Clemson Tigers Dominate Preseason All-ACC Team

Dabo Swinney might just have one of his most talented teams to date.

The Tigers are an enormous favorite to win a seventh straight conference championship and one of the favorites to win a national title in 2021.

When a team faces those kinds of expectations, more often than not that team will feature a roster that is stacked with talent. One look at Athlon Sports Preseason All-ACC teams prove just how loaded this Clemson team is as the Tigers have 15 players that made the cut, including nine first-team selections.

What really stands out is that six players on Brent Venables defense were named to the first-team, including three starters along the defensive front. A fourth defensive linemen was named to the second-team.

North Carolina followed the Tigers up with 13 selections (Three on the first team offense and six on first team defense). NC State and Virginia Tech got 11 selections a piece while Miami and Wake Forest had 10 selections each. Meanwhile Florida State

First-Team Offense  

QB       Sam Howell, North Carolina

RB       Zonovan Knight, NC State

RB       Lyn-J Dixon, Clemson

RB       Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech

WR/AP Zay Flowers, Boston College

WR      Justyn Ross, Clemson

WR      Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest

TE       James Mitchell, Virginia Tech

C          Alec Lindstrom, Boston College

OL       Ikem Ekwonu, NC State

OL       Jordan McFadden, Clemson

OL       Zion Johnson, Boston College

OL       Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina

First-Team Defense 

DL       Bryan Bresee, Clemson

DL      Myles Murphy, Clemson

DL       Tyler Davis, Clemson

DL       Amare Barno, Virginia Tech

LB        James Skalski, Clemson

LB        Payton Wilson, NC State

LB        Isaiah Moore, NC State

CB       Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech

CB       Andrew Booth, Clemson

S          Nolan Turner, Clemson

S          Bubba Bolden, Miami

First-Team Specialists          

K         Nick Sciba, Wake Forest

P          Lou Hedley, Miami

KR       Bam Knight, NC State

PR       Thayer Thomas, NC State

Second-Team Offense         

QB       D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson

RB       Mataeo Durant, Duke

RB       Cam’Ron Harris, Miami

AP/RB Christian Beal-Smith, Wake Forest

WR      Mike Harley, Miami

WR      Emeka Emezie, NC State

TE       Braden Galloway, Clemson

C          Grant Gibson, NC State

OL       Zion Nelson, Miami

OL       Ben Petrula, Boston College

OL       Tyler Vrabel, Boston College

OL       Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech

Second-Team Defense         

DL       Miles Fox, Wake Forest

DL       Nesta Jade Silvera, Miami

DL       Raymond Vohasek, North Carolina

DL       Xavier Thomas, Clemson

LB        SirVocea Dennis, Pitt

LB        Nick Jackson, Virginia

LB        Baylon Spector, Clemson

CB       Tony Grimes, North Carolina

CB       Kei’Trel Clark, Louisville

S          Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech

S          Nick Andersen, Wake Forest

Second-Team Specialists

K         B.T. Potter, Clemson

P          Kirk Christodoulou, Pitt

KR       Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech

PR       Taylor Morin, Wake Forest

Third-Team Offense

QB       D’Eriq King, Miami

RB       Ty Chandler, North Carolina

RB       Jashaun Corbin, Florida State

AP/WR Tre Turner, Virginia Tech

WR      Jordan Addison, Pitt

WR      Taj Harris, Syracuse

TE       Marshon Ford, Louisville

C          Cole Bentley, Louisville

OL       Matt Bockhorst, Clemson

OL       Jordan Tucker, North Carolina

OL       Zach Tom, Wake Forest

OL       Luke Tenuta, Virginia Tech

Third-Team Defense  

DL       Jermaine Johnson, Florida State

DL       Calijah Kancey, Pitt

DL       Marcus Valdez, Boston College

DL       Norell Pollard, Virginia Tech

LB        Mikel Jones, Syracuse

LB        C.J. Avery, Louisville

LB        Amari Gainer, Florida State

CB       Tyrique Stevenson, Miami

CB       Ja’Sir Taylor, Wake Forest

S          Trey Morrison, North Carolina

S          Joey Blount, Virginia

Third-Team Specialists     

K         Christopher Dunn, NC State

P          Trenton Gill, NC State

KR       Donavon Greene, Wake Forest

PR       Jaelen Gill, Boston College

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