The 2016 season is officially in the books, and the ACC dominated bowl season, culminating with Clemson hoisting the national championship trophy. So many big performances made putting together an All-Bowl team a difficult task, but here’s what we came up with:
QB: Deshaun Watson, Clemson
RB: Dalvin Cook, Florida State
RB: Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech
WR: Hunter Renfrow, Clemson
WR: Mike Williams, Clemson
WR: Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech
TE: Jaylen Samuels, NC State
OT: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
OG: Tony Adams, NC State
C: Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech
OG: Danny Isidora, Miami
OT: Brian O'Neill, Pitt
Watson certainly flashed his immense skill during bowl season, but perhaps more impressive was the way he battled through some adversity, whether it be the two picks in the Fiesta Bowl or the hard hits against Alabama. Sure, he missed out on the Heisman. But he earned the hardware that really mattered.
Georgia Tech’s ground game was stellar in its bowl game, highlighted by Mills’ 169 yards, with Burden leading the charge on the offensive line. Jaylen Samuels doesn’t really play the part of a true tight end, but whatever he is, it was too much for Vanderbilt’s defense, as he racked up three touchdowns. Clemson’s pass-catching duo of Renfrow and Williams was integral in the Tigers’ national championship, Phillips was a machine in Virginia Tech's Belk Bowl win, and Cook gave Florida State one last great game before moving on to the NFL.
DE: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
DE: Harold Landry, Boston College
DT: Carlos Watkins, Clemson
LB: Matthew Thomas, Florida State
LB: Airius Moore, NC State
LB: Ben Boulware, Clemson
LB: Thomas Brown, Wake Forest
S: Mook Reynolds, Virginia Tech
S: Jessie Bates, Wake Forest
CB: Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson
CB: Corn Elder, Miami
Ferrell and Watkins get the nod for Clemson’s ferocious defensive front, but Dexter Lawrence and Christian Wilkins easily could have made it too. Ferrell was the star of the Fiesta Bowl, and Watkins racked up two sacks, two pass breakups and disrupted the pocket in two big games.
Thomas did a little of everything in Florida State’s win over Michigan, racking up 15 tackles, including 3.5 for a loss. Boulware was the vocal leader of Clemson’s defense throughout its title run, and Moore had a huge effort for NC State. Brown is a bit of a surprise addition to the list, but he racked up seven tackles, 2.5 for a loss, forced a fumble and broke up a pass in the Demon Deacons’ win over Temple.
Elder and Tankersley both played the final games in their illustrious careers and went out with a bang. Tankersley’s interception against Ohio State was a huge play, and Elder led Miami in tackles while completely shutting down the West Virginia passing game.
Ret: Nyheim Hines, NC State
P: Mason King, Louisville
K: Harrison Butker, Georgia Tech
Hines’ 100-yard kick return for a touchdown was the special-teams highlight of bowl season for the ACC, while Butker drilled a couple of long field goals in Georgia Tech’s win over Kentucky. King makes the list from a losing team, but as bad as Louisville’s offense looked, he did his best to keep the game close, averaging 50.5 yards over eight punts.