Clemson leads 2018 All-ACC team with 18 selections


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Clemson leads 2018 All-ACC team with 18 selections

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Three-time defending Atlantic Coast Conference champion Clemson leads the 2018 All-ACC Football Team announced on Monday.

The Tigers placed a total of 18 players on the first, second and third teams. Boston College followed with 11 selections, while Syracuse followed with nine and NC State filled eight spots.

A voting panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches cast ballots for the 2018 All-ACC Football Teams, with three points awarded for each first-team vote, two points for each second-team vote and one point for each third-team selection.

Clemson running back Travis Etienne, who leads the ACC with 1,307 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns, led the balloting with 174 points. Two-time ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner Mitch Hyatt of Clemson earned his third first-team All-ACC selection.

Wake Forest sophomore Greg Dortch was voted the team’s all-purpose back after piling up 1,750 total yards on receptions, kick returns and rushing. Dortch also earned a spot as a first-team specialist.

Etienne is joined in the All-ACC first-team backfield by NC State quarterback Ryan Finley (3,380 yards passing for 21 touchdowns through 11 games) and Boston College sophomore running back AJ Dillon (1,108 rushing yards despite missing two full games).

NC State juniors Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers claimed two of the first-team wide receiver spots. Harmon’s 1,179 receiving yards in 11 games leads the conference, and Myers ranks first with 7.6 receptions per game. Virginia senior Olamide Zaccheaus (81 catches, 958 yards, six touchdowns) is the third All-ACC first-team wide receiver.

Boston College’s Tommy Sweeney (32 receptions for 348 yards and three touchdowns) is the first-team tight end.

Clemson’s Hyatt is joined on the first-team offensive line by NC State tackle Tyler Jones and center Garrett Bradbury, Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom and Georgia Tech offensive guard Parker Braun.

Clemson dominated with three of the four first-team defensive line selections, led by junior defensive end Clelin Ferrell with 163 total points. Ferrell leads the conference in quarterback sacks (10.5) and has 15.5 total tackles for loss. He is joined by the Tiger defensive tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence, along with Florida State defensive end Brian Burns.

NC State’s Germaine Pratt, Miami’s Shaquille Quarterman and Duke’s Joe Giles-Harris comprise the linebacker corps. A pair of juniors – Boston College’s Hamp Cheevers and Virginia’s Bryce Hall – man the cornerback slots. Virginia senior Juan Thornhill and Syracuse redshirt freshman Andre Cisco are the first-team safeties.

Cheevers and Cisco are currently tied for the NCAA Division I lead in interceptions with seven each. NC State’s Pratt leads the ACC in tackles with 9.8 per game. Florida State’s Burns is tied for second behind Ferrell in tackles for loss with 10.

Syracuse freshman Andre Szmyt is the first-team placekicker after connecting on 28 of 32 field goal attempts and all 57 of his extra point tries during the regular season. The Orange also boast the first-team All-ACC punter in junior Sterling Hofrichter, who averages 43.3 yards per attempt and has placed an ACC-leading 25 punts inside the opponents’ 25-yard line.

Clemson’s Hyatt, Ferrell, Wilkins and Lawrence are repeat first-team All-ACC selections from 2017, as are Boston College’s Dillon and Duke’s Giles-Harris.

NC State’s Harmon, Virginia’s Zaccheaus, Georgia Tech’s Braun, Wake Forest’s Dortch and Miami’s Quarterman were second-team selections last season. Boston College’s Sweeney, NC State’s Finley, Clemson’s Etienne and Virginia’s Thornhill were all third-team selections a year ago.

The complete 2018 All-ACC Football Team:

First-Team Offense

QB Ryan Finley Gr. NC State 130

RB Travis Etienne So. Clemson 174

RB AJ Dillon So. Boston College 162

WR Kelvin Harmon Jr. NC State 164

WR Olamide Zaccheaus Sr. Virginia 158

WR Jakobi Meyers Jr. NC State 141

TE Tommy Sweeney Gr. Boston College 158

AP Greg Dortch So. Wake Forest 172

OT Mitch Hyatt Sr. Clemson 172

OT Tyler Jones Sr. NC State 93

OG Chris Lindstrom Sr. Boston College 136

OG Parker Braun Jr. Georgia Tech 129

C Garrett Bradbury Gr. NC State 113

First-Team Defense

DE Clelin Ferrell Jr. Clemson 163

DE Brian Burns Jr. Florida State 120

DT Christian Wilkins Gr. Clemson 160

DT Dexter Lawrence Jr. Clemson 137

LB Germaine Pratt Gr. NC State 125

LB Shaquille Quarterman Jr. Miami 113

LB Joe Giles-Harris Jr. Duke 111

CB Hamp Cheevers Jr. Boston College 159

CB Bryce Hall Jr. Virginia 139

S Juan Thornhill Sr. Virginia 123

S Andre Cisco Fr. Syracuse 110

First-Team Specialists

PK Andre Szmyt R-Fr. Syracuse 165

P Sterling Hofrichter Jr. Syracuse 134

SP Greg Dortch So. Wake Forest 127

Second-Team Offense

QB Trevor Lawrence Fr. Clemson 106

RB Qadree Ollison Sr. Pitt 128

RB Travis Homer Jr. Miami 71

WR Tee Higgins So. Clemson 117

WR Jamal Custis Sr. Syracuse 115

WR Damon Hazelton So. Virginia Tech 76

TE Brevin Jordan Fr. Miami 58

AP Deon Jackson So. Duke 50

OT Tremayne Anchrum Jr. Clemson 60

OT Stefano Millin Sr. Pitt 60

OG Phil Haynes Sr. Wake Forest 87

OG Sean Pollard Jr. Clemson 72

C Justin Falcinelli Gr. Clemson 92

Second-Team Defense

DE Zach Allen Sr. Boston College 112

DE Alton Robinson Jr. Syracuse 91

DT Gerald Willis III Sr. Miami 129

DT Ricky Walker Sr. Virginia Tech 63

LB Cole Holcomb Sr. North Carolina 98

LB Tre Lamar Jr. Clemson 82

LB Ryan Guthrie Sr. Syracuse 76

CB Trayvon Mullen Jr. Clemson 98

CB Essang Bassey Jr. Wake Forest 75

S Jaquan Johnson Sr. Miami 99

S Cameron Glenn Sr. Wake Forest 51

Second-Team Specialists

PK Christopher Dunn Fr. NC State 86

P Pressley Harvin III So. Georgia Tech 121

SP Michael Walker Sr. Boston College 78

Third-Team Offense

QB Eric Dungey Sr. Syracuse 76

RB Darrin Hall Sr. Pitt 58

RB Reggie Gallaspy Jr. Sr. NC State 49

WR T.J. Rahming Sr. Duke 62

WR Hunter Renfrow Gr. Clemson 57

WR Nyqwan Murray Sr. Florida State 52

TE Daniel Helm Sr. Duke 31

AP Sean Riley Jr. Syracuse 38

OT Aaron Monteiro Sr. Boston College 58

OT Koda Martin Gr. Syracuse 55

OG John Simpson Jr. Clemson 67

OG Mike Herndon Sr. Pitt 59

C Jimmy Morrissey So. Pitt 47

Third-Team Defense

DE Austin Bryant Sr. Clemson 59

DE Wyatt Ray Sr. Boston College 48

DT Demarcus Christmas Sr. Florida State 44

DT Ray Smith Sr. Boston College 41

LB Kendall Joseph Gr. Clemson 70

LB Chris Peace Sr. Virginia 64

LB Connor Strachan Gr. Boston College 58

CB Trajan Bandy So. Miami 68

CB A.J. Terrell So. Clemson 60

S Tanner Muse Jr. Clemson 49

S Will Harris Sr. Boston College 48

Third-Team Specialists

PK Alex Kessman So. Pitt 30

P Oscar Bradburn So. Virginia Tech 31

SP Joe Reed Jr. Virginia 54

Honorable Mention (25 or more points)

Offense

QB Bryce Perkins Jr. Virginia 28

RB Jordan Ellis Sr. Virginia 36

WR Anthony Ratliff-Williams Jr. North Carolina 46

WR Tamorrion Terry R-Fr. Florida State 46

TE Dalton Keene So. Virginia Tech 29

TE Evan Butts Sr. Virginia 25

TE George Aston Sr. Pitt 25

AP Maurice Ffrench Jr. Pitt 35

AP Amari Rodgers So. Clemson 26

OT Cody Conway Sr. Syracuse 50

OT Alex Bookser Sr. Pitt 45

OT William Sweet Jr. North Carolina 34

OT Ben Petrula So. Boston College 33

OT Tyree St. Louis Sr. Miami 25

OG Connor Dintino Sr. Pitt 58

OG Terronne Prescod Sr. NC State 53

OG Kyle Chung Sr. Virginia Tech 25

C Jon Baker Gr. Boston College 38

C Ryan Anderson Sr. Wake Forest 36

Defense

DE Joe Jackson Jr. Miami 40

DT Willie Yarbary Sr. Wake Forest 36

DT Jason Strowbridge Jr. North Carolina 30

DT Chris Slayton Sr. Syracuse 26

DT Marvin Wilson So. Florida State 25

LB Michael Pinckney Jr. Miami 46

LB Rayshard Ashby So. Virginia Tech 42

LB Justin Strnad Jr. Wake Forest 29

LB Ben Humphreys Sr. Duke 27

CB Dane Jackson Jr. Pitt 57

CB Michael Jackson Sr. Miami 49

S Sheldrick Redwine Sr. Miami 41

S K’Von Wallace Jr. Clemson 39

S Dylan Singleton Jr. Duke 38

S Damar Hamlin Jr. Pitt 32

Specialists

PK Greg Huegel Sr. Clemson 27

SP Maurice Ffrench Jr. Pitt 53

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