Georgia Tech guard Shaquille Mason and defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu were both named All-ACC Monday, though one of the Yellow Jackets’ most impactful players was not.
Mason earned first-team All-ACC and Attaochu second by vote of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Safety Jemea Thomas, who leads the team in tackles, solo tackles and pass breakups, was twice named ACC defensive back of the week and is arguably one of the two or three best players on the team, did not make All-ACC or honorable mention.
A-back Robert Godhigh, guard Will Jackson and B-back David Sims all earned honorable mention, Jackson for the second time and Godhigh and Sims for the first.
Mason’s selection extended Tech’s streak of placing an offensive lineman on the All-ACC first team to seven – Andrew Gardner (2007-08), Sean Bedford (2009-10), Cord Howard (2009) and Omoregie Uzzi (2011-12).
Mason has helped the Tech offense rank sixth in the country in rushing offense and seventh in third-down percentage. He was twice named ACC offensive lineman of the week.
Attaochu became Tech’s first All-ACC defender since Julian Burnett in 2011. He has 12 sacks, including 10 in the past four games. With his four-sack game against Georgia, he tied Greg Gathers’ school record for sacks in a career with 31.
The coaches’ All-ACC team will be announced Dec. 11.