The 2019 All-ACC teams were released on Tuesday morning, and Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley earned first team honors. Seven other players also made the list, from anywhere from second team to honorable mention.
Per the ACC’s press release, a voting panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches cast ballots for the 2019 All-ACC Football Teams, with three points awarded for each first-team vote, two points for each second-team vote and one point for each third-team selection.
Farley led all ACC cornerbacks with 136 point, well ahead of fellow first team cornerback AJ Terrell of Clemson, who finished with 100 points. He led the ACC in passes defended with 16. He set a career-high with four passes defended against UNC despite playing less than one half of football due to injury. He is tied for the ACC lead with four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown against UNC.
The other Virginia Tech All-ACC members are as follows…
LB Rayshard Ashby: Second Team, 120 points (9 points away from first-team honors)
P Oscar Bradburn: Honorable Mention, 59 points
T Christian Darrisaw: 36 points
G Lecitus Smith: 38 points
WR Damon Hazelton: 20 points
DT Jarrod Hewitt: 33 points
CB Jermaine Waller: 54 points
Waller was the second-highest graded cornerback in coverage in the ACC this year, per Pro Football Focus, behind only Caleb Farley. He was the third highest-grading cornerback overall. However, perhaps the biggest snub was no Rayshard Ashby on the first team. He was named ACC Linebacker of the Week five times throughout the season, and led all ACC linebackers in PFF grade against the run with a 90.9.
Farley could also draw some All-American attention, though it’s not clear whether he’s well-known outside of the ACC footprint at this point. He was No. 3 in FBS, and No. 1 at all Power 5 schools, in coverage rating this year, according to PFF.