Preseason Watch Lists: ACC places 13 on Nagurski, eight on Outland

accThe Atlantic Coast Conference had 13 players named to the Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list and had eight players tabbed to the Outland Trophy preseason watch list by the Football Writers of Association of America announced Friday

In all, 88 players were named to the Nagurski Trophy watch list, which is the FWAA’s National Defensive Player of the Year. The FWAA named 81 players to the Outland preseason watch list. The Outland is presented annually to the nation’s top interior lineman on offense or defense.

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald was the last ACC player to win both awards. Donald won both in 2013.

Donald was the seventh player from a current ACC school to win the Nagurski. He was preceded by Warren Sapp of Miami (1994), Corey Moore of Virginia Tech (1999), Dan Morgan of Miami (2000), Elvis Dumervil of Louisville (2005), Da’Quan Bowers of Clemson (2010) and Luke Kuechly of Boston College (2011).

Beginning with Bowers in 2010, ACC players have won three of the last five Nagurski Trophies.

Donald became the ninth player to win the Outland Trophy from a current ACC school or a school that was in the ACC at the time of the award. He is joined by Mike McGee of Duke (1959), Randy White of Maryland (1974), Jim Ritcher of NC State (1979), Mark May of Pitt (1980), Bruce Smith of Virginia Tech (1984), Mike Ruth of Boston College (1985), Russell Maryland of Miami (1990) and Bryant McKinnie of Miami (2001).

Three ACC players were repeat selections on the Nagurski preseason list, including Jeremy Cash of Duke, Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech and Luther Maddy of Virginia Tech. Maddy was also the only repeat ACC choice by the Outland preseason watch list.

The ACC members of the 2015 preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy preseason watch list are:

 

Name                                              School                      Pos.     Ht.      Wt.          Cl.           Hometown

Quin Blanding                              Virginia                     S            6-4      215           So.          Virginia Beach, Va.

James Burgess                            Louisville                  LB         6-0      229           Sr.           Homestead, Fla.

Maurice Canady                         Virginia                     DB        6-2      185           Sr.           Richmond, Va.

Jeremy Cash                                Duke                         S            6-2      205           Sr.-R      Miami, Fla.

Ken Ekanem                                 Virginia Tech          DE         6-3      249           Jr.-R       Centreville, Va.

Kendall Fuller                               Virginia Tech          CB         6-0      190           Jr.           Baltimore, Md.

Adam Gotsis                                Georgia Tech         DT         6-5      282           Sr.           Abbotsford, Australia

Luther Maddy                             Virginia Tech          DT         6-1      293           Sr.-R      Delray Beach, Fla.

Corey Marshall                            Virginia Tech          DT         6-2      262           Sr.-R      North Dinwiddie, Va.

Dadi Nicolas                                  Virginia Tech          DE         6-4      231           Sr.-R      Delray Beach, Fla.

Jalen Ramsey                               Florida State           CB         6-1      201           Jr.           Smyrna, Tenn.

Sheldon Rankins                         Louisville                  DE         6-2      303           Sr.           Covington, Ga.

Terrance Smith                           Florida State           LB         6-4      231           Sr.-R      Decatur, Ga.

 

 

The ACC Members of the 2015 preseason Outland Trophy preseason watch list are:

 

Name                                              School                      Pos.     Ht.      Wt.          Cl.           Hometown

Adam Gotsis                                Georgia Tech         DT         6-5      282           Sr.           Abbotsford, Australia

Roderick Johnson                      Florida State           T            6-7      312           So.          Florissant, Mo.

Luther Maddy                             Virginia Tech          DT         6-1      293           Sr.-R      Delray Beach, Fla.

Corey Marshall                            Virginia Tech          DT         6-2      262           Sr.-R      North Dinwiddie, Va.

Matt Skura                                    Duke                         C           6-4      305           Sr.-R      Columbus, Ohio

Wyatt Teller                                 Virginia Tech          G           6-6      301           So.-R     Bealeton, Va.

Landon Turner                            North Carolina       G           6-4      325           Sr.           Harrisonburg, Va.

Connor Wujciak                Boston College  DT           6-3          300         Sr.           West Caldwell, N.J.


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