2015 All-ACC football teams announced

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.

Marquise Williams

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams made the 2015 All-ACC second-team. (photo by Gene Galin)

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
WRTyler BoydJr.Pitt147
WRArtavis ScottSo.Clemson130
WRIsaiah FordSo.Virginia Tech124
TEJaylen SamuelsSo.NC State93
TRoderick JohnsonSo.Florida State102
TJoe ThuneySr.-RNC State82
GLandon TurnerSr.-RNorth Carolina132
GEric Mac LainSr.-RClemson113
CMatt SkuraSr.-RDuke94
QBDeshaun WatsonSo.Clemson150
RBDalvin CookSo.Florida State150
RBElijah HoodSo.North Carolina123
PKRoberto AguayoJr.-RFlorida State86
Sp.DeVon EdwardsJr.-RDuke103

First Team Defense

DEShaq LawsonJr.Clemson132
DEEjuan PriceSr.-RPitt111
DTCarlos WatkinsJr.-RClemson101
DTLuther MaddySr.-RVirginia Tech60
DTConnor WujciakSr.-RBoston College60
LBMicah KiserSo.-RVirginia93
LBBrandon ChubbSr.-RWake Forest87
LBKeith KelseyJr.Louisville78
CBJalen RamseyJr.Florida State122
CBMackensie AlexanderSo.-RClemson81
SJeremy CashSr.-RDuke122
SQuin BlandingSo.Virginia88
PRiley DixonSr.Syracuse77
Second Team Offense
WRTravis RudolphSo.Florida State96
WRCanaan SeverinSr.Virginia88
WRMack HollinsJr.-RNorth Carolina63
WRKermit WhitfieldJr.Florida State63
TEJordan LeggettJr.Clemson77
TJon HeckJr.-RNorth Carolina79
TAdam BisnowatyJr.-RPitt77
GDorian JohnsonJr.Pitt49
GCaleb PetersonJr.-RNorth Carolina45
CJay GuillermoJr.-RClemson88
QBMarquise WilliamsSr.-RNorth Carolina95
RBWayne GallmanSo.-RClemson115
RBQadree OllisonFr.-RPitt69
PKGreg HuegelFr.-RClemson77
Sp.Ryan SwitzerJr.North Carolina83

Second Team Defense

DEMike RoseSr.-RNC State96
DEDeMarcus WalkerJr.Florida State81
DTNile Lawrence-StampleSr.-RFlorida State58
DTDeAngelo BrownJr.-RLouisville46
LBSteven DanielsSr.Boston College65
LBBen BoulwareJr.Clemson60
LBB.J. GoodsonSr.-RClemson60
LBReggie NorthrupSr.Florida State60
CBM.J. StewartSo.North Carolina65
CBArtie BurnsJr.Miami51
SJayron KearseJr.Clemson69
SJustin SimmonsSr.Boston College47
PAlex KinalSr.-RWake Forest75
Third Team Offense
WRStacy ColeyJr.Miami58
WRRyan SwitzerJr.North Carolina34
WRQuinshad DavisSr.North Carolina28
TEBucky HodgesSo.-RVirginia Tech52
TMitch HyattFr.Clemson66
TJoe GoreSr.-RClemson59
GTyrone CrowderSo.-RClemson39
GKareem AreJr.-RFlorida State38
CLucas CrowleyJr.North Carolina58
QBBrad KaayaSo.Miami30
RBTaquan MizzellJr.Virginia43
RBTravon McMillianFr.-RVirginia Tech30
PKRoss MartinSr.Duke56
Sp.Brisly EstimeJr.Syracuse34

Third Team Defense

DESheldon RankinsSr.Louisville47
DERon ThompsonJr.Syracuse24
DTNazair JonesSo.-RNorth Carolina33
DTDerrick NnadiSo.Florida State31
DTDarryl RenderSr.Pitt31
LBShakeel RashadSr.North Carolina58
LBJames BurgessSr.Louisville53
LBDwayne NormanSr.Duke43
CBCordrea TankersleyJr.Clemson47
CBDes LawrenceJr.North Carolina45
SJordan WhiteheadFr.Pitt41
SDerwin JamesFr.Florida State30
PWill MondaySr.-RDuke39
Honorable Mention Offense
TECam SerigneSo.-RWake Forest39
TBryan ChamberlainSr.-RGeorgia Tech29
TCasey BlaserJr.-RDuke23
TGeron ChristianFr.Louisville20
GChad MavetyJr.-RFlorida State36
GLucas PatrickSr.-RDuke35
GRoss BurbankSr.-RVirginia28
GTrey BraunSr.-RGeorgia Tech25
CQuinton SchooleySr.NC State23
RBMatt DayesJr.NC State29
RBJoe YearbySo.Miami26
PKNick WeilerJr.North Carolina36
PKMichael BadgleySo.Miami27
Sp.Nyheim HinesFr.NC State25
Sp.Kermit WhitfieldJr.Florida State23
Sp.Bra’Lon CherryJr.NC State22

Honorable Mention Defense

DEKevin DoddJr.-RClemson22
DTAdam GotsisSr.Georgia Tech28
DTDavid DeanSr.-RVirginia28
DTCorey MarshallSr.-RVirginia Tech21
LBTrevon YoungJr.Louisville41
LBTerrance SmithSr.-RFlorida State39
LBDevonte FieldsJr.Louisville39
LBMatt MilanoJr.Boston College38
LBJeff SchoettmerSr.-RNorth Carolina25
CBTrumaine WashingtonSo.Louisville38
CBShaq WigginsSo.-RLouisville23
CBAvonte MaddoxSo.Pitt21
SDeon BushSr.Miami29
SDeVon EdwardsJr.-RDuke27
SDonnie MilesSo.-RNorth Carolina26
SJosh Harvey-ClemonsJr.-RLouisville21
SLamarcus BrutusSr.-RFlorida State20
PNicholas ConteJr.-RVirginia31
PCason BeattySr.Florida State27
PAlex HowellSr.-RBoston College24