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UofL's Kelsey, Brown, Rankins earn All-ACC honors

ACSMA Announces 2015 All-ACC Football Teams

Clemson’s Watson, Florida State’s Cook are unanimous selections

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook are unanimous first-team selections to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

Both sophomores were named to the first team on all 50 ballots cast by ACSMA members.

Watson, who led the Tigers to an unbeaten regular season and a No. 1 national ranking, leads the ACC in total offense with 331.6 yards per game and has accounted for 36 touchdowns (27 passing, nine rushing).

Florida State’s Cook leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally with 1,658 rushing yards in 11 games, and he leads the conference in scoring with 19 touchdowns.

Clemson and eighth-ranked North Carolina, which will meet in the 2015 Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game on Saturday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, fill a combined 31 spots on the All-ACC first, second and third teams.

The Atlantic Division champion Tigers lead with 17 selections, including six on the first team.  The Coastal Division champion Tar Heels saw 13 players claim 14 spots, with junior Ryan Switzer chosen as both a second-team specialist and a third-team wide receiver.

Florida State had 12 total selections, and was second to Clemson in first-team selections with four.

The All-ACC first-team offensive unit includes the conference’s top two rushers in Cook and North Carolina’s Elijah Hood (1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns), as well as the top two leaders in receptions in Pitt’s Tyler Boyd (85 catches for 873 yards) and Clemson’s Artavis Scott (77 catches for 709 yards).

Also included among the first-team receiving corps are Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford, who leads all ACC wideouts with 10 touchdown catches and 937 receiving yards, and NC State tight end Jaylen Samuels (64 receptions, 599 yards and seven touchdowns).

The offensive line includes the 2015 ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient in Florida State’s Roderick Johnson, as well as four-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week Landon Turner of North Carolina. They are joined by NC State tackle Joe Thuney, Clemson guard Eric Mac Lain and Duke center Matt Skura.

The special teams’ first unit features three-time All-ACC placekicker Roberto Aguayo of Florida State (106 points, including 20-of-24 field goal attempts) and Duke’s DeVon Edwards, who has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season.

The All-ACC first-team defensive unit is highlighted by several student-athletes that are current contenders for national awards, including a pair of Bronco Nagurski Award finalists in Duke safety Jeremy Cash and Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson. Cash is also one of three finalists for the the Jim Thorpe Award, and Lawson – who leads the nation with 20.5 tackles for loss – is a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy.

Also included is Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price, whose resume includes five quarterback sacks in a single game. Defensive tackles Carlos Watkins (Clemson), Luther Maddy (Virginia Tech) and Connor Wujciak (Boston College) complete the All-ACC first-team front five.

The first-team defensive unit also includes the ACC’s two leading tacklers in Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser (117) and safety Quin Blanding (115).

Kiser is joined on the first-team linebacker corps by Wake Forest’s Brandon Chubb and Louisville’s Keith Kelsey. Cornerbacks Jalen Ramsey of Florida State and Mackensie Alexander of Clemson join Cash and Blanding in the secondary. Syracuse’s Riley Dixon received the nod as first-team punter.

Nineteen student-athletes chosen to the 2015 All-ACC Football team by ACSMA are repeat selections from last season.

The 2015 ACSMA All-ACC Football Team:

First Team Offense

WR

Tyler Boyd

Jr.

Pitt

147

WR

Artavis Scott

So.

Clemson

130

WR

Isaiah Ford

So.

Virginia Tech

124

TE

Jaylen Samuels

So.

NC State

93

T

Roderick Johnson

So.

Florida State

102

T

Joe Thuney

Sr.-R

NC State

82

G

Landon Turner

Sr.-R

North Carolina

132

G

Eric Mac Lain

Sr.-R

Clemson

113

C

Matt Skura

Sr.-R

Duke

94

QB

Deshaun Watson

So.

Clemson

150

RB

Dalvin Cook

So.

Florida State

150

RB

Elijah Hood

So.

North Carolina

123

PK

Roberto Aguayo

Jr.-R

Florida State

86

Sp.

DeVon Edwards

Jr.-R

Duke

103

First Team Defense

DE

Shaq Lawson

Jr.

Clemson

132

DE

Ejuan Price

Sr.-R

Pitt

111

DT

Carlos Watkins

Jr.-R

Clemson

101

DT

Luther Maddy

Sr.-R

Virginia Tech

60

DT

Connor Wujciak

Sr.-R

Boston College

60

LB

Micah Kiser

So.-R

Virginia

93

LB

Brandon Chubb

Sr.-R

Wake Forest

87

LB

Keith Kelsey

Jr.

Louisville

78

CB

Jalen Ramsey

Jr.

Florida State

122

CB

Mackensie Alexander

So.-R

Clemson

81

S

Jeremy Cash

Sr.-R

Duke

122

S

Quin Blanding

So.

Virginia

88

P

Riley Dixon

Sr.

Syracuse

77

Second Team Offense

WR

Travis Rudolph

So.

Florida State

96

WR

Canaan Severin

Sr.

Virginia

88

WR

Mack Hollins

Jr.-R

North Carolina

63

WR

Kermit Whitfield

Jr.

Florida State

63

TE

Jordan Leggett

Jr.

Clemson

77

T

Jon Heck

Jr.-R

North Carolina

79

T

Adam Bisnowaty

Jr.-R

Pitt

77

G

Dorian Johnson

Jr.

Pitt

49

G

Caleb Peterson

Jr.-R

North Carolina

45

C

Jay Guillermo

Jr.-R

Clemson

88

QB

Marquise Williams

Sr.-R

North Carolina

95

RB

Wayne Gallman

So.-R

Clemson

115

RB

Qadree Ollison

Fr.-R

Pitt

69

PK

Greg Huegel

Fr.-R

Clemson

77

Sp.

Ryan Switzer

Jr.

North Carolina

83

Second Team Defense

DE

Mike Rose

Sr.-R

NC State

96

DE

DeMarcus Walker

Jr.

Florida State

81

DT

Nile Lawrence-Stample

Sr.-R

Florida State

58

DT

DeAngelo Brown

Jr.-R

Louisville

46

LB

Steven Daniels

Sr.

Boston College

65

LB

Ben Boulware

Jr.

Clemson

60

LB

B.J. Goodson

Sr.-R

Clemson

60

LB

Reggie Northrup

Sr.

Florida State

60

CB

M.J. Stewart

So.

North Carolina

65

CB

Artie Burns

Jr.

Miami

51

S

Jayron Kearse

Jr.

Clemson

69

S

Justin Simmons

Sr.

Boston College

47

P

Alex Kinal

Sr.-R

Wake Forest

75

Third Team Offense

WR

Stacy Coley

Jr.

Miami

58

WR

Ryan Switzer

Jr.

North Carolina

34

WR

Quinshad Davis

Sr.

North Carolina

28

TE

Bucky Hodges

So.-R

Virginia Tech

52

T

Mitch Hyatt

Fr.

Clemson

66

T

Joe Gore

Sr.-R

Clemson

59

G

Tyrone Crowder

So.-R

Clemson

39

G

Kareem Are

Jr.-R

Florida State

38

C

Lucas Crowley

Jr.

North Carolina

58

QB

Brad Kaaya

So.

Miami

30

RB

Taquan Mizzell

Jr.

Virginia

43

RB

Travon McMillian

Fr.-R

Virginia Tech

30

PK

Ross Martin

Sr.

Duke

56

Sp.

Brisly Estime

Jr.

Syracuse

34

Third Team Defense

DE

Sheldon Rankins

Sr.

Louisville

47

DE

Ron Thompson

Jr.

Syracuse

24

DT

Nazair Jones

So.-R

North Carolina

33

DT

Derrick Nnadi

So.

Florida State

31

DT

Darryl Render

Sr.

Pitt

31

LB

Shakeel Rashad

Sr.

North Carolina

58

LB

James Burgess

Sr.

Louisville

53

LB

Dwayne Norman

Sr.

Duke

43

CB

Cordrea Tankersley

Jr.

Clemson

47

CB

Des Lawrence

Jr.

North Carolina

45

S

Jordan Whitehead

Fr.

Pitt

41

S

Derwin James

Fr.

Florida State

30

P

Will Monday

Sr.-R

Duke

39

Honorable Mention Offense

TE

Cam Serigne

So.-R

Wake Forest

39

T

Bryan Chamberlain

Sr.-R

Georgia Tech

29

T

Casey Blaser

Jr.-R

Duke

23

T

Geron Christian

Fr.

Louisville

20

G

Chad Mavety

Jr.-R

Florida State

36

G

Lucas Patrick

Sr.-R

Duke

35

G

Ross Burbank

Sr.-R

Virginia

28

G

Trey Braun

Sr.-R

Georgia Tech

25

C

Quinton Schooley

Sr.

NC State

23

RB

Matt Dayes

Jr.

NC State

29

RB

Joe Yearby

So.

Miami

26

PK

Nick Weiler

Jr.

North Carolina

36

PK

Michael Badgley

So.

Miami

27

Sp.

Nyheim Hines

Fr.

NC State

25

Sp.

Kermit Whitfield

Jr.

Florida State

23

Sp.

Bra'Lon Cherry

Jr.

NC State

22

Honorable Mention Defense

DE

Kevin Dodd

Jr.-R

Clemson

22

DT

Adam Gotsis

Sr.

Georgia Tech

28

DT

David Dean

Sr.-R

Virginia

28

DT

Corey Marshall

Sr.-R

Virginia Tech

21

LB

Trevon Young

Jr.

Louisville

41

LB

Terrance Smith

Sr.-R

Florida State

39

LB

Devonte Fields

Jr.

Louisville

39

LB

Matt Milano

Jr.

Boston College

38

LB

Jeff Schoettmer

Sr.-R

North Carolina

25

CB

Trumaine Washington

So.

Louisville

38

CB

Shaq Wiggins

So.-R

Louisville

23

CB

Avonte Maddox

So.

Pitt

21

S

Deon Bush

Sr.

Miami

29

S

DeVon Edwards

Jr.-R

Duke

27

S

Donnie Miles

So.-R

North Carolina

26

S

Josh Harvey-Clemons

Jr.-R

Louisville

21

S

Lamarcus Brutus

Sr.-R

Florida State

20

P

Nicholas Conte

Jr.-R

Virginia

31

P

Cason Beatty

Sr.

Florida State

27

P

Alex Howell

Sr.-R

Boston College

24

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