Seven Tigers named All-ACC

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Clemson, SC—C.J. Spiller, Michael Palmer and DeAndre McDaniel all made first-team All-ACC according to voting conducted by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. The association has selected the official All-ACC football team since 1953, the first year of the conference.

Five Tigers made the second team led by Jacoby Ford (WR) , Thomas Austin (OG), Chris Hairston (OT) and Ricky Sapp (DE). CJ. Spiller was the first-team specialist and second-team running back.

Brandon Maye (LB), Jarvis Jenkins (DT), Chris Chancellor (CB), Crezdon Butler (CB) and Rashard Hall (Saf) were all honorable mention selections.

Spiller was the top vote getter among offensive players with 76 points as the first-team specialist. The senior leads the ACC in all-purpose running with 184 yards per game and in kickoff returns with an average of 35.8 yards per return and has four kickoff returns for touchdowns. He is fourth in the nation in all-purpose yardage and second in kickoff return average. He is fifth in NCAA history in all-purpose yardage with 7,115.

He established an NCAA record for kickoff returns for touchdowns in a career with seven. He has scored 16 touchdowns overall in four different ways. He is the only player in the nation to score a touchdown in every game this year. It is the second straight year Spiller has been named first-team All-ACC.

Palmer has 38 receptions for 439 yards and four scores this year. The yardage total is the most ever by a Clemson tight end and the reception total is the second best in school history and just two from the record of 40 set by John McMakin in 1970. Palmer had eight catches for 106 yards against South Carolina last week, the second 100-yard reception game for a Clemson eight end in history. Palmer is the first Clemson tight end to make first-team All-ACC since 1986 when Jim Riggs was chosen.

McDaniel leads the ACC in interceptions this year with eight, and that is tied for second best in the nation. He was named National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Foundation in Clemson’s win over eighth ranked Miami earlier this year and he is fourth on the Clemson team in tackles with 78.

Ford is Clemson’s top receiver with 50 for 703 yards and five scores. It is Ford’s first season as an All-ACC football player. He has been a multi-year All-ACC performer in track at Clemson. Ford is second among active ACC players in career all-purpose running and needs just 22 to become the sixth player in Clemson history to reach 4,000 yards.

Two Clemson starting offensive linemen were named to the second team. Thomas Austin was a second-team choice at guard and Chris Hairston was named second-team at tackle. Both were big reasons Clemson ranks in the top 25 in the nation in scoring offense and had a school record streak of six straight games with at least 34 points earlier this year.

Ricky Sapp was named second team defensive end. He has a team best 14 tackles for loss this year, including five sacks. He is fourth in the ACC in tackles for loss and is a big reason Clemson is 12th in the nation in sacks as a team. Sapp has 52 tackles overall to rank seventh on the team.

The 2009 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team as voted on by 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. NOTE: A first-team vote was worth two points and second team vote one.



QB-Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (50)

RB-Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (67)

RB-Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (63)

WR-Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech (63)

WR-Donovan Varner, Duke (50)

TE-George Bryan, NC State (39)

TE-Michael Palmer, Clemson (39)

OT-Jason Fox, Miami (57)

OT-Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (53)

OG-Rodney Hudson, Florida State (54)

OG-Cord Howard, Georgia Tech (47)

C-Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech (45)

K-Matt Waldron, Virginia Tech (27)

K-Matt Bosher, Miami (27)

Spc-C.J. Spiller, Clemson (76)


DE-Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (76)

DE-Robert Quinn, North Carolina (69)

DT-Nate Collins, Virginia (47)

DT-Allen Bailey, Miami (38)

LB-Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech (65)

LB-Luke Kuechly, Boston College (53)

LB-Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (44)

LB-Alex Wujciak, Maryland (44)

CB-Kendric Burney, North Carolina (59)

CB-Brandon Harris, Miami (41)

S-DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (57)

S-Deunta Williams, North Carolina (53)

P-Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech (57)



QB-Thaddeus Lewis, Duke (18)

RB-C.J. Spiller, Clemson (62)

RB-Montel Harris, Boston College (39)

WR-Torrey Smith, Maryland (25)

WR-Jacoby Ford, Clemson (24)

TE-Greg Boone, Virginia Tech (16)

OT-Ed Wang, Virginia Tech (31)

OT-Chris Hairston, Clemson (26)

OG-Thomas Austin, Clemson (39)

OG-Sergio Render, Virginia Tech (37)

C-Matt Tennant, Boston College (29)

K-Casey Barth, North Carolina (21)

K-Will Snyderwine, Duke (21)

Spc-Torrey Smith, Maryland (17)


DE-Ricky Sapp, Clemson (29)

DE-Willie Young, NC State (24)

DE-Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (24)

DT-Marvin Austin, North Carolina (32)

DT-John Russell, Wake Forest (29)

LB-Vincent Rey, Duke (29)

LB-Darryl Sharpton, Miami (21)

LB-Bruce Carter, North Carolina (17)

LB-Colin McCarthy, Miami (17)

LB-Dekoda Watson, Florida State (17)

CB-Ras-I Dowling, Virginia (26)

CB-Patrick Robinson, Florida State (26)

S-Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (51)

S-Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech (24)

P-Matt Bosher, Miami (37)

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Seven Tigers named All-ACC
one of the best runningbacks in ACC history is 2nd team
Good point about the pass catching but all conference
this is still BS.. don't see how he is 2nd team ACC
Spiller got 1st team specialist...
if they are going by just rushing sure..but the best
RUNNING Back should go to the best RUNNER****
CM Shack
okay south carolina fan..the best quarterback should go to
South Carolina Fan...ooooh thats rich...BTW if the position
CM Shack
What top honors has any COOT had? You can name them
News Flash! I AM a Tiger ! And I remember OUR last THREE
CM Shack
there isn't one coach or one team who would use spiller as
Yeah, it's BS they have Dwyer instead of Spiller there.***
Re: there isn't one coach or one team who would use spiller as
CM Shack
So shack you are saying you would rather have Dwyer than
No...I said Dwyer was a better RUNNING BACK! I would not
CM Shack
^^^^ This guy is a D0UCHE ^^^^^***
I am also RIGHT!****
CM Shack
Totally agree.***
Spiller(62), Williams (63), Dwyer (67)
2nd team offense is better than 1st team.Nesbit wouldn't
Lewis should be first team QB and CJ better get Off POY***
seriously?? FSU has a corner listed?
judging strictly by votes received
Only player to score in all games this season????
Re: They are apparently excluding passing TD's in the
Re: They are apparently excluding passing TD's in the

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