July 28, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Georgia Tech senior center Sean Bedford was selected Wednesday to the 2010 Preseason All-ACC Football team in voting conducted by the media at the annual ACC Football Kickoff, which was held here July 25-26 at the Grandover Resort.
Bedford is the only player on the defending ACC champion Yellow Jackets named to the preseason squad. Tech senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt, the 2009 first team All-ACC quarterback, was not named to the preseason team despite ranking sixth in voting for ACC Preseason Player of the Year.
In all, 20 of the 23 honorees on the team earned first or second-team All-ACC honors last fall, with 16 having been selected to the All-ACC first team. The three remaining players who were voted onto the 2010 preseason team were Honorable Mention All-ACC last year.
Bedford, a 2009 All-ACC First Team selection, started all 14 games last season and helped Georgia Tech lead the ACC in rushing offense and total offense. He was named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Virginia Tech game (Oct. 17) and ACC co-Offensive Lineman of the Week after his performance against North Carolina (Sept. 26).
North Carolina’s defense, which finished sixth nationally last year in total defense, had all five of the UNC players selected to the preseason All-ACC squad in defensive end Robert Quinn (Ladson, S.C.), defensive tackle Marvin Austin (Washington, D.C.), linebacker Quan Sturdivant (Oakboro, N.C.), cornerback Kendric Burney (Jacksonville, N.C.) and safety Deunta Williams (Jacksonville, N.C.).
Ten of the ACC’s 12 teams were represented on the team, and a total of 52 ballots were cast at the Kickoff for the preseason all-conference football team.