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ACC Football: Coaches All-Conference Team Announced

Florida States Winston claims four major 2013 season awards in voting

GREENSBORO, N.C. Heisman Trophy finalist Jameis Winston of Florida State leads the 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Football Team, as selected by the leagues 14 head coaches.

Winston, the redshirt freshman quarterback whose stellar season has led the top-ranked Seminoles to a 13-0 record a spot in the BCS National Championship Game, was voted the ACC Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 14 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and ballots were worth three points for each first-team, two points for second-team and one point for third-team selections.

Winston was one of three unanimous first-team selections to the All-ACC team (named on all 13 possible ballots). He was joined by national rushing leader and fellow Heisman finalist Andre Williams of Boston College and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award.

The 2013 Coaches All-ACC team was similar to the All-ACC squad announced last week by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA), as the two voting bodies agreed on all of the major award winners. Winston is the first freshman to be named the ACC Player of the Year.

In addition to Winstons four major awards, 2013 Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner Aaron Donald of Pitt was voted the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Dukes David Cutcliffe was voted the ACC Coach of the Year by his peers for the second straight season, and Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller picked up ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

Winston, a native of Bessemer, Ala., has thrown 38 touchdown passes to set an ACC and NCAA FBS freshman record. Winstons 3,820 yards passing are also an FBS freshman record, and his 190.1 passing efficiency rating leads the nation.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Winston has been named a finalist for the Maxwell Award, the Manning Award and the Davey OBrien Award in addition to the Heisman. He earned six National Player of the Week awards over the course of the regular season.

Pitts Donald also earned national attention with his defensive play throughout the Panthers inaugural ACC season and has been named a finalist for the Outland Trophy, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Rotary Lombardi Award in addition to claiming the Nagurski Trophy earlier this week.

A hometown product of Pittsburgh, Pa., the 6-foot, 285-pound Donald leads the nation with 26.5 tackles for lost yardage (2.2 per game). The senior has forced four fumbles while registering 10 quarterback sacks. Donald has 54 total tackles in addition to 16 quarterback hurries, two pass break-ups and a blocked extra point that proved the difference in Pitts one-point ACC win over Syracuse on Nov. 23. His tackles behind the line of scrimmage have resulted in total losses of 130 yards.

Donald received five National Defensive Player of the Week awards, and was twice named the ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week. With 28.5 career sacks, he is tied for second among active NCAA FBS players.

Virginia Techs Fuller ranks fifth nationally in interceptions with six and is leading the conference with 16 passes defended. The Baltimore, Md., freshman finished the regular season with 56 tackles, including 37 solo stops.

Fuller was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week on Oct. 28 after picking off three passes in Virginia Techs game against Duke. He was again honored as the ACC Defensive Back of the Week on Dec. 2 after intercepting one pass and breaking up four more in a win at Virginia. His efforts helped drive a Hokie defense that ranks third nationally in total defense (296.6 yards allowed per game) and fifth nationally in fewest passing yards allowed (165.8 per game).

Fuller, who started 11 regular-season games and played in all 12, joined brother Kyle as prominent members of Virginia Techs secondary. Older brothers Vincent and Corey Fuller previously played for the Hokies and in the NFL.

Cutcliffe, named National Coach of the Year by the Walter Camp Foundation, has guided the Blue Devils to a 10-3 season and the ACC Coastal Division title. Dukes 10 wins are a school record, and the Blue Devils will be appearing in a bowl game for a second straight year for the first time in program history when they face Texas A&M in the Chick-fil-A Bowl at Atlanta on New Years Eve.

The Blue Devils 10 wins in 2013 are as many victories as the program had for the 2000 through 2007 seasons combined, prior to Cutcliffes arrival in 2008. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Cutcliffe has guided his teams to 31 total wins in his six years at Duke and owns a 75-72 overall record in 12 seasons as a college head coach.

Florida States Winston leads a group of 11 Seminoles voted to the Coaches All-ACC team (six offense, four defense, one special team). Dukes Jamison Crowder was voted to the first team at two positions (wide receiver and specialist).

The ACC champion Seminoles led all schools with 17 total selections on the first, second and third teams. Clemson and Duke both had 10 players voted to the squad, and Miami and Virginia Tech had nine each.

ACC Player of the Year Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Offensive Player of the Year Jameis Winston, QB Florida State

ACC Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt

ACC Rookie of the Year Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Offensive Rookie of the Year Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

ACC Coach of the Year David Cutcliffe, Duke


2013 ACC Coaches All-ACC Football Team

(Voting points in Parentheses)


First Team


QBJameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (39)

RBAndre Williams, Sr., Boston College (39)

RBDevonte Freeman, Jr., Florida State (28)

WRSammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson (39)

WRRashad Greene, Jr., Florida State (31)

WRJamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (31)

TEEric Ebron, Jr., North Carolina (38)

TCameron Erving, Jr.-R, Florida State (31)

TBrandon Thomas, Sr.-R, Clemson (23)

GLaken Tomlinson, Jr.-R, Duke (26)

GTre Jackson, Jr., Florida State (23)

CBryan Stork, Sr.-R, Florida State (38)



DEVic Beasley, Jr., Clemson (35)

DEJeremiah Attaochu, Sr., Georgia Tech (29)

DTAaron Donald, Sr., Pitt (35)

DTTimmy Jernigan, Jr., Florida State (33)

LBTelvin Smith, Sr., Florida State (37)

LBDenzel Perryman, Jr., Miami (30)

LBKevin Pierre-Louis, Sr., Boston College (28)

CBLamarcus Joyner, Sr., Florida State (38)

CBKyle Fuller, Sr., Virginia Tech (32)

STerrence Brooks, Sr., Florida State (33)

SAnthony Harris, Jr., Virginia (22)


Special Teams

PKRoberto Aguayo, Fr.-R, Florida State (28)

PPat ODonnell, Sr.-R, Miami (31)

SPJamison Crowder, Jr., Duke (27)


Second Team


QBTajh Boyd, Sr.-R, Clemson (27)

RBDuke Johnson, So., Miami (27)

RBKevin Parks, Jr., Virginia (18)

WRKelvin Benjamin, So.-R, Florida State (22)

WRMichael Campanaro, Sr., Wake Forest (20)

WRAllen Hurns, Sr., Miami (17)

TENick OLeary. Jr., Florida State (27)

TMorgan Moses, Sr., Virginia (22)

T (Tie)Matt Patchan, Sr.-R, Boston College (21)

T (Tie)James Hurst, Sr., North Carolina (21)

GBrandon Linder, Sr., Miami (19)

G (Tie)Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State (15)

G (Tie)Andrew Miller, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (15)

CMacky MacPherson, Sr., Syracuse (10)



DEKareem Martin, Sr., North Carolina

DE (Tie)Kenny Anunike, Sr.-R, Duke (15)

DE (Tie)Kasim Edebali, Sr.-R, Boston College (15)

DTNikita Whitlock, Sr., Wake Forest (30)

DTDerrick Hopkins, Sr., Virginia Tech (16)

LBChristian Jones, Sr., Florida State (26)

LBJack Tyler, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (25)

LBKelby Brown, Jr.-R, Duke (17)

CBRoss Cockrell, Sr.-R, Duke (21)

CBKendall Fuller, Fr., Virginia Tech (18)

SJeremy Cash, So.-R, Duke (21)

STre Boston, Sr., North Carolina (21)

Special Teams

PKNate Freese, Sr., Boston College (22)

PA.J. Hughes, So., Virginia Tech (19)

SPRyan Switzer, Fr., North Carolina (25)


Third Team


QBStephen Morris, Sr., Miami (11)

RBJerome Smith, Jr., Syracuse (13)

RBRoderick McDowell, Sr.-R, Clemson (13)

WRKenny Shaw, Sr., Florida State (16)

WRTyler Boyd, Fr., Pitt (16)

WRAlex Amidon, Sr., Boston College (14)

TEBraxton Deaver, Jr., Duke (8)

TSeantrel Henderson, Sr., Miami (15)

TPerry Simmons, Sr.-R, Duke (11)

GTyler Shatley, Sr.-R, Clemson (14)

GShaquille Mason, Jr., Georgia Tech (13)

CShane McDermott, Jr., Miami (9)


DEJames Gayle, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech (13)

DEMario Edwards Jr., So. Florida State (12)

DTLuther Maddy, Jr., Virginia Tech (14)

DTJay Bromley, Sr., Syracuse (11)

LBSpencer Shuey, Sr.-R, Clemson (12)

LBStephone Anthony, Jr., Clemson (11)

LBMarquis Spruill, Sr., Syracuse (11)

CBBashaud Breeland, Jr.-R, Clemson (11)

CBKevin Johnson, Jr.-R, Wake Forest (9)

SKyshoen Jarrett, Jr., Virginia Tech (15)

SDurell Eskridge, So., Syracuse (9)

Special Teams

PKChandler Catanzaro, Sr.-R, Clemson (15)

PWill Monday, So.-R, Duke (14)

SPStacy Coley, Fr., Miami (10)

Honorable Mention

(8 points or higher)

Offense: RBDavid Sims, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (9); WRMartavis Bryant, Jr., Clemson (13); WRDevin Street, Pitt (13); Stefon Diggs, So., Maryland (8); CDavid Wang, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech (8); TIan White, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Bobby Hart, Jr., Florida State (8).

Defense: DE--J.R. Collins, Sr.-R, Virginia Tech, (11); Corey Crawford, Jr., Clemson (8); DTGrady Jarrett, Jr., Clemson (9); LBSteele Divitto, Sr.-R, Boston College (10); Marcus Whitfield, Sr.-R, Maryland (8); CBJabari Price, Sr., North Carolina (8).

Special Teams: PKNiklas Sade, Jr., NC State (12).

Offensive Player of the Year

Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (12); Andre Williams, Sr., Boston College (2)

Defensive Player of the Year

Aaron Donald, Sr., Pitt (7); Vic Beasley, Jr. Clemson (3); Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State (3); Nikita Whitlock, Sr., Wake Forest (1)

Player of the Year

Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (10); Andre Williams, RB, Boston College (4).

Offensive Rookie of the Year

Jameis Winston, Fr.-R, Florida State (13), Tyler Boyd, Fr., Pitt (1)

Defensive Rookie of the Year

Kendall Fuller, Fr., Virginia Tech (8); Brandon Facyson, Fr., Virginia Tech (2); Nate Andrews, CB, Fr., Florida State (1); DeVon Edwards, CB, Fr.-R, Duke (1); Jalen Ramsey, S, Fr., Florida State (1); Ryan Janvion, SS, Fr.-R, Wake Forest (1).

Rookie of the Year

Jameis Winston, QB, Fr.-R, Florida State (11); Tyler Boyd, WR, Fr., Pitt (1); Kendall Fuller, CB, Fr., Virginia Tech (1); Ryan Janvion, SS, Fr.-R, Wake Forest (1).

Coach of the Year

David Cutcliffe, Duke (11); Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (3).

Source: FSU Media


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