Four Hokies Make Preseason All-ACC Team

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The 2009 Preseason All-ACC team was released on Wednesday afternoon, and
Virginia Tech led the way with four selections. The Hokies had two offensive and
two defensive players selected.

Here’s a look at the All-ACC offense:

2009
All-ACC Offense
Pos. Player Team Votes
QB
Russell Wilson

NC State
31
RB
Jonathan Dwyer

Georgia Tech
41
RB
C.J. Spiller

Clemson
38
WR
Demaryius Thomas

Georgia Tech
15
WR
Jacoby Ford

Clemson
31
TE
Greg Boone

Virginia Tech
32
OT
Jason Fox

Miami
32
OT
Anthony Castonzo

Boston College
26
OG
Sergio Render

Virginia Tech
25
OG
Rodney Hudson

Florida State
32
C
Matt Tennant

Boston College
23
PK
Matt Bosher

Miami
34

There were a total of 44 voters, and no one was a unanimous selection.
Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer, the Preseason ACC Player of the Year,
was the closest with 41 votes. C.J. Spiller of Clemson was next with 38 votes.

NC State quarterback Russell Wilson was the top ACC signal caller last season
as a freshman, so it’s only natural that he’s on the Preseason All-ACC team. He
threw 17 touchdown passes and just one interception in 2009.

Clemson wide receiver Jacoby Ford might be the top playmaking wide receiver
in the conference, and he led all wideouts with 31 votes. Georgia Tech’s
Demaryius Thomas, who had 39 of the Yellow Jackets’ 74 receptions in 2008, was
the other receiver. Thomas would likely put up huge numbers if he played in a
different offense.

Virginia Tech’s Greg Boone, who has drawn notoriety for not only his
receiving ability, but for his running out of the Wild Turkey formation, was the
media’s selection as the top tight end in the ACC.

Tech offensive guard Sergio Render was also included on the All-ACC team. He
is currently projected by many experts to be the first interior lineman selected
in 2010 NFL Draft.

Two Hokies also made the All-ACC defense:

2009
All-ACC Defense
Pos. Player Team Votes
DE
Jason Worilds

Virginia Tech
25
DE
Willie Young

NC State
21
DT
Vince Oghobaase

Duke
34
DT
Marvin Austin

UNC
25
LB
Dekota Watson

Florida State
34
LB
Quan Sturdivant

UNC
28
LB
Alex Wujciak

Maryland
18
CB
Ras-I Dowling

UVA
21
CB
Kendric Burney

UNC
13
S
Morgan Burnett

Georgia Tech
34
S
Kam Chancellor

Virginia Tech
31
P
Travis Baltz

Maryland
38

Virginia Tech’s Jason Worilds, who finished last season with 18.5 tackles for
loss, was the top vote getter amongst defensive ends. Willie Young joins him as
the other defensive end, while Duke’s Vince Oghobaase and UNC’s Marvin Austin
man the interior positions.

The linebacking corps is lacking a couple of the top players in the
conference. BC’s Mark Herzlich will miss the season while battling cancer, and
NC State’s Nate Irving was in a bad car wreck in June, and his status for the
upcoming season is questionable. Herzlich and Irving are arguably the top two
linebackers in the ACC.

There are a number of good cornerbacks in the ACC, but UVA’s Ras-I Dowling
and UNC’s Kendric Burney made the list. Neither player received even half of the
media’s 44 votes, so opinions varied on the top cornerbacks in the league.
Finally, Georgia Tech’s Morgan Burnett and Virginia Tech’s Kam Chancellor topped
the list at the safety positions.

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