Clemson leads ACC with five on preseason all-conference team

Deshaun Watson was the preseason choice for ACC player of the year. Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY Sports

Clemson leads all ACC schools with five preseason all-conference selections, led by preseason player of the year Deshaun Watson. Florida State and Virginia Tech are right behind the Tigers with four apiece.

The player with the most overall votes? Reigning league player of the year James Conner, who had 148 votes (of a possible 163).

Conner, Pitt teammate Tyler Boyd, FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo, Virginia Tech corner Kendall Fuller and FSU corner Jalen Ramsey were all first-team selections at the end of last season as well.

Boston College, Miami and Syracuse were the only schools without any players on the preseason all-conference team.

Here's the entire team, which includes three defensive ends on account of a tie in the voting:


WR – Tyler Boyd, Jr., Pitt

WR – Mike Williams, Jr., Clemson

WR – Artavis Scott, So. Clemson

TE – Bucky Hodges, r-So., Virginia Tech

OT – Roderick Johnson, So., Florida State

OT – Adam Bisnowaty, r-Jr., Pitt

OG – Landon Turner, r-Sr., North Carolina

OG – Eric Mac Lain, Gr., Clemson

C – Matt Skura, r-Sr., Duke

QB – Deshaun Watson, So., Clemson

RB – James Conner, Jr., Pitt

RB – Shadrach Thornton, Sr., NC State


DE – Dadi Lhomme Nicolas. r-Sr., Virginia Tech

DE – Shaq Lawson, Jr., Clemson

DE – Sheldon Rankins, Sr., Louisville

DT – Adam Gotsis, Sr., Georgia Tech

DT – Luther Maddy, r-Sr., Virginia Tech

LB – Terrance Smith, r-Sr., Florida State

LB – Brandon Chubb, r-Sr., Wake Forest

LB – James Burgess, Sr., Louisville

CB – Jalen Ramsey, Jr., Florida State

CB – Kendall Fuller, Jr., Virginia Tech

S – Jeremy Cash, r-Sr., Duke

S – Quin Blanding, So., Virginia

Special Teams

PK – Roberto Aguayo, r-Jr., Florida State

P – Alex Kinal, r-Sr., Wake Forest

KR – Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina