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Four Tar Heels named to preseason All-ACC squad

Posted July 24, 2013
Updated July 25, 2013

— Four North Carolina Tar Heels and two Duke Blue Devils were named to the Preseason All-ACC Football Team Wednesday, according to a news release from the conference. 

Tight end Eric Ebron, tackle James Hurst, defensive end Kareem Martin and safety Tre Boston were the North Carolina standouts named to the squad. Duke punter Will Monday and corner Ross Cockrell also made the team. Monday received 41 of a possible 59 votes. 

Tajh Boyd, the 2012 ACC Player of the Year and 2013 Preseason Player of the Year, was the overwhelming choice at quarterback to lead the 25-member squad. Boyd has thrown for 8,053 career yards and 73 touchdowns in his three-year career at Clemson. 

Florida State led all schools with six players selected. Duke, Miami and Wake Forest followed with two selections apiece, while Boston College, Georgia Tech Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech each placed one player on the team.

Nine student-athletes named to the 2013 Preseason All-ACC Team were first- or second-team All-ACC offensive selections last season: Clemson’s Boyd, Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro, Ebron and tackle James Hurst, Florida State guard Tre’ Jackson and center Bryan Stork, Miami running back Duke Johnson, Clemson placekicker Chandler Catanzaro and Maryland kick return specialist Stefon Diggs.

Seven members of the 2013 All-ACC Preseason defensive unit were first- or second-team All-ACC in 2012: Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell and punter Will Monday; Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and linebacker Christian Jones, North Carolina defensive end Kareem Martin, Wake Forest nose tackle Nikita Whitlock, and Virginia Tech linebacker Jack Tyler.

Boyd, who was named on 59 of the 65 ballots cast, joins his teammate, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and North Carolina’s Hurst as repeat Preseason All-ACC selections from last season. Florida State’s Joyner and Wake Forest’s Whitlock are repeat Preseason All-ACC defensive selections from 2012.

Joyner, a former safety, was named to the 2013 Preseason All-ACC team at cornerback. Joyner received 43 total votes – 32 at the corner and 11 at his former position.

Boyd is joined in the backfield of the Preseason All-ACC team by running backs Duke Johnson of Miami and James Wilder Jr. of Florida State.

The receiving corps includes Watkins, the 2011 ACC Rookie of the Year, and Wake Forest’s Michael Campanaro, who leads all active ACC players with 162 catches. Ebron received the nod at tight end after hauling in 40 catches for 625 yards and four touchdowns in 2012.

Florida State’s Jackson and UNC’s Hurst are joined on the offensive line by FSU center Bryan Stork, Virginia tackle Morgan Moses and Miami guard Brandon Linder.

Clemson’s Catanzaro enters the 2013 season having made good on 26 of his last 27 field goal attempts (.963), including a school-record streak of 20 straight three-pointers.

The defensive front features ends Martin of UNC and Georgia Tech’s Jeremiah Attaochu, while Whitlock and Florida State’s Timmy Jernigan man the tackle positions. Whitlock and Jernigan prevailed in a tight vote that also included Pitt’s Aaron Donald, also a candidate for a number of preseason national awards.

The linebacking corps features Virginia Tech’s Jack Tyler in addition to Florida State’s Jones and Boston College’s Kevin Pierre-Louis. Duke’s Cockrell and FSU’s Joyner are joined in the secondary by North Carolina’s Boston and Pitt’s Jason Hendricks.

Offense

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
T James Hurst, North Carolina
T Morgan Moses, Virginia
G Tre' Jackson, Florida State
G Brandon Liner, Miami
C Bryan Stork, Florida State
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson
RB Duke Johnson, Miami
RB James Wilder Jr., Florida State

Defense

DE Jeremiah Attauchu, Georgia Tech
DE Kareem Martin, North Carolina
DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest
DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State
LB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech
LB Christian Jones, Florida State
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
CB Ross Cockrell, Duke
CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
S Tre Boston, North Carolina
S Jason Hendricks, Pittsburgh

Specialists

PK Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson
P Will Monday, Duke
SP Stefon Diggs, Maryland

Voting By Position (Top four in voting only)

Quarterback
1. Tajh Boyd, Clemson 59
2. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech 2
Bryn Renner, North Carolina 2
Stephen Morris, Miami 2

Running Back (Top 2)
1. Duke Johnson, Miami 58
2. James Wilder Jr., Florida State 23
3. Jerome Smith, Syracuse 17
4. Devonta Freeman, Florida State 8

Wide Receiver (Top 2)
1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson 57
2. Michael Campanoro, Wake Forest 20
3. Stefon Diggs, Maryland 19
4. Rashad Greene, Florida State 10

Tight End
1. Eric Ebron, North Carolina 35
2. Nick O'Leary, Florida State 12
3. Jake McGee, Virginia 11
4. Braxton Deaver, Duke 4

Offensive Tackle (Top 2)
1. James Hurst, North Carolina 37
2. Morgan Moses, Virginia 35
3. Brandon Thomas, Clemson 28
4. Seantrel Henderson, Miami 17

Offensive Guard (Top 2)
1. Tre' Jackson, Florida State 46
2. Brandon Linder, Miami 28
3. Will Jackson, Georgia Tech 20
4. Tyler Shatley, Clemson 9

Center
1. Bryan Stork, Florida State 29
2. Macky MacPherson, Syracuse 15
3. Jay Finch, Georgie Tech 9
4. Andrew Miller, Virginia Tech 6

Defensive End (Top 2)
1. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech 39
2. Kareem, Martin, North Carolina 37
3. James Gayle, Virginia Tech 20
4. Mario Edwards, Florida State 10

Defensive Tackle (Top 2)
1. Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest 35
2. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State 34
3. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh 32
4. Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech 7

Linebacker (Top 3)
1. Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech 42
2. Christian Jones, Florida State 38
3. Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College 21
4. Steele Divitto, Boston College 18

Cornerback (Top 2)
1. Ross Cockrell, Duke 48
2. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State 32
3. Antone Exum, Virginia Tech 21
4. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech 7

Safety (Top 2)
1. Tre' Boston, North Carolina 30
2. Jason Hendricks, Pittsburgh 18
3. Kyshoen Jarrett, Virginia Tech 15
4. Travis Blanks, Clemson 13

Placekicker
1. Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson 41
2. Ross Martin, Duke 14
3. Cody Journell, Virginia Tech 5
4. Nate Frese, Boston College 2
Ross Krautman, Syracuse 2

Punter
1. Will Monday, Duke 41
2. Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina 11
3. Matt Yoklic, Pittsburgh 4
4. Cason Beatty, Florida State 3

Specialist
1. Stefon Diggs, Maryland 34
2. Duke Johnson, Miam 9
3. Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech 6
Sammy Watkins, Clemson 6

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  • tBeast Jul 24, 11:36 a.m.

    Florida State led all schools with six players selected.

    So where are the 4 from UNC as in the title of this article. Proof Read much Mr. Web Editor, Derek Medlin???

    Duke, Miami and Wake Forest followed with two selections apiece, while Boston College, Georgia Tech Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech each placed one player on the team.

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Jul 24, 11:47 a.m.

    ^^^^

    Maybe it was corrected after you pointed it out, but here's what I read:

    Tight end Eric Ebron, tackle James Hurst, defensive end Kareem Martin and safety Tre Boston were the North Carolina standouts named to the squad.

    At any rate, having four players named to the preseason All-ACC squad bodes well for our Heels!

  • SportznutV2.0 Jul 24, 11:48 a.m.

    It is a typo or are no Moo U players on the team......

  • UNCW23 Jul 24, 11:51 a.m.

    No MOO U players LOL, but hey they have an all american detective geek squad on PP,
    probably should file another petition to the White House about being omitted from this preseason team.

  • jdupree Jul 24, 12:07 p.m.

    And all 4 speak fluent Swahili and have sterling GPAs!

  • WPIDH4shizzy Jul 24, 12:13 p.m.

    No MOO U players LOL, but hey they have an all american detective geek squad on PP,
    probably... View More

    — Posted by UNCW23

    Lol

    You don't sound the least bit bitter, pansy.

    Chin up, you poor thing.

    :)

  • kato_karma.v6 Jul 24, 12:22 p.m.

    Where's that db xfer from Penn State that earned a scholly from the wolpfack???

    http://www.wralsportsfan.com/ncsu/forum_topic/11372525/?d_full_comments=1&d_comments_page=1&d_id_edit=0&id=

  • masontom56 Jul 24, 12:29 p.m.

    Too Bad they will kicked off the team by end of season but, with NCAA coming back to UNC-CH......

  • shpack4 Jul 24, 12:37 p.m.

    Trueblue,
    Pipe down. Do not forget without their booster rental cars they may not make it to the stadium. Also, my fries are ready.

  • tBeast Jul 24, 1:02 p.m.

    No MOO U players LOL, but hey they have an all american detective geek squad on PP,
    probably... View More

    — Posted by UNCW23

    Lol

    You don't sound the least bit bitter, pansy.

    Chin up, you poor thing.

    :)

    — Posted by WPIDH4shizzy

    hey DA, I just pointed out wral's poor azs articles.

    no redrage'ers in the list got you down bigboy?

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