2006 All-ACC Football Team and Awards

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All-ACC Offense:

WR: Calvin Johnson, GT (nice season, but his numbers do not do his talent
TE: Greg Olsen, Miami (blocking skills earned Greg this spot, receiving
needs work)
RB: Branden Ore, VT (best RB in the ACC when healthy, period, end of
FB: Keon Latimore, Terps (easily the ACC’s leader in FB rushing
QB: Riley Skinner, Wake (highest completion%, best passing ratio in the
whole ACC)
OT: Duane Brown, VT (the NFL combine will fall in love with Duane’s
G: Nathan Bennett, CU (Nat’ benched 225 for only 42 reps! A true
bowling-ball inside)
C: Steve Justice, Wake (not the biggest Olineman, but a shrewd technician
in the middle)
G: Josh Beekman, BC (BC almost won both G spots, but will have to settle
for one)
OT: Barry Richardson, CU (Barry is a mountain of an OT, 32 career starts
and he’s a Jr.)
WR Kevin Ogleteee, france. (#2 WR is debatable, but Kev’ had the 2nd
most ACC grabs)

2006 All-ACC Defense:
DE: Gaines Adams, CU (monster of a Sr. year, has room to build for Pro
ball as well)
DT: Tank Tyler, NCS (gotta love this name, #1 in TFL, #2 in tackles
overall for NCS)
DT: B.J. Raji, BC (pure run-stopper, as Raji has an extremely low center
of gravity)
DE: Chris Long, france (Chris has a 500hp motor, love that in a pursuit
based DE)
LB: Vince Hall, VT (actually improved as the year wore on, nasty run
LB: Xavier Adibi, VT (I like a rangy speedy LB, X’s head finally caught
up with his body)
LB: Phillip Wheeler, GT (a disruptive LB, who lives in opponents’
CB: Brandon Flowers, VT (Flowers might be able to play pro ball right
CB: John Tally, Duke (5th in the nation in INT’s, led the ACC in the
S: Brandon Meriweather, Miami (Bran is what he is, but he is an NFL
talent as well)
S: Josh Gattis, Wake (a heady ball hawk, only ACC player with 5 INTs and
70+ tackles)
P: Dante Brooks, GT (2nd in the nation in Net Punting, ‘nuff typed)
K: Branden Pace, VT (Pro paycheck is forthcoming, no kicker at VT has
improved as much a Pace has over his career)

ACC Offensive Player of the Year:
Georgia Tech’s Cal Johnson. Think of Lynn Swann’s hands and leaping
ability, blended with Jerry Rice’s size, and Charlie Joyner’s instincts.
That’s Cal Johnson. Now think what he would have done with a real QB throwing
him the ball!

Defensive Player of the Year
Virginia Tech’s Brandon Flowers. Brandon is the total package,
instincts, speed, talent, the works. 7.5 TFL, 3.5 Sacks, 3 INT’s, but far more
impressively, 18 passes broken up, 21 passes defended! That’s insane. Branden
is our very own version of NFL Hall of Famer Michael Haynes of New England
Patriot and Oakland Raider fame.

ACC Coach of the Year:
When you are picked to finish last in your division, but go on to win your
conference, you are your conference’s Coach of the Year, no ifs ands or buts. Jim
did just that, leading his Demon-Deacs to the 2006 ACC Championship
and an Orange Bowl berth in the process. Jim Grobe might wanna check the
Winston-Salem real-estate market out.

2006 ACC Team of the Year:
(tie) Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. Only two ACC football team
clearly surpassed the media’s preseason expectations, as all the rest lived
down to such. Wake is the ACC’s Cinderella story, but our Hokies made the
Demon-Deacs’ clock strike 12 down on tobacco road a couple of weeks back, and
VT is playing the best football in all of the ACC right now. That’s good
enough for me to split my vote.

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