Wednesday, October 17, 2012
ACC's Midseason All-Americans
By Heather Dinich
The best of the bunch from the first half of the season can be found in ESPN.com's Midseason All-American team, and the ACC has two very deserving candidates in UNC offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and FSU defensive end Bjoern Werner. Here's what ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach had to say about each:
On Cooper: Offensive linemen have to adjust to the pace of play in new UNC coach Larry Fedora's spread offense, but Cooper picked it up quickly and hasn't looked back. He anchors a UNC offensive line that has allowed only four quarterback sacks, best in the ACC and sixth nationally. He also is often the lead blocker for tailback Giovani Bernard, who is averaging 130.4 yards per game, seventh best in the country. Cooper graded at 93 percent blocking and had 14 knockdown blocks in last week's 18-14 win at Miami.
On Werner: The "Germanator" has helped the No. 14 Seminoles overcome the loss of All-American end Brandon Jenkins, who is out for the season with a foot injury. Werner, a 22-year-old native of Berlin, Germany, who was married in 2010, has 21 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 6˝ sacks, five pass breakups and one forced fumble. Werner and teammate Tank Carradine rank 1-2 in the ACC in sacks and have combined for 18 tackles for loss and 13˝ sacks.