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Early look at All-Americans

5/4/2010

The website nationalchamps.net produced its early preseason All-Americans, and several ACC players made the cut for first-team:

NC State TE George Bryan

FSU OL Rodney Hudson

Miami DE Allen Bailey

Miami DB Brandon Harris

Clemson DE DeAndre McDaniel

My first thought is that Bryan has to make some better off-field decisions if he's going to remain on any of these lists. Hudson and McDaniel are no-brainers as long as they're as productive as they were last year. Harris was a third-team All-American last year for the Associated Press, and second team for SI.com. I would add somebody from North Carolina's defense, a player like Robert Quinn, who was a legitimate All-American candidate last year, ahead of Bailey right now, and BC linebacker Luke Kuechly should eventually play his way to All-American status. FSU quarterback Christian Ponder could be another option.

We could go on about the potential in the league, but let's start with past performances. Here's a look at the returning ACC players who earned recognition last year:

Associated Press

Florida State OL Rodney Hudson, second-team guard

Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, third team

Sporting News

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, third team

Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel, third team

FSU PR Greg Reid, third team

Football Writers Association of America

FSU OL Rodney Hudson, first team

Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel, first team

SI.com

FSU OL Rodney Hudson, first-team

Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, second team

Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, second team

Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel, second team

Honorable mention: Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt, Boston College running back Montel Harris, Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, BC OL Anthony Castonzo, UNC DL Robert Quinn, UNC DB Kendric Burney, UNC K Casey Barth, FSU KR Greg Reid.

Phil Steele’s All-freshman team

Ryan Williams, first team

Greg Reid, first team PR

BC LB Luke Kuechly, first team