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13 Tigers named to 2019 All-ACC Preseason Football Team


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Clemson WR Tee Higgins had the second most vote on offense.
Clemson WR Tee Higgins had the second most vote on offense.

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The preseason accolades continue to roll in for defending national champion Clemson.

The Tigers placed 13 players on the 27-member 2019 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Football Team announced Tuesday, including preseason Player of the Year and quarterback Trevor Lawrence, running back Travis Etienne, four offensive linemen and a pair of wide receivers.

Preseason honors were determined by a vote of 173 media members credentialed for last week’s ACC Kickoff in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Syracuse’s four selections include safety Andre Cisco, defensive end Alton Robinson, punter Sterling Hofrichter and placekicker Andre Szmyt. A 2018 unanimous All-American, Szmyt led the FBS in most kicking categories last season, including connecting on an ACC-record 30 field goals.

With 122 votes at the cornerback position, Virginia’s Bryce Hall was the top vote-getter among defensive players.

Miami placed three players on this year’s Preseason All-ACC team, followed by Boston College and Florida State with two each. Duke, Pitt and Virginia each had one player voted to the squad.

Lawrence, Etienne, Higgins and Simpson are joined on the Preseason All-ACC offensive team by four Clemson teammates – wide receiver Justyn Ross, tackle Tremayne Anchrum, guard Gage Cervenka and center Sean Pollard. Tackle Ben Petrula joins Dillon in representing Boston College.

Florida State wide receiver Tamorrion Terry, Miami tight end Brevin Jordan and Duke all-purpose player Deon Jackson round out the offense. Skilled Pitt return man Maurice Ffrench was chosen at the specialist position.

The defensive end slots include Xavier Thomas of Clemson and Robinson of Syracuse. Florida State’s Marvin Wilson and Clemson’s Nyles Pinckney were selected at the tackle positions.

Miami placed two players among the linebacker corps, where Shaquille Quarterman and Michael Pinckney are joined by Clemson’s Isaiah Simmons. Virginia’s Hall is joined in the defensive backfield by Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell and safeties Tanner Muse of Clemson and Cisco of Syracuse.

2019 All-ACC Preseason Football Team

(Total votes in parenthesis)

Offense

WR – Tee Higgins, Clemson (145)

WR – Justyn Ross, Clemson (123)

WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State (69)

TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami (66)

AP – Deon Jackson, Duke (47)

OT – Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson (100)

OT – Ben Petrula, Boston College (54)

OG – John Simpson, Clemson (136)

OG – Gage Cervenka, Clemson (45)

C – Sean Pollard, Clemson (75)

QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (161)

RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson (144)

RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College (144)

Defense

DE – Xavier Thomas, Clemson (84)

DE – Alton Robinson, Syracuse (83)

DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State (105)

DT – Nyles Pinckney, Clemson (49)

LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami (118)

LB – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson (109)

LB – Michael Pinckney, Miami (66)

CB – Bryce Hall, Virginia (122)

CB – A.J. Terrell, Clemson (62)

S – Andre Cisco, Syracuse (80)

S – Tanner Muse, Clemson (78)

Special Teams

PK – Andre Szmyt, Syracuse (88)

P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse (70)

SP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt (48)

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