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Eight Virginia Players Receive All-Conference Preseason Honors from Athlon Sports

Nelson, Thornhill, and Zaccheaus headline the noted Wahoos

NCAA Football: Virginia at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Yesterday, Athlon Sports released their All-Conference ACC teams for the upcoming football season. Eight UVa players were recognized by the publication, including 4 second-team selections:

Olamide Zaccheaus - All Purpose Back

@Llamaday finished third in the conference last year in receptions for all players

Juan Thornhill - Safety

Thornhill was third in the ACC last season for total passes defended (broken up + intercepted)

Brenton Nelson - Safety

Along with his counterpart at safety, Nelson finished last season tied for third in interceptions (4)

Joe Reed - Kick Returner

Reed led the conference in average KR yards last season, with 29.7 and 2 TDs. Wahoo fans might remember one of those TDs as the opening play to the military bowl.

(oddly enough, no other highlights for that game exist in public record...)

See the full list here!

The Hoos are tied with Miami for the second-most defensive players on the list at five total (behind Clemson with six).