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2009 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Football Team

Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2009

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Greensboro, NC - The 2008 Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year and four members of the defending champion Virginia Tech Hokies were among the 24 players named to the preseason All-ACC football team Monday. Media members attending the 2009 ACC Football Kickoff at the Grandover Resort cast 44 ballots for the teams.

Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer, who is seeking to become the league's first two-time Player of the Year since 1992 and '93, led all candidates with 41 votes. Dwyer averaged 107 rushing yards per game as the Yellow Jackets quickly adapted to coach Paul Johnson's triple-option spread offense last season.

C.J. Spiller of Clemson appears twice on the chart. He's Dwyer's running mate in the backfield and the media's choice at specialist. In 2008, he placed 14th nationally in kickoff-return average at 27 yards an attempt.

N.C. State's Russell Wilson, who threw 249 consecutive passes without an interception over his final nine games as a redshirt freshman a year ago and became the first freshman in league history to earn first-team All-ACC honors as a quarterback, was the top vote-getter among signal callers.

Three players topped the defensive honorees with 34 votes apiece: Duke defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase, widely considered among the best five players nationally at his position; Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson; and Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett, a second-team All-American according to three sources last season.

Virginia Tech led the way with four selections: tight end Greg Boone; defensive end Jason Worilds, who made 18.5 tackles for loss in 2008; safety Kam Chancellor; and offensive guard Sergio Render.

Three teams had three selections.

  • North Carolina was represented by linebacker Quan Sturdivant, whose 87 unassisted tackles led the nation last year; tackle Marvin Austin; and cornerback Kendric Burney.
  • Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, who made 39 of his team's 74 pass receptions on the season, joined Dwyer and Burnett among the Jackets' honorees.
  • Clemson got two of its three appearances from Spiller. Wide receiver Jacoby Ford provided the other.
In all, 17 players who earned first or second-team or Honorable Mention All-ACC honors in 2008 were chosen for the 2009 pre-season team including 2009 first-team honorees Wilson, Dwyer, Spiller (as specialist), Florida State guard Rodney Hudson and Maryland punter Travis Baltz.

Nine members of the 2009 preseason team earned second team All-ACC honors last year including Spiller (as a running back), Worilds, Burnett, Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, Virginia Tech offensive guard Sergio Render, Miami placekicker Matt Bosher (who actually earned 2nd-team ALL-ACC as a punter and placekicker), Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak, Virginia cornerback Ras-I-Dowling and North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney. The 2008 honorable mention All-ACC selections were Duke's Oghobaase, Boston College center Matt Tennant and NC State defensive end Willie Young.


OFFENSE

Position
Name
School No.
In 2008 otherwise noted

QB
Russell Wilson
NC State 31
2008 1st-team All-ACC, ACC Rookie of the Year

RB
Jonathan Dwyer
Georgia Tech 41
2008 ACC Player of the Year,2009 Preseason Player of the Year

RB
C.J. Spiller
Clemson 38
Needs 921 all-purpose yards for ACC record

WR
Demaryius Thomas
Georgia Tech 15
Had more than half of Tech's catches

WR
Jacoby Ford
Clemson 31
2nd among active ACC players in yds, catches

TE
Greg Boone
Virginia Tech 32
22 catches for 278 yards

OT
Jason Fox
Miami 32
Graded out at 97% for the year

OT
Anthony Castonzo
Boston College 26
2008 second-team All-ACC

OG
Sergio Render
Virginia Tech 25
2008 second-team All-ACC, 39 career starts

OG
Rodney Hudson
Florida State 32
Named to 2009 Lombardi Trophy watch list

C
Matt Tennant
Boston College 23
On 2009 watch list for Rimington Trophy

PK
Matt Bosher
Miami 34
Made 18-of-20 FGAs; 2008 2nd Team All-ACC

DEFENSE

Position
Name
School No.
In 2008 otherwise noted

DE
Jason Worilds
Virginia Tech 25
Recorded 18.5 tackles for loss, 2008 2nd-team All-ACC

DE
Willie Young
NC State 21
Credited with 65 QB pressures in his career

DT
Vince Oghobaase
Duke 34
Lott Trophy finalist has started 36 straight games

DT
Marvin Austin
North Carolina 25
Interception return for a TD and blocked PAT

LB
Dekoda Watson
Florida State 34
28 tackles in final four regular-season games

LB
Quan Sturdivant
North Carolina 28
Led the nation in unassisted tackles (87)

LB
Alex Wujciak
Maryland 18
13th nationally in total tackles (10.2 per game)

CB
Ras-I Dowling
Virginia 21
T-11 nationally in passes defended per game (1.27)

CB
Kendric Burney
North Carolina 13
Credited with 78 tackles

S
Morgan Burnett
Georgia Tech 34
Preseason All-American by 3 sources

S
Kam Chancellor
Virginia Tech 31
2 fumble recoveries, 2 INT

P
Travis Baltz
Maryland 38
Led ACC in punting average (41.1)

Specialist: C.J. Spiller, Clemson

 
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