The 2013 Preseason All-ACC Football Team was announced today, based on media voting at Sunday and Monday's ACC Football Kickoff in Greensboro, N.C... and zero Syracuse players made it. Not one. After seeing where we finished in the preseason poll (sixth in the Atlantic Division), I'm sure Orange fans are shocked.
Florida State led all teams with six selections, while North Carolina had four and Clemson had three (including top vote-getter, QB Tajh Boyd). Duke, Miami and Wake Forest nabbed two apiece. Boston College, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech each had one player on the team. Syracuse and NC State were the only schools without a representative on the All-ACC team.
Here's the full list turned out by the 65 ballots cast. We'll get to the Syracuse players who received votes afterward. The numbers in parentheses are the number of votes each player received.
WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (57)
WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest (20)
TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina (35)
OT James Hurst, North Carolina (37)
OT Morgan Moses, Virginia (35)
OG Tre' Jackson, Florida State (46)
OG Brandon Linder, Miami (28)
C Bryan Stork, Florida State (29)
QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (59)
RB Duke Johnson, Miami (58)
RB James Wilder Jr., Florida State (23)
DE Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (39)
DE Kareem Martin, North Carlina (37)
DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (35)
DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (34)
LB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech (42)
LB Christian Jones, Florida State (38)
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College (21)
CB Ross Cockrell, Duke (48)
CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (32)
S Tre Boston, North Carolina (30)
S Jason Hendricks, Pittsburgh (18)
PK Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson (41)
P Will Monday, Duke (41)
KR/PR Stefon Diggs, Maryland (34)
The ACC only published the top four vote-getters at each position, so there may be a few other Syracuse players who received some votes, but here are the Orange players who came closest to being named to this year's Preseason All-ACC Team:
RB Jerome Smith (3rd; 17 votes)
C Macky MacPherson (2nd; 15 vots)
PK Ross Krautman (T-4th; 2 votes)
Of these three, the only one we can really make a big deal over is Smith. Both he and Wilder are in two-back systems, but Smith had double the amount of yards as Wilder did last year -- though he also had a fraction of the touchdowns (13 to 3). I'd say I'm a bit surprised not to see Jay Bromley or Dyshawn Davis's names anywhere on here, either, as both seem highly regarded enough to at least garner top-four consideration. Seems that wasn't the case, and that unfamiliarity from the attending media certainly played a role. As Syracuse (and Pitt) becomes more a part of the ACC culture, it's likely we'll see different outcomes in votes like this -- so long as SU's on-field product is up to snuff, that is.
So what do you think? Irate to see Jerome Smith snubbed? Any other Orange players who you feel should've gotten more votes, or made the first team? Share your thoughts below.