Duke 2nd to FSU in preseason All-ACC football picks

Jul. 31, 2014 @ 08:16 PM

Florida State and Duke met for the ACC football championship last December and, heading into a the new season, they have the top returning players in the conference.

The reigning ACC and national champion Seminoles have nine players on the 26-player preseason all-ACC team, while Duke is next with four players.

The team was selected by media members attending the ACC Kickoff event last Sunday and Monday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro. The ACC made the team public on Wednesday.

Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State headlines the all-ACC team.

Duke’s representatives on the team are wide receiver Jamison Crowder, offensive guard Laken Tomlinson, linebacker Kelby Brown and safety Jeremy Cash.

Crowder, a second-team All-American as a punt returner and a first-team All-ACC receiver last season, led all receivers in voting for the preseason team. He caught 108 passes for 1,360 yards and eight touchdowns as Duke went 10-4 overall, 6-2 in the ACC last season.

Tomlinson, a redshirt senior, returns to his starting right guard position for the Blue Devils. He was a second team all-ACC pick last season and is a preseason all-American this season.

Cash, a redshirt junior, was second in the ACC in tackles with 121 last season. A transfer from Ohio State, Cash also had 9.5 tackles for loss, four interceptions, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Brown, a redshirt senior from Charlotte, was a first-team all-ACC selection in 2013 after he missed the entire 2012 season while recovering from the second torn ACL of his Duke career. Brown had 11 tackles for loss, one quarterback sack, two interceptions, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and eight quarterback pressures last season.

Florida State, which beat Duke 45-7 in the ACC Championship Game en route to its national championship, has eight other players on the preseason all-ACC in addition to Winston.

After Duke’s four players, Clemson and Virginia Tech were next with three players each.

North Carolina had just one selection, sophomore returner Ryan Switzer.

Switzer set the ACC single-season record and tied an NCAA record with five punt returns for touchdowns last season. He also set a school record with an average of 20.9 yards per punt return.

The Charleston, W.V. native was the first true freshman from UNC since Amos Lawrence in 1977 and just the third Tar Heel freshman overall since 1996 to earn first-team All-ACC honors.

No players were selected from the other two in-state ACC schools, N.C. State and Wake Forest.

 

2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team    

Offense

Pos.    Name/School (Votes)    Ht    Wt    Class    Hometown

WR    Jamison Crowder, Duke (68)    5-9    175    Senior    Monroe, N.C.
WR    Rashad Greene, Florida State (56)    6-0    178    Senior    Albany, Ga.    
WR    DeVante Parker, Louisville (32)    6-3    208    Senior    Louisville, Ky.
TE    Nick O’Leary, Florida State (86)    6-3    244    Senior    Palm Beach, Fla.
T    Cameron Erving, Florida State (82)    6-6    302    Senior-R    Moultrie, Ga.    
T    Sean Hickey, Syracuse (26)    6-5    300    Senior    Murrysville, Pa.
G     Tre’ Jackson, Florida State (82)    6-4    339    Senior    Jesup, Ga.    
G    Laken Tomlinson, Duke (52)    6-3    330    Senior-R    Chicago, Ill.
C    Andy Gallik, Boston College (39)    6-3    304    Senior-R    Evergreen Park, Ill.
QB    Jameis Winston, Florida State (97)    6-4    235    Sophomore-R    Bessemer, Ala.
RB    Duke Johnson, Miami (95)    5-9    206    Junior    Miami, Fla.
RB    Karlos Williams, Florida State (37)    6-1    219    Senior    Davenport, Fla.

Defense

Pos.    Name/School (Votes)    Ht    Wt    Class    Hometown    

DE    Vic Beasley, Clemson (96)    6-2    235    Senior-R    Adairsville, Ga.
DE    Mario Edwards, Jr., Florida State (66)    6-3    294    Junior    Gautier, Miss.
DT    Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (74)    6-1    291    Senior    Delray Beach, Fla.
DT    Grady Jarrett, Clemson (61)    6-1    295    Senior    Conyers, Ga.
LB    Denzel Perryman, Miami (82)    6-0    242    Senior    Coral Gables, Fla.
LB    Kelby Brown, Duke (74)    6-2    230    Senior-R    Matthews, N.C.
LB    Stephone Anthony, Clemson (55)    6-2    245    Senior    Polkton, N.C.
CB    Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (80)    5-11    195    Sophomore    Baltimore, Md.
CB    P.J. Williams, Florida State (60)    6-0    196    Junior    Ocala, Fla.
S    Anthony Harris, Virginia (80)    6-1    185    Senior    Chesterfield, Va.
S    Jeremy Cash, Duke (56)    6-2    205    Junior-R    Miami, Fla.

Specialists

Pos.    Name (Votes)    Ht    Wt    Class    Hometown

PK    Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (79)    6-1    209    Sophomore    Mascotte, Fla.
P    A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech (29)    6-1    212    Junior    Terra Haute, Ind..
SP    Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (68)    5-10    180    Sophomore    Charleston, W. Va.