The 2016 ACC Preseason All-Conference Team has been announced. Here’s a look at what matters.
– To no surprise, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year by the media. However, in the quarterback voting, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Miami’s Brad Kaaya, and North Carolina’s Mitch Trubinsky each got one vote. By comparison, Watson received 188. And while that’s the easy choice, don’t be shocked if Kaaya and/or Jackson come up with special years, too.
– This is Clemson’s team, with 10 players having been selected, while Florida State came up with five. The Tigers own the offense with six players picked – just four players who aren’t Noles or Tigers got on the offense.
– Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware was the highest-voted defensive player getting 149 votes, while Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker got 142.
– Behind Watson, the second-highest vote-getter was Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, earning 184 votes.
– The tightest position? Wide receiver. Clemson’s Artavis Scott and Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford each received 112 votes, while Florida State’s Travis Rudolph received 94. Clemson’s Mike Williams – who suffered a scary season-ending injury early last year – was fourth with 80.
2016 Preseason ACC Football Team Offense
QB – Deshaun Watson, Jr., Clemson
RB – Dalvin Cook, Jr., Florida State
RB – Elijah Hood, Jr., North Carolina
WR – Artavis Scott, Jr., Clemson
WR – Isaiah Ford, Jr., Virginia Tech
WR – Travis Rudolph, Jr. Florida State
TE – Jordan Leggett, Sr., Clemson
OT – Roderick Johnson, Jr., Florida State
OG – Dorian Johnson, Sr., Pitt
C – Jay Guillermo, Sr., Clemson
OT – Mitch Hyatt, So., Clemson
OG – Tyrone Crowder, Jr., Clemson
2016 Preseason ACC Football Team Defense
DE – DeMarcus Walker, Sr., Florida State
DT – Carlos Watkins, Sr., Clemson
DT – DeAngelo Brown, Sr., Louisville
DE – Ejuan Price, Sr., Pitt
LB – Ben Boulware, Sr., Clemson
LB – Keith Kelsey, Sr., Louisville
LB – Devonte Fields, Sr., Louisville
CB – Cordrea Tankersley, Sr., Clemson
S – Derwin James, So., Florida State
S – Quin Blanding, Jr., Virginia
CB – Des Lawrence, Sr., North Carolina
2016 Preseason ACC Football Team Special Teams
PK – Greg Huegel, r-So., Clemson
P – Justin Vogel, Sr., Miami
SP – Ryan Switzer, Sr., North Carolina