Phil Steele's ACC selections

Georgia Tech fans, brace yourselves.

Phil Steele's preseason All-ACC team came out and Georgia Tech quarterback Joshua Nesbitt is on the fourth team behind Christian Ponder, Tyrod Taylor and Jacory Harris, in that order. Miami and North Carolina have five players each on the first team. But guess what? Boston College has five, too. So much for the argument that the Eagles play with lesser talent. Virginia Tech -- the team many have ranked the highest from the ACC in the preseason polls -- only has one.

Here are Steele's full first teams for offense and defense, which he was kind enough to email me this morning:


QB Christian Ponder, Florida State

RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech

RB Montel Harris, Boston College

WR Donovan Varner, Duke

WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami

WR Greg Little, North Carolina

TE George Bryan, NC State

C Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech

OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State

OG Thomas Claiborne, Boston College

OT Anthony Castonzo, Boston College

OT Orlando Franklin, Miami


DE Robert Quinn, North Carolina

DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina

DT Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson

DE Allen Bailey, Miami

LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College

LB Alex Wujciak, Maryland

LB Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina

CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia

CB Brandon Harris, Miami

SS DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson

FS Deunta Williams, North Carolina


K Matt Bosher, Miami

P Ryan Quigley, Boston College

KR Torrey Smith, Maryland

PR Greg Reid, Florida State