July 29, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three Georgia Tech juniors – running back Jonathan Dwyer, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and safety Morgan Burnett – were named to the 2009 preseason All-ACC football team announced Wednesday.
Dwyer, who is seeking to become the league’s first two-time Player of the Year since 1992 and ’93, led all candidates with 41 (of 44) votes. Dwyer averaged 107 rushing yards per game as the Yellow Jackets quickly adapted to coach Paul Johnson’s spread option offense last season. Dwyer was voted the ACC Preseason Player of the Year earlier this week.
Thomas, Tech’s best receiving threat since Calvin Johnson, had 39 of the Yellow Jackets’ 74 pass receptions last season.
Burnett, a second team All-American in 2008, ranked among the nation’s leaders in interceptions last season with seven.
Three players topped the defensive honorees with 34 votes apiece: Burnett, Duke defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase, and Florida State linebacker Dekoda Watson.
Virginia Tech led the way with four selections overall. Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Clemson had three selections each.
Offense QB Russell Wilson NC State RB Jonathan Dwyer Georgia Tech RB C.J. Spiller Clemson WR Demaryius Thomas Georgia Tech WR Jacoby Ford Clemson TE Greg Boone Virginia Tech OT Jason Fox Miami OT Anthony Castonzo Boston College OG Sergio Render Virginia Tech OG Rodney Hudson Florida State C Matt Tennant Boston College PK Matt Bosher Miami
Defense DE Jason Worilds Virgina Tech DE Willie Young NC State DT Vince Oghobaase Duke DT Marvin Austin North Carolina LB Dekoda Watson Florida State LB Quan Sturdivant North Carolina LB Alex Wujciak Maryland CB Ras-I Dowling Virginia CB Kendric Burney North Carolina S Morgan Burnett Georgia Tech S Kam Chancellor Virginia Tech P Travis Baltz Maryland