Monday, the first, second and third teams all-ACC were announced.
Unsurprisingly, the defending national champion and this year’s Atlantic Division champion Clemson led all teams with 13 players selected to the three groups, which were voted on by coaches and media members.
Clemson’s opponent in Saturday’s ACC Championship game, Miami, had the second-most players selected with 10. However, in a surprise, the Hurricanes had just one player named to the first-team all-ACC: their kicker, Michael Badgley.
Clemson’s two primary strengths, its offensive and defensive lines, were well illustrated by the voting. The Tigers placed three offensive linemen — tackle Mitch Hyatt, guard Tyrone Crowder and center Justin Falcinelli — on the first team. Likewise, three-fourths of the first-team defensive line was comprised of Clemson players, in defensive tackles Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins and defensive end Clelin Ferrell.
The Tigers’ other defensive end, Austin Bryant, had the most points of any defensive linemen selected to the second team. Linebacker Dorian O’Daniel also narrowly missed out on making the first-team defense.
Clemson’s six first-team selections easily led the conference. Virginia Tech placed four players on the first team, and no other team had more than three.
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon tied for the most points in the voting. Jackson followed up his Heisman Trophy-winning 2016 with a 2017 season that saw him lead the country in total offense per game at 411 yards per contest. Jackson led the ACC in passing yards, rushing yards and total touchdowns on the year. Dillon, a freshman, rushed for 1,432 yards – just 11 fewer than Jackson – and 13 touchdowns.
N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb, who ranks second nationally in tackles for loss, received the most points of any defensive player.
The entire list of honorees can be found here.
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