2015 ESPN.com All-ACC team: Deshaun Watson leads the way

Deshaun Watson helped take Clemson to a berth in the College Football Playoff. AP Photo/Bob Leverone

Here is the 2015 ESPN.com All-ACC football team:


QB: Deshaun Watson, Clemson. The first Heisman Trophy finalist in Clemson history, Watson won ACC Player of the Year honors after totaling 4,399 total yards and 41 touchdowns -- both tops in the league.

RB: Dalvin Cook, Florida State. Cook ranks No. 3 in the nation in rushing yards per game (150.7) and scored 18 touchdowns. His average of 7.9 yards per carry ranks No. 2 in the nation -- better than any Power 5 back.

RB: Elijah Hood, North Carolina. Hood had career highs for rushing yards (1,345) and touchdowns (17) in a breakout season for one of the best rushing offenses in the ACC.

WR: Tyler Boyd, Pitt. Boyd ranked No. 7 in the country in receptions per game (7.7) and led the ACC with 79.4 receiving yards per game.

WR: Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech. The sophomore is closing in on the first 1,000-yard receiving season in school history. He led the ACC with 937 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns.

TE: Jordan Leggett, Clemson. The Mackey Award finalist has been a vital part of the Tigers’ offense, with 442 yards receiving and seven touchdown receptions.

C : Matt Skura, Duke. The most consistent lineman at Duke played as expected this season, helping the Blue Devils average over 177 yards rushing while anchoring a line that gave up 17 sacks.

OT: Roderick Johnson, Florida State. Johnson won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the best lineman in the ACC.

OT: Joe Thuney, NC State. Thuney was a big reason why the NC State backs had huge holes to run through. The Wolfpack averaged over 200 yards rushing for the second straight season.

OG: Eric Mac Lain, Clemson. Mac Lain was the most consistent lineman for the Tigers, helping Clemson rank third in the league in rushing with 222 yards per game.

OG: Landon Turner, North Carolina. Four times honored as ACC lineman of the week, he also graded out at 90 percent or better in a majority of his games.

PK: Ross Martin, Duke. Martin made 23 of 27 field goal attempts -- including three 50-yarders -- and made all his extra-point attempts.

SP: DeVon Edwards, Duke. Edwards finished sixth in the country in kickoff return average (30.1) and tied for third with three kickoff returns for touchdowns.


DE: Shaq Lawson, Clemson. Lawson led the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss, while his 9.5 sacks had him fourth in the ACC on a defense that ranks No. 7 in the country.

DE: Ejuan Price, Pitt. Price had a breakout year in Pat Narduzzi’s defensive scheme, leading the ACC with 11.5 sacks and finishing behind Lawson in tackles for loss (19.5).

DT: Carlos Watkins, Clemson. Watkins has had a huge presence inside for the Tigers all season on a defense that is allowing 3.7 yards per carry.

DT: Connor Wujciak, Boston College. Wujciak anchored the No. 1 defense in America up front, helping make it difficult for any team to run the ball. He finished with 11 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks.

LB: Steve Daniels, Boston College. Daniels had a starring role on the nation’s top defense, finishing with 82 tackles (51 solo), 16 for loss, six sacks and an interception.

LB: Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest. Chubb quietly put together another outstanding season, racking up 107 tackles to rank third in the ACC.

LB: Keith Kelsey, Louisville. Kelsey had 100 tackles, including five games where he had 10 or more.

CB: Jalen Ramsey, Florida State. Ramsey moved back to cornerback this season and made his presence felt with 10 pass breakups and a defensive score against Boston College as he locked down his side of the field.

CB: Mackensie Alexander, Clemson. Alexander was the best shutdown corner in the ACC this season, as opposing quarterbacks rarely threw his way.

S: Jeremy Cash, Duke. The ACC Defensive Player of the Year had 101 tackles, 18 for loss, eight pressures and forced three fumbles in another standout performance.

S: Jayron Kearse, Clemson. Kearse blanketed the field this season with 52 tackles, 6.5 for loss, an interception, six pass breakups, three hurries and a forced fumble.

P: Riley Dixon, Syracuse. Wait, Riley Dixon isn’t a Heisman finalist? He’ll have to settle for ESPN.com All-ACC.