Here is Phil Steele's preseason All-ACC Team as well as his All-American Team as it will appear in the Magazine, hitting newsstands June 7th. Phil Steele’s College Football Preview is the nation’s most informative national preseason football magazine and has always provided a preseason All-American team as well as preseason All-Conference teams. For more information or to obtain a copy of each of the All-Conference teams, please visit PhilSteele.com
Florida State leads the way with seven members of the 28-member 1st-team, and 17 of the 112 total selections (though Greg Reid was honored thrice, for cornerback, punt returner, and kick returner).
Quarterback E.J. Manuel (redshirt junior), offensive tackle Andrew Datko (senior), defensive end Brandon Jenkins (junior), linebacker Nigel Bradham, corner Xavier Rhodes (redshirt sophomore), kicker Dustin Hopkins (junior) and punter Shawn Powell (senior) were the 1st-team honorees from the 'Noles.
Running back Chris Thompson (junior) and return man Greg Reid (honored for both kick and punt return) were honored on the third team.
Total (1st team) School
17 (7) Florida State Seminoles
13 (5) Virginia Tech Hokies
11 (3) North Carolina Tar Heels
11 (1) Clemson Tigers
10 (5) Miami Hurricanes
09 (0) Virginia Cavaliers
08 (1) N.C. State Wolfpack
08 (2) Boston College Eagles
06 (1) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
08 (2) Maryland Terrapins
06 (1) Duke Blue Devils
05 (0) Wake Forest Demon Deacons
FSU had 11 selections last season, and three 1st-teamers, meaning 2011 represents a 50% increase in overall selections and a 100% increase in 1st-team selections.
The Atlantic Division has 57 overall selections and 13 1st-teamers. The Coastal Division has 71 overall selections, but only two more on the 1st-team.
There will always be snubs. Lonnie Pryor is an excellent fullback for the Noles and because Phil doesn't use fullbacks, he was left off the team. Pryor is one of the top fullbacks in the country. And FSU's third corner, Mike Harris, probably deserves to be on there, but Steele doesn't want to make the All-ACC team look like the All-WAC team from previous years, in which the team was all Boise State players. Three corners from one team would be a bit much.
Now, some of these selections on the third and fourth teams might seem a bit off. Phil may have a guy on the 4th-team who isn't even a starter. But his is the only publication of which I am aware that posts a four-deep team for each conference. From experience, I can tell you that is almost impossible to do. Give progressively more weight to the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st teams and this is an excellent tool.