Georgia Tech running back Jordan Mason (27) reacts during the second half. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC
Photo: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Georgia Tech’s Jordan Mason named All-ACC

With three 100-yard rushing games to his credit, Georgia Tech running back Jordan Mason was named a third-team All-ACC selection Tuesday. Three more Yellow Jackets players, linebacker David Curry, guard Jack DeFoor and cornerback Tre Swilling, earned honorable mention.

It’s the first such honors for each. The ACC’s voting panel consisted of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches.

Mason finished the regular season as the sixth-leading rusher in the ACC at 74.9 rushing yards per game, carrying the ball 172 times for 899 yards and seven touchdowns. A player with excellent vision, elusiveness and power, he was at his best in victories against Miami and N.C. State, when he ran in both games for a career-high 141 yards.

A sophomore, Mason has 1,558 rushing yards for his career, good for 27th in school history.

Curry led Tech with 97 tackles. His 8.1 tackles-per-game average is seventh in the ACC. He also showed playmaking ability with six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception. DeFoor was part of an offensive line that developed over the course of the season and was a part of four 100-yard rushing games (three by Mason, one by quarterback James Graham). Swilling, who made a shift in scheme to playing press coverage, is eighth in the ACC with 11 passes defended.

Four-time defending conference champion Clemson placed 16 players on the all-conference team, followed by Pitt and Wake Forest with eight each and Boston College and North Carolina with seven each.

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