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WFU's Barclay, Plackemeier, Vallos named preseason All-ACC

Posted Tuesday, July 26, 2005

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Hot Springs, Va. - Senior running back Chris Barclay, junior punter Ryan Plackemeier and junior offensive tackle Steve Vallos were named Preseason All-ACC by the league's media Monday in voting conducted at the annual Football Kickoff.

Wake Forest, along with Miami and NC State, were the only three schools to have three players recognized on the All-ACC squads.

Barclay was a first team All-ACC selection and team MVP in 2004 after leading the ACC in rushing during the regular season for the second straight year (91.8 yards per game). He carried 243 times for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Barclay is just the 13th player in ACC history to accumulate more than 1,000 yards rushing in consecutive seasons.

Plackemeier was named first team All-ACC for the second straight year in 2004. He led the league and ranked eighth nationally in punting with a 43.9 yard average. Plackemeier posted the fourth-best single season punting average in school history. A Ray Guy Award candidate, he punted 64 times for 2,809 yards and dropped 17 punts inside the 20-yard line last season.

Vallos was named second team All-ACC by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association in 2004. He was selected first team All-ACC by Rivals after starting all 11 games for the Deacons, one of only three offensive players to do so. Vallos bounced around the offensive line based on need and injury situations, playing all four line positions except center.

Boston College senior defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka was named ACC Preseason Player of the Year.

In the preseason poll, Wake Forest was picked sixth in the Atlantic Division.

The Demon Deacons received 119 points in the preseason poll. Florida State is the preseason favorite in the division, followed by ACC newcomer Boston College, NC State, Clemson and Maryland. Virginia Tech was tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Coastal Division, followed by Miami, Virginia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Duke.

2005 Pre-Season All-ACC
QB - Charlie Whitehurst, Clemson
RB - Chris Barclay, Wake Forest
RB - Leon Washington, Florida State
WR - Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
WR - Tramain Hall, NC State
TE - Jeff King, Virginia Tech
OL - D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia
OL - WillMontgomery, Virginia Tech
OL - Kyle Ralph, North Carolina
OL - Steve Vallos, Wake Forest
OL - Eric Winston, Miami

DL - Mathias Kiwanuka, Boston College
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

Special Teams
PK - Connor Hughes, Virginia
P - Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest
SP - Devin Hester, Miami

There were no unanimous selections. Both Kiwanuka and Washington were on 39 of 40 ballots.

2005 Pre-Season ACC Poll
Coastal Division
1. Virginia Tech (62 first place votes) 517
2. Miami (29) 487
3. Virginia (1) 356
4. Georgia Tech 281
5. North Carolina 197
6. Duke 94

Atlantic Division 1. Florida State (65 first place votes) 522 2. Boston College (24) 458 3. NC State (2) 346 4. Clemson (1) 265 5. Maryland 222 6. Wake Forest 119

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WFU's Barclay, Plackemeier, Vallos named preseason All-ACC
Senior running back Chris Barclay was one of three WFU players to make the pre-season list.
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