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2016 CFN All-ACC Team & Top Ten Players

2016 CollegeFootballNews.com All-ACC Team & Top 10 Players


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2016 CFN All-ACC Football Team

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2016 CFN ACC Offensive Player of the Year

QB Deshaun Watson, Sr. Clemson : Of course, there’s a certain Heisman winner who was the season’s most dynamic star, but Watson led the way to a win over Lamar Jackson and Louisville. He got the team to an ACC championship, and he got the team to the College Football Playoff. As amazing as Jackson was – there’s no arguing against him as the ACC Player of the Year – Watson accomplished more.

2016 CFN All-ACC Defensive Player of the Year

DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State: It was a huge year for ACC defensive linemen. Pitt’s Ejuan Price, Boston College’s Harold Landry, Louisville’s DeAngelo Brown, Virginia Tech’s Woody Baron, and Clemson’s Carlos Watkins and Dexter Lawrence inside and Christian Wilkins outside were all special. But it was Walker who stood out a little bit more. Whether it was the game-sealing play against Miami, the ten tackles against Clemson, or out-of-conference, the season-opening domination of Ole Miss, he was the best of the terrific bunch.

2016 CFN Ten Best ACC Players

1. QB Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson
2. QB Lamar Jackson, Soph. Louisville
3. RB Dalvin Cook, Jr. Florida State
4. DE DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State
5. QB Mitch Trubisky, Jr. North Carolina
6. QB Jerod Evans, Jr. Virginia Tech
7. CB Tarvarus McFadden, Soph. Florida State
8. DT Carlos Watkins, Sr. Clemson
9. S Quin Blanding, Jr. Virginia
10. DE Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt

2016 CFN All-ACC Offense

QB – Deshaun Watson, Jr. Clemson

329-487, 3,914 yards, 37 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, 529 rushing yards, six scores

RB – James Conner, Jr. Pitt

208 carries for 1,060 yards, 5.1-yard average, 16 touchdowns, 20 catches for 299 yards and four scores

RB – Dalvin Cook, Jr. Florida State

268 carries for 1,620 yards, 6.04-yard average, 18 touchdowns, 30 catches, 426 yards, one score

WR – Amba Etta-Tawo, Sr. Syracuse

94 catches for 1,482 yards, 15.77 yards per catch, 14 touchdowns

WR – Mike Williams, Jr. Clemson

84 catches for 1,171 yards, 13.94 yards per catch, 10 touchdowns

TE – Jordan Leggett, Sr. Clemson

38 catches for 637 yards, 16.76 yards per catch, 7 touchdowns

OL – Adam Bisnowati, Sr. Pitt (OT)

Part of a killer left side of the Pitt O line, the veteran left tackle helped pave the way for the high-powered Panther running game that finished third in the ACC. Just as importantly, Pitt allowed a league-low nine sacks.

OL – Tyrone Crowder, Jr. Clemson (OG)

The skill players get all the love for the Tigers, but the tough right guard joined veteran center Jay Guillermo to crush defensive fronts for Wayne Gallman and company.

OL – Dorian Johnson, Sr. Pitt (OG)

On the left side in the interior, he was one of the nation’s toughest run blockers, blasting away for James Conner and the loaded ground attack.

OL – Roderick Johnson, Jr. Florida State (OT)

The FSU O line was spotty in pass protection on the year, but Johnson and guard Kareem Are were terrific at powering away for Dalvin Cook on the left side.

OL – Mitch Hyatt, Soph. Clemson (OT)

Who gets to protect Deshaun Watson on the left side? It starts with the 6-5, 295-pound underclassman on the left side. The Tigers gave up just 14 sacks on the year.

2016 CFN All-ACC Defense

DL – Harold Landry, Jr. Boston College

47 tackles, 15 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, five quarterback hurries

DL – Ejuan Price, Sr. Pitt

42 tackles, 12 sacks, 21 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, 13 quarterback hurries

DL – DeMarcus Walker, Sr. Florida State

63 tackles, 15 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, four quarterback hurries

DL – Carlos Watkins, Sr. Clemson

41 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 10.5 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries

LB – Ben Boulware, Sr. Clemson

105 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, one interception

LB – Micah Kiser, Jr. Virginia

134 tackles, 6.5 sacks, ten tackles for loss, one interception, seven broken up passes, five forced fumbles

LB – Marquel Lee, Sr. Wake Forest

98 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, four quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles

DB – Jaire Alexander, Soph. Louisville

36 tackles, five interceptions, eight broken up passes, one forced fumbles

DB – Quin Blanding, Jr. Virginia

120 tackles, two interceptions, six broken up passes, two tackles for loss

DB – Tarvarus McFadden, Soph. Florida State

17 tackles, eight interceptions, five broken up passes, three tackles for loss

DB – Cordrea Tankersley, Sr. Clemson

43 tackles, three interceptions, ten broken up passes, six tackles for loss

2016 CFN All-ACC Special Teams

PK – Michael Badgley, Soph. Miami

20-of-25 field goals, 10-of-12 from beyond 40 yards, 49-of-51 extra points

P – Nicholas Conte, Sr. Virginia

74 punts, 44.3-yard average, 21 fair catches, 34 inside the 20

KR – Quadree Henderson, Soph. Pitt

28 returns for 871 yards, 31.1-yard average, and three scores

PR – Quadree Henderson, Soph. Pitt

14 returns for 250 yards, 17.9-yard average, and a score