Lamar Jackson, Dalvin Cook headline midseason ESPN.com All-ACC team

Lamar Jackson dominating Heismanology poll (1:57)

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There have been many standout performances in the first half of the season. So let’s take a look at some of the best with our ESPN.com midseason All-ACC team.


QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville. Jackson leads the Heisman race at the midway point, with 30 total touchdowns and more highlight-reel plays than some players get in a career. His 439.7 yards per game ranks No. 2 in the nation in total offense.

RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State. So much for that slow start. Cook has come on strong in his past three games and ranks third in the nation with 900 total rushing yards. His receiving yards are up, too -- he already has a career-high 356 yards.

RB Matthew Dayes, NC State. One of the more underrated players in the ACC, Dayes ranks third in the league in rushing (111.5 yards per game) and is averaging 5.6 yards per carry. If he stays healthy, he will have his first career 1,000-yard rushing season.

WR Amba Etta-Tawo, Syracuse. The Maryland transfer has been one of the most pleasant surprises in the ACC, ranking No. 2 in the nation in receiving yards with 930. He also leads the ACC with six receiving touchdowns.

WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina. Switzer has been known as a stellar punt returner in his career, but he has proved himself as a receiver through the first half this season, leading the ACC in receptions per game (8.3) and ranking second in receiving yards per game (86.6)

TE Jaylen Samuels, NC State. Samuels is a hybrid player in the Wolfpack's offense and could be listed at a variety of positions. We have him here because he is too good to leave off the list. Samuels leads NC State with 29 receptions and four touchdown catches.

OG Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh. One of the best interior linemen in college football, Johnson is a big reason why Pittsburgh has been able to run the ball so effectively this season. Pitt ranks No. 2 in the ACC with 239.1 yards per game.

OG Tony Adams, NC State. Adams has been a steady force on a revamped NC State offensive line, helping open up big holes for Dayes. The Wolfpack average 186.2 yards per game rushing.

C Lucas Crowley, North Carolina. Crowley has had some big games for North Carolina and is coming off a performance in which he had 12 knockdown blocks and didn't allow a sack in a win over Miami.

OT Mitch Hyatt, Clemson. Though the Clemson offensive line has struggled at times this season, Hyatt has played well. The Tigers have given up seven total sacks, and he was just named the team's offensive player of the game in a win over NC State.

OT Adam Bisnowaty, Pitt. As noted above, the Panthers are one of the best rushing teams in the ACC, but they do a good job in pass protection, too. Bisnowaty has helped in both areas, as Pitt leads the ACC with only five sacks allowed.


DL DeMarcus Walker, Florida State. The one constant on the Florida State defensive line has been Walker, who is third in the nation with 8.5 sacks. He also saved the game against Miami with a blocked extra-point attempt.

DL Ejuan Price, Pitt. Price came back for a sixth season and has made the most of it, leading the nation with nine sacks and ranking third with 13 tackles for loss. He’s a big reason why Pitt is tied for first in the ACC in total sacks.

DL Carlos Watkins, Clemson. The Tigers have been as nasty as ever on the defensive line, and a big reason why has been Watkins, eighth in the ACC in sacks with 4.5 from the interior of the line.

DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson. Wilkins has lined up this season at defensive end, defensive tackle, tight end and running back, and also had a role in another fake punt and blocked a kick. He is one of the most athletic players in the conference and is invaluable for his team.

LB Ben Boulware, Clemson. Boulware is tied for third in the ACC in tackles per game (9.5) and is generally in the vicinity of the ball making a play. The leadership he provides is outstanding, too.

LB Marquel Lee, Wake Forest. Lee has had a terrific start to the season on yet another solid Wake Forest defense, with 52 total tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss, tied with teammate Duke Ejiofor for second in the league.

LB Micah Kiser, Virginia. Though he is playing in a different defensive scheme, Kiser has continued to make plays for the defense, leading the ACC with 67 total tackles. He also has 3.5 sacks.

DB Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson. The best shutdown corner in the ACC, Tankersley has become Mr. Reliable in the Clemson back end. Teams rarely throw his way because it is difficult to win that matchup.

DB Greg Stroman, Virginia Tech. Stroman has been solid for the Hokies’ secondary, ranking No. 2 in the ACC in passes defended and tied for second with three interceptions.

DB Jadar Johnson, Clemson. Johnson waited for his opportunity to start and is making the most of it, with 29 tackles and six pass breakups while leading Clemson with 463 snaps played.

DB Breon Borders, Duke. Borders is tied for eighth in the nation in total passes defended with nine pass breakups (tops in the ACC) and two interceptions. He also has one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Special teams

PK Mike Weaver, Wake Forest. Weaver has made 9 of his 11 field goal attempts this season for the best percentage in the ACC, and also has made all his extra-point attempts.

P Nicholas Conte, Virginia. Conte leads the ACC in punt average (45.2 yards per punt) and has put 14 inside the 20-yard line.

RS Quadree Henderson, Pitt. Henderson ranks No. 7 in the nation in average all-purpose yards (172.9 per game) and No. 3 in average kickoff return yards (35.9 per game) and is the only player in the country with two kickoff returns for touchdowns this season.