Five players from GT's offense make all-ACC team

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RALEIGH, N.C. - A telling sign of how prolific Georgia Tech's offense was this season: Nearly half of its starters made the all-Atlantic Coast Conference first team.

The 12th-ranked Yellow Jackets placed five offensive players, and six players overall, on the all-ACC team announced Monday after a vote conducted by 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Among the Coastal Division champions on the first team were quarterback Josh Nesbitt, running back and reigning ACC player of the year Jonathan Dwyer, receiver Demaryius Thomas, guard Cord Howard and center Sean Bedford.

They were among the cornerstones of a group that led the ACC in scoring (35 points per game), total offense (440.5 ypg), rushing offense (305 ypg) and pass efficiency (160.7 rating).

They, and all-league defensive end Derrick Morgan, helped the Yellow Jackets vault into the top 10 before last week's loss to rival Georgia and claim a spot in this week's conference title game in Tampa, Fla. The Yellow Jackets will face Atlantic Division champion Clemson, with the winner advancing to the Orange Bowl.

The Tigers had three players on the first team, led by multi-threat star C.J. Spiller - who made the first-team as a specialist and the second team as a running back. He averaged 76 yards rushing, led the league with an average of 183.9 all-purpose yards and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns. Joining him are teammates Michael Palmer at tight end and DeAndre McDaniel at safety.

Virginia Tech freshman Ryan Williams was one of four Hokies on the first team. He led the ACC with an average of 128.2 yards and a total 20 touchdowns, and was joined by kicker Matt Waldron, linebacker Cody Grimm and punter Brent Bowden.

Miami and North Carolina each landed four players on the first team.

All four of the Tar Heels' selections - end Robert Quinn, linebacker Quan Sturdivant and backs Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams - came from a defense that statistically was the best in the ACC, allowing averages of 267.8 total yards and 92.8 yards on the ground.

Offensive tackle Jason Fox, defensive tackle Allen Bailey, cornerback Brandon Harris and kicker Matt Bosher - who also was the second-team punter - represent the Hurricanes.

Boston College was the only other school with multiple first-team selections, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo and freshman linebacker Luke Kuechly, the league's leading tackler.

Duke's Donovan Varner, who led the conference with 5.4 receptions per game, joined Thomas at receiver.

The rest of the first team includes North Carolina State tight end George Bryan, Florida State offensive guard Rodney Hudson, Virginia defensive tackle Nate Collins and Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak. The only school with no first-team selections was Wake Forest, and defensive tackle John Russell was the Demon Deacons' lone second-team honoree.

ALL-ACC FOOTBALL TEAM

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The 2009 all-Atlantic Coast Conference football team as voted on by 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. NOTE: A first-team vote was worth two points and second team vote one.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB_Josh Nesbitt, Georgia Tech (50)

RB_Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (67)

RB_Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (63)

WR_Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech (63)

WR_Donovan Varner, Duke (50)

TE_George Bryan, N.C. State (39)

TE_Michael Palmer, Clemson (39)

OT_Jason Fox, Miami (57)

OT_Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (53)

OG_Rodney Hudson, Florida State (54)

OG_Cord Howard, Georgia Tech (47)

C_Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech (45)

K_Matt Waldron, Virginia Tech (27)

K_Matt Bosher, Miami (27)

Spc_C.J. Spiller, Clemson (76)

Defense

DE_Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (76)

DE_Robert Quinn, North Carolina (69)

DT_Nate Collins, Virginia (47)

DT_Allen Bailey, Miami (38)

LB_Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech (65)

LB_Luke Kuechly, Boston College (53)

LB_Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (44)

LB_Alex Wujciak, Maryland (44)

CB_Kendric Burney, North Carolina (59)

CB_Brandon Harris, Miami (41)

S_DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (57)

S_Deunta Williams, North Carolina (53)

P_Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech (57)

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SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB_Thaddeus Lewis, Duke (18)

RB_C.J. Spiller, Clemson (62)

RB_Montel Harris, Boston College (39)

WR_Torrey Smith, Maryland (25)

WR_Jacoby Ford, Clemson (24)

TE_Greg Boone, Virginia Tech (16)

OT_Ed Wang, Virginia Tech (31)

OT_Chris Hairston, Clemson (26)

OG_Thomas Austin, Clemson (39)

OG_Sergio Render, Virginia Tech (37)

C_Matt Tennant, Boston College (29)

K_Casey Barth, North Carolina (21)

K_Will Snyderwine, Duke (21)

Spc_Torrey Smith, Maryland (17)

Defense

DE_Ricky Sapp, Clemson (29)

DE_Willie Young, N.C. State (24)

DE_Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (24)

DT_Marvin Austin, North Carolina (32)

DT_John Russell, Wake Forest (29)

LB_Vincent Rey, Duke (29)

LB_Darryl Sharpton, Miami (21)

LB_Bruce Carter, North Carolina (17)

LB_Colin McCarthy, Miami (17)

LB_Dekoda Watson, Florida State (17)

CB_Ras-I Dowling, Virginia (26)

CB_Patrick Robinson, Florida State (26)

S_Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (51)

S_Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech (24)

P_Matt Bosher, Miami (37)

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smartie
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smartie 12/01/09 - 04:09 am
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aahhhh! that's quite an honor

aahhhh! that's quite an honor for these guys. i hope it helps to soften the blow of being so thoroughly thrashed by the dawgs, right in their own home, on abc, the week before their fancy acc championship game. the awards, and the fact that it wasn't such a "big game" for them should help.

smartie
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smartie 12/01/09 - 04:13 am
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and also, i'm really

and also, i'm really disappointed in one particular tech nerd that has obviously been avoiding the stories regarding the "not so big game". c'mon, man, you know who you are.! i'm needing some english and punctuation scrutiny. how else will i learn?

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justthefacts 12/01/09 - 09:05 am
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smartie, ha. you are right.

smartie, ha. you are right. Seems a lot of pre game posters have fallen in manholes or something!

Purelaughs
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Purelaughs 12/01/09 - 12:06 pm
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Lets see how many of the

Lets see how many of the pathetic dawgs make the All-American SEC team. Its pathetic to see how many UGA fans believe GA blew away GA Tech that game. From the game I recall there were no punts and the turnovers (with the exception of 1) were committed by Tech. The game was going back and forth on scoring. But anyways enjoy your "off week!"

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justthefacts 12/01/09 - 12:15 pm
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Ah, Purelaughs, bitter are

Ah, Purelaughs, bitter are we? Just need to get over it and go pull for your team to get by the 25th ranked tiggers.

smitty1861
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smitty1861 12/01/09 - 01:15 pm
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Think Spiller and Dwyer

Think Spiller and Dwyer should be switched. Spiller is much better back. Guess we'll see Saturday

TechLover
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TechLover 12/01/09 - 01:39 pm
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Spiller is a great return

Spiller is a great return man. Dwyer is the better running back. Spiller has 912 yards and an avg of 5.0 yards per carry. Dwyer has 1,236 yards with an avg of 6.3 yards per carry.

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imdstuf 12/01/09 - 02:15 pm
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Thrashed? Georgia Tech almost

Thrashed? Georgia Tech almost came back from down by a few scores. It did not hurt UGA that their players were trying to twist off Josh Nesbitt's leg under a pile.

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KSL 12/01/09 - 02:33 pm
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Come on, smartie, thrashed? 2

Come on, smartie, thrashed? 2 field goals? We had this discussion already.

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justthefacts 12/01/09 - 02:55 pm
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If you guys want to spend the

If you guys want to spend the next 51 weeks trying to rationlize this., go ahead. The fact of the matter is UGA rushed for 369 yrds. They scored at will (Hell, Johnson went for on 4th and 9 from midfield because he knew he could not give the ball back to the dawgs). Tech lost to the worst UGA team since 1996, at home, on national TV, with a rarely sold out stadium, ranked 7th in the country and poised to finish in the top 3 or 4, and you want to quibble about the term thrashed! Call what you will. You lost!

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The Knave 12/01/09 - 04:55 pm
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RE: smartie's (not): "c'mon,

RE: smartie's (not): "c'mon, man, you know who you are.! i'm needing some english and punctuation scrutiny. how else will i learn?" smartie calls, and I respond. Your "english (sic) and punctuation" are beyond help, so I'll not spend time on that. It is indeed a delightful and fortutious event that your footballers won the "big" game. Otherwise, what else would there be to say for the Athens Asylum? Cetainly there is little in the academic realm worthy of mention. However, you will be able to put on your resume: "Was big fan of the Athens Asylum footballers when they bested the GT nerds in 2009." That is sure to land you top-notch employment. Meanwhile, us nerds will continue to cheer on the home of the nerds as they continue to set records as a world-class academic institution. Oh, I almost fogot -- that's what "higher education" is supposed to be about. It is a shame that so much money is divered to the Athens Asylum that could be put to so much better use at the home of the nerds, where learning, teaching and researching are la raison d'entre

The Knave
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The Knave 12/01/09 - 04:57 pm
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RE: smartie's (not): "c'mon,

RE: smartie's (not): "c'mon, man, you know who you are.! i'm needing some english and punctuation scrutiny. how else will i learn?" smartie calls, and I respond. Your "english (sic) and punctuation" are beyond help, so I'll not spend time on that. It is indeed a delightful and fortutious event that your footballers won the "big" game. Otherwise, what else would there be to say for the Athens Asylum? Cetainly there is little in the academic realm worthy of mention. However, you will be able to put on your resume: "Was big fan of the Athens Asylum footballers when they bested the GT nerds in 2009." That is sure to land you top-notch employment. Meanwhile, us nerds will continue to cheer on the home of the nerds as they continue to set records as a world-class academic institution. Oh, I almost fogot -- that's what "higher education" is supposed to be about. It is a shame that so much money is divered to the Athens Asylum that could be put to so much better use at the home of the nerds, where learning, teaching and researching are la raison d'entre.

smartie
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smartie 12/01/09 - 05:29 pm
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sorry, knave. i don't speak

sorry, knave. i don't speak any spanish. and lucky for me, knave, i want me be preparing any resumes any time soon. hell, i don't owe but 15 more years on the trailer and she's all mine. of course, i've got the lot rent to think of. the big screen really proved to be a sound investment, though. man, i could see those huge, gaping holes opening up on the line of scrimage saturday night. well, i want bore you with my simple thoughts. you've probably got someone to fire.

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Purelaughs 12/01/09 - 05:34 pm
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Nah Justthefacts. Just can't

Nah Justthefacts. Just can't stand moron's who bash on every accomplishment Tech does and compare it to UGA. Your world probably revolves around UGA football. Do you wear your UGA PJ's every night? Perhaps your wearing your UGA polo right now? Bash Tech all you want. A better UGA showed up that day, enough said. At the end of the day Tech is still ranked better. Also hang on to the only decent win UGA had this year.

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ugadawgbite 12/01/09 - 08:58 pm
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Who cares it's the ACC, no

Who cares it's the ACC, no one ever comes to the championship game with the stadium half full. (Pure) keep telling yourself that about UGA if it makes the DOMINATING loss any easier to bare.

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KSL 12/01/09 - 09:08 pm
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How many top rated

How many top rated engineering colleges and universities can field a top 25 ranked football team? It's quite a challenge. Yeah, Georgia may be better in football year in and year out. What is really important is what the graduates do when they get out.

Purelaughs
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Purelaughs 12/01/09 - 09:30 pm
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I'm waiting for someone to

I'm waiting for someone to define what dominating exactly means in reference to the UGA vs. GT game. A 6 point spread isn't exactly dominating. You might have been watching the NE vs. Saints game last night.

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KSL 12/01/09 - 11:26 pm
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I know what you mean,

I know what you mean, purelaughs. 2 field goals = dominance? And the Tech campus looked much more trashed after the game.

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createyourfuture 12/17/09 - 02:11 pm
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Last time UGA played at Tech,

Last time UGA played at Tech, the number 55,000 flashed on the scoreboard, followed by this: average starting salary of a Georgia Tech graduate.
Tech was a dropped pass away from getting beat.
Have fun at the Weed Eater Bowl, Mutts. We will be sipping Orange juice.

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