Tigers lead All-ACC selections


Tar Heels, Demon Deacons lead NC schools

Clemson Athletics Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (55) against South Carolina on Saturday. Both players were named first-team All-ACC on Monday.


GREENSBORO (AP) — Atlantic Division champion Clemson placed nine players on the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.

The league on Monday announced its all-conference teams as determined by a vote of 48 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Among the Tigers selected were receiver Mike Williams, tight end Jordan Leggett and three offensive linemen — but not quarterback Deshaun Watson, a second-team choice.

Louisville’s Lamar Jackson was the first-team quarterback, with Dalvin Cook of Florida State and James Conner of Pittsburgh the two running backs.

Coastal Division winner Virginia Tech had just one first-team selection: defensive tackle Woody Baron.

The No. 3 Tigers face No. 19 Virginia Tech in the ACC title game Saturday night in Orlando, Florida.

After a record-setting senior season, UNC wide receiver Ryan Switzer was named to the all-ACC First Team as one of seven Tar Heels earning all-ACC honors. Lucas Crowley, Jon Heck and T.J. Logan were second-team selections, while Elijah Hood, Nazair Jones and Mitch Trubisky were third-team picks.

Switzer ranks second in the ACC and eighth nationally with 91 receptions, a total that eclipsed Dwight Jones’ previous school record of 85, which was set in 2011. He also had five receiving touchdowns on the year, upping his career total to 18, tied for fifth-most in school history.

Trubisky emerged as one of the nation’s top passers in his first year as a starter, tossing for 3,468 yards and 28 touchdowns, both UNC single-season records.

Wake Forest earned four selections, with placekicker Mike Weaver earning first-team honors for the Demon Deacons. Weaver has converted 19 of 25 field goals this season and all 24 PATs. He leads the team in scoring with 81 points and is seventh in the ACC in scoring. Weaver is the first Demon Deacon placekicker to earn first team All-ACC honors since Sam Swank in 2006.

Linebacker Marquel Lee and safety Jessie Bates III were each named to the second team defense. Defensive end Duke Ejiofor was named to the third team.

N.C. State earned three selections, with running back Matt Dayes and offensive guard Tony Adams leading the way as second-team selections. Defensive end Bradley Chubb was named to the third team.

Dayes ranks third in the ACC with 1,119 rushing yards. He became the first Wolfpack player to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season since T.A. McLendon in 2002. Dayes’ eight 100+ yard rushing games this season are the most for a Wolfpack player in a single season since Ted Brown had nine in 1977. He also leads the Pack with 10 rushing TDs and ranks fourth on the team with 31 receptions.

Duke earned two selections, with cornerback Breon Borders and linebacker Ben Humphreys earning third-team selections for the Blue Devils.

Clemson Athletics Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (55) against South Carolina on Saturday. Both players were named first-team All-ACC on Monday.
http://robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_Clemson.jpgClemson Athletics Clemson tight end Jordan Leggett (16) celebrates with offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (55) against South Carolina on Saturday. Both players were named first-team All-ACC on Monday.
Tar Heels, Demon Deacons lead NC schools
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