- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Clemson had the best offense in the ACC this season, so it comes as no surprise that the Tigers dominated the All-ACC first team released Monday.
Quarterback Tajh Boyd and five teammates won first-team honors on offense, the first time Clemson has ever place six players on the All-ACC first-team offense and the first time any team has done it since Florida State in 1995.
Florida State and North Carolina each placed five players on the all-conference team, determined by a vote of 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Boyd is joined on the first team by running back Andre Ellington, receiver DeAndre Hopkins, tackle Brandon Thomas, center Dalton Freeman and tight end Brandon Ford. Boyd led the ACC with 34 touchdown passes while Hopkins had league-bests of 16 total touchdown catches and an average of 104 yards receiving.
Nine teams had at least one first-team selection. There were no unanimous picks to the first team, but North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard was chosen as a first-teamer on 45 ballots. Bernard, who had an ACC-leading 1,228 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns, joins Boyd as repeat first-team selections.
Boston College (receiver Alex Amidon and linebacker Nick Clancy), Virginia (offensive tackle Oday Aboushi and linebacker Steve Greer) and Duke (cornerback Ross Cockrell and punter Will Monday) were the only other schools with multiple first-team picks.
You also should note that Virginia Tech and Miami did not have a first-team selection for the first time since they joined the ACC in 2004. Defensive end James Gayle, linebacker Jack Tyler and cornerback Antone Exum made the second team for Virginia Tech; Miami's Duke Johnson made the second team as a running back and specialist.
The league coaches will announce their all-conference team next week.
QB-Tajh Boyd, Clemson
RB-Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
RB-Andre Ellington, Clemson
WR-DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
WR-Alex Amidon, Boston College
OT-Oday Aboushi, Virginia
OT-Brandon Thomas, Clemson
OG-Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
OG-Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech
C-Dalton Freeman, Clemson
TE-Brandon Ford, Clemson
K-Dustin Hopkins, Florida State
Specialist- Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
DE-Bjoern Werner, Florida State
DE-Cornellius Carradine, Florida State
DT-Joe Vellano, Maryland
DT-Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
LB-Nick Clancy, Boston College
LB-Kevin Reddick, North Carolina
LB-Steve Greer, Virginia
CB-Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
CB-Ross Cockrell, Duke
S-Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State
S-Earl Wolff, NC State
P-Will Monday, Duke
For the second-team and honorable mention selections, you can click here.
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4dDavid M. Hale