THE FLATS – Georgia Tech’s Parker Braun (Hallsville, Texas/Hallsville) added to his list of preseason accolades on Tuesday when the Atlantic Coast Conference announced that the junior offensive guard was named preseason all-ACC. The 27-player preseason all-conference team was selected by a vote of 148 media members at last week’s ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C.
Braun’s preseason all-conference recognition comes on the heels of him being named first-team all-ACC following his sophomore season in 2017. He was a key cog in an offensive front that helped pave the way for Georgia Tech to lead the ACC and rank fifth nationally in rushing offense (307.4 ypg), set a school record with four 400-yard rushing games and feature two 1,000-yard rushers (QB TaQuon Marshall and BB KirVonte Benson) a year ago. He was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week for the second time in his young career after he took 22 defenders to the ground (one every 3.4 snaps) and helped the Yellow Jackets rush for 436 yards in a 35-17 win over Pitt on Sept. 23 of last year.
Braun, who has started 19-straight games at left guard for Georgia Tech (including all 11 last season), is also a two-time academic all-conference honoree. Earlier on Tuesday, he was named to the official watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to college football’s top interior lineman.
He is the ACC Coastal Division’s lone representative among the 13 individuals to receive preseason all-conference recognition on offense.
In addition to Braun being named preseason all-conference, Marshall tied for sixth overall in voting for ACC Preseason Player of the Year. The only offensive players to receive more votes than Marshall were the Preseason Player of the Year, RB A.J. Dillon (Boston College), NC State QB Ryan Finley, Florida State RB Cam Akers and Wake Forest WR Greg Dortch. Georgia Tech’s senior quarterback tied with Duke LB Joe Giles-Harris atop the Preseason Player of the Year vote-getters from the Coastal Division.
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