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2013 Preseason ACC Football Team Announced

Florida State leads all schools with 6 selections

Courtesy of The ACC
July 24, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Reigning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year Tajh Boyd of Clemson leads the 2013 Preseason All-ACC Football Team announced on Wednesday.

Boyd, who enters his senior season with 8,053 career passing yards and 73 career touchdown passes, was the overwhelming choice at quarterback in balloting by media in attendance at the 2013 ACC Football Kickoff, held earlier this week at Greensboro’s Grandover Resort.

Boyd, who was also voted the 2013 ACC Preseason Player of the Year, is one of three players from ACC preseason favorite Clemson on the 25-member squad. Florida State led all schools with six players, and four from North Carolina were voted to the team.

Duke, Miami and Wake Forest followed with two selections apiece, while Boston College, Georgia Tech Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech each placed one player on the team.

Nine student-athletes named to the 2013 Preseason All-ACC Team were first- or second-team All-ACC offensive selections last season: Clemson’s Boyd, Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron and tackle James Hurst, Florida State guard Tre’ Jackson and center Bryan Stork, Miami running back Duke Johnson, Clemson placekicker Chandler Catanzaro and Maryland kick return specialist Stefon Diggs.

Seven members of the 2013 All-ACC Preseason defensive unit were first- or second-team All-ACC in 2012: Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell and punter Will Monday; Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and linebacker Christian Jones, North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin, Wake Forest nose tackle Nikita Whitlock, and Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler.

Boyd, who was named on 59 of the 65 ballots cast, joins his teammate, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and North Carolina’s Hurst as repeat Preseason All-ACC selections from last season. Florida State’s Joyner and Wake Forest’s Whitlock are repeat Preseason All-ACC defensive selections from 2012.

Joyner, a former safety, was named to the 2013 Preseason All-ACC team at cornerback. Joyner received 43 total votes – 32 at the corner and 11 at his former position.

Boyd is joined in the backfield of the Preseason All-ACC team by running backs Duke Johnson of Miami and James Wilder Jr. of Florida State.

2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team:

POS. NAME, SCHOOL (VOTES) HT. WT. CL. HOMETOWN
OFFENSE
WR Sammy Watkins, CU (57) 6-1 205 Jr. Fort Myers, Fla.
WR Michael Campanaro, WF (20) 5-11 190 Sr. Clarksville, Md.
TE Eric Ebron, UNC (35) 6-4 245 Jr. Greensboro, N.C.
T James Hurst, UNC (37) 6-7 305 Sr. Plainfield, Ind.
T Morgan Moses, UVA (35) 6-6 325 Sr. Richmond, Va.
G Tre' Jackson, FSU (46) 6-4 330 Jr. Jesup, Ga.
G Brandon Linder, UM (28) 6-6 317 Sr. Southwest Ranches, Fla.
C Bryan Stork, FSU (29) 6-4 298 Sr. Vero Beach, Fla.
QB Tajh Boyd, CU (59) 6-1 225 Sr. Hampton, Va.
RB Duke Johnson, UM (58) 5-9 194 So. Miami, Fla.
RB James Wilder Jr., FSU (23) 6-2 229 Jr. Tampa, Fla.
DEFENSE
DE Jeremiah, Attaochu, GT (39) 6-3 242 Sr. Washington, D.C.
DE Kareem Martin, UNC (37) 6-6 265 Sr. Roanoke Rapids, N.C.
DT Nikita Whitlock, WF (35) 5-11 250 Sr. Wylie, Texas
DT Timmy Jernigan, FSU (34) 6-2 294 Jr. Lake City, Fla.
LB Jack Tyler, VT (42) 6-1 236 Sr. Oakton, Va.
LB Christian Jones, FSU (38) 6-4 232 Sr. Winter Park, Fla.
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC (21) 6-1 215 Sr. Norwalk, Conn.
CB Ross Cockrell, DU (48) 6-0 180 Sr. Waxhaw, N.C.
CB Lamarcus Joyner, FSU (32) * 5-8 190 Sr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
S Tre Boston, UNC (30) 6-1 205 Sr. Ft. Myers, Fla.
S Jason Hendricks, PITT (18) 6-0 180 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
SPECIALISTS
PK Chandler Catanzaro, CU (41) 6-2 195 Gr. Greenville, S.C.
P Will Monday, DU (41) 6-4 210 So. Flowery Branch, Ga.
SP Stefon Diggs, MD (34) 6-1 185 So. Gaithersburg, Md.
* FSU's Joyner also received 11 votes at the safety position

The Voting By Position (Top Four in Voting Only)

POS. NAME SCHOOL
Quarterback
1. Tajh Boyd, CU 59
2. Logan Thomas, VT 2
2. Bryn Renner, UNC 2
2. Stephen Morris, UM 2
Running Back (Top 2)
1. Duke Johnson, UM 58
2. James Wilder Jr., FSU 23
3. Jerome Smith, SYR 17
4. Devonta Freeman, FSU 8
Wide Receiver (Top 2)
1. Sammy Watkins, CU 57
2. Michael Campanoro, WF 20
3. Stefon Diggs, MD 19
4. Rashad Greene, FSU 10
Tight End
1. Eric Ebron, UNC 35
2. Nick O'Leary, FSU 12
3. Jake McGee, UVA 11
4. Braxton Deaver, DU 4
Offensive Tackle (Top 2)
1. James Hurst, UNC 37
2. Morgan Moses, UVA 35
3. Brandon Thomas, CU 28
4. Seantrel Henderson, UM 17
Offensive Guard (Top 2)
1. Tre' Jackson, FSU 46
2. Brandon Linder, UM 28
3. Will Jackson, GT 20
4. Tyler Shatley, CU 9
Center
1. Bryan Stork, FSU 29
2. Macky MacPherson, SYR 15
3. Jay Finch, GT 9
4. Andrew Miller, VT 6
Defensive End (Top 2)
1. Jeremiah Attaochu, GT 39
2. Kareem, Martin, UNC 37
3. James Gayle, VT 20
4. Mario Edwards, FSU 10
Defensive Tackle (Top 2)
1. Nikita Whitlock, WF 35
2. Timmy Jernigan, FSU 34
3. Aaron Donald, PITT 32
4. Derrick Hopkins, VT 7
Linebacker (Top 3)
1. Jack Tyler, VT 42
2. Christian Jones, FSU 38
3. Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC 21
4. Steele Divitto, BC 18
Cornerback (Top 2)
1. Ross Cockrell, DU 48
2. Lamarcus Joyner, FSU 32
3. Antone Exum, VT 21
4. Kyle Fuller, VT 7
Safety (Top 2)
1. Tre' Boston, UNC 30
2. Jason Hendricks, PITT 18
3. Kyshoen Jarrett, VT 15
4. Travis Blanks, CU 13
Placekicker
1. Chandler Catanzaro, CU 41
2. Ross Martin, DU 14
3. Cody Journell, VT 5
4. Nate Frese, BC 2
4. Ross Krautman, SYR 2
Punter
1. Will Monday, DU 41
2. Tommy Hibbard, UNC 11
3. Matt Yoklic, PITT 4
4. Cason Beatty, FSU 3
Specialist
1. Stefon Diggs, MD 34
2. Duke Johnson, UM 9
3. Jamal Golden, GT 6
3. Sammy Watkins, CU 6



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