Monday, August 3, 2009

PRE-SEASON ALL-CONFRENCE TEAMS ARE…WELL…MEANINGLESS

The Tim Tebow-Steve Spurrier idiotic controversy recently when the Old Ball Coach left the damn-near-walks-on-water-superstar quarterback off the S.E.C. pre-season all conference team should have been a lesson about how meaningless these list really are.

Done entirely for promotion of the league and its players, the pre-season all conference teams sometimes miss the mark completely. Remember 2008 and Clemson QB Cullen Harper?
Having said that, here’s the 2009 squad:

OFFENSE
Position-Player-School-Votes-Notes
QB Russell Wilson, NC State, 31, 2008 1st-team All-ACC, ACC Rookie of the Year
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech, 41, 2008 ACC Player of the Year,2009 Preseason Player of the Year
RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson, 38, Needs 921 all-purpose yards for ACC record
WR Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech, 15, Had more than half of Tech's catches
WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson, 31, 2nd among active ACC players in yds, catches
TE Greg Boone, Virginia Tech, 32, 22 catches for 278 yards
OT Jason Fox, Miami, 32, Graded out at 97% for the year
OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College, 26, 2008 second-team All-ACC
OG Sergio Render, Virginia Tech, 25, 2008 second-team All-ACC, 39 career starts
OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State, 32, Named to 2009 Lombardi Trophy watch list
C Matt Tennant, Boston College, 23, On 2009 watch list for Rimington Trophy
PK Matt Bosher, Miami, 34, Made 18-of-20 FGAs; 2008 2nd Team All-ACC

DEFENSE

DE Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech, 25, Recorded 18.5 tackles for loss, 2008 2nd-team All-ACC
DE Willie Young, NC State, 21, Credited with 65 QB pressures in his career
DT Vince Oghobaase, Duke, 34, Lott Trophy finalist has started 36 straight games
DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina, 25, Interception return for a TD and blocked PAT
LB Dekoda Watson*, Florida State, 34, 28 tackles in final four regular-season games
LB Quan Sturdivant*, North Carolina, 28, Led the nation in unassisted tackles (87)
LB Alex Wujciak*, Maryland, 18, 13th nationally in total tackles (10.2 per game)
CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia, 21, T-11 nationally in passes defended per game (1.27)
CB Kendric Burney, North Carolina, 13, Credited with 78 tackles
S Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech, 34, Preseason All-American by 3 sources
S Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech, 31, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 INT
P Travis Baltz, Maryland, 38, Led ACC in punting average (41.1)
Specialist: C.J. Spiller, Clemson

*Doesn’t have cancer. Simply put, if Boston College’s Mark Herzlich isn’t fighting cancer, one of these guys doesn’t make the list.

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