Uzzi, Burnett Earn All-ACC Honors

Nov. 28, 2011

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Georgia Tech junior guard Omoregie Uzzi was named first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference and junior linebacker Julian Burnett earned second team honors, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

Uzzi earns All-ACC honors for the second straight year. He was a second-team selection in 2010.

Uzzi is part of a Yellow Jacket offense that leads the ACC in rushing offense, total offense and scoring offense. Tech, which ranks third nationally in rushing, also either leads the league or is tied for the conference lead in fewest sacks allowed, third-down percentage and red-zone offense.

Burnett, who earns all-conference honors for the first time, ranks fifth in the ACC in tackles (113). Burnett, who has 44 more tackles than any other Tech player, leads the team in tackles for loss (9.5), and he has forced and recovered fumbles.

Georgia Tech has placed an offensive lineman on the All-ACC first team for five consecutive seasons (Andrew Gardner, 2007; Gardner, 2008; Sean Bedford and Cord Howard, 2009; Bedford, 2010; Uzzi, 2011). Since Tech’s first All-ACC selection in 1982, a Jacket offensive lineman has earned first-team honors 17 times — more than any other position.

Burnett is the first Yellow Jacket linebacker to earn All-ACC honors since Philip Wheeler was named second team in 2007. Brad Jefferson was an honorable mention linebacker in 2009.

Tech has placed at least one player on the All-ACC first team every year since 1996.

Yellow Jacket sophomore Jeremiah Attaochu and junior cornerback Rod Sweeting were named honorable mention All-ACC.

Attaochu leads the team in sacks (6.0) despite missing two games with an injury. Sweeting ranks third on the team in tackles, leads the team in pass break-ups (9) and has three interceptions.

Georgia Tech will play in a bowl game, still to be determined, for the 15th consecutive year.

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