Third-Team OffenseQB Eric Dungey, Sr., Syracuse, 76RB Darrin Hall, Sr., Pitt, 58RB Reggie Gallaspy Jr., Sr., NC State, 49WR, T.J. Rahming, Sr., Duke, 62WR Hunter Renfrow, Gr., Clemson, 57WR Nyqwan Murray, Sr., Florida State, 52TE Daniel Helm, Sr., Duke, 31AP Sean Riley, Jr., Syracuse, 38OT Aaron Monteiro, Sr., Boston College, 58OT Koda Martin, Gr., Syracuse, 55OG John Simpson, Jr., Clemson, 67OG Mike Herndon, Sr., Pitt, 59C Jimmy Morrissey, So., Pitt, 47
Third-Team DefenseDE Austin Bryant, Sr., Clemson, 59DE Wyatt Ray, Sr., Boston College, 48DT Demarcus Christmas, Sr., Florida State, 44DT Ray Smith, Sr., Boston College, 41LB Kendall Joseph, Gr., Clemson, 70LB Chris Peace, Sr., Virginia, 64LB Connor Strachan, Gr., Boston College, 58CB Trajan Bandy, So., Miami, 68CB A.J. Terrell, So., Clemson, 60S Tanner Muse, Jr., Clemson, 49S Will Harris, Sr., Boston College, 48
Third-Team SpecialistsPK Alex Kessman, So., Pitt, 30P Oscar Bradburn, So., Virginia Tech, 31SP Joe Reed, Jr., Virginia, 54
Honorable Mention (25 or more points)OffenseQB Bryce Perkins, Jr., Virginia, 28RB Jordan Ellis, Sr., Virginia, 36WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams, Jr., North Carolina, 46WR Tamorrion Terry, R-Fr., Florida State, 46TE Dalton Keene, So., Virginia Tech, 29TE Evan Butts, Sr., Virginia, 25TE George Aston, Sr., Pitt, 25AP Maurice Ffrench, Jr., Pitt, 35AP Amari Rodgers, So., Clemson, 26OT Cody Conway, Sr., Syracuse, 50OT Alex Bookser, Sr., Pitt, 45OT William Sweet, Jr., North Carolina, 34OT Ben Petrula, So., Boston College, 33OT Tyree St. Louis, Sr., Miami, 25OG Connor Dintino, Sr., Pitt, 58OG Terronne Prescod, Sr., NC State, 53OG Kyle Chung, Sr., Virginia Tech, 25C Jon Baker, Gr., Boston College, 38C Ryan Anderson, Sr., Wake Forest, 36
DefenseDE Joe Jackson, Jr., Miami, 40DT Willie Yarbary, Sr., Wake Forest, 36DT Jason Strowbridge, Jr., North Carolina, 30DT Chris Slayton, Sr., Syracuse, 26DT Marvin Wilson, So., Florida State, 25LB Michael Pinckney, Jr., Miami, 46LB Rayshard Ashby, So., Virginia Tech, 42LB Justin Strnad, Jr., Wake Forest, 29LB Ben Humphreys, Sr., Duke, 27CB Dane Jackson, Jr., Pitt, 57CB Michael Jackson, Sr., Miami, 49S Sheldrick Redwine, Sr., Miami, 41S K’Von Wallace, Jr., Clemson, 39S Dylan Singleton, Jr., Duke, 38S Damar Hamlin, Jr., Pitt, 32
SpecialistsPK Greg Huegel, Sr., Clemson, 27SP Maurice Ffrench, Jr., Pitt, 53
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