Congrats to the ACC players who made ESPN.com's 2011 All-America team:
TE: Dwayne Allen, Clemson – He was Clemson’s X factor all season, and in the ACC championship game win over Virginia Tech, Allen caught two touchdown passes and broke Bennie Cunningham’s record for touchdown catches by a tight end with eight. Cunningham had seven in 1974. Allen has established Clemson records for receptions (48) and reception yards (577) for a tight end this year. He started all 13 games and was third on the team in receiving with 577 yards. He also had seven plays over 20 yards – including a 54-yard reception- and was a first-team all-ACC selection.
LB: Luke Kuechly, Boston College – He won the Butkus Award and the Lombardi Trophy in a span of four days, and has been widely regarded as one of the best linebackers in the country as a junior. The projected first-round draft pick leads the nation with 191 tackles, and through just three seasons has a school- and ACC-record 532 career tackles. Kuechly has had 10 or more tackles in 33 of his 37 career games. He had 191 tackles this season and 183 last year, the top two single-season totals in ACC history. He led the team with three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, and also had 12 tackles for loss.
CB: David Amerson, NC State – Amerson moved from boundary to field corner this year and had a breakout season there, leading the nation with 11 interceptions -- five more than any other player. Entering the Belk Bowl against West Virginia, Amerson is just one interception shy of ranking in the top three in NCAA FBS history. He set the school single-season record for interceptions, breaking a record that had stood for 73 years. He racked up 140 yards on his interceptions and finished with 54 tackles. Amerson was one of five true freshmen to start for NC State in 2010, and the coaches knew he had potential, but this year’s production was a surprise even by their standards.
P: Shawn Powell, Florida State – Powell led the nation in overall punting (47.0) and net punting (42.0). He also limited three of the nation’s top punt returners -- TJ Graham (NC State), Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma) and Tony Logan (Maryland) -- to a combined five returns for 21 yards. Powell also had 21 punts over 50 yards, and his 69-yarder against Oklahoma was the longest this season among ACC punters. He has seven punts of 60 yards on the season, giving him 11 in his career. Of his 49 punts on the season, 21 (43 percent) have been downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line, including 12 inside the 10, and 63 percent of his punts are not returned. Powell now holds the FSU school record for career punting average (44.01).