Sammy Watkins, Vic Beasley named first team All-ACC

Football - Clemson's Vic Beasley sacks South Carolina QB Connor Shaw

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Football - Clemson's Vic Beasley sacks South Carolina QB Connor Shaw

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – ACC division winners Florida State and Duke lead the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Football Team, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

The Atlantic Division champion and nationally top-ranked Seminoles placed 17 members on the squad, including seven first-team selections, as voted upon by 65 ACSMA members. Eleven players were selected from Coastal Division champion Duke, including four on the first team. This marks the first year in which a first-, second- and third-team were chosen.

Clemson junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins, whose 1,237 reception yards lead the conference, received 63 first-team votes. Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who ranks first in the nation in passing efficiency (192.6) and leads the ACC in passing yardage (3,490) and touchdown passes (35) was named first team on 61 ballots.

ACC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner Cameron Erving is among the Florida State contingent earning first-team honors. A number of players named to the All-ACC team are also finalists for national honors including Florida State’s Winston (Maxwell Award, Manning Award and O’Brien Award), Clemson’s Watkins (Biletnikoff Award), Boston College’s Williams (Doak Walker Award).

Other national finalists include first-team defensive tackle Aaron Donald of Pitt (Nagurski Award, Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and Outland Trophy), first-team cornerback Lamarcus Joyner of Florida State (Nagurski Award and Thorpe Award), first-team tight end Eric Ebron of North Carolina and second-team tight end Nick O’Leary of Florida State (Mackey Award), second-team quarterback Tajh Boyd of Clemson (Manning Award and Unitas Award) and second-team placekicker Roberto Aguayo of Florida State (Groza Award).

Boston College’s Williams amassed a team-high 195 points with his unanimous first-team selection (three points for each first-team vote, two points for each second-team vote and one-point for each third-team vote). Clemson’s Watkins and Florida State’s Winston had 191 points apiece. The closest vote came at the placekicker position, where Boston College’s Nate Freese earned first-team honors with 124 points, one ahead of Florida State’s Aguayo’s 123.

Vic Beasley was also named first-team All-ACC Monday. It is the second first-team selection for Watkins and the first selection for Beasley, who is in his first year as a starting defensive end.

Overall, 12 Clemson players were named to various All-ACC teams. Quarterback Tajh Boyd was named second-team All-ACC along with offensive tackle Brandon Thomas and cornerback Bashaud Breeland.

Clemson had five players on the third team, including starting linebackers Spencer Shuey and Stephone Anthony, running back Rod McDowell, offensive guard Tyler Shatley and kicker Chandler Catanzaro.

Wide Receiver Martavis Bryant and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett were honorable mention selections.

Watkins ranks 11th in the nation and leads the ACC in receiving yards with 1237 so far this season. He also has 10 touchdown receptions on his 85 receptions. He needs just four receptions in Clemson’s bowl game to break Aaron Kelley’s record for a season in terms of total catches.

Watkins was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2011 as a freshman.

Beasley has 12 sacks so far this year to go with 19 tackles for loss and four caused fumbles. Beasley’s 12 sacks rank fourth in the nation and tied for first in the ACC. His 19 tackles for loss rank seventh best in the nation. He is a semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which is given to the top defensive end in the nation.

This is the third consecutive year Boyd has made first or second-team All-ACC. He is the first quarterback in school history to be named All-ACC three times. So far this year Boyd has completed 252-373 passes for 3473 yards and 29 touchdowns.

He ranks first in the ACC in total offense with 312.2 yards per game and is second in passing efficiency, passing yards per game and touchdown passes. He is the ACC’s career leader in touchdown passes (102) and touchdown responsibility (127).

Boyd is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award and the Manning Award, honors presented to the top quarterback in the nation.

Thomas helped the Clemson offense average over 40 points and 500 yards per game this year. A first-team All-ACC selection last year, Thomas has started 35 consecutive games and has 96 career knockdown blocks.

Breeland ranks fourth in the ACC in interceptions with four and is fifth in passes defended. He leads the Clemson defense in both categories. The Tigers are ranked 16th in the nation in pass efficiency defense, 19th in scoring defense and 17th in interceptions.

McDowell ranks third in the ACC in rushing with 956 yards and has scored five touchdowns. His 5.4 yards per carry figure is fifth in the ACC. He averaged 101 rushing yards per game against top 25 teams this year, 15th best in the nation.

Shatley has been a letterman on both sides of the line of scrimmage and has started each of the last two seasons for a record setting Clemson offense. He has led the Clemson team in knockdown blocks this season.

Anthony and Shuey are Clemson’s top two tacklers this year. Anthony, a junior, has 120 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss for year, while Shuey has 110 total tackles. Catanzaro has made 13-14 field goals this year and is the team’s leading scorer with 95 points. He has an even 400 for his career, second in ACC history.

Bryant averages 20.5 yards per reception this year, fourth best in the nation, as he has 39 catches for 800 yards. Jarrett is third on the Clemson team in tackles with 77, 10 of which have been tackles for loss.

2013 All-ACC Football Team

First Team

Offense

QB – Jameis Winston, Florida State, 6-4, 225, Fr.-R, Bessemer, Ala. (191)

RB – Andre Williams, Boston College, 6-0, 220, Sr., Schnecksville, Pa. (195)

RB – Devonta Freeman, Florida State, 5-9, 203, Jr., Miami, Fla. (126)

WR – Sammy Watkins, Clemson, 6-1, 205, Jr., Fort Myers, Fla. (191)

WR - Jamison Crowder, Duke, 5-9, 175, Jr., Monroe, N.C. (172)

WR – Rashad Greene, Florida State, 6-0, 180, Jr., Albany, Ga. (126)

TE - Eric Ebron, North Carolina, 6-4, 245, Jr., Greensboro, N.C. (178)

T- Cameron Erving, Florida State, 6-6, 320, Jr.-R, Moultrie, Ga. (148)

T- James Hurst, North Carolina, 6-7, 305, Sr., Plainfield, Ind. (118)

G- Tre’ Jackson, Florida State, 6-4, 330, Jr., Jesup, Ga., (160)

G-Shaq Mason, Georgia Tech. 6-1. 305, Jr., Columbia, Tenn. (96)

C- Bryan Stork, Florida State, 6-4, 298, Sr.-R, Vero Beach, Fla. (181)

Defense

DE - Vic Beasley, Clemson, 6-3, 225, Jr-R.., Adairsville, Ga. (161)

DE - Kareem Martin, North Carolina, 6-6, 265, Sr., Roanoke Rapids, N.C. (159)

DT - Aaron Donald, Pitt, 6-0, 275, Sr., Pittsburgh, Pa. (171)

DT – Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest, 5-11, 250, Sr.-R, Wylie, Texas (156)

LB - Kelby Brown, Duke, 6-2, 220, Jr.-R, Matthews, N.C. (146)

LB – Denzel Perryman, Miami, 6-0, 236, Jr., Coral Gables, Fla. (124)

LB – Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College, 6-1, 215, Sr., Norwalk, Conn. (123)

CB – Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State, 5-8, 190, Sr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (172)

CB – Ross Cockrell, Duke, 6-0, 180, Sr.-R, Waxhaw, N.C. (145)

S – Anthony Harris, Virginia, 6-1, 185, Jr., Chesterfield, Va. (142)

S – Jeremy Cash, Duke, 6-2, 210, So.-R, Plantation, Fla. (129)

Special Teams

PK - Nate Freese, Boston College, 6-0, 185, Sr., Strongsville, Ohio (124)

P - Pat O’Donnell, Miami, 6-5, 222, Gr., Lake Worth, Fla. (135)

SP - Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, 5-10, 175, Fr., Charleston, W.Va. (155)

Second Team

Offense

QB - Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Sr.-R, Hampton, Va. (132)

RB – Kevin Parks, Virginia, 5-8, 205, Jr.-R, Salisbury, N.C. (117)

RB - Duke Johnson, Miami, 5-9, 194, So., Miami, Fla. (104)

WR – Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest, 5-11, 190, Sr.-R, Clarksville, Md. (102)

WR - Allen Hurns, Miami, 6-3, 195, Sr., Miami, Fla. (102)

WR – Tyler Boyd, Pitt, 6-2, 185, Fr., Alexandria, Va. (100)

TE - Nick O’Leary, Florida State, 6-3, 246, Jr., Palm Beach, Fla. (126)

T- Brandon Thomas, Clemson, 6-3, 305, Gr.-R, Spartanburg, S.C. (104)

T- Matt Patchan, Boston College, 6-6, 304, Sr., Tampa, Fla. (92)

G- Laken Tomlinson, Duke, 6-3, 320, Jr.-R, Chicago, Ill. (90)

G- Brandon Linder, Miami, 6-6, 317, Sr., Southwest Ranches, Fla. (80)

C- Macky MacPherson, Syracuse, 6-2, 280, Sr., Syracuse, N.Y. (61)

Defense

DE – Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 242, Sr., Washington, D.C. (121)

DE – Kenny Anunike, Duke, 6-5, 260, Sr.-R, Galena, Ohio (98)

DT – Timmy Jernigan, Florida State, 6-2, 294, Jr., Lake City, Fla. (124)

DT – Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 306, Sr., Highland Springs, Va. (73)

LB – Telvin Smith, Florida State, 6-3, 218, Sr., Valdosta, Ga. (105)

LB - Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 236, Sr.-R, Oakton, Va. (93)

LB – Christian Jones, Florida State, 6-4, 232, Sr., Winter Park, Fla. (83)

CB – Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech, 5-11, 180, Fr., Baltimore, Md. (91)

CB – Bashaud Breeland, Clemson, 6-0, 195, Jr.-R, Allendale, S.C. (69)

S – Terrence Brooks, Florida State, 5-11, 200, Sr., Dunnellon, Fla. (97)

S – Tre Boston, North Carolina, 6-1, 205, Sr., Fort Myers, Fla. (86)

Special Teams

PK - Roberto Aguayo, Florida State, 6-1, 208, Fr.-R, Mascotte, Fla. (123)

P – A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 190, So., Terre Haute, Ind. (79)

SP - Jamison Crowder, Duke, 5-9, 175, Jr., Monroe, N.C. (80)

Third Team

Offense

QB – Stephen Morris, Miami, 6-2, 214, Sr., Miami, Fla. (24)

RB – Roderick McDowell, Clemson, 5-9, 195, Gr.-R, Sumter, S.C. (85)

RB –Jerome Smith, Syracuse, 6-0, 217, Sr., Bear, Del. (53)

WR – Devin Street, Pitt, 6-4, 190, Sr.-R, Bethlehem, Pa. (80)

WR – Alex Amidon, Boston College, 5-11, 186, Sr., Greenfield, Mass. (70)

WR - Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State, 6-5, 238. So.-R, Belle Glade, Fla. (68)

TE – Braxton Deaver, Duke, 6-5, 240, Jr.-R, Charlotte, N.C. (51)

T- Perry Simmons, Duke, 6-5, 300, Sr.-R, Raleigh, N.C. (80)

T- Morgan Moses, Virginia, 6-6, 325, Sr., Richmond, Va. (76)

G – Tyler Shatley, Clemson, 6-3, 295, Sr.-R, Icard, S.C. (65)

G- Josue Matias, Florida State, 6-6, 322, Jr. , Union City, N.J. (57)

C- Andy Gallik, Boston College, 6-3, 300, Jr.-R, Evergreen Park, Ill. (52)

Defense

DE – Kasim Edebali, Boston College, 6-2, 258, Sr.-R, Hamburg, Germany (65)

DE – Mario Edwards Jr., Florida State, 6-3, 285, So., Gautier, Miss. (56)

DT – Jay Bromley, Syracuse, 6-4, 293, Sr., Jamaica, N.Y. (68)

DT – Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech, 6-1, 288, Jr., Delray Beach, Fla. (56)

LB - Steele Divitto, Boston College, 6-3, 238, Sr., Ridgefield, Conn. (78)

LB - Stephone Anthony, Clemson, 6-3, 235, Jr., Polkton, N.C. (73)

LB – Spencer Shuey, Clemson, 6-3, 230, Gr.-R, Charlotte, N.C. (57)

CB – Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech, 6-0, 193, Sr., Baltimore, Md. (58)

CB – Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech, 6-2, 173, Fr., Newnan, Ga. (53)

S – Durell Eskridge, Syracuse, 6-3, 202, So., Miami, Fla. (53)

S - Nate Andrews, Florida State, 6-0, 208, Fr., Fairhope, Ala. (44)

Special Teams

PK- Chandler Cantnazaro, Clemson 6-2, 195, Gr.-R, Greenville, S.C. (69)

P - Will Monday, Duke, 6-4, 210, So.-R, Flowery Branch, Ga. (73)

SP - DeVon Edwards, Duke, 5-9, 185, Fr.-R, Covington, Ga. (57)

Honorable Mention

(20 or more points)

Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson (34)

DT

Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson (39)

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