QB: Deshaun Watson – Clemson; Gainesville, Georgia 6-2, 210 Soph: Watson has been all that was expected out of him, maybe even more. With over 3,200 passing yards with games remaining and 725 rushing yardage and 36 Touchdowns between passing and rushing, Watson is the best QB in the ACC for 2015.
QB: Marquise Williams – North Carolina: Charlotte, North Carolina 6-2, 225 Sr: Fifth year senior can run and throw with the best of them. With at least 2 more games remaining at least he has over 2,600 yards passing and 18 Touchdowns. On the ground, he has nearly 800 yards and 8 more Touchdowns. Williams makes the Tar Heels a dangerous team.
RB: Dalvin Cook – Florida State; Miami, Florida 5-11, 202, Soph: Simply put, he is the most explosive player in the country.
RB: Wayne Gallman – Clemson; Loganville, Georgia 6-1, 215 Soph: Clemson’s leading rusher for the past two seasons, he has 1,145 yards rushing so far this season with 9 Touchdowns.
RB: Elijah Hood – North Carolina; Charlotte, North Carolina 6-0, 220 Soph: Hood is a talented Running Back with size and speed that has produced over 1,200 yards rushing this season and 16 Touchdowns. Hood was a highly recruited Running Back two years ago and he is paying off big time dividends for the Tar Heels now.
RB: Qadree Ollison – Pittsburgh; Niagara Falls, New York 6-2, 230 Fr: Last year’s star James Connor went down for the season in game one and Ollison stepped up and ran for over 200 yards. On the season, Ollison ran or over 1,000 yards and was named the ACC Freshman of the year. Next season, the Panthers should have Ollison and Conner back which could be an unstoppable backfield.
WR: Tyler Boyd – Pittsburgh; Clairton, Pennsylvania 6-2, 200 Jr: Double teamed all of the time and he is really Pittsburgh’s only real deep threat and everyone knows he’s going to get the ball. Yet, they still can’t stop him. Boyd has 85 receptions for 873 yards and 6 Touchdowns.
WR: Artavis Scott – Clemson; Clearwater, Florida 5-11, 190 soph: Scott burst upon the scene last season and has stepped up this year after the loss of Clemson’s other star receiver, Mike Williams. Scott has 77 receptions, so far for 709 yards and 4 Touchdowns
WR: Isaiah Ford – Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Florida 6-2, 188 Soph: The Hokies have struggled in recent years, but Isaiah Ford has been a bright spot. After having an impressive freshman year,
Ford followed up with a 63 reception season and 10 Touchdowns. Virginia Tech and their new coach Justin Fuente will need a new Quarterback to step up in 2016 one that can get the ball to Ford.
WR: Stacy Coley – Miami: Pompano Beach, Florida 6-1, 187 Jr: Much attention has been given to the Miami football program and their distress and they fired their coach, Al Golden. But, Coley is a big play guy much like the Miami Hurricanes Receivers of old. He had 44 receptions and 3 Touchdowns.
TE: Jaylon Samuels – North Carolina State; Charlotte, North Carolina 5-11, 236 Soph: Small Tight End, but leads the Wolfpack in receptions with 64 for 599 yards and 7 Touchdowns.
TE: Bucky Hodges – Virginia Tech; Virginia Beach, Virginia 6-7, 245 Soph: The Hokies use Hodges as more of a big receiver and he generally plays wide instead of as a traditional Tight End. He’s very tall and athletic and has outstanding hands. He came into Virginia Tech as a Quarterback before moving to Tight End
OT: Mitch Hyatt – Clemson; Suwanee, Georgia 6-5, 295 Fr: True freshman Offensive Tackle and the 2nd ranked recruit at his position in the country. In my opinion, Hyatt is better this season than Alabama’s Cam Robinson was last year. This guy is a future 1st round draft pick.
OT: Adam Bisnowaty – Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 6-6, 300 Jr: He reminds me of the Pittsburgh Offensive Linemen of old such as Bill Fralic and Mark May and those guys. Obviously, he is big, but he’s strong and a great blocker in both the passing and running game. He has been Pitt’s Left Tackle and last year’s Right Tackle TJ Clemmings and I thought Bisnowaty was much better.
OT: Roderick Johnson – Florida State; Florrisant, Missouri 6-7, 325 soph: Started as a true freshman at Left Tackle last year and was the only returning starter for the Seminoles up front and has helped open holes for Dalvin Cook. He was a freshman All American last season and has the potential to be one of the better Offensive Linemen at Florida State in a while.
OT: Joe Gore – Clemson; Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina 6-6, 300 Sr: Clemson’s Right Tackle deserves some love and respect as well. He came to Clemson as a Defensive End recruit and switched over to Offense. He’s had some injury problems, but is ery good when in the game.
OT: Jon Heck – North Carolina; Jacksonville, Florida 6-7, 300 Jr: The son of former Notre Dame and NFL Offensive Tackle, Andy Heck. The younger Heck has the advantage of playing next to All American Offensive Guard Landon Turner, but he is a good player on his own. His father is the Offensive Line coach for the Kansas City Chiefs after playing for 12 seasons at that level.
OG: Landon Turner – North Carolina; Harrisonburg, Virginia 6-4, 325 Sr: Turner could have left after last season and turned pro, but elected to come back. One of the top Offensive guards and linemen in the country. He kind of reminds of Duke’s Laken Tomlinson who graduated last season and plays for the Detroit Lions. He is a devastating blocker in the ground game and has excellent feet and lateral movement.
OG: Rob Trudo – Syracuse; Farell, Pennsylvania 6-4, 300 Sr: Poor Syracuse played a lot of teams tough this year, but just couldn’t get it done. Trudo is a quality Offensive Lineman and a team captain and leader.
OG: Dylan Intemann – Wake Forest; Wake Forest, North Carolina 6-5, 305 Sr: Local product has played all over the Offensive Line including starting at Offensive Tackle last season. He is a team
leader and elected team captain and has started 28 consecutive games. Intemann plays with a lot of heart and he’s the kind of player that every program needs.
OG: Ross Burbank – Virginia; Virginia Beach, Virginia 6-4, 310 Sr: Burbank has played Center and Guard and is an All Academic kind of guy and a good team leader and one of four Captains. One of the top 4 or 5 Offensive Guards in the ACC.
OC: Matt Skura – Duke; Columbus, Ohio 6-4, 305 Sr; One of the nation’s best Centers. The Blue Devils didn’t have the greatest of seasons after starting with a bang, but their defense let them down in the end. He was All ACC last year and again this season and is one the Remington list for the nation’s top Centers. Duke landed him from right under the noses of the Buckeyes. Highly recruited guy, and Duke was able to land him.
OC: Freddie Burdon – Georgia Tech; Statesboro, Georgia 6-3, 300 Jr: 26 consecutive starts at Center for the Yellow Jackets. The Georgia Tech offense was very potent last year behind Burdon at Center and two excellent Offensive Guards.
DE: Shaq Lawson – Clemson; Central, South Carolina 6-3, 270, Jr: Very productive and disruptive Defensive End that gave All American Offensive Tackle Ronnie Stanley from Notre Dame fits. Leads the ACC in tackles for loss and it seems like he lives in opponents backfield. ACC Defensive player of the year.
DE: DeMarcus Walker – Florida State; Jacksonville, Florida 6-3, 280 Jr: Walker spends a lot of time in opponents backfield with 9.5 Quarterback sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. He is very active and caused 3 fumbles and broke up 5 passes and is one of the Seminoles top tacklers.
DE: Ejuan Price – Pittsburgh; Rankin, Pennsylvania 6-0, 250 Sr: Under sized Defensive Linemen is very productive. He led the ACC in Quarterback sacks with 11.5 and he trailed only Shaq Lawson in tackles for loss. He was one of an improved Pittsburgh’s leading tacklers and he picked up a fumble which he returned for a Touchdown. Big play guy.
DE: Mike Rose – North Carolina State; Fountain Inn, South Carolina 6-3, 270 Sr: A very productive and aggressive Defensive End for the Wolfpack that was second in the conference in Quarterback sacks only to Ejuan Price. Besides the sacks, Rose had 15 tackles for loss and 7 Quarterback hurries.
DE: Ron Thompson – Syracuse; Southfield, Michigan 6-3, 255 Jr: Syracuse had a rough season, but they did have a few good players such as Thompson at Defensive End. He was one of the ACC leaders in Quarterback Sacks and Tackles for loss.
DE: Bradley Chubb – North Carolina State; Powder Springs, Georgia 6-4, 260 Soph: One of the top Defensive Ends in the Conference as well as the entire country. Rose and Chubb form one of the better Defensive End combos around. Chubb is second on the team in tackles and also in Quarterback sacks.
DT: Adam Gotsis – Georgia Tech; Abbottsford, Australia 6-5, 280 Sr: Extremely quick and aggressive Tackle from Down Under. Gotsis was injured during the season, but did enough to earn All Conference honors. He is on the smaller side for a Defensive Tackle position, but could play End in the 3-4 Defense.
DT: Sheldon Rankins – Louisville; Covington, Georgia 6-2, 305 Sr: Super sized Defensive End/Tackle that has been majorly productive for Louisville over the past few seasons. He had a 46 yard fumble return for a Touchdown on top of 6 Quarterback sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
DT: Luther Maddy – Virginia Tech; Delray Beach, Florida 6-2, 285 Sr: Maddy is one of the more productive Defensive Tackles in the nation and particularly good against the run. He is 4th on the team in tackles. Slightly under sized, but really quick.
DT: B.J. Hill – North Carolina State; Oakboro, North Carolina 6-4, 300 Soph: Good run stuffer who is huge and super strong. The Wolfpack have an outstanding Defensive Line with Hill, Chubb and Rose.
LB: Reggie Northrup – Florida State; Jacksonville, Florida 6-1, 230 Sr: Admirably, the Seminoles leading tackler bounced back from a knee injury to lead Florida State in tackles again. He finished the regular season with 87 tackles, 5 Quarterback hurries and 3 pass break ups. The Seminole defense will miss him and his leadership next season.
LB: Micah Kiser – Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland 6-2, 240 Soph: The Cavaliers fired their coach like so many other programs and they have issues. But, Kiser is a good player for them. As their leading tackler, Inside Linebacker Kiser produced 117 total tackles with 13 for loss and 7.5 Quarterback sacks. The new coach will inherit a few good players such as Kiser and Defensive Back Quin Blanding.
LB: Keith Kelsey – Louisville; Gainesville, Florida 6-1, 235 Jr: One of the ACC’s better
Linebackers, Kelsey led the Cardinals in tackles and he has a knack for the big play.
LB: Brandon Chubb – Wake Forest; Marietta, Georgia 6-1, 245 Sr: Another talented Chubb, this one lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in tackles this season with 107. Good Inside Linebacker that might get a shot at the next level.
LB: Ben Boulware – Clemson; Anderson, South Carolina 6-0, 240 Jr: Local product that teams well with sidekick Goodson. Boulware was a highly touted Linebacker coming out of high school and has lived up to the hype and then some. This is guy is just all over the field disrupting offenses while causing fumbles and knocking down passes as well as many tackles.
LB: BJ Goodson – Clemson; Lamar, South Carolina 6-1, 250 Sr: Absolute beast of a man playing Linebacker. He leads the entire team in tackles and teams with Ben Boulware to make probably the top two inside Linebackers in the nation. His 5.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss are among the team bests on one of the better defenses in the nation.
CB: Jalen Ramsey – Florida State; Smyrna, Tennessee 6-1, 205 Jr: Best NFL Cornerback prospect in the country. He has the perfect size and speed to make him a very high NFL pick. Ramsey played CB as a freshman, then moved to Safety last year and back to CB this season and that’s where he belonged all along. He had 10 passes broken up during the season, but offenses avoided him if they knew what was best.
CB: Mackensie Alexander – Clemson; Immokalee, Florida 5-11, 195 Soph: Alexander doesn’t have big numbers mostly because other teams fear throwing the ball at him. He was the only Defensive Back to shut down Notre Dame’s All American WR Will Fuller. In my opinion, Alexander is as good as any Cornerback in the nation.
CB: M.J. Stewart – North Carolina; Arlington, Virginia 5-11, 200 Soph: The ACC is just loaded at the Cornerback position and that’s even after Virginia Tech’s Kendall Fuller went down early in the season. Stewart is a ball hawk with 4 picks on the season. He also broke up 13 passes and has 41
tackles so far. North Carolina has one of the more improved defenses in the entire country and Stewart is a big part of that.
CB: D.J. White – Georgia Tech; McDonough, Georgia 5-11, 185 Sr: Tough season for the Yellow Jackets especially after last season’s greatness. But, White is the real deal. He grabbed 2 Interceptions while breaking up 8 passes and being one of the team leaders in tackles.
CB: Brad Watson – Wake Forest; Round Rock, Texas 6-0, 190 Jr: For all of the Demon Deacon’s problems on the football field, they have played good defense the past few years and especially in the defensive Backfield. Watson broke up an incredible 16 passes during the 2015 season which was on of the best in the nation.
CB: Artie Burns – Miami; Miami, Florida 6-0, 197 Jr: Like Wide Receiver Stacy Coley, Burns is like the Miami athletes of yesteryear seasons. Big play guy with 6 Interceptions. The problem with Burns is like the Miami athletes of yesteryear in that he can’t stop making stupid mistakes with personal fouls. Other than that, he’s a super talented player and will translate well into the NFL with his size, speed and athletic ability.
DB: Jeremy Cash – Duke; Miami, Florida 6-2, 210 Sr: It’s amazing how much talent the state of Florida and the city of Miami actually produces. Cash has been a super productive player for the Blue Devils for the past 3 seasons. Duke had problmes on defense this past season, but Cash just continues to make plays and he should have a great future in the NFL.
DB: Jayron Kearse – Clemson; Fort Myers, Florida 6-5, 220 Jr: Big, strong, fast Defensive Back. The best example of Kearse’s speed was running down speedy Notre Dame return man C.J. Sanders. Kearse is one of the top defenders on the talented Clemson team and is one of their top tacklers. He is the nephew of ‘the Freak’ Jevon Kearse the talented former Florida Gator star. Jevon ran a 4.43 40 yard dash and had a 38 inch vertical and Jayron has a lot of the same abilities.
DB: Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh; Aliquippa, Pennsylvania 5-11, 185 Fr: The ACC Defensive freshman of the year. He led the Panther defense in tackles, broke up 6 pass attempts and forced a fumble. Pittsburgh had both the offensive and defensive freshmen of the year which bodes very well for their future and for their first year coach, Pat Narduzzi.
DB: Quin Blanding – Virginia; Virginia Beach 6-2, 205 Soph: One of America’s great players. But, apparently he is shrinking because he was supposedly 6-4 as a freshman and is now listed as 6-2. Blanding led his team in tackles as a true freshman and was second behind Linebacker Micah Kiser this season. Excellent in run support and had 3 Interceptions this year. He also broke up 6 passes.
DB: Donnie Miles – North Carolina; Miami, Florida 5-11, 210 Soph: Miles is the Tar Heels’ leading tackler and he does bring the wood on a lot of tackles. He’s very good in run support and very physical.
DB: Justin Simmons – Boston College; Stuart, Florida 6-3, 200 Sr: The Boston College Eagles finished the season with the nation’s best Defense. Simmons is a talented Defensive Back and a team leader. He finished his senior year with 5 Interceptions and 2 fumbles forced and 67 tackles which was among the tops on his team.
Punt Returner: Brisly Estime – Syracuse; 2 punt returns for Touchdowns and Ryan Switzer – North Carolina: Switzer has 7 career Touchdowns returning punts.
Kick Returner: DeVon Edwards – Duke; Returned 3 kicks for Touchdowns this season alone.
Kicker: Nick Weiler – North Carolina: Had a better year than Florida State’s all world kicker.
Punter: Riley Dixon – Syracuse: Led the ACC in punting.
Coach of the year: Larry Fedora – North Carolina: Most people might pick Dabo Swinney of Clemson, but the Tigers were really good last season, too. Fedora brought his team a long way in a single season.
Freshman of the year Offense: Qadree Ollison – Pittsburgh: Stepped up big time.
Freshman of the year Defense: Jordan Whitehead – Pittsburgh: Bodes well for the future of Pitt football.
Offensive Player of the Year: Dalvin Cook – Florida State: He’s a big play waiting to happen.
Defensive Player of the Year: Shaq Lawson – Clemson: Almost impossible to block.