Jahmyr Gibbs named preseason All-ACC

November 28, 2020 Atlanta - Georgia Tech's running back Jahmyr Gibbs (21) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

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November 28, 2020 Atlanta - Georgia Tech's running back Jahmyr Gibbs (21) runs for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta on Saturday, November 28, 2020. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Georgia Tech running back Jahmyr Gibbs was his team’s lone selection to the preseason All-ACC team, which was announced Tuesday.

Gibbs was named to two spots on the team, as an all-purpose back and a return specialist. Gibbs’ 968 all-purpose yards last year as a freshman (460 rushing, 303 receiving and 205 on kickoff returns) were 13th in the ACC. He compiled the total in seven games, while every player ahead of him played either 11 or 12 games. His 138.3 all-purpose yards per-game average ranked fourth in the conference.

Gibbs also was named last week to the watch list for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation’s top running back, along with teammate Jordan Mason.

Clemson had the most selections to the preseason All-ACC team with eight, as voted on by 147 media members who cover the conference. North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell was named the preseason player of the year, with 114 votes. Gibbs received two votes for the honor and was one of seven players to receive votes.

Preseason All-ACC team

(Total votes in parentheses)

Offense

QB Sam Howell, North Carolina (118)

RB Zonovan Knight, N.C. State (96)

RB Mataeo Durant, Duke (49)

WR Justyn Ross, Clemson (110)

WR Zay Flowers, Boston College (101)

WR Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest (80)

TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech (77)

AP Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech (56)

T Ikem Ekwonu, N.C. State (83)

T Jordan McFadden, Clemson (53)

G Zion Johnson, Boston College (82)

G Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina (56)

C Alec Lindstrom, Boston College (77)

Defense

DE Myles Murphy, Clemson (108)

DE Amare’ Barno, Virginia Tech (63)

DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson (120)

DT Tyler Davis, Clemson (53)

LB Payton Wilson, N.C. State (99)

LB James Skalski, Clemson (95)

LB Nick Jackson, Virginia (37)

CB Andrew Booth, Clemson (86)

CB Tony Grimes, North Carolina (55)

S Bubba Bolden, Miami (100)

S Nolan Turner, Clemson (85)

PK Nick Sciba, Wake Forest (69)

P Lou Hedley, Miami (84)

SP  Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech (60)

Preseason Player of the Year

1. Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina, 114

2. D’Eriq King, QB, Miami, 11

3. Bryan Bresee, DE, Clemson, 8

4. D.J. Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson, 6

5. Phil Jurkovec, QB, Boston College, 3

6. Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College, 2

6. Jahmyr Gibbs, AP, Georgia Tech, 2