Caleb Farley Earns First Team All-ACC Honors

Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Caleb Farley is a First Team All-ACC Player, and could also earn some All-American honors. (Ivan Morozov)

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.

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  1. Why was the voting so biased against VT, especially given how mediocre the ACC overall was this year? Ashby not on first team. Waller? Bradburn? Very strange. What is not strange is the number of Clemson players on the first 3 teams. The pendulum always swings in both directions, but the conference is the most unhealthy it has been in years. Still proud of the turnaround of this team post the Duke debacle!! I never thought a division of the American Conference would be ranked above an ACC Division. The AAC is literally the crumbs of how were left out after the breakup of the Big East and pieces of Conference USA.

  2. With 21 starters and the talent we have returning in 2020, we should dominate the All-ACC team.

  3. Who votes on these? They are nuts to leave off so many deserving Hokies, especially Ashby and Bradburn. No cred, as far as I am concerned.

  4. Ashby, Bradburn, Tre Turner, Dalton Keene robbed!
    RA should have been first team.
    Bradburn should have been at least 2nd team if not 1st.
    Big play Tre should have been H.M. along with Keene.

  5. How is Bradburn only honorable mention as he was a leader of the Ray Guy award until last week. Crazy!!

  6. who were the 4 ACC LBs
    who had 5 or more ACC “LB of the Week” awards this season?

    either the “LB of the Week” awards mock the “2019 All-ACC first team” selection,
    or the all-ACC first team LB selections devalue the weekly awards.

    Rayshard Ashby for first team all-ACC LB!

    Go Hokies!

  7. Very happy for Caleb! He has been through a lot and this is a well deserved recognition of his talent.

  8. Very, very happy for Caleb! He had a very rough freshman season after being forced to play early before he was ready. But he stayed positive, believed in himself, listened to his coaches and kept working hard. It’s great to see his hard work pay off for him. Well done, young man! 🙂👍🏻

    1. I don’t think Farley being honored on the First Team is a joke. LB – Some very good LB’s in the ACC, including Isaiah Simmons who might be the best LB in the country. They chose and honored the 4 best players on our D, and probably the 3 most deserving on the O, although I could make an argument for Tre. Placement may be questionable, but they got the correct players to honor. I wouldn’t tell any of those players that their honor was a “joke”.

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