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2005 preseason All-ACC team announced

Posted Monday, July 25, 2005

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Preseason All-ACC selections were announced Monday at the ACC Kickoff.

Three NC State players were placed on the team: wide receiver Tramain Hall, defensive end Mario Williams and defensive end Manny Lawson.

Running back Chris Barclay, offensive lineman Steve Vallos and punter Ryan Plackemeier were the three Wake Forest players who made the list.

Only one member of the Carolina team made the list - offensive lineman Kyle Ralph.

No one from the Duke squad made the team.

The full list of the preseason All-ACC team follows:

OFFENSE
QB- Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson
RB- Chris Barclay, Wake Forest
RB- P.J. Daniels, Georgia Tech
WR- Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
WR- Tramain Hall, NC State
TE- Jeff King, Virginia Tech
OL- D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia
OL- Will Montgomery, Virginia Tech
OL- Kyle Ralph, North Carolina
OL- Steve Vallos, Wake Forest
OL- Eric Winston, Miami
PK- Connor Hughes, Virginia
SP- Devin Hester, Miami

DEFENSE
DL- Mathias Kiwanuka, BC
DL- Manny Lawson, NC State
DL- Darryl Tapp, Virginia Tech
DL- Mario Williams, NC State
LB- Ahmad Brooks, Virginia
LB- D'Qwell Jackson, Maryland
LB- Ernie Sims, Florida State
DB- Tye Hill, Clemson
DB- Greg Threat, Miami
DB- Pat Watkins, Florida State
DB- Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech
P- Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest

Preseason Player of the Year:
Mathias Kiwanuka, BC

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Tramain Hall

Traimain Hall

In 2004 Traimain Hall was NC State's third-leading receiver with 28 catches for 324 yards, he also had touchdown receptions ... In for 477 snaps from scrimmage, he was the Wolfpack's starting halfback ... Limited in the Georgia Tech and Florida State after suffering from back spasms and pain ... Ranked ninth in the ACC in punt returns with a 6.5 yard average ... Led the team in receptions in each of the first two games of the season, with 6-60 against Richmond and 4-15 versus Ohio State ... Had the longest reception of his career, a 58-yarder, in the win over Wake Forest ... A preseason candidate for the Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year Award ... Touched the ball 64 times last season, 197 times for his career ... The strength index champion for the skill group prior to the 2004 season, he posted a 375-pound bench press, a 300-pound power clean, a 9'7 broad jump and a 33" vertical jump.

Mario Williams

Mario Williams

In 2003, NCSU's Mario Williams was a freshman All-American choice of The Sporting News, The Football Writers Association, Rivals.com and FootballNews.com ... Started every game at defensive end ... Seventh-leading tackler on the squad, he led all defensive linemen with 56 stops ... Made 13 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including five sacks .. Also broke up five passes and had 10 quarterback pressures ... Had six tackles, a sack for a loss of six yards and swatted away a pass against Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl ... Graduated from high school early, he joined the team at the 2003 Gator Bowl ... Named the Top Newcomer on defense following 2003 spring workouts ... Also the co-recipient of the Most Dependable Defensive Lineman Award.

Manny Lawson

In 2004, NCSU's Manny Lawson was a second-team All-ACC performer after ranking sixth in the conference with seven sacks for the season ... Former linebacker who ranked third on the team with a dozen tackles for loss and second with 17 quarterback pressures ... Named the Walter Camp Foundation's National Defensive Player of the Week after tallying three sacks in the win over Virginia Tech ... Also earned the ACC's Defensive Lineman of the Week honor for that performance ... Tallied a career-high 10 tackles against Florida State, including three tackles for loss and a sack ... Tied for second in school history with six blocked punts, that mark ranked sixth among current players nationally at the end of the season ... Co-recipient of the 2004 Cary Brewbaker Award, given to the most valuable defensive lineman ... Named the strength index champion for the Wolfpack linemen, he bench pressed 385 pounds, power cleaned 340 pounds, posted a 11'7 broad jump and a 37-1/2" vertical jump.

Kyle Ralph

UNC's Kyle Ralph enters the season as the starter at left guard ... Although he did not start a game in 2003, Ralph is the most experienced guard entering the season ... Made five starts as a freshman in 2002 ... Earned "Elite Ram" status in the weight room.

Chris Barclay

Chris Barclay

Scouting Report: Chris Barclay will be a senior leader for the Deacons... expected to have a special final season... has a sense of urgency... has made tremendous strides in his strength since arriving on campus... not a huge back, but extremely durable... very slippery runner who is hard to tackle... knows the offense very well with three years of experience under his belt... expected to start but will have to compete for the job... his vision may be his biggest asset... sees the field extremely well... a student of the game.... very intelligent player as well as a an exceptional student.

In 2004, Chris Barclay was named first team All-ACC... earned Wake Forest's Most Valuable Player Award in a vote by his teammates... led the ACC in rushing during the regular season for the second straight year (91.8 ypg)... carried 243 times for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns... led the ACC in rushing attempts... became the first Wake Forest player, just the 14th in ACC history, to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons... averaged 104.6 yards per game against ACC opponents... ranked 33rd in the NCAA in rushing... catapulted into a tie for first place in the Wake Forest record book with his 30th career rushing touchdown... up to third on Wake Forest's all-time rushing chart with 2,905 yards... made 21 receptions, second-most on the team, for 118 yards... had four 100-yard rushing performances including games against Clemson, Duke, Maryland and North Carolina... rushed 29 times for a season-high 179 yards with a touchdown against Clemson en route to being named ACC Offensive Back of the Week... left that game in overtime due to severe leg cramps... carried 30 times for 138 yards and two touchdowns against North Carolina... rushed 26 times for 134 yards and a touchdown in the Duke game plus three catches for 28 yards... carried 25 times for 103 yards against Maryland in the season finale to go over the 1,000 yard plateau for the second straight season... rushed 19 times for 84 yards and a touchdown against Virginia Tech... carried 20 times for 84 yards with four receptions for 19 yards against NC State... rushed 23 times for 66 yards against East Carolina... carried 24 times for 62 yards against Boston College... carried 19 times for 58 yards and caught four passes for 14 yards in the Florida State game... rushed 18 times against Miami for 57 yards and a touchdown... scored two touchdowns on 10 carries for 50 yards against North Carolina A&T.

Steve Vallos

Scouting Report: Steve Vallos is Wake Forest's top lineman in the program... returning All-ACC performer... the anchor of the line... played all four spots on the line last season... coaching staff hopes to leave him at right tackle... definite first team All-ACC caliber player... strongest lineman... worked extremely hard this past off-season... tremendous leadership qualities.

In 2004, Steve Vallos was named second team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association... selected first team All-ACC by Rivals... started all 11 games for the Deacons, one of only three offensive players to do so... bounced around the offensive line based on need and injury situations... played all four line positions except center... began the year at left tackle and started seven games there... started at right guard in the Florida State, Duke and Maryland games... started at right tackle against North Carolina... graded out at a team-best 87 percent for the year... led the Deacons with an overwhelming 144 knockdown blocks, 43 more than any other Deacon lineman... earned a grade of 85 percent of better (the team average was 83 percent) in 10 of 11 games... had at least 10 knockdown blocks in nine of 11 games, including 19 against North Carolina and 18.5 against both Boston College and Virginia Tech... played 766 snaps with only 11 missed assignments.

Ryan Plackemeier

Scouting Report: Ryan Plackemeier possesses one of the strongest legs in college football... one of the nation's top punters... has been forced to see action in previous seasons at placekicker.... Wake Forest coaches feel that if he can just focus on punting, he could be an All-American... has improved his consistency each year... a key weapon for the Deacons in the battle of field position... should be a senior leader... enters the fall as the back-up to Sam Swank at placekicker... could also serve as the holder in placekicking situations.

In 2004, Ryan Plackemeier was named first team All-ACC punter for the second straight year... led the league and ranked eighth nationally in punting with a 43.9 yard average... posted the fourth-best single season punting average in school history... a preseason candidate for the Ray Guy Award... punted 64 times for 2,809 yards and dropped 17 punts inside the 20... handled placekicking duties after Matt Wisnosky tore his ACL October 9... punted eight times at Maryland for 345 yards including four inside the 20... drilled a career-long 69 yarder with no return in College Park... punted seven times for 274 yards including a 60-yarder and one inside the 20 against Miami... punted eight times against North Carolina for 338 yards, the longest of which was a 59-yarder... landed three inside the 20 against the Tar Heels... punted four times against Duke for 179 yards, an average of 44.8 yards per punt... punted nine times for 365 yards against Florida State and dropped three punts inside the 20... punted six times against Virginia Tech for 294 yards including one inside the 20... punted eight times for 375 yards against NC State... longest punt of the day was a 65-yarder... landed one inside the 20 against the Wolfpack... punted six times for 270 yards against Boston College, the longest of which went 56 yards... landed two punts inside the 20 against the Eagles... punted twice for 88 yards against North Carolina A&T... long punt was 51 yards and dropped one inside the 20 against the Aggies... punted twice at East Carolina for 97 yards with a long of 49 yards... punted four times at Clemson for an average of 36.8 yards... his longest punt of the day was 59 yards in Death Valley but it was returned for a touchdown... had one punt blocked in the endzone for a safety... went 4-for-9 on field goals with a long of 41... was perfect on point after attempts, going 7-for-7.

 
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