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Preseason All-ACC teams announced, Olamide Zaccheaus earns one vote for Player of the Year

Virginia one of three ACC teams to not have representation in preaseason recognition.

NCAA Football: ACC Media Days Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

There are not a lot of lofty expectations surrounding this year’s Virginia football team as they were selected last in the ACC Coastal by the 148 media members at the recent ACC Football Kickoff.

Now, the conference has released the preseason All-ACC team as voted by those same media members and—shockingly—the Virginia Cavaliers are woefully absent. Only Olamide Zaccheaus’s name is listed after he received one vote for ACC Player of the Year. No Cavaliers were selected to any of the offensive, defensive, or specialty All-ACC teams.

Clemson, the favorite to win the conference again, led the way with eight players selected (including their entire defensive line), followed by Boston College with four players selected, Miami and NC State with three each, and Duke and Florida State with a pair or players named.

Only Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Pitt failed to have a player named to the preseason All-ACC squad.

Boston College’s running back AJ Dillon led the way in the Player of the Year voting with 45 votes, followed by Clemson’s defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with 42.

Below is the full Preseason All-ACC Team:

2018 All-ACC Preseason Football Team

(Total votes in parenthesis)


WR – Jaylen Smith, Louisville (90)

WR – Kelvin Harmon, NC State (71)

WR – Hunter Renfrow, Clemson (62)

TE – Tommy Sweeney, Boston College (106)

AP – Greg Dortch, Wake Forest (64)

OT – Mitch Hyatt, Clemson (130)

OT – Chris Lindstrom, Boston College (72)

OG – Parker Braun, Georgia Tech (83)

OG – Phil Haynes, Wake Forest (65)

C – Justin Falcinelli, Clemson (56)

QB – Ryan Finley, NC State (102)

RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College (112)

RB – Cam Akers, Florida State (94)


DE – Clelin Ferrell, Clemson (122)

DE – Austin Bryant, Clemson (80)

DT – Christian Wilkins, Clemson (122)

DT – Dexter Lawrence, Clemson (119)

LB – Joe Giles-Harris, Duke (103)

LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami (98)

LB – Kendall Joseph, Clemson (84)

CB – Mark Gilbert, Duke (79)

CB – Michael Jackson, Miami (68)

S – Jaquan Johnson, Miami (103)

S – Lukas Denis, Boston College (64)

Special Teams

PK – Ricky Aguayo, Florida State (119)

P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse (33)

SP – Anthony Ratliff-Williams, North Carolina (97)

ACC Player of the Year

AJ Dillon, RB, Boston College – 45

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson – 42

Ryan Finley, QB, NC State – 37

Cam Akers, RB, Florida State – 13

Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest – 3

Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke – 2

TaQuon Marshall, QB, Georgia Tech – 2

Zach Allen, DE, Boston College – 1

Eric Dungey, QB, Syracuse – 1

Olamide Zaccheaus, HB, Virginia – 1

Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville – 1