Nine Virginia Tech players were honored by the ACC on Monday for their
play during the 2009 football season. Four Hokies were named First Team
All-ACC, and five others were Second Team All-ACC.
Here’s a look at the Tech players who made the list.
Tech’s All-ACC Players
Ryan Williams was the only Tech offensive player named to the First Team. He
finished the year with 268 carries for 1,538 yards on the season. He averaged
5.7 yards per carry, and had 19 rushing touchdowns. Williams also caught 14
passes for 180 yards and a touchdown. He was Tech’s fourth leading receiver this
Williams is a sure bet to be named the ACC’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. He
was joined on the First Team offense by five Georgia Tech players: quarterback
Josh Nesbitt, running back Jonathan Dwyer, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas,
offensive guard Cord Howard and center Sean Bedford.
Cody Grimm was the only Tech defender to be named to the First Team. Grimm
led Tech with 99 tackles on the season, including 9.5 for loss. He also chipped
in with three sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, five passes defended, seven forced
fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Grimm set the NCAA record with three forced fumbles in one game, and he led
the ACC in forced fumbles this year.
The Hokies were dominant on special teams this year, and plackekicker Matt
Waldron and punter Brent Bowden were both First Team All-ACC. Waldon had a great
season in his first year as a starter, going 17-of-20 with a long of 41 yards.
Bowden had a tremendous season as a punter, averaging 43.9 yards per punt, with
a long of 60 yards. 13 of his 54 punts went for 50 or more yards, and 18 were
downed inside the 20.
Ed Wang, Sergio Render and Greg Boone also represented the Tech offense on
the Second Team. Wang in particular had a good season. Boone caught just seven
passes for 75 yards on the year, but he had a good year sealing the edge in the
Tech running game. All three of these players had a big part in record breaking
year of Ryan Williams.
Jason Worilds and Kam Chancellor were Second Team selections on the defense.
Worilds didn’t have the dominant season that many expected him to have, but he
did tie for the team lead with 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had
34 quarterback hurries. He was very close to getting a lot more than 4.5 sacks.
Kam Chancellor finished third on the team in tackles with 64. He added three
tackles for loss, two interceptions, seven passes defended and a big fumble
recovery in this past weekend’s win at UVA.