The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association’s postseason All-ACC teams were released on Monday afternoon. Virginia Tech had many players on the list, though some of the selections were a bit mystifying.
First Team: DT Woody Baron
Second Team: WR Isaiah Ford, LB Tremaine Edmunds
Third Team: TE Bucky Hodges, OT Jonathan McLaughlin, OG Augie Conte, K Joey Slye, LB Andrew Motuapuaka, CB Greg Stroman
Honorable Mention: OG Wyatt Teller, DE Ken Ekanem, ROV Terrell Edmunds, FS Chuck Clark
It seems a bit odd that Wyatt Teller, who is easily Virginia Tech’s best lineman, was only an Honorable Mention pick while his fellow linemen – McLaughlin and Conte – were Third Team picks. Those guys had good years, but Teller was Tech’s best blocker by far.
Isaiah Ford most likely finished on the second team because he was only fifth in the ACC in catches. Jerod Evans was second in the ACC in passing efficiency, and 10th in the league in rushing (among all players, not just quarterbacks), yet he did not even achieve the 20 votes required to be named Honorable Mention All-ACC.
On the other hand, the media did recognize Woody Baron’s fantastic season. Baron was third in ACC in tackles for loss with 17 and he was named a First Team All-ACC defensive tackle by a fairly substantial margin.
As with any postseason list, you can question almost every pick. Remember, media members don’t get to see every team play on a consistent basis, and many picks are simply based on name recognition and stats (though in some cases, such as Jerod Evans, it doesn’t seem that stats matter). At any rate, take the list with a grain of salt, as usual.
For a full list of all postseason All-ACC selections, see this link.