There isn’t a single team that averaged more takeaways per game than the Miami Hurricanes this year, yet the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association didn’t elect a single Hurricanes defender to First-Team All-ACC.
One Miami offensive player – tight end Christopher Herndon – and place kicker Michael Badgley made the team, but no Hurricanes defenders.
Miami didn’t have a single defender standout, but it’s hard to imagine one of the division winners that was undefeated until the final weekend of November not have a single defender.
The best thing on the Hurricanes defense might be the turnover chain, which helped propel the Miami defense to earn 29 takeaways, but it’s not as if the Hurricanes were bad defensively in other areas. Actually, they were quite good.
Miami finished third in the ACC in scoring defense, allowing 18.3 points per game. Only Virginia Tech and Clemson yielded fewer points per game. In the conference, the Hurricanes also finished seventh in yards allowed, sixth in rushing yards yielded and eighth in passing yards allowed.
The biggest snub from the Hurricanes defense was probably junior defensive back Jaquan Johnson. He leads the team with 81 total tackles and 4 interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Fellow junior defensive back Michael Jackson also has 4 interceptions, and sophomore linebacker Shaquille Quarterman owns 66.0 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and 2.5 sacks.
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