All-ACC Football: Virginia Tech lands 9, UVA 5, Clemson, Notre Dame lead selections
Snowden, a senior, was named to the All-ACC second team. His 2020 season was cut short when he broke his right ankle in the win over Abilene Christian in late November, but he was still one of just two players in the nation with 44+ tackles, 10+ TFLs, 6.0+ sacks and 3+ pass breakups.
Jackson, a sophomore, was named to the All-ACC third team. He led the UVA D and was second in the ACC and 17th nationally with 10.5 tackles per game, and was the only player in the nation with 95+ tackles, 5.0 TFLs, 2.5+ sacks and 2+ passes defended.
The other three were honorable mention selections.
Zandier, a senior, notched 79 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks in 2020. He was No. 8 in ACC with 7.9 tackles per game and is one of five ACC players with 75+ tackles, 7.0+ TFLs, 2.0+ sacks and 1+ passes defended.
Glaser, a senior who announced on Monday that he will return in 2021, started all 10 games of 2020 at right guard. Glaser allowed only one sack and had 20 pancake blocks in one-on-one blocking situations for the Cavaliers in nine ACC games, and he led the unit in snaps, being on the field for 734 of the offense’s 778 snaps in 2020.
Kemp, a junior, led UVA with 67 receptions and 644 receiving yards. He was No. 2 in the ACC and No. 17 in the nation with 6.7 receptions per game.
He led the ACC in games with 10+ catches at two and ranked No. 12 in the ACC and No. 85 nationally with 64.4 receiving yards per game.
Virginia Tech lands nine on All-ACC teams
Nine Virginia Tech football student-athletes were recognized Tuesday on the 2020 All-ACC Football teams, headlined by left tackle Christian Darrisaw and safety Divine Deablo, who were both named to the first team.
Tailback Khalil Herbert and defensive lineman Jarrod Hewitt earned third-team honors.
Five Hokies were listed as honorable mention: offensive lineman Lecitus Smith, center Brock Hoffman, defensive end Amare Barno, placekicker Brian Johnson and defensive back Chamarri Conner.
Darrisaw started 10 of the Hokies’ contests at left tackle, where he anchored the left side of Tech’s offensive line and was part of a blocking unit that helped propel the squad to six 250-yard rushing games.
Deablo, a team captain, posted 55 total tackles and tied for the ACC lead with four INTs in 2020 despite missing two contests early in the season. He had 2.0 TFL and defended eight passes during the season and also forced a fumble.
Herbert amassed 1,791 all-purpose yards in 2020, a mark that led the nation and consisted of his 1,182 rushing yards, 179 receiving yards and 430 yards gained on kickoff returns.
His total all-purpose output ranks fourth all-time at Virginia Tech since at least 1987 and is the most by any player to only participate in 11 contests or fewer.
Hewitt registered 31 total tackles (13 solo) this season and ranked inside the top 10 in sacks in conference play with 5.5. He recorded a career-best 8.5 TFL and also had a QB hurry.
Barno recorded 43 total tackles on the season, including 28 solo stops. The converted linebacker led the ACC and all Power Five players with 16.0 TFL and tied with Tech DE Justus Reed for sixth in the league with 6.5 sacks.
Conner started all 11 games and registered 81 total tackles (60 solo). He tallied 3.5 TFLs, two INTs, four breakups, four QB hurries and forced a fumble this season.
Hoffman started all 11 contests at center and helped the Hokies rush for 240.1 yards per game which ranked second in the conference.
Johnson became the first Virginia Tech kicker to convert three FGs of 50+ yards in a single season in 2020 and overall hit 20 of his 26 FG tries. Inside of 49 yards, he only missed twice, and he made all 34 of his PATs.
Johnson owns the Virginia Tech record with 131 consecutive PATs made, never missing one in his four seasons of action for Tech.
Smith was a key ingredient in helping RB Khalil Herbert have such an outstanding season. He started all 11 contests for the Hokies at left guard.
Clemson, Notre Dame lead selections
Boston College, Miami, North Carolina and Pitt followed with seven selections each, and NC State had six.
Each of the league’s 15 teams placed at least one player on the All-ACC teams, which were chosen by a vote of a select 49-member media panel and the league’s 15 head coaches.
Clemson junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Tigers wide receiver Amari Rodgers led the voting with 178 total points apiece. Lawrence leads the ACC in total offense (329.3 yards per game), passing yards per game (305.9) and pass completion percentage (.692). Rodgers has an ACC-leading 69 receptions for 966 yards and seven touchdowns.
Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. (154 points) was the leading vote-getter among defensive players.
Lawrence is joined in the All-ACC first-team backfield by Clemson running back Travis Etienne, who also earned first-team honors as the all-purpose back. The ACC Player of the Year in both 2018 and 2019, Etienne has accounted for 1,598 all-purpose yards this season while scoring 15 touchdowns.
ACC leading rusher Michael Carter of North Carolina (1,245 yards/8.0 yards per carry) is the other first-team running back. UNC teammate Dyami Brown (an ACC-leading 1,099 yards and eight touchdowns on 55 catches) and Boston College’s Zay Flowers (892 yards and nine touchdowns on 56 receptions) join Rodgers to complete the three-man wide receiving corps.
The All-ACC first team also features Boston College redshirt junior Hunter Long, who leads all tight ends nationally in receptions (57) and receiving yards (685).
Notre Dame tackle Liam Eichenberg, announced earlier Tuesday as the 2020 Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner, led the offensive line voting. He leads a trio of Fighting Irish first-team offensive linemen, with Aaron Banks and Tommy Kraemer sweeping the guard position.
Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw and Boston College center Alec Lindstrom complete the front five.
Pitt swept the first-team defensive end positions, with Patrick Jones II and Rashad Weaver placing 1-2 in voting at that position. Clemson freshman Bryan Bresee and NC State junior Alim McNeill man the tackle spots.
North Carolina senior Chazz Surratt is a repeat first-team selection at linebacker, where he is joined by Notre Dame senior Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and NC State sophomore Payton Wilson.
Clemson’s Derion Kendrick joins FSU’s Samuel as a first-team cornerback. Divine Deablo of Virginia Tech and Kyle Hamilton of Notre Dame were tabbed at the safety positions.
NC State’s Wilson is the ACC’s leading tackler with 108, including 57 solo stops. Pitt’s Weaver leads the conference in tackles for loss per game (1.61) after registering at total of 14.5 while playing just nine contests. FSU’s Samuel leads the league in passes defended (six breakups, three interceptions), while Deablo’s four interceptions tie for the ACC lead.
Miami’s Jose Borregales took first-team placekicking honors after converting 18 of 20 field goals (including a school-record tying 57-yarder) and connecting on all 35 of his PAT attempts. First-team punter Pressley Harvin III of Georgia Tech leads the nation with his average of 48.0 per kick, and specialist DJ Turner of Pitt averaged 22.2 per kickoff return and 8.3 per punt return.
The complete 2020 All-ACC Football Team
- QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, 178
- RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson, 161
- RB – Michael Carter, North Carolina, 150
- WR – Amari Rodgers, Clemson, 178
- WR – Dyami Brown, North Carolina, 167
- WR – Zay Flowers, Boston College, 147
- TE – Hunter Long, Boston College, 144
- AP – Travis Etienne, Clemson, 112
- OT – Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame, 158
- OT – Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech, 130
- OG – Aaron Banks, Notre Dame, 134
- OG – Tommy Kraemer, Notre Dame, 133
- C – Alec Lindstrom, Boston College, 84
- DE – Patrick Jones II, Pitt, 138
- DE – Rashad Weaver, Pitt, 127
- DT – Bryan Bresee, Clemson, 135
- DT – Alim McNeill, NC State, 106
- LB – Chazz Surratt, North Carolina, 149
- LB – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame, 139
- LB – Payton Wilson, NC State, 127
- CB – Asante Samuel, Jr., Florida State, 154
- CB – Derion Kendrick, Clemson, 129
- S – Divine Deablo, Virginia Tech, 146
- S – Kyle Hamilton, Notre Dame, 134
- PK – Jose Borregales, Miami, 142
- P – Pressley Harvin III, Georgia Tech, 161
- SP – DJ Turner, Pitt, 124
- QB – Sam Howell, North Carolina, 104
- RB – Javonte Williams, North Carolina, 145
- RB – Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, 112
- WR – Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest, 119
- WR – Tutu Atwell, Louisville, 73
- WR – Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville, 62
- TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami, 85
- AP – Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech, 97
- OT – Jackson Carman, Clemson, 96
- OT – Robert Hainsey, Notre Dame, 78
- OG – Ben Petrula, Boston College, 86
- OG – Matt Bockhorst, Clemson, 63
- C – Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt, 80
- DE – Jaelan Phillips, Miami, 123
- DE – Chris Rumph II, Duke, 95
- DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State, 82
- DT – Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, Notre Dame, 79
- LB – Isaiah McDuffie, Boston College, 83
- LB – James Skalski, Clemson, 76
- LB – Charles Snowden, Virginia, 67
- CB – Andrew Booth, Clemson, 90
- CB – Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville, 83
- S – Nolan Turner, Clemson, 115
- S – Bubba Bolden, Miami, 89
- S – Damar Hamlin, Pitt, 89
- PK – Alex Kessman, Pitt, 74
- P – Lou Hedley, Miami, 95
- SP – Nykeim Johnson, Syracuse, 123
- QB – Ian Book, Notre Dame, 73
- RB – Khalil Herbert, Virginia Tech, 109
- RB – Zonovan Knight, NC State, 34
- WR – Michael Harley, Miami, 58
- WR – Taj Harris, Syracuse, 57
- WR – Cornell Powell, Clemson, 53
- TE – Michael Mayer, Notre Dame, 51
- AP – Michael Carter, North Carolina, 75
- OT – Ikem Ekwonu, NC State, 67
- OT – Zion Johnson, Boston College, 52
- OG – Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina, 59
- OG – Joe Sculthorpe, NC State, 51
- C – Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame, 73
- DE – Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest, 53
- DE – Quincy Roche, Miami, 48
- DT – Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech, 71
- DT – Miles Fox, Wake Forest, 67
- LB – SirVocea Dennis, Pitt, 62
- LB – Nick Jackson, Virginia, 60
- LB – Max Richardson, Boston College, 52
- CB – Nick McCloud, Notre Dame, 74
- CB – Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse, 56
- S – Michael Carter II, Duke, 45
- S – Nick Andersen, Wake Forest, 44
- PK – Nick Sciba, Wake Forest, 49
- P – Nolan Cooney, Syracuse, 59
- SP – Thayer Thomas, NC State, 81
Honorable Mention (20 or more votes)
- QB – D’Eriq King, Miami, 24
- RB – Christian Beal-Smith, Wake Forest, 28
- WR – Jordan Addison, Pitt, 52
- WR – Emeka Emezie, NC State, 47
- WR – Dazz Newsome, North Carolina, 45
- WR – Javon McKinley, Notre Dame, 36
- WR – Billy Kemp, Virginia, 23
- TE – Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame, 27
- TE – Cary Angeline, NC State, 25
- AP – Kyren Williams, Notre Dame, 33
- AP – Zay Flowers, Boston College, 25
- OT – Tyler Vrabel, Boston College, 41
- OT – Jordan McFadden, Clemson, 28
- OT – Jordan Tucker, North Carolina, 26
- OT – Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina, 22
- OG – Bryce Hargrove, Pitt, 50
- OG – Will Putnam, Clemson, 48
- OG – Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech, 33
- OG – Marcus McKethan, North Carolina, 32
- OG – Chris Glaser, Virginia, 31
- C – Brock Hoffman, Virginia Tech, 39
- C – Cade Stewart, Clemson, 31
- C – Brian Anderson, North Carolina, 23
- DE – Victor Dimukeje, Duke, 43
- DE – Amare Barno, Virginia Tech, 31
- DE – Daelin Hayes, Notre Dame, 25
- DE – Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame, 22
- DE – Myles Murphy, Clemson, 22
- DT – Nesta Silvera, Miami, 59
- DT – Jared Goldwire, Louisville, 52
- DT – Kurt Hinish, Notre Dame, 43
- DT – Ray Vohasek, North Carolina, 31
- LB – Baylon Spector, Clemson, 34
- LB – Isaiah Moore, NC State, 32
- LB – David Curry, Georgia Tech, 29
- LB – Mikel Jones, Syracuse, 22
- LB – Mike Jones Jr., Clemson, 21
- LB – Tomon Fox, North Carolina, 21
- LB – Zane Zandier, Virginia, 20
- CB – Ja’Sir Taylor, Wake Forest, 53
- CB – Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech, 47
- CB – Garrett Williams, Syracuse, 42
- CB – Josh DeBerry, Boston College, 24
- S – Shaun Crawford, Notre Dame, 32
- S – Lannden Zanders, Clemson, 26
- S – Trey Morrison, North Carolina, 20
- PK – B.T. Potter, Clemson, 27
- PK – James Turner, Louisville, 21
- PK – Christopher Dunn, NC State, 20
- PK – Brian Johnson, Virginia Tech, 20
- P – Kirk Christodoulou, Pitt, 30
- SP – Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech, 56