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December 11, 2008

2008 Rivals.com All-ACC Team

MORE: ACC season review

ALL-ACC FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
Particulars: 5-11/191, R-Fr.
High school: Richmond (Va.) Collegiate
Key stats: Wilson went 139-of-252 for 1,769 yards with 16 touchdowns and just one interception. He also had 108 carries for 342 yards and four touchdowns. Wilson led the ACC in passing efficiency.
Particulars: 6-0/228, Soph.
High school: Marietta (Ga.) Kell
Key stats: Dwyer rushed for an ACC-leading 1,328 yards and 12 touchdowns on 190 carries. He ranked 17th in the nation with 110.7 rushing yards per game and broke the 100-yard mark nine times. He rushed for at least 128 yards in each of Georgia Tech's last four games.
Particulars: 5-11/195, Jr.
High school: Lake Butler (Fla.) Union County
Key stats: Spiller ran for 612 yards and seven touchdowns on 109 carries. He also caught 30 passes for 430 yards and three touchdowns, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Spiller led the ACC with 144.4 all-purpose yards per game.
Particulars: 6-0/220, Sr.
High school: Pahokee (Fla.) High
Key stats: Boldin whose brother Anquan is an NFL star with Arizona caught 77 passes for 782 yards and three touchdowns. He led the ACC in catches per game and ranked second in the league in receiving yards per game.
Particulars: 6-1/210, Jr.
High school: Charlotte (N.C.) Independence
Key stats: Nicks caught 60 passes for 1,005 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the ACC in touchdown catches and was the league's only 1,000-yard receiver. Nicks ranked fourth in the league in catches per game.
Particulars: 6-6/250, Sr.
High school: Warm Springs (Va.) Bath County
Key stats: Phillips caught 48 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in every game this season and had 19 more receptions than any other tight end in the conference.
T Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech
Particulars: 6-6/305, Sr.
High school: Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek
Key stats: This four-year starter helped Georgia Tech rank third in the nation with 282.3 rushing yards per game. Although he missed the last three games of the year with a torn labrum, Gardner was a two-time ACC offensive lineman of the week.
T Eugene Monroe, Virginia
Particulars: 6-6/315, Sr.
High school: Plainfield (N.J.) High
Key stats: Monroe won the 2008 Jacobs Trophy as the ACC's top blocker. Monroe helped Virginia allow a league-low 1.3 sacks per game this season.
Particulars: 6-2/282, Soph.
High school: Mobile (Ala.) B.C. Rain
Key stats: This second-year starter helped Florida State lead the ACC in scoring and rank second in the league in rushing offense and total offense.
Particulars: 6-3/308, Jr.
High school: Newnan (Ga.)
Key stats: This third-year starter helped Virginia Tech rank third in the ACC in rushing with 167.9 yards per game.
C Thomas Austin, Clemson
Particulars: 6-3/315, Jr.
High school: Camden (S.C.) High
Key stats: This second-year starter was named the ACC offensive lineman of the week three times this season.
FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
E Everette Brown, Florida State
Particulars: 6-4/252, Jr.
High school: Wilson (N.C.) Beddingfield
Key stats: Brown led the ACC with 12.5 sacks and ranked third in the nation in sacks per game. He also had 28 solos, six assists, 20.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception.
E Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech
Particulars: 6-2/254, Soph.
High school: Carteret (N.J.) High
Key stats: Worilds had 37 solos, 25 assists, 18.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two forced fumbles. He ranked third in the ACC in sacks. He ranked second in the ACC and 15th in the nation in tackles for loss.
Particulars: 6-1/323, Sr.
High school: Washington Township (N.J.) Westwood Regional
Key stats: Raji delivered 18 solos, 19 assists, 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and four pass breakups while helping Boston College rank seventh in the nation in run defense and sixth in total defense.
T Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech
Particulars: 6-4/290, Sr.
High school: Destrehan (La.) High
Key stats: Richard had 22 solos, 12 assists, 10 tackles for loss and four sacks. He delivered two sacks in a victory over Florida State. Richard won the ACC's James E. Tatum Award that goes to the top student-athlete among the league's football players.
LB Aaron Curry, Wake Forest
Particulars: 6-3/247, Sr.
High school: Fayetteville (N.C.) E.E. Smith
Key stats: Curry had 63 solos, 38 assists, 15 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble and an interception. The Yellow Jackets standout won the Butkus Award which is presented to the nation's top college linebacker. Curry was third in the ACC in tackles for loss and tied for sixth in overall tackles.
LB Mark Herzlich, Boston College
Particulars: 6-4/238, Jr.
High school: Berwyn (Pa.) Conestoga
Key stats: Herzlich had 79 solos, 26 assists, 10 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six interceptions, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles. He scored on interception returns against Rhode Island and Wake Forest. Herzlich ranked second among all linebackers nationwide in interceptions and pass breakups.
LB Clint Sintim, Virginia
Particulars: 6-3/254, Sr.
High school: Woodbridge (Va.) Gar-Field
Key stats: Sintim had 38 solos, 31 assists, 11 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and one forced fumble. He ranked seventh in the nation and led all linebackers in sacks.
CB Victor Harris, Virginia Tech
Particulars: 6-0/194, Sr.
High school: Highland Springs (Va.)
Key stats: Harris, nicknamed "Macho," is tied for fifth in the nation with six interceptions. He also has 31 solos, 13 assists, 2.5 tackles for loss and seven pass breakups. On offense, Harris had eight catches for 63 yards and five carries for 48 yards.
CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
Particulars: 5-9/190, Sr.
High school: Pahokee (Fla.) High
Key stats: Smith was tied for fifth in the nation with six interceptions and ranked sixth in the nation with 1.6 passes defended per game. He had 27 solos, nine assists, six tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
SS Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech
Particulars: 6-1/198, Soph.
High school: College Park (Ga.) North Clayton
Key stats: Burnett shared the NCAA lead with seven interceptions. He also had 53 solos, 26 assists, 5.5 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups. Burnett had two interceptions each against Jacksonville State and Clemson.
FS Chris Clemons, Clemson
Particulars: 6-1/210, Sr.
High school: Arcadia (Fla.) DeSoto County
Key stats: Clemons had 43 solos, 29 assists, 2.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups. He scored on an interception return against South Carolina State.
FIRST-TEAM SPECIALISTS
K Graham Gano, Florida State
Particulars: 6-1/192, Sr.
High school: Gonzalez (Fla.) Tate
Key stats: Gano went 24-of-26 on field-goal attempts, including 5-for-7 from at least 50 yards. His only misses came from 50 and 52 yards. Gano, who made 18 consecutive field goals during one stretch, also punted for the Seminoles.
Particulars: 6-2/200, Soph.
High school: Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne
Key stats: Baltz averaged 41.4 yards per punt to lead the ACC and rank 37th in the nation. He helped Maryland rank 16th in the nation in net punting. He landed 19 of his 53 punts inside the opponent's 20.
KR Michael Ray Garvin, Florida State
Particulars: 5-8/182, Sr.
High school: Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Key stats: Garvin led the nation with his average of 32.8 yards per kickoff return. He scored on a 94-yard kickoff return against Colorado.
Particulars: 5-10/160, Fr.
High school: Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central
Key stats: Benjamin averaged 11.5 yards per punt return to lead the ACC and rank 25th in the nation. He also returned kickoffs and averaged 22.7 yards per attempt.
ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
QB Thaddeus Lewis, Duke, Jr.
RB Darren Evans, Virginia Tech, R-Fr.
RB Da'Rel Scott, Maryland, Soph.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, Maryland[/db], Jr.
WR Kevin Ogletree, Virginia, Jr.
TE Greg Boone, Virginia Tech, Jr.
T Anthony Castonzo, Boston College, Soph.
T Garrett Reynolds, North Carolina, Sr.
G Calvin Darity, North Carolina, Sr.
G Meares Green, North Carolina State, Sr.
C Matt Tennant, Boston College, Jr.
DEFENSE
E Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech, Sr.
E Orion Martin, Virginia Tech, Sr.
T Vince Oghobaase, Duke, Jr.
T Vance Walker, Georgia Tech, Sr.
LB Nate Irving, North Carolina State, Soph.
LB Derek Nicholson, Florida State, Sr.
LB Michael Tauiliili, Duke, Sr.
CB Chris Chancellor, Clemson, Jr.
CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia, Soph.
SS Trimane Goddard, North Carolina, Sr.
FS Cooper Taylor, Georgia Tech, Fr.
SPECIALISTS
K Matt Bosher, Miami, Soph.
P Matt Bosher, Miami, Soph.
KR C.J. Spiller, Clemson, Jr.
PR Victor Harris, Virginia Tech, Sr.



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