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Florida State places 17 players on All-ACC teams

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This year’s All-ACC teams are full of players from the conference’s best team (for now).

Seventeen Florida State players headline the list, which was voted on by 55 Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association members. The total points based on votes a player received are in parenthesis.

First Team Offense
WR  Rashad Greene, Sr., Florida State (157)
WR  Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke (150)
WR  Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt (149)
TE    Nick O’Leary, Sr., Florida State (131)
T      Cameron Erving, Sr.-R., Florida State (133)
T      T.J. Clemmings, Sr.-R, Pitt (90)
G      Laken Tomlinson, Sr.-R, Duke (114)
G      Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State (121)
C      Andy Gallik, Sr.-R, Boston College (105)
QB   Jameis Winston, So.-R, Florida State (142)
RB   James Conner, So., Pitt (164)
RB   Duke Johnson, Jr., Miami (159)
K      Roberto Aguayo, So.-R, Florida State (153)
Sp.   Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke (86)

Second Team Offense
WR  Phillip Dorsett, Sr.-R, Miami (96)
WR  Mike Williams, So., Clemson (84)
WR  Artavis Scott, Fr., Clemson (80)
TE    Clive Walford, Sr.-R, Miami (101)
T      Ereck Flowers, Jr., Miami (69)
T      Jamon Brown, Sr., Louisville (50)
G      Shaquille Mason, Sr., Georgia Tech (102)
G      Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State (48)
C      Cameron Erving, Sr.-R, Florida State (71)
QB   Marquise Williams, Jr., North Carolina (89)
RB   Zach Laskey, Sr., Georgia Tech (69)
RB   Dalvin Cook, So., Florida State (63)
K      Ian Frye, Jr.-R, Virginia (67)
Sp.   Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt (58)

Third Team Offense
WR  DeAndre Smelter, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (72)
WR  DeVante Parker, Sr., Louisville (62)
WR  Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina (54)
TE    Bucky Hodges, Fr.-R, Virginia Tech (38)
T      Sean Hickey, Sr., Syracuse (48)
T (tie)Bobby Hart, Sr., Florida State (42)
(tie)Seth Betancourt, Sr.-R, Boston College (42)
(tie)Takoby Cofield, Sr.-R, Duke (42)
G      Landon Turner, Jr., North Carolina (42)
G      Matt Rotheram, Sr.-R, Pitt (42)
C      Matt Skura, Jr.-R, Duke (44)
QB   Justin Thomas,So., Georgia Tech (35)
RB   Kevin Parks, Sr., Virginia (60)
RB   Jon Hilliman, Fr., Boston College (51)
K      Ross Martin, Jr., Duke (48)
Sp.   DeVon Edwards, So., Duke (48)

Honorable Mention/Offense (20 or more points):
QB–Brad Kaaya, Miami (21). RB–Shadrach Thornton, NC State (33); Synjyn Days, Georgia Tech (24).  WR–Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech (24); Mack Hollins, North Carolina (20). TE–Cam Serigne, Wake Forest (25). T–Bryan Chamberlain, Georgia Tech (40); Ian Silberman, Boston College (35); G–David Beasley, Clemson (39); Bobby Vardaro, Boston College (34); John Miller, Louisville (31); Jon Feliciano, Miami (30); Kalon Davis, Clemson (28). C–Shane McDermott, Miami (36); Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech (35); Jake Smith, Louisville (26). PK–Ammon Lakip (32), Clemson; SP–Rashad Greene, Florida State (37); Darius Jennings, Virginia (28); Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (23); Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech (20).

First Team Defense
DE    Vic Beasley, Sr.-R, Clemson (159)
DE    Mario Edwards Jr., Jr., Florida State (112)
DT    Eddie Goldman, Jr., Florida State (129)
DT    Grady Jarrett, Sr., Clemson (127)
LB    Denzel Perryman, Sr., Miami (145)
LB    David Helton, Sr., Duke (104)
LB    Stephone Anthony, Sr., Clemson (101)
CB    Kendall Fuller, So., Virginia Tech (119)
CB    P.J. Williams, Jr., Florida State (105)
S      Gerod Holliman, So.-R Louisville (132)
S      Jalen Ramsey, So., Florida State (92)
P      Wil Baumann, Sr., NC State (108)

Second Team Defense
DE    Dadi Nicolas, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (101)
DE    Eli Harold, Jr., Virginia (65)
DT    Adam Gotsis, Jr., Georgia Tech (48)
DT    Tylor Harris, Jr., Wake Forest (43)
LB    Terrance Smith, Jr.-R, Florida State (82)
LB    Lorenzo Mauldin, Sr., Louisville (79)
LB(Tie)Henry Coley, Sr.-R, Virginia (68)
LB(Tie)Quayshawn Nealy, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (68)
CB    Garry Peters, Sr., Clemson (63)
CB    Maurice Canady, Jr., Virginia (56)
S      Jeremy Cash, Jr.-R, Duke (83)
S      Quin Blanding, Fr., Virginia (71)
P      Alex Kinal, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (86)

Third Team Defense
DE    Sheldon Rankins, Jr., Louisville (45)
DE    Ken Ekanem, Jr., So.-R, Virginia Tech (40)
DT    Corey Marshall, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (41)
DT    Connor Wujciak, Jr., Boston College (41)
LB    Reggie Northrup, Jr., Florida State (54)
LB    Cameron Lynch,  Sr., Syracuse (45)
LB    Max Valles, So., Virginia (45)
CB    Ronald Darby, Jr., Florida State (51)
CB    Charles Gaines, Jr.-R, Louisville (47)
S      Anthony Harris, Sr., Virginia (56)
S      Jamal Golden, Jr., Georgia Tech (43)
P      Justin Vogel, So., Miami (40)

Honorable Mention/Defense (20 or more points):
DE–Art Norman, NC State (25); KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech (23); Anthony Chickillo, Miami (21); B.J. Dubose, Louisville (20);  DT–Olsen Pierre, Miami (38); David Dean, Virginia (37);  Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (33); Nigel William, Virginia Tech (29); Thomas Teal, NC State (27); Ethan Farmer, North Carolina (22); Josh Banks, Wake Forest (20). LB–Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest (30); P.J. Davis,. Georgia Tech (25); Josh Keyes, Boston College (22); Keith Kelsey, Louisville (20). CB–Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest (45); D.J. White, Georgia Tech (40); Merrilll Noel, Wake Forest (34); Brian Walker, North Carolina (27); MacKensie Alexander, Clemson (22). S–Deon Bush, Miami (36); DeVon Edwards, Duke (26); Robert Smith, Clemson (20), P–Will Monday, Duke (29); Riley Dixon, Syracuse (23).

Paul Johnson tells Duke’s Cutclife to mind his own beeswax

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This week pits the last two ACC Coastal Division champions, Georgia Tech and Duke, against each other in what looks to be one of many crucial division game sin a wide-open division. This game does not carry the animosity you would get with Alabama-Auburn or Michigan-Ohio State, but a nice little war or words has developed this week between the head coaches at both ACC schools.

Duke head coach David Cutcliffe touched a nerve with his comments about Georgia Tech’s inability to be able to recruit talented playmakers at positions like wide receiver because of the offensive style run by Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. Cutclife asked a rhetorical question about why a wide receiver would choose to go to Georgia Tech. Demaryius Thomas was the last 1,000-yard receiver at Georgia Tech, in 2009. Only two wide receivers since then have had at least 400 receiving yards in a season. Johnson took aim in his response to Cutcliffe’s comments.

“How many receivers have they put in the NFL?” Johnson asked according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I can tell you. None. They’ve had one offensive player (drafted by) the NFL in his six years there. … He probably ought to worry about his own business.”

Cutcliffe attempted to clarify his statements during the weekly ACC coaches conference call. He toned it down a little and suggested he was not attempting to criticize Johnson or Georgia Tech.

“I think young people today, and you go across this country and anybody like I said that knows football, like I was saying, it’s a different type of offense,” Cutcliffe said Wednesday. “We’re different. We’re not a pro-style offense or defense. So what it does, and certain kids — I think Coach Johnson would tell you the same thing. Certain kids don’t like to think about playing in that type of system.”

For what it is worth, Duke and Georgia Tech have two of the ACC’s top wide receivers this season. Duke’s Jamison Crowder is All-ACC caliber and is fifth in the conference with 343 receiving yards. Georgia Tech’s DeAndre Smelter is right behind him with 339 yards and four touchdowns to Crowder’s two. A win for Georgia Tech would improve their ACC mark to 3-0 with wins against Duke, Virginia Tech and Miami already behind them. Duke would drop to 0-2 in the ACC.

Virginia Tech comes from ahead to lose

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It was just two weeks ago Virginia Tech was being praised for their effort against Ohio State in Columbus. Really, it was that recently the Hokies were ranked in the top 25 and looking like a strong contender in the ACC, or at least the Coastal Division. Two weeks later the Hokies have lost two straight games on their home field. Last week it was East Carolina holding on for a victory. This week it was the Hokies coughing up a fourth-quarter lead and going down in division play as Georgia Tech snuck out of Blacksburg with a 27-24 victory.

Virginia Tech lost the lead twice in the fourth quarter. Georgia Tech took its first lead since the opening score when Paul Davis returned an interception of Michael Brewer 41 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. The extra point gave Georgia Tech a 17-16 lead, but it lasted just a few minutes. On the ensuing possession, it was Brewer who got a lucky bounce on a fumbled football. Brewer had the loose ball find its way to him and he was able to run for a 21-yard touchdown with the defense mostly out of the picture. A two-point conversion gave the home team a 24-17 lead midway through the quarter.

Georgia Tech looked cooked on a 4th and 15 situation but pulled together a big first down play out of a timeout that seemed costly at the time. After completing the first down the Yellow Jackets again took to the air as Justin Thomas connected with DeAndre Smelter for a 31-yard touchdown with 2:03 to play. After converted a 4th and 15, why not go for broke, right? It paid off, and from there Georgia Tech’s defense waited for another mistake to pounce on. They got it on Virginia Tech’s next drive. Brewer made a poor decision on a pass and was picked off by D.J. White on the first play of the drive. The turnover gave Georgia Tech a free possession at the Virginia Tech 40-yard line. Using their time management to perfection, Georgia Tech methodically moved into field goal position for Harrison Butker. Butker sent a routine 24-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired, giving Georgia Tech the win and a spot in first place in the ACC Coastal Division.

Virginia Tech will play their third straight home game next weekend. Western Michigan will make the trip to represent the MAC, and Virginia Tech will return to ACC play with another key ACC Coastal Division battle the following week against North Carolina. The road trip to Chapel Hill kicks off a crucial three-game stretch for Virginia Tech in division play with games at North Carolina, at Pittsburgh and then at home against Miami. That could easily give Virginia Tech a chance to rebound and grab a firm hold of the division, which is something no team in this division has really been able to do in recent seasons. Georgia Tech is just getting started with their key division stretch. After taking next week off, Georgia Tech will host Miami and Duke before visiting North Carolina and Pittsburgh.

Georgia Tech is just getting started with their key division stretch. After taking next week off, Georgia Tech will host Miami and Duke before visiting North Carolina and Pittsburgh.