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December 15, 2010

Rivals.com ACC all-freshman team

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There were plenty of reasons why Maryland went 8-4 and finished second in the ACC Atlantic Division just one season after finishing 2-10.

The emergence of quarterback Danny O'Brien belongs near the top of the list.

O'Brien took over as Maryland's starting quarterback in the fourth game of the season and threw 21 touchdown passes and only six interceptions. He has thrown for 2,257 yards, the sixth-highest total of any freshman quarterback in ACC history. He is four touchdown passes away from matching the ACC freshman record set by N.C. State's Philip Rivers in 2000.

All those accomplishments make O'Brien the easy choice as the Rivals.com ACC freshman of the year. The ACC defensive freshman of the year is Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes, whose development helped give the Seminoles one of the nation's most improved defenses.

Miami and Wake Forest lead all teams with four selections on the Rivals.com ACC all-freshman team. Boston College, Clemson and Virginia Tech have three representatives each.

Rather then bypass some deserving candidates, we decided not to necessarily be position-specific (i.e., guards, tackles, ends, free safeties, etc.) on our all-freshman teams along the lines and in the secondary.

QB Danny O'Brien, Maryland
Particulars: 6-3/215, redshirt; Kernersville (N.C.) East Forsyth
RB Josh Harris, Wake Forest
Particulars: 5-10/205, redshirt; Duncanville (Texas) High
RB Lamar Miller, Miami
Particulars: 5-11/210, redshirt; Miami Killian
WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Particulars: 6-1/195, true; Central (S.C.) D.W. Daniel
WR Bobby Swigert, Boston College
Particulars: 6-1/180, true; Louisville (Ohio) High
TE Asante Cleveland, Miami
Particulars: 6-5/245, true; Sacramento (Calif.) Christian Brothers
Particulars: 6-8/330, true; St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
Particulars: 6-6/290, true; Plainfield (Ind.) High
Particulars: 6-3/285, redshirt; Knoxville (Tenn.) Farragut
OL Brandon Linder, Miami
Particulars: 6-6/300, true; Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Particulars: 6-6/350, true; Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, preceded by Richmond (Va.) Meadowbrook
E J.R. Collins, Virginia Tech
Particulars: 6-2/254, redshirt; Stafford (Va.) Brooke Point
T Demonte McAllister, Florida State
Particulars: 6-2/280, redshirt; Tampa Middleton
T Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest
Particulars: 5-11/235, redshirt; Wylie (Texas) High
E James Gayle, Virginia Tech
Particulars: 6-4/248, redshirt; Hampton (Va.) Bethel
Particulars: 6-2/210, true; Charlotte (N.C.) Charlotte Christian
LB Quandon Christian, Clemson
Particulars: 6-3/215, redshirt; Lake View (S.C.) High
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College
Particulars: 6-1/221, true; Stamford (Conn.) King & Low-Heywood Thomas
CB Ross Cockrell, Duke
Particulars: 6-0/175, redshirt; Charlotte (N.C.) Latin
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Particulars: 6-1/209, redshirt; Miami Norland
S Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
Particulars: 6-0/219, redshirt; Glen Allen (Va.) Deep Run
S Daniel Mack, Wake Forest
Particulars: 6-0/195, redshirt; Miami Dade Christian
K Nate Freese, Boston College
Particulars: 6-0/180, redshirt; Strongsville (Ohio) High
P C.J. Feagles, North Carolina
Particulars: 6-0/185, redshirt; Ridgewood (N.J.) High
KR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
Particulars: 5-10/185, redshirt; Clarksville (Md.) River Hill
PR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Particulars: 6-1/195, true; Central (S.C.) D.W. Daniel

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