Predicting The All-ACC Team: Tight End

This is the fourth in a series on the 2011 All-ACC team. First, we profiled the players returning from the 2010 All-ACC team. Then we discussed quarterbacks, running backs and receivers.

Today we have the All-ACC tight ends.  To make an All-ACC team, a tight end must have a lot of yards and touchdowns.  Writers do not consider how often he was targeted, how many drops he had, or how much effort he gave in blocking.  The easiest route to the team is to be targeted a lot in the red zone. Knowing all that, I will be looking for players likely to see a lot of passes thrown their way.  And I fully agree with you, fan of team that likes to run more than it throws, (particularly in the red zone), this is not a list of the best receivers.  And to those of you who object that the ACC writers are not motivated enough to remove games against non-conference opponents, I agree with you there as well.  Teams that play poor/smart non-conference schedules have a major advantage in placing kids onto an All-Conference or All-American team.

And this might disappoint you, but I do not see many changes to the ALL-ACC tight end selections this year.  The league brings back all three of its tight end selections from a year ago in George Bryan of the N.C. State Wolfpack, Dwayne Allen of the Clemson TIgers, and Cooper Helfet of the Duke Blue Devils.

Bryan and Allen are both surefire NFLers and both will get plenty of receptions.  Even more important, they are well-known names.  That rarely happens at the tight end position.  They'll remain one-two.

But the third spot might be up for a bit of debate.  Helfet is a decent player, but Chris Pantale of Boston College and Colter Phillips of Virginia are also good players.  I'll actually choose Pantale to end up as the third tight end when all is said and done, because BC will use the tight end more this season.

So Bryan-Allen-Pantale it is.

For a variety of reasons, FSU, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Miami did not have legitimate candidates worthy of discussion either because they will have a new, unknown starter at the position or do not have a receiving-style tight end.  

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