Preseason All-ACC Teams: Who's Missing?
By Eric Russell
The All-ACC team was released Wednesday as voted on by the ACC media. Not surprisingly, Florida State leads the way with six representatives on the list.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd received 59 of a possible 67 votes. One of his targets, Sammy Watkins also received a healthy number of votes (57). The two Tigers are joined by kicker Chandler Catanzaro to round out Clemson's three selections on the team.
Joining Watkins at receiver on the team is Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro. The senior, who came in at No. 13 on our list of Top 25 ACC Players, hauled in 79 passes for the Demon Deacons last season for 763 yards and six touchdowns. Wake Forest's Nikita Whitlock also earned preseason All-ACC honors on the defensive side of the ball.
Other defensive selections included Duke's Ross Cockrell, who was the leading vote-getter among defensive players. Cockrell and punter Will Monday are Duke's two contributions to the team. Monday is one of the three sophomores to make the squad.
Duke Johnson and Stefon Diggs are the other two members who aren't a junior or senior. Diggs, Maryland's all-purpose playmaker and receiver, got on the team as a specialist. Diggs was edged out by Campanaro by one vote at receiver.
Pittsburgh safety Jason Hendricks was the only representative of the newcomers. Syracuse was among the two teams without a player on the preseason All-ACC team. NC State was the other program without a selection on the team.
Behind Florida State, North Carolina came in with four representatives including Eric Ebron and Tre Boston.
Virginia Tech could have had two more players on the team in Antone Exum and James Gayle. Gayle took to Twitter Wednesday after being snubbed.
"Underestimate me this year if you want to and I'm going to wake you up," Gayle tweeted.
Gayle finished the 2012 season with 43 tackles and five sacks.
Gayle isn't the only questionable omission. Pitt defensive linemen Aaron Donald could make a good case to be included. Donald was a handful for offensive linemen last season.
Some would argue that fellow newcomer Syracuse should've had a representative in running back Jerome Smith. As always, we'll have to wait and see how many of the "snubs" have legitimate gripes and how many of those on the list are overrated.