Dalton Freeman becomes Clemson's first 4-time Academic All-ACC pick

Jaron Brown honored for the third time in his career; Tigers' 6 selections second to Duke's 21

Clemson wide receiver Jaron Brown turns upfield after making a catch against Duke.

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Clemson wide receiver Jaron Brown turns upfield after making a catch against Duke.

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree, the winner of the Jim Tatum Award as the ACC's top scholar-athlete; first-team All-Americas Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina, Dustin Hopkins of Florida State and Dalton Freeman of Clemson; the all-time leading pass receiver in Atlantic Coast Conference history, Conner Vernon of Duke; as well as record-setting quarterback Mike Glennon of NC State, headline the 52-member 2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team, announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team. The ACC has selected an All-ACC Academic Football team every year since 1954.

The team was chosen from a pool of 105 ACC football student-athletes who were nominated by their schools.

Clemson's Freeman (Pelion, S.C.), a first-team All-America selection by the AFCA, helped lead the Tigers to school and ACC records in points scored (533), while finishing sixth nationally in scoring offense and ninth nationally in total offense. The All-ACC Academic award was his fourth straight - a first in Clemson history.

Joining Freeman on the All-ACC Academic team were sophomore offensive tackle Gifford Timothy, senior wide receiver Jaron Brown, junior plackekicker Chandler Catanzaro, graduate tight end Brandon Ford, and junior offensive guard Tyler Shatley.

Duke's Renfree (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was named the ACC's Jim Tatum Award-winner last November as the conference's top football scholar-athlete. He was also honored as a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete and was the winner of the Pop Warner National College Football Award. He finished his career ranked seventh on the ACC's career list for passing yardage (9,465) and third in career pass completions (898).

North Carolina's Cooper (Wilmington, N.C.), earned consensus first-team All-America honors and was named the winner of the ACC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given annually the league's top blocker, as an offensive guard for Tar Heels' offense which set a school record and was ranked eighth nationally in scoring offense. He was also the first Outland Trophy finalist in UNC history.

Florida State's Hopkins (Houston, Texas), who completed his career as the NCAA's all-time career leader in field goals made (88) and points by kicking (466), was a first-team All-America pick by the AFCA. He is the ACC's all-time leading scorer and finished third on the NCAA's all-time scoring list.

Duke's Vernon (Miami, Fla.), a first-team All-ACC selection, shattered the conference's career records for pass receptions (283) and pass receiving yards (3,749) and set a new league record for most consecutive games with a pass reception, making a catch in 48 straight contests--every game of his collegiate career.

NC State's Glennon (Centreville, Va.) became only the second player in ACC history to throw for more than 30 touchdown passes in back-to-back seasons, tossing for 31 TDs in each of his two years (2011, 2012) as a starter for the Wolfpack. Glennon's per-game passing yard average (310.1) in 2012 was the sixth-best mark in league history.

Both Hopkins and Freeman were named to the All-ACC Academic team for the fourth time in their careers, becoming only the 13th and 14th four-time All-ACC Academic Football Team honorees in history.

In all, 14 members of the All-ACC Academic team earned some kind of All-ACC Football recognition including seven first-team honorees including Cooper, Hopkins, Freeman, Vernon, Clemson's Ford (Wando, S.C.), Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell (Waxhaw, N.C.) and Duke punter Will Monday (Flowery Branch, Ga.).

Clemson's Catanzaro (Greenville, S.C.) earned 2nd-team All-ACC honors while six were named Honorable Mention All-ACC including Glennon, Georgia Tech offensive tackle Will Jackson (Knoxville, Tenn.), and four members of Duke's football team in defensive end Kenny Anunike (Galena, Ohio), offensive guard David Harding (Orlando, Fla.), placekicker Ross Martin (Solon, Ohio) and offensive tackle Perry Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.).

A total of 24 of this year's selections were repeat choices with nine earning a spot on the All-ACC Academic team for the third time in Renfree, Cockrell, Harding, Jackson, Simmons, Clemson's Brown (Cheraw, S.C.), Duke senior cornerback Lee Butler (Anderson, S.C.), Maryland senior guard Bennett Fulper (Gretna, Va.), and Duke senior center Brian Moore (Coral Gables, Fla.).

Earning selection to the All-ACC Academic team for the second time were Catanzaro, Ford, Glennon, Harding, Duke junior safety Brandon Braxton (Charlotte, N.C.); Maryland sophomore fullback Tyler Cierski (Dacula, Ga.); Duke sophomore linebacker C.J. France (Columbus, Ga.); NC State senior defensive end McKay Frandsen (American Fork, Utah); Duke sophomore linebacker David Helton (Chattanooga, Tenn.); Duke sophomore defensive end Dezmond Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.); Wake Forest junior strong safety Duran Lowe (Plant City, Fla.), North Carolina senior defensive back Pete Mangum (Raleigh, N.C.); Virginia Tech senior fullback Joey Phillips (Blacksburg, Va.); Wake Forest junior quarterback Tanner Price (Austin, Texas); Duke junior running back Juwan Thompson (Fairburn, Ga.); and Duke sophomore guard Laken Tomlinson (Chicago, Ill.).

In addition to Cooper, Hopkins and Freeman earning first-team All-America honors, three members of the All-ACC Academic team earned Honorable Mention accolades from SI.com in Cockrell and Martin of Duke and Ford of Clemson.

Three others earned some form of Freshman All-America honors as Duke placekicker Ross Martin was a consensus first-team selection and Duke freshman punter Will Monday was a first-team Freshman All-America pick by Phil Steele. Virginia Tech freshman safety Michael Cole (Roanoke, Va.) received Honorable Mention Freshman All-America honors by CFN.com.

Duke led all ACC schools with 21 selections, followed by Clemson with six and NC State with five. Maryland had four players chosen, followed by North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech with three each. Georgia Tech and Wake Forest each had two players chosen, with Boston College, Florida State and Miami with one.

A total of six members of the team - Renfree, Butler and Moore of Duke, Glennon of NC State, Ford of Clemson and Phillips of Virginia Tech - graduated prior to the 2012 season and either were in graduate school or pursuing a second bachelor's degree this past fall.

2012 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team

Player School Class Pos. Major Hometown

Kenny Anunike Duke Sr.-R DE Evolutionary Anthropology Galena, Ohio

Ray Beno Georgia Tech Jr.-R G Business Administration Newnan, Ga.

Dalton Botts Miami Sr. P Criminology Taft, Calif.

Brandon Braxton Duke Jr. S Cultural Anthropology Charlotte, N.C.

Kyler Brown Duke Fr.-R LB Undecided Matthews, N. C.

Jaron Brown Clemson Sr.. WR Management Cheraw, S.C.

Lee Butler Duke *Gr. CB Masters in Liberal Studies Anderson, S.C.

Sean Cascarano Virginia Jr.-R G History Glenview, Ill.

Chandler Catanzaro Clemson Jr. PK Sociology Greenville, S.C.

Tyler Cierski Maryland So. FB Kinesiology Dacula, Ga.

Ross Cockrell Duke Jr.-R CB Political Science Waxhaw, N.C.

Michael Cole Virginia Tech Fr.-R S Biology Roanoke, Va.

Henry Coley Virginia So.-R LB African American Studies Virginia Beach, Va.

Jonathan Cooper North Carolina Sr. G Communication Studies Wilmington, N.C.

David Dudeck Boston College Fr. RB Management Princeton, N.J.

Cole Farrand Maryland So. LB Letters and Sciences Sparta, N.J.

Tony Foster Duke Sr.-R CB Sociology Burlington, N.C.

C.J. France Duke So.-R LB Sociology Columbus, Ga.

Brandon Ford Clemson *Gr. TE Sociology Wando, S.C.

McKay Frandsen NC State Sr. DE Science & Technology American Fork, Utah

Dalton Freeman Clemson Sr.. C Sociology Pelion, S.C.

Bennett Fulper Maryland Sr.-R G Business Finance Gretna, Va.

Zach Gentry NC State Sr. LB Business Raleigh, N.C.

Mike Glennon NC State *Gr. QB Master's Program Centreville, Va.

Dave Harding Duke Jr-R. G Public Policy Orlando, Fla.

Charlie Hegedus NC State Fr. WR Undecided Marietta, Ga.

David Helton Duke So. LB Psychology Chattanooga, Tenn.

Dustin Hopkins Florida State Sr. PK International Affairs Houston, Tex.

Tim Jackson North Carolina Jr. DE Exercise and Sport Science St. Petersburg, Fla.

Will Jackson Georgia Tech Jr.-R. G Business Administration Knoxville, Tenn.

Dezmond Johnson Duke So.-R DT Cultural Anthropology Nashville, Tenn.

Duran Lowe Wake Forest Jr.-R SS Communications Plant City, Fla.

Peter Mangum North Carolina Sr. DB Applied Sciences Raleigh, N.C.

Ross Martin Duke Fr. PK Undecided Solon, Ohio

Will Monday Duke Fr.-R P Undecided Flowery Branch, Ga.

Brian Moore Duke *Gr. C Masters in Economics Coral Gables, Fla.

Dwayne Norman Duke Fr. S Undecided Jacksonville, Fla.

Joey Phillips Virginia Tech *Gr. FB Curriculum & Instruction Blacksburg, Va.

Tanner Price Wake Forest Jr. QB Economics Austin, Tex.

Sean Renfree Duke *Gr. QB Humanities (Masters) Scottsdale, Ariz.

Nathan Renfro Maryland Fr.-R P Letters and Sciences Brentwood, Tenn.

Sidney Sarmiento Duke Jr.-R DT Cultural Anthropology Florence, S.C.

Tyler Shatley Clemson Jr.-R G Civil Engineering Icard, N.C.

Perry Simmons Duke Jr.-R. T Civil Engineering Raleigh, N.C.

Josh Snead Duke So.-R RB Psychology Smithfield, N.C.

Jake Snyder Virginia Jr.-R DE Environmental Sciences Glen Allen, Va.

Juwan Thompson Duke Jr. RB Sociology Fairburn, Ga.

Gifford Timothy Clemson So.-R T Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt. Middletown, De.

Laken Tomlinson Duke So.-R T Psychology Chicago, Ill.

Conner Vernon Duke Sr. WR English Miami, Fla.

David Wang Virginia Tech Jr.-R G Management Ashburn, Va.

Asa Watson NC State Jr. TE Communications Rock Hill, S.C.

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