My Mid-Season All-ACC Team: Youth Of Florida State Dominating The Conference

Yesterday Phil Steele released his Mid-Season All-ACC team.  It gave me an idea to debut mine.  I considered only ACC games for this, as the non-conference schedules of the twelve teams can vary quite a bit.

1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
QB Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech TJ Yates, North Carolina Russell Wilson, NC State
RB Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech Damien Berry, Miami Jermaine Thomas, Florida St
RB Montel Harris, Boston College Johnny White, North Carolina Josh Harris, Wake Forest
WR Owen Spencer, NC State Donovan Varner, Duke Jarvis Williams, NC State
WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech Kris Burd, Virginia
WR Conner Vernon, Duke Torrey Smith, Maryland Chris Givens, Wake Forest
TE Zack Pianalto, North Carolina Dwayne Allen, Clemson George Bryan, NC State
C Ryan McMahon, Florida St Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech Beau Warren, Virginia Tech
OG Rodney Hudson, Florida St Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech Jaymes Brooks, Virginia Tech
OG Antoine McClain, Clemson Austin Pasztor, Virginia Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College Chris Hairston, Clemson Kyle Hill, Duke
OT Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech Zebrie Sanders, Florida St Orlando Franklin, Miami
KR Greg Reid, Florida St David Wilson, Virginia Tech David Wilson, Virginia Tech
PR Tony Logan, Maryland Greg Reid, Florida St Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida St Allen Bailey, Miami Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest
DT Quinton Coples, North Carolina Everett Dawkins, Florida St Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
DT Joe Vellano, Maryland John Graves, Virginia Tech Marcus Forston , Miami
DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson Steven Friday, Virginia Tech Olivier Vernon, Miami
LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College Kendall Smith, Florida St Mister Alexander, Florida St
LB Sean Spence, Miami Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech Brad Jefferson, Georgia Tech
LB Alex Wujciak, Maryland Nigel Bradham, Florida St Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
LB Nate Irving, NC State Adrian Moten, Maryland Steven Sylvester, Georgia Tech
CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech Greg Reid, Florida St Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
CB Brandon Harris, Miami Xavier Rhodes, Florida St Chase Minnifield, Virginia
S Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami Kenny Tate, Maryland Brandan Bishop, NC State
S DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson Terrance Parks, Florida St Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech
K Dustin Hopkins, Florida St. Scott Blair, Georgia Tech Will Snyderwine, Duke
P Matt Bosher, Miami Dawson Zimmerman, Clemson Ryan Quigley, Boston College

Mine is quite a bit different from Steele's.  Here is the team by team breakdown.  Some players appear multiple times, like FSU's Greg Reid, who earns recognition at corner and both kick return spots.

Florida State 15 (5, 8, 2)
Virginia Tech 12 (3, 5, 4)
Miami 10 (5, 2, 3)
Clemson 8 (3, 3, 2)
Georgia Tech 7 (1, 3, 3)
NC State 6 (2, 0, 4)
North Carolina 6 (2, 2, 2)
Maryland 6 (3, 3, 0)
Boston College 4 (3, 0, 1)
Duke 4 (1, 1, 2)
Wake Forest 3 (0, 0, 3)
Virginia 3 (0, 1, 2)

Is it wrong that Florida State and Virginia Tech make up a third of the spots?  I don't believe so.  The 'Noles and Hokies have been dominating the conference this year.   Here is a look at how each team has faired in conference this far:

Team Gained Allowed %
FSU 6.1 4.4 39%
UNC 6 5.2 15%
MD 4.8 4.3 12%
VT 6.6 6 10%
Miami 5.2 4.9 6%
NCST 5.9 5.7 4%
GT 6 5.8 3%
Duke 5 5.7 -12%
Clem 4.1 4.7 -13%
UVA 5.1 5.9 -14%
BC 4.4 5.1 -14%
Wake 5.3 6.2 -15%

 

  • UNC should probably have more players on the list considering it has played Georgia Tech and Clemson so far, but I cannot figure out who those players should be.  
  • Maryland has played Duke and Clemson, so its numbers will drop when it faces at BC, WF, at UM, at UVA, FSU, and NC State.  
  • Florida State is just destroying the entire league.  It's not even close.  Further, only 4 of those 13 players appearing for Florida State are seniors.  The rest of the ACC might as well take the year off in 2011, particularly with FSU finally drawing Duke and Virginia in the same year, and the Canes at home.

Inside, take a look at a special breakdown.

I took the liberty to show what I was talking about above with respect to the youth on some of these teams.  The seniors have been crossed out and you can see that FSU is only responsible for four of the 33 crossed-out slots.  

1st Team 2nd Team 3rd Team
QB Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech TJ Yates, North Carolina Russell Wilson, NC State (baseball)
RB Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech Damien Berry, Miami Jermaine Thomas, Florida St
RB Montel Harris, Boston College Johnny White, North Carolina Josh Harris, Wake Forest
WR Owen Spencer, NC State Donovan Varner, Duke Jarvis Williams, NC State
WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami Jarrett Boykin, Virginia Tech Kris Burd, Virginia
WR Conner Vernon, Duke Torrey Smith, Maryland Chris Givens, Wake Forest
TE Zack Pianalto, North Carolina Dwayne Allen, Clemson George Bryan, NC State
C Ryan McMahon, Florida St Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech Beau Warren, Virginia Tech
OG Rodney Hudson, Florida St Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech Jaymes Brooks, Virginia Tech
OG Antoine McClain, Clemson Austin Pasztor, Virginia Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College Chris Hairston, Clemson Kyle Hill, Duke
OT Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech Zebrie Sanders, Florida St Orlando Franklin, Miami
KR Greg Reid, Florida St David Wilson, Virginia Tech David Wilson, Virginia Tech
PR Tony Logan, Maryland Greg Reid, Florida St Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida St Allen Bailey, Miami Kyle Wilber, Wake Forest
DT Quinton Coples, North Carolina Everett Dawkins, Florida St Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson
DT Joe Vellano, Maryland John Graves, Virginia Tech Marcus Forston, Miami
DE Da’Quan Bowers, Clemson# Steven Friday, Virginia Tech Olivier Vernon, Miami
LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College Kendall Smith, Florida St Mister Alexander, Florida St
LB Sean Spence, Miami Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech Brad Jefferson, Georgia Tech
LB Alex Wujciak, Maryland Nigel Bradham, Florida St Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
LB Nate Irving, NC State Adrian Moten, Maryland Steven Sylvester, Georgia Tech
CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech Greg Reid, Florida St Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
CB Brandon Harris, Miami# Xavier Rhodes, Florida St Chase Minnifield, Virginia
S Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami Kenny Tate, Maryland Brandan Bishop, NC State
S DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson Terrance Parks, Florida St Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech
K Dustin Hopkins, Florida St. Scott Blair, Georgia Tech Will Snyderwine, Duke
P Matt Bosher, Miami Dawson Zimmerman, Clemson Ryan Quigley, Boston College

Miami's Brandon Harris and Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers are also likely to leave early for the professional ranks, particularly Bowers.  I have placed a # by their names.

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