Dwyer, Aiken's Watson honored

Reigning player of the year Jonathan Dwyer , of Georgia Tech, rookie of the year Russell Wilson , of North Carolina State, and Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson , an Aiken native, headline the all-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason team.


The ACC on Wednesday announced the 24 selections as determined by a vote of 44 media members who attended the league's media days earlier in the week.

Dwyer had a league-best 41 votes, and the Georgia Tech running back is attempting to become the ACC's first two-time player of the year since 1992-93. Last season, Wilson was the first freshman named quarterback of the all-ACC team. Watson, a former South Aiken High standout, was fourth in tackles (46) for Florida State last season and had eight tackles for loss.

Preseason favorite Virginia Tech placed four players on the team. Three teams -- North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Clemson -- had three selections.

Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were also named to the team.

Two of Clemson's picks went to C.J. Spiller , honored as a running back and kick returner. Wide receiver Jacoby Ford was the other pick.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Weslye Saunders is among 30 players on the watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is given to college football's best tight end.

Saunders is a 6-foot-5, 280-pound junior from Durham, N.C. He played in all 13 games last season for South Carolina, finishing with 16 catches, 214 yards and three touchdowns.

WOFFORD: Starting halfback Jeremy Marshall will miss this season while recovering from knee surgery.

BLUEGRASS SERIES: Kentucky and Western Ken-tucky announced a four-game series beginning in 2010 that includes a pair of games at LP Field in Nashville.

WAC FAVORITE: Defending champion Boise State has been picked to repeat in the Western Athletic Conference.

The Broncos went 8-0 in the conference last fall and have won six of the past seven WAC titles. Boise State was No. 1 in the coaches' and media polls.



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