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Numerous 'Noles earn All-ACC honors

Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina dominate the 2012 All-ACC Football first team.

Hopkins earned first-team honors.

The league announced its all-conference team Monday and six offensive players from the 15th-ranked Tigers made the first team. The 13th-ranked Seminoles and Tar Heels had five players apiece.

The teams were determined by a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd, running back Andre Ellington and receiver DeAndre Hopkins were Clemson's skill players on the first team. They were joined by tackle Brandon Thomas, center Dalton Freeman and tight end Brandon Ford.

Boyd led the ACC with 34 touchdown passes while Hopkins had league-bests of 16 total TD catches and an average of 104 yards receiving for the conference's best offense.

Nine teams had at least one first-team selection. There were no unanimous picks to the first team, but North Carolina running back Gio Bernard was chosen as a first-teamer on 45 ballots.

Bernard, who had an ACC-leading 1,228 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on the ground, joins Boyd as repeat first-team selections.

Bernard, a punt returner who also was picked as the first-team specialist, was joined by guard Jonathan Cooper -- the Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner as the league's top offensive lineman -- plus linebacker Kevin Reddick and defensive tackle Sylvester Williams.

Four Florida State defensive players -- ends Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Lamarcus Joyner -- join kicker Dustin Hopkins on the first team.

Werner earned first-team honors.

The Atlantic Division-champion Seminoles led the leage in all four major defensive stat categories, and Hopkins became the all-time NCAA career scoring leader among kickers this season and led the league with 58 extra points and 24 field goals.

Offensive guard Omoregie Uzzi was the only player from Georgia Tech on the first team. The Yellow Jackets will play Florida State on Saturday night in the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game.

Boston College (receiver Alex Amidon and linebacker Nick Clancy), Virginia (offensive tackle Oday Aboushi and linebacker Steve Greer) and Duke (cornerback Ross Cockrell and punter Will Monday) were the only other schools with multiple first-team picks.

FIRST TEAM
Offense

QB-Tajh Boyd, Clemson (86)
RB-Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (91)
RB-Andre Ellington, Clemson (77)
WR-DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson (80)
WR-Alex Amidon, Boston College (53)
OT-Oday Aboushi, Virginia (53)
OT-Brandon Thomas, Clemson (51)
OG-Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (79)
OG-Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (64)
C-Dalton Freeman, Clemson (78)
TE-Brandon Ford, Clemson (54)
K-Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (79)
Spec.- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (48)

Defense
DE-Bjoern Werner, Florida State (89)
DE-Cornellius Carradine, Florida State (77)

DT-Joe Vellano, Maryland (80)
DT-Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (63)
LB-Nick Clancy, Boston College (66)
LB-Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (65)
LB-Steve Greer, Virginia (58)
CB-Xavier Rhodes, Florida State (66)
CB-Ross Cockrell, Duke (50)
S-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (59)
S-Earl Wolff, NC State (46)
P-Will Monday, Duke (73)

SECOND TEAM
Offense

QB-EJ Manuel, Florida State (25)
RB-Duke Johnson, Miami (47)
RB-Chris Thompson, Florida State (31)
WR-Conner Vernon, Duke (51)
WR-Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest (32)
OT-James Hurst, North Carolina (50)
TIE OT-Cameron Erving, Florida State (21)
TIE OT-Emmett Cleary, Boston College (21)
OG-Tre' Jackson, Florida State (26)
OG-R.J. Matttes, NC State (24)
C- Bryan Stork, Florida State (19)
TE-Eric Ebron, North Carolina (51)
TIE K-Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson (22)
TIE K-Casey Barth, North Carolina (22)
Spec.-Duke Johnson, Miami (44)

Defense
DE-James Gayle, Virginia Tech (30)
DE-Kareem Martin, North Carolina (22)
DT-Everett Dawkins, Florida State (34)
DT-Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (24)
LB-Demetrius Hartsfield, Maryland (34)
LB-Christian Jones, Florida State (31)
LB-Jack Tyler Virginia Tech (28)
CB-David Amerson, NC State (46)
CB-Antone Exum, Virginia Tech (44)
S-Rashard Hall, Clemson (43)
S- Walt Canty, Duke (31)
P-Tommy Hibbard, North Carolina (40)

Honorable Mention [Name, School, Position, Points]: Kenny Anunike (D), de (13); Jeremiah Attaochu (GT), lb (26); Brandan Bishop (NCS), safety (20); Travis Bond (NC), og (14); Tre Boston (NC), safety (29); Darryl Cato-Bishop (NCS), de (12); Emmett Cleary (BC), ot (21); Jamison Crowder (D), wr (15); Stefon Diggs (MD), spec. (33); Jay Finch (GT), c (16); Jon Feliciano (MI), og (16); A.J. Francis (MD), de (12); Kyle Fuller (VT), cb (16); Mike Glennon (NCS), qb (10); Malliciah Goodman (CL), de (16); Dave Harding (D), og (14); Seantrel Henderson (MI), ot (13); Antoine Hopkins (VT), dt (10); Derrick Hopkins (VT), dt (15); Will Jackson (GT), ot (14); Timmy Jernigan (FS), dt (15); Alexander Kinal (WF), p (12); Gerald Levano (BC), p (13); Brandon Linder (MI), og (21); Ross Martin (D), pk (11); Anthony McCloud (FS), dt (10); Jake McGee (VA), te (12); Demetrious Nicholson (VA), cb (12); Denzel Perryman (MI), lb (12); Kevin Pierre-Louis (BC), lb (14); Bryn Renner (NC), qb (15); LaRoy Reynolds (VA), lb (10); Tim Scott (NC), cb (10); Perry Simmons (D), ot (11); Orwin Smith (GT), rb (13); Kenny Tate (MD), lb (12); Bruce Taylor (VT), lb (19); Sammy Watkins (CL), wr (19); Menelik Watson (FS), ot (13); Camden Wentz (NCS), c (12); Brennan Williams (NC), ot (13); Vince Williams (FS), lb (11)

  • Chris Nee

    In total, 16 Seminoles mentioned.

    Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.

  • SC_Nole

    No offensive players besides Hopkins on first team is kinda disturbing imo.

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  • Could be that Thompson went down with an injury and the rock was spread around pretty good after that. 2nd offense in the ACC would have a few more names you would think.

  • Chris Nee

    Outside of an offensive lineman, it is easy to see why nobody did make it. Boyd's numbers are eye-popping so him over Manuel is easy to see. Greene is FSU's best wide receiver but the ball is spread around so much it is tough for him to break through against guys who are showcased by their teams. Thompson would be there likely if not for the injury, but Bernard had a monster season.

    Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.

  • Chris Nee

    Upcoming award schedule via the ACC:

    Nov. 27--Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year; Coach of the Year
    Nov. 28--Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year; ACC Player of the Year.
    Nov. 29--Jim Tatum Scholar Athlete Award and Brian Piccolo Award
    Dec. 5--ACC Coaches’ All-ACC Football Team and Awards Announced

    Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.

  • Dang Duke had more players on both teams that Miami who only had Duke Johnson on the second team.

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  • No love for,Nick Waisome or Tyler Hunter

  • Pre-season had James Gayle picked ahead of Werner. Never understood that.

  • Chris Nee

    FSU release:

    The best regular season performance by a Florida State football team since 2003 did not go unnoticed as a league-leading 12 Seminoles were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team on Monday.

    Kicker Dustin Hopkins, one of six repeat first-team All-ACC honorees, is joined by four Seminole defenders on the first team, which was selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Defensive ends Bjoern Werner and Cornellius Carradine, cornerback Xavier Rhodes and strong safety Lamarcus Joyner were also recognized as first-team selections.

    Seven Seminoles earned second-team honors, including five on offense, led by quarterback EJ Manuel. Tailback Chris Thompson, tackle Cameron Erving, guard Tre’ Jackson and center Bryan Stork join Manuel. Defensive tackle Everett Dawkins and linebacker Christian Jones were second-team defensive selections.

    Four additional Seminoles – defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan and Anthony McCloud, offensive tackle Menelik Watson and linebacker Vince Williams – earned honorable mention recognition, pushing FSU’s total to 16 recognized players.

    You have to go back to the 2000 Florida State team that played for the national championship to find a more widely honored squad by the ACC.

    “I’m very proud of those guys; very happy for them,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “Their hard work has paid off. They’re accomplishing a lot of individual goals, but they did it within the team concept. No one sacrificed their individual goals. … They’re being rewarded for the success that we’ve had as a team. “I think they are very deserving. I think we have some other guys that are also deserving; we’ve got a lot of good young players. That’s a sign of the direction our program is going.”

    The recognized ‘Noles are a blend of both veterans and youth, and directly reflect on the coaching staff’s ability to bring talented players into the program and develop them into standouts.

    FSU’s five first-team selections are the most by the school since the 2003 squad, which was the last Seminole team to win 10 regular season games before this season.

    Florida State (10-2, 8-1 ACC) won the ACC’s Atlantic Division and will face Georgia Tech Saturday in Charlotte, N.C. for the conference championship, thanks in no small part to the production of its All-ACC performers.

    Werner, a junior, earned more first-team votes than any defender in the conference. He leads the ACC in sacks (13.0) and is second in tackles for loss (18.0) for the league’s top-rated defensive unit. Teaming with Carradine, a senior who leads the ‘Noles in tackles (80) and is second in sacks (11.0) and tackles for loss (13.0), they form the most productive defensive end tandem in the league. It marks the first time the Seminoles have had both starting defensive ends earn first-team All-ACC honors since the dynamic 1996 tandem of All-Americans Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson.

    “They’ve been great all year,” Fisher said. “I saw Boulware and Wilson. I didn’t get to coach with them, and I know their numbers might have been a little higher, but these guys are pretty dadgum good themselves.”

    A pair of junior defensive backs, Rhodes and Joyner, have been instrumental in a Florida State pass defense which ranks fourth nationally in passing efficiency (98.59). Rhodes shares the team lead in pass break-ups (7), is second in interceptions (2) and has made 34 tackles, including 25 solo stops. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider opponents have largely avoided the 2010 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

    “After one good year when you get numbers, you usually don’t get them after that, because they quit throwing at you,” Fisher said. “It comes back to the respect and appreciation of how he plays the game and how good of a player he is. To me, when a corner doesn’t have big numbers, it’s because of the respect other teams have for you.”

    As the final line of defense, Joyner brings both hard hitting and outstanding on-the-ball skills to the field every day. He has recorded 41 tackles to go along with five pass break-ups and an interception.

    “I couldn’t be happier for him,” Fisher said of Joyner. “He makes me pull my hair out sometimes because of some things, but he’s also one of the most favorite guys I’ve ever coached because he truly loves to play football and compete. Watching him practice every day is one of the best joys in your life.”

    Hopkins’ selection as the repeat first-team kicker is no surprise. Over the course of the senior’s final year he has set FSU, ACC and NCAA kick scoring records by converting 24 of 28 field goal attempts, including all five from 50 yards or longer. His 87 career field goals tie him with Billy Bennett for the all-time NCAA FBS lead, while his 456 career points rank currently rank third among all-player scoring in major college football history.

    “He’s not only one of the great kickers in Florida State history, but also NCAA history as the all-time kick scoring leader,” Fisher said of Hopkins, who is a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, presented to the nation’s top kicker. “Then the way he represents himself and carries himself with class and dignity; his community service and academic (excellence). You could go on and on, but we’re very blessed to have had him here.”

    Chris Nee of 247Sports.com. You can follow me on twitter @CNee247.

  • Shout out to Cameron Erving. Hell of a transformation my man - from backup DT to All ACC OT!!!

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