Greensboro, NC – Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook are unanimous first-team selections to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team, as voted upon by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
The sophomores were named to the first team on all 50 ballots cast by ACSMA members.
Watson, who led the Tigers to an unbeaten regular season and a No. 1 national ranking, leads the ACC in total offense with 331.6 yard per game and has accounted for 36 touchdowns (27 passing, nine rushing).
Florida State’s Cook leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally with 1,658 rushing yards, and he leads the conference in scoring with 19 touchdowns.
Clemson and eighth-ranked North Carolina, which will meet in the 2015 ACC Football Championship game on Saturday night (ABC network, 8 pm) in Charlotte, North Carolina, fill a combined 31 spots on the All-ACC first, second and third teams.
The Atlantic Division champion Tigers lead with 17 selections, including six on the first team.
The Coastal Division champion Tar Heels saw 13 players claim 14 spots, with junior Ryan Switzer chosen as both a second-team specialist and a third-team wide receiver.
UNC redshirt senior guard Landon Turner and sophomore running back Elijah Hood were named first-team All-ACC. Hood has amassed 1280 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns behind Turner and the rest of the Tar Heels’ offensive line.
Six UNC players were selected to the second team. Redshirt senior quarterback Marquise Williams, redshirt junior receiver Mack Hollins, redshirt junior tackle Jon Heck, redshirt junior guard Caleb Peterson represented the North Carolina offense, sophomore cornerback M.J. Stewart was chosen from the UNC defense and junior receiver punt returner was selected to the team as a return specialist.
Switzer, senior wide receiver Quinshad Davis and junior center Lucas Crowley were selected to the third-team offense. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Nazair Jones, senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad and junior corner back Des Lawrence represent UNC on the third-team defense.
Three more North Carolina players, junior place kicker Nick Weiler, redshirt senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer and redshirt sophomore safety Donnie Miles were named to the honorable mention team.
Florida State had 12 total selections, and was second to Clemson in first-team selections with four.
The All-ACC first-team offensive unit includes the conference’s top two rushers in Cook and North Carolina’s Elijah Hood (1,280 yards and 16 touchdowns), as well as the top two receivers in Pitt’s Tyler Boyd (85 catches for 873 yards) and Clemson’s Artavis Scott (77 receptions for 709 yards).
Also included among the first-team receiving corps are Virginia Tech’s Isaiah Ford, who leads all ACC wideouts with 10 touchdown catches and 937 receiving yards, and NC State tight end Jaylen Samuels (64 receptions, 599 yards and seven touchdowns).
The offensive line includes the 2015 ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient in Florida State’s Roderick Johnson, as well as four-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week selection Landon Turner of North Carolina. They are joined by NC State tackle Joe Thuney, Clemson guard Eric Mac Lain and Duke center Matt Skura.
The special teams’ first unit features three-time All-ACC placekicker Roberto Aguayo of Florida State (106 points, including 20-of-24 field goal attempts) and Duke’s DeVon Edwards, who has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season.
The All-ACC first-team defensive unit is highlighted by several student-athletes that are current contenders for national awards, including a pair of Bronco Nagurski Award finalists in Duke safety Jeremy Cash and Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson. Cash is also one of three finalists for the the Jim Thorpe Award, and Lawson – who leads the nation with 20.5 tackles for loss – is a finalist for the Lombardi Trophy.
Also included is Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price, whose resume includes five quarterback sacks in a single game. Defensive tackles Carlos Watkins (Clemson), Luther Maddy (Virginia Tech) and Connor Wujciak (Boston College) complete the All-ACC first-team front five.
The first-team defensive unit also includes the ACC’s two leading tacklers in Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser (117) and safety Quin Blanding (115).
Kiser is joined on the first-team linebacker corps by Wake Forest’s Brandon Chubb and Louisville’s Keith Kelsey. Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey, Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander joins Cash, Ramsey and Blanding in the secondary. Syracuse’s Riley Dixon received the nod as first-team punter.
Nineteen student-athletes chosen to the 2015 All-ACC Football team by ACSMA are repeat selections from last season.
The 2015 ACSMA All-ACC Football Team:
|First Team Offense|
|WR||Isaiah Ford||So.||Virginia Tech||124|
|TE||Jaylen Samuels||So.||NC State||93|
|T||Roderick Johnson||So.||Florida State||102|
|T||Joe Thuney||Sr.-R||NC State||82|
|G||Landon Turner||Sr.-R||North Carolina||132|
|G||Eric Mac Lain||Sr.-R||Clemson||113|
|RB||Dalvin Cook||So.||Florida State||150|
|RB||Elijah Hood||So.||North Carolina||123|
|PK||Roberto Aguayo||Jr.-R||Florida State||86|
First Team Defense
|DT||Luther Maddy||Sr.-R||Virginia Tech||60|
|DT||Connor Wujciak||Sr.-R||Boston College||60|
|LB||Brandon Chubb||Sr.-R||Wake Forest||87|
|CB||Jalen Ramsey||Jr.||Florida State||122|
|Second Team Offense|
|WR||Travis Rudolph||So.||Florida State||96|
|WR||Mack Hollins||Jr.-R||North Carolina||63|
|WR||Kermit Whitfield||Jr.||Florida State||63|
|T||Jon Heck||Jr.-R||North Carolina||79|
|G||Caleb Peterson||Jr.-R||North Carolina||45|
|QB||Marquise Williams||Sr.-R||North Carolina||95|
|Sp.||Ryan Switzer||Jr.||North Carolina||83|
Second Team Defense
|DE||Mike Rose||Sr.-R||NC State||96|
|DE||DeMarcus Walker||Jr.||Florida State||81|
|DT||Nile Lawrence-Stample||Sr.-R||Florida State||58|
|LB||Steven Daniels||Sr.||Boston College||65|
|LB||Reggie Northrup||Sr.||Florida State||60|
|CB||M.J. Stewart||So.||North Carolina||65|
|S||Justin Simmons||Sr.||Boston College||47|
|P||Alex Kinal||Sr.-R||Wake Forest||75|
|Third Team Offense|
|WR||Ryan Switzer||Jr.||North Carolina||34|
|WR||Quinshad Davis||Sr.||North Carolina||28|
|TE||Bucky Hodges||So.-R||Virginia Tech||52|
|G||Kareem Are||Jr.-R||Florida State||38|
|C||Lucas Crowley||Jr.||North Carolina||58|
|RB||Travon McMillian||Fr.-R||Virginia Tech||30|
Third Team Defense
|DT||Nazair Jones||So.-R||North Carolina||33|
|DT||Derrick Nnadi||So.||Florida State||31|
|LB||Shakeel Rashad||Sr.||North Carolina||58|
|CB||Des Lawrence||Jr.||North Carolina||45|
|S||Derwin James||Fr.||Florida State||30|
|Honorable Mention Offense|
|TE||Cam Serigne||So.-R||Wake Forest||39|
|T||Bryan Chamberlain||Sr.-R||Georgia Tech||29|
|G||Chad Mavety||Jr.-R||Florida State||36|
|G||Trey Braun||Sr.-R||Georgia Tech||25|
|C||Quinton Schooley||Sr.||NC State||23|
|RB||Matt Dayes||Jr.||NC State||29|
|PK||Nick Weiler||Jr.||North Carolina||36|
|Sp.||Nyheim Hines||Fr.||NC State||25|
|Sp.||Kermit Whitfield||Jr.||Florida State||23|
|Sp.||Bra’Lon Cherry||Jr.||NC State||22|
Honorable Mention Defense
|DT||Adam Gotsis||Sr.||Georgia Tech||28|
|DT||Corey Marshall||Sr.-R||Virginia Tech||21|
|LB||Terrance Smith||Sr.-R||Florida State||39|
|LB||Matt Milano||Jr.||Boston College||38|
|LB||Jeff Schoettmer||Sr.-R||North Carolina||25|
|S||Donnie Miles||So.-R||North Carolina||26|
|S||Lamarcus Brutus||Sr.-R||Florida State||20|
|P||Cason Beatty||Sr.||Florida State||27|
|P||Alex Howell||Sr.-R||Boston College||24|