Four Syracuse players were named to the preseason All-ACC team, as voted on by media in attendance. Of those, Lou Groza Award winner Andre Szmyt led the way with 88 votes. Defensive end Alton Robinson received 83, finishing just behind Clemson’s Xavier Thomas with 84 votes there. Sophomore Andre Cisco received 80 votes to lead all safeties, and Sterling Hofrichter had 70 votes as the top punter in the conference.
As one would expect, Clemson led the way overall with 13 players selected to the team, and Syracuse’s total was the second-highest. Miami had three picks, and Boston College and Florida State had two apiece.
The announcement didn’t include the overall voting breakdown — I feel like it has in the past — so we don’t know who else was potentially in the running to make the All-ACC team for Syracuse. There are no real glaring omissions, though if there was another guy I’d add to the squad, it’s senior return man Sean Riley. Taj Harris would also be on my ballot as a wideout, but that’s potentially a homer pick on my part.
No Syracuse players received votes for player of the year. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence led the way there (and rightfully so) with 127 votes, followed by the Tigers’ Travis Etienne (24), BC’s A.J. Dillon (15), Virginia’s Bryce Perkins (six) and FSU’s Cam Akers (one).
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