Pitt lands just one on preseason all-ACC list

  • Associated Press
July 25, 2013
Pittsburgh head coach Paul Chryst speaks to the media at a news conference during the Atlantic Coast Conference college football media day in Greensboro, N.C., Monday, July 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, the conference preseason player of the year, leads the Atlantic Coast Conference’s preseason all-league team.

The ACC Wednesday announced its preseason all-league team following a vote of 65 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Boyd was voted the league’s preseason player of the year earlier this week after winning the ACC player of the year award in 2012.

He appeared on 59 ballots and is one of three Tigers on the team along with receiver Sammy Watkins and kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Clemson is the ACC’s preseason favorite for just the second time since 1991.

Newcomer Pitt, which joined the conference after leaving the Big East, managed just one player on the first-team list, safety Jason Hendricks, who garnered 18 votes. Hendricks had six interceptions in 2012.

Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald finished third in the voting among defensive tackles.

Florida State had a league-best six players selected while North Carolina placed four players on the team.

Miami running back Duke Johnson appeared on 58 ballots while Watkins was on 57.



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