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Jul
31
2011

How I would have voted for the 2011 Pre-Season All-ACC Team.

I’ve wanted to put together a post looking at the 2011 Pre-Season All-ACC Team and how I would have voted if yours truly had a vote. The firing of Butch Davis was the top story last week and had to be commented on. I was on the road yesterday and most of today.  I’ve now got a bit of time to really dig into this topic.

Check out the TheACC.com for the official pre-season All-ACC team as voted by the ACC media.

Now here’s my pre-season All-ACC team…

All Sports Discussion’s 2011 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team
Offense
Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
WR Dwight Jones, North Carolina 6-4 225 Senior Burlington, N.C.
WR Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech 6-2 219 Senior Charlotte, N.C.
TE George Bryan, NC State 6-5 265 Senior Castle Hayne, N.C.
T Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech 6-5 312 Senior Midlothian, Va.
T Andrew Datko, Florida State 6-6 321 Senior Weston, Fla.
G Brandon Washington, Miami 6-4 320 Senior Miami, Fla.
G Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech 6-3 300 Junior Lithonia, Ga.
C Dalton Freeman, Clemson 6-5 285 Junior Pelion, S.C.
QB Danny O’Brien, Maryland 6-2 215 Sophmore Kernersville, N.C.
RB Montel Harris, Boston College 5-10 200 Senior Jacksonville, Fla.
RB Andre Ellington, Clemson 5-10 190 Junior Moncks Corner, S.C.
Defense
Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida State 6-3 265 Junior Tallahassee, Fla.
DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina 6-6 285 Senior Kinston, N.C.
DT Tydreke Powell, North Carolina 6-3 310 Senior Ahoskie, N.C.
DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson 6-2 310 Senior Thomasville, Ga.
LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College 6-3 235 Junior Cincinnati, Ohio
LB Sean Spence, Miami 6-0 224 Senior Miami, Fla.
LB Kenny Tate, Maryland 6-4 220 Senior Forestville, Md.
CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia 6-0 185 Senior Lexington, Ky.
CB Jayron Hosely, Virginia Tech 5-10 170 Junior Delray Beach, Fla.
S Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami 6-4 215 Junior Sanford, Fla.
S Earl Wolff, NC State 6-0 201 Junior Raeford, N.C.
Specialists
Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown
PK Will Snyderwine, Duke 5-11 190 Senior Potomac, Md.
P Shawn Powell, Florida State 6-4 235 Senior Rome, Ga.
SP Tony Logan, Maryland 5-10 180 Senior Piscataway, N.J.

After looking this over, there weren’t really that many differences between me and how the ACC Media voted, but let’s go over the differences.

WR Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech over Conner Vernon, Duke.

I really like Conner Vernon. In fact I had him as the 3rd best WR in the ACC,  but I give the edge to Boykin because he’s a bit more physical than Vernon.

C Dalton Freeman, Clemson over Tyler Horn, Miami

Freeman has been starting since his freshman year, and made couple of freshman All-American teams. Horn is good, but Freeman has more upside.

QB Danny O’Brien, Maryland over E.J Manual, Florida State

E.J Manual has as much potential as any player in the ACC, but I was really surprised that he was voted ahead of the reigning ACC Freshman of the year Maryland’s Danny O’Brien. O’Brien has plenty of potential too. Only a sophomore, he could be the best pure pocket passer the ACC has seen since Matt Ryan.

P Shawn Powell, Florida State over Dawson Zimmerman, Clemson

Powell led Zimmerman in punting average 44.3 yds to 42.8 yds. Both are excellent strong legged punters, but I’m going with Powell.

S Earl Wolff, NC State over Eddie Whitley, Virginia Tech

As good a player as I think Whitley, Wolff is such a good tackler, that I give him the nod.

SP Tony Logan, Maryland over Greg Reid, Maryland

This is a tough call. If you are going with versatility Reid has the edge as kick and punt returner. If you’re going with the more explosive player then it’s Logan. You see which one I picked.

 



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