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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: ACC preseason football team announced
Three Virginia Tech players, and one from Virginia, were among those selected to the 2014 ACC preseason football team.
Hokies senior defensive tackle Luther Maddy, sophomore cornerback Kendall Fuller and junior punter A.J. Hughes made the team, which was voted on by media members attending the ACC Football Kickoff this past Sunday and Monday in Greensboro.
Virginia senior safety Anthony Harris was also selected.
Defending national champion Florida State led the way with nine selections, including reigning Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Jameis Winston. The Seminoles were also the media’s preseason pick to defend their ACC championship.
Duke, picked to finish second in the Coastal Division, had four players on the preseason team. Clemson and Virginia Tech had the third most selections with three apiece.
Maddy, the Hokies only returning starter on the defensive line, earned third-team All-ACC honors last year after compiling 55 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks.
Fuller had a team-high six interceptions last season and was a second-team All-ACC selection. He was the ACC’s Defensive Rookie of the Year as well.
Both Maddy and Fuller were also named to the 2014 watch lists for the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award, which both honor college football’s defensive player of the year. Maddy was also named to the watch list for the Outland Award, given to the nation’s best offensive or defensive interior lineman.
Hughes was named second team All-ACC last season after finishing second in the ACC and 14th nationally with a 44.1 yard punting average. He has been named to the watch list for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter.
Harris led the nation with eight interceptions last season and earned All-American honors from Sports Illustrated and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Harris is on the Bednarik and Nagurski watch lists, and he is also on the list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back.
Here is the full 2014 preseason All-ACC team
Votes in parentheses
Votes in parentheses
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State (97)
RB Duke Johnson, Miami (95)
RB Karlos Williams, Florida State (37)
WR Jamison Crowder, Duke (68)
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State (56)
WR DeVante Parker, Louisville (32)
TE Nick O’Leary, Florida State (86)
T Cameron Erving, Florida State (82)
T Sean Hickey, Syracuse (26)
G Tre’ Jackson, Florida State (82)
G Laken Tomlinson, Duke (52)
C Andy Gallik, Boston College (39)
DE Vic Beasley, Clemson (96)
DE Mario Edwards, Jr., Florida State (66)
DT Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (74)
DT Grady Jarrett, Clemson (61)
LB Denzel Perryman, Miami (82)
LB Kelby Brown, Duke (74)
LB Stephone Anthony, Clemson (55)
CB Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech (80)
CB P.J. Williams, Florida State (60)
S Anthony Harris, Virginia (80)
S Jeremy Cash, Duke (56)
PK Roberto Aguayo, Florida State (79)
P A.J. Hughes, Virginia Tech (29)
RET Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (68)
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