GREENSBORO, N.C. — Clemson led the way on the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.
The league announced its all-conference team Monday and six offensive players from the 15th-ranked Tigers made the first team. No. 13 Florida State and North Carolina had five players apiece.
The teams were determined by a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd, running back Andre Ellington and receiver DeAndre Hopkins were Clemson’s skill players on the first team. They were joined by tackle Brandon Thomas, center Dalton Freeman and tight end Brandon Ford.
Boyd led the ACC with 34 touchdown passes while Hopkins had league-bests of 16 total TD catches and an average of 104 yards receiving for the conference’s best offense.
Nine teams had at least one first-team selection.
SEC AWARDS: Florida running back Mike Gillislee and Mississippi receiver Donte Moncrief are co-Southeastern Conference offensive players of the week.
Georgia safety Bacarri Rambo and South Carolina end Jadeveon Clowney shared defensive honors Monday.
Rambo forced two fumbles and had an interception against Georgia Tech. Clowney had a school-record 4½ sacks at Clemson.
COLORADO: A choked-up Jon Embree used his farewell news conference Monday to address several players in attendance, telling them to keep up the good fight.
Embree said six of his coaches offered to resign in order for him to keep his job.
Embree was fired Sunday with three years left on the five-year contract he signed nearly two years ago.
BOISE STATE: When asked Monday about his name being mentioned in the search for the bevy of new coaching vacancies, heac coach Chris Petersen simply looked at his watch, noted the time and chided reporters for taking so long to once again bring up the subject.
“Twenty-two minutes, that’s better than I thought,” Petersen said. “It’s just rumors. That’s all I really want to say about this, and I say it every year.”
Petersen’s message – at least right now – is the same: He has no intention to leave the Broncos.