Uzzi named preseason All-ACC

Georgia Tech guard Omoregie Uzzi was the Yellow Jackets’ sole representative on the preseason All-ACC team, released Wednesday. Uzzi, a two-time All-ACC pick, was named on 57 of 68 ballots, second most of any offensive lineman, one fewer than Clemson center Dalton Freeman.

A-back Orwin Smith, safety Isaiah Johnson, outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, kicker Justin Moore and center Jay Finch were also among the top four vote-getters at their respective positions.

Offense

Pos. Name (Votes)                                          Ht      Wt       Class             Hometown

WR  Conner Vernon, Duke (41)                      6-2     195      Senior            Miami, Fla.

WR  Sammy Watkins, Clemson (68)                 6-1     200      Sophomore    Fort Myers, Fla.

TE    Matt Furstenburg, Maryland (35)             6-4     245      Senior            Flemington, N.J.

T      James Hurst, North Carolina (48)             6-7     300      Junior            Plainfield, Ind.

T      Oday Aboushi, Virginia (29)                    6-6     310      Senior            Brooklyn, N.Y.

G     Omoregie Uzzi, Georgia Tech (57)          6-3     300      Senior            Lithonia, Ga.

G     Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (55)     6-3     295      Senior            Wilmington, N.C.

C      Dalton Freeman, Clemson (58)                6-3     285      Senior            Pelion, S.C.

QB   Tajh Boyd, Clemson (29)                         6-1     225      Junior            Hampton, Va.

RB   Giovani Bernard, North Carolina (60)     5-10   205      Sophomore    Davie, Fla.

RB   Andre Ellington, Clemson (53)                5-10   190      Senior            Moncks Corner, S.C.

Defense

Pos. Name (Votes)                                          Ht      Wt       Class             Hometown

DE   Brandon Jenkins, Florida State (59)         6-3     265      Senior            Tallahassee, Fla.

DE   James Gayle, Virginia Tech (31)              6-4     250      Junior            Hampton, Va.

DT   Joe Vellano, Maryland (58)                     6-1     285      Senior            Rexford, N.Y.

DT   Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (33)           5-11   260      Junior            Wylie, Texas

LB   Kevin Reddick, North Carolina (49)        6-3     240      Senior            New Bern, N.C.

LB   Bruce Taylor, Virginia Tech (42)             6-2     253      Senior            Riceboro, Ga.

LB   Steve Greer, Virginia (32)                        6-2     225      Senior            Solon, Ohio

CB   David Amerson, NC State (63)                6-3     194      Junior            Greensboro, N.C.

CB   Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (25)                6-0     181      Junior            Baltimore, Md.

S      Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (45)         5-8     204      Junior            Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

S      Earl Wolff, NC State (30)                         6-0     207      Senior            Raeford, N.C.

Specialists

Pos. Name (Votes)                                          Ht      Wt       Class             Hometown

PK   Dustin Hopkins, Florida State (54)           6-2     190      Senior            Houston, Texas

P      Dalton Botts, Miami (65)                         6-3     198      Senior            Taft, Calif.

SP    Greg Reid, Florida State (35)                   5-8     186      Senior            Valdosta, Ga.

The Voting By Position:

(Top Four in Voting Only)

Quarterback

  1. Tajh Boyd, CL……………………….. 29
  2. Logan Thomas, VT…………………. 16
  3. EJ Manuel, FSU…………………….. 15
  4. Mike Glennon, NCS……………….. 6

Running Back (Top 2)

  1. Giovani Bernard, UNC……………. 60
  2. Andre Ellington, CL……………….. 53
  3. Orwin Smith, GT……………………. 11
  4. Perry Jones, UVa……………………. 8

Wide Receiver (Top 2)

  1. Sammy Watkins, CL……………….. 68*
  2. Conner Vernon, DU……………….. 41
  3. DeAndre Hopkins, CL…………….. 15
  4. Erik Highsmith, UNC………………. 5

Tight End

  1. Matt Furstenburg, MD…………….. 35
  2. Nick O’Leary, FSU…………………. 16
  3. Chris Pantale, BC…………………… 11
  4. Colter Phillips, UVa……………….. 4

Offensive Tackle (Top 2)

  1. James Hurst, UNC………………….. 48
  2. Oday Aboushi, UVa……………….. 29
  3. Morgan Moses, UVa………………. 28
  4. Emmett Cleary, BC…………………. 18

Offensive Guard (Top 2)

  1. Omoregie Uzzi, GT………………… 57
  2. Jonathan Cooper, UNC…………… 55
  3. R.J. Mattes, NCS……………………. 8
  4. Brad Linder, UM……………………. 4

Center

  1. Dalton Freeman, CL……………….. 58
  2. Andrew Miller, VT…………………. 6
  3. Camden Wentz, NCS………………. 3
  4. Jay Finch, GT………………………… 1

Defense

Defensive End (Top  2)

1.  Brandon Jenkins, FSU…………… 59

2. James Gayle, VT…………………… 31

3.  Malliciah Goodman, CL…………. 20

4.  Bjoern Werner, FSU…………….. 12

Defensive Tackle (Top 2)

  1. Joe Vellano, MD……………………. 58
  2. Nikita Whitlock, WF……………….. 33
  3. Everett Dawkins, FSU…………….. 22
  4. Sylvester Williams, UNC…………. 13

Linebacker (Top 3)

  1. Kevin Reddick, UNC……………… 49
  2. Bruce Taylor, VT…………………… 42
  3. Steve Greer, UVa…………………… 32
  4. Jeremiah Attaochu, GT……………. 23
  5. Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC…………… 19

Cornerback (Top 2)

  1. David Amerson, NCS……………… 63
  2. Kyle Fuller, VT……………………… 25
  3. Xavier Rhodes, FSU……………….. 21
  4. Greg Reid, FSU……………………… 11

Safety (Top 2)

  1. Lamarcus Joyner, FSU…………….. 45
  2. Earl Wolff, NCS…………………….. 30
  3. Rashard Hall, CL……………………. 21
  4. Isaiah Johnson, GT………………… 13

Placekicker

  1. Dustin Hopkins, FSU………………. 54
  2. Chandler Catanzaro, CL………….. 8
  3. Casey Barth, UNC………………….. 4
  4. Nate Freese, BC…………………….. 1

Justin Moore, GT…………………… 1

Punter

  1. Dalton Botts, UM…………………… 65
  2. Nick Ferrara, MD…………………… 2
  3. Brad Craddock, MD……………….. 1

Specialist

  1. Greg Reid, FSU……………………… 35
  2. Sammy Watkins, CL……………….. 20
  3. Michael Campanaro, WF…………. 5

T.J. Thorpe, UNC…………………… 5

*Denotes unanimous selection

27 comments Add your comment

GT Rich

July 25th, 2012
2:51 pm

Wow. Not a lot of respect for the GT players…good motivation material.

SansWorld

July 25th, 2012
3:00 pm

Maryland had 2 Punters getting votes, odd.

SansWorld

July 25th, 2012
3:23 pm

UNC has four first team selections, It will be interesting to watch them shape that talent in to mediocrity once again.

Hokie

July 25th, 2012
3:27 pm

More evidence of PJs recruiting prowess. The talent level drops another notch each year.

Teddy Roosevelt

July 25th, 2012
3:28 pm

I guess Maryland we be doing a considerable amount of punting this year.

Lavette4066

July 25th, 2012
3:37 pm

Good thing the Terps are loaded at punter.

Jay Finch gets one vote for All-ACC (pre-season picks)...

July 25th, 2012
4:37 pm

…yet he is on the Rimington Award “watch list” – hope he proves the ACC guys wrong!

BLT

July 25th, 2012
5:06 pm

Finch, get in their face!

5150 UOAD

July 25th, 2012
6:23 pm

Didn’t we spend a few hours waiting to play the game after GT broke the Maryland players leg?

That Under Armor needs to be Over Armor maybe.

Sorry I was just poking fun. I know that young man was hurt and we all were scared for his future.

5150 UOAD

July 25th, 2012
6:24 pm

BigTimeTECHFan

July 25th, 2012
6:26 pm

GT has the best B back and A Backs in the ACC,

5150 UOAD

July 25th, 2012
6:28 pm

UGa had preseason an All American Punter and Field Goal kicker how did that workout?

Paul in NH

July 25th, 2012
6:39 pm

Hokie

July 25th, 2012
3:27 pm
More evidence of PJs recruiting prowess. The talent level drops another notch each year.
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GT – 1 first team – 5 in top 4 at their position (not including the kicker)
VT – 1 first team – 5 in top 4 at their position
Looks like PJ and FB are at similar levels.

Paul in NH

July 25th, 2012
6:39 pm

Oops – VT had 2 first teamers

5150 UOAD

July 25th, 2012
6:47 pm

Kallon………….
I guess i’m gonna be up all night tonight doing this sociology paper…

Damn working hard in School and on the field.

Hokie

July 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

@ Paul, And whats PJ’s record vs. VT? If you don’t see the talent level at GT has declined under Pj you’re not looking.PJ no where close to being on any level with FB. 2010 2011. VT 22-6 GT 14-12.

Hokie

July 25th, 2012
7:47 pm

Paul , OOPs VT had 3 1st team players.

Paul in NH

July 25th, 2012
8:34 pm

Hokie
You are right – GT will be losing at home to FCS teams next.

FL Jacket

July 25th, 2012
10:17 pm

How on Earth does Isaiah Johnson get more votes at Safety than either Rod Sweeting or Louis Young do at CB? Johnson may not even be the starter this year…

Hokie

July 25th, 2012
10:45 pm

Lost to JMU but still beat GT. PJ has GT roster and staff that resembles the CAA more than ACC.

BLT

July 25th, 2012
11:40 pm

I guess you’ll be a regular “Hokie” until after the game. Get them in now. We won’t see you after that. Good luck. Selah

WnE

July 26th, 2012
2:26 am

re:
Jay Finch gets one vote for All-ACC (pre-season picks)…
July 25th, 2012
4:37 pm

…yet he is on the Rimington Award “watch list” – hope he proves the ACC guys wrong!
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Those watch lists don’t mean very much, they start out with about 75 or so guys that are “returning starters” without much regard to are they really the best at their position.

In the case of pre-season all Conf. teams, the Media that is assigned to ACC FB follows the ACC close enough to know which guys are likely to be the best players in the conference at their position.

In summary, I’d put more credibility in the Media that actually follows ACC FB, than some “watch list” from who knows where.

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HighTech

July 26th, 2012
7:46 am

WnE

July 26th, 2012
2:26 am

Those watch lists don’t mean very much, they start out with about 75 or so guys that are “returning starters” without much regard to are they really the best at their position.

In the case of pre-season all Conf. teams, the Media that is assigned to ACC FB follows the ACC close enough to know which guys are likely to be the best players in the conference at their position.

In summary, I’d put more credibility in the Media that actually follows ACC FB, than some “watch list” from who knows where.
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Wouldn’t a true fan realize that it is better to be on the watch list than to not be considered? Wouldn’t a true fan say congratulations to a player on his team that is on a watch list for such an award?

From Wikipedia…

The Dave Rimington Trophy is awarded to the player considered to be the best center in college football. Dave Rimington was a center who played at the University of Nebraska from 1979 to -1982.

A member of the National College Football Awards Association, the Rimington Trophy serves as a fundraiser for the Boomer Esiason Foundation’s fight against cystic fibrosis. In addition to recognizing the season’s most outstanding center in college football, the Rimington Trophy also recognizes legendary centers from the past by presenting the President Gerald R. Ford Legendary Center Award. The award is presented annually to a former collegiate or professional center who was either a legend on the field or off the field by making extraordinary contributions through business, civic or philanthropic endeavors.

Selection Process The winner of the Rimington Trophy is selected by determining the consensus All-American center pick from four existing All-America Teams.

While more than a dozen All-America football teams are selected annually, the Rimington Trophy committee uses these four prestigious teams to determine a winner:

• American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
• Walter Camp Foundation (WCF)
• The Sporting News (SN)
• Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)

Because the selectors of these four All-America teams can place centers in a “mix” of offensive linemen that includes guards and tackles, their 11-man first teams can often have two centers. The Rimington Trophy committee’s policy is to count all players that play primarily the center position for their respective teams as centers, even though they may be listed as guards or tackles on the four All-American teams.

The center with the most first-team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first-team votes, then the center with most second-team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by a majority vote from the Rimington Trophy committee.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rimington_Trophy

If a Tech player won the Heisman Trophy, you would say, “That doesn’t mean very much. O.J. Simpson and Reggie Bush won that, too.”

www

July 27th, 2012
8:59 am

anyone else thinking that unc could be just as good or better than vt this year?

the new coach worries me a little. if he can motivate the talent on campus, unc may tie or pass vt for second in the coastal.

i think virginia slips back to 4th in the coastal, with miami 5th and duke 6th.

gt wins the coastal division in 2012, of course.

:)

www

July 27th, 2012
9:18 am

hightech, RE: your last comment, i think it’s clear that “wne” is a dwag troll and not a GT fan but thanks for taking the time to point out the fallacies in his comments for readers who might mistake his weird, obsessive hate for tech for concern coming from an actual GT fan.

i sometimes wish that the GT football player who apparently stole wne’s girlfriend in high school (or stalker crush, more likely) would just apologize to the loser so he can get on with his life instead of spending half his free time on the ajc GT pages getting destroyed.

then i think, “nah, he has it coming to him for stalking our recruits on twitter!”

HighTech

July 27th, 2012
2:45 pm

http://www…he certainly loves CMR and UGA, that’s for sure. He doesn’t try very hard to hide it either.