NCF Nation: Nate Collins's All-ACC team

December, 8, 2009
There were a lot of outstanding players in the ACC this year, but the following players rose above the rest and made’s All-ACC team:


QB -- Christian Ponder, Florida State

RB -- Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech

RB -- Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

WR -- Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech

WR -- Donovan Varner, Duke

TE -- George Bryan, NC State

TE -- Michael Palmer, Clemson

OL -- Jason Fox, Miami

OL -- Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

OL -- Rodney Hudson, Florida State

OL – Sergio Render, Virginia Tech

OL -- Cord Howard, Georgia Tech

K -- Matt Bosher, Miami

Spc -- C.J. Spiller, Clemson


DL -- Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech

DL -- Robert Quinn, North Carolina

DL -- Nate Collins, Virginia

DL -- Ricky Sapp, Clemson

LB -- Cody Grimm, Virginia Tech

LB -- Luke Kuechly, Boston College

LB -- Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

LB -- Alex Wujciak, Maryland

CB -- Kendric Burney, North Carolina

CB -- Brandon Harris, Miami

S -- DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson

S -- Deunta Williams, North Carolina

P -- Brent Bowden, Virginia Tech
Congrats to Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, who was named the ACC's Player of the Year. Spiller received 29 votes to beat Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt, who had eight.

Spiller was named the ACC's offensive player of the year, while Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan was named the ACC's defensive player of the year. I can't argue with either of those choices. Here is how the voting shook out:


C.J. Spiller, RB-SPC, Clemson (29)

Josh Nesbitt, QB, Georgia Tech (8)

Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech (2)

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (1)


C.J. Spiller, RB-SPC, Clemson (24)

Josh Nesbitt, QB, Georgia Tech (10)

Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech (4)

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech (1)

Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State (1)


Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (21)

Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina (7)

DeAndre McDaniel, S, Clemson (7)

Nate Collins, DT, Virginia (1)

Quan Sturdivant, LB, North Carolina (1)
Posted by's Heather Dinich

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- We've already seen two fumbles -- both on punt returns -- and the second was costly, as it set Georgia Tech up on the Virginia 11-yard line. Twice so far, though, the Jackets have hurt themselves with penalties (was FSU starting a trend Thursday night?), and the 15-yard penalty for an illegal block forced the Jackets to settle for a field goal, despite getting as close as the 3-yard line.Virginia trails 3-0 right now.

One of the questions heading into this game was whether or not Georgia Tech's defense could continue the success it had in the upset over Virginia Tech last week, and at least on the Cavs' opening drive, it did. Equally as impressive, though, was how aggressive and disciplined Virginia looked on defense. This shouldn't be a surprise, as coach Al Groh is a defensive mind who isn't fazed by this offense. There was no doubt he was going to have them prepared, and containing the Jackets early is important. Of course, a false start penalty on fourth down didn't help Georgia Tech, either, on its opening drive.

Zane Parr started in place of injured defensive end Matt Conrath, but it was Nate Collins who came up with a huge stop to force third down.

With the way the rain is coming down, odds are we'll see a few more fumbles this game, but neither team can afford to add penalties to the list of problems.