ACC all-BCS-era team

Now that the BCS era has finally come to a close, and we move into the first season of the College Football Playoff, ESPN.com is looking back at the best of the BCS (1998-2014). This was not an easy task, but Andrea Adelson and I did our best to compile an all-star cast of the ACC's BCS era:


QB: Chris Weinke, Florida State: Weinke led the Seminoles to three straight national championship games as he complied a 32-3 record at Florida State as the starting quarterback. During his Heisman-winning season, Weinke led the nation in passing with 4,167 yards during the regular season -- an average of 347.3 yards per game.

RB: C.J. Spiller, Clemson: Spiller accounted for an ACC-record 191.4 yards per game and scored a touchdown in every game. Over his four-year career, he racked up more than 3,000 yards rushing, 2,000 yards in kickoff returns, 1,000 yards receiving and 500 yards in punt returns.

RB: Andre Williams, Boston College: He recorded an ACC-record 2,102 rushing yards on 329 carries in 2013, marking the ninth-best rushing season in the history of college football. He finished the regular season ranked first among all FBS running backs in the country in rushing yards per game (175.2) and broke Boston College's single-season rushing record formerly held by Mike Cloud (1,726, 1998) in 10 games.

WR: Sammy Watkins, Clemson: In just three years, Watkins set 23 school records, including receptions and reception yards for a game, season and career. Watkins finished his career with 240 receptions for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns. He finished his career with 5,129 all-purpose yards, second in Clemson history to Spiller’s 7,588.

WR: Peter Warrick, Florida State: He had more touchdown receptions (32) than any player in FSU history, and he finished his career as the ACC’s all-time receiving yardage leader with 3,517 yards. He averaged 13.2 yards per reception in 1999, ran for 96 yards on 16 carries with three touchdowns and averaged 12.6 yards on 18 punt returns.

WR: Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech: The two-time All-America wide receiver and Biletnikoff Award winner set school records with 2,927 yards receiving and 28 touchdown receptions. He caught 178 passes to rank second in Tech history in career receptions. He finished with a career average of 16.4 yards per catch and had a school-record 13 100-yard games.

TE: Vernon Davis, Maryland: Davis was a consensus All-American in 2005, first-team all-ACC selection, and finalist for the Mackey Award, given to the nation’s top tight end. He started every game, leading the team with 51 receptions and the conference with 871 receiving yards (17.1 average). He was also one of the top blockers at his position.

OL: Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina: He was a consensus All-American as a senior in 2012 and a finalist for the Outland Trophy. During his senior season, as the lead blocker for Giovani Bernard, Cooper won the ACC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy and was first-team all-conference.

OL -- Rodney Hudson, FSU: The four-year starter capped off his career as the most decorated offensive lineman in Atlantic Coast Conference history, earning consensus first-team All-American honors. He played 904 snaps as a senior in 2010 and led the team with 48 knockdown blocks while being penalized just once.

OL -- D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Virginia: He finished his Virginia career as the most decorated offensive lineman in school history. He was named a first-team All-American as a senior in 2005 and was an All-ACC pick as both a junior and senior. He started all 49 games in which he played, the most by an offensive lineman in school history. His 49 career starts are the second most by an offensive lineman in ACC history and a figure topped by only 13 offensive linemen in FBS history at the time his career ended.

C -- Jake Grove, Virginia Tech: He was a unanimous All-American, winner of the Rimington Trophy, and a second-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2004. He moved to center, where he flourished as a junior and senior, and had his jersey retired in 2006.

OL -- Alex Barron, Florida State: He was the only Seminoles offensive lineman in school history to earn two-time consensus All-America honors and have his locker sealed. He started 24 of 25 games at tackle over the final two seasons of his career in 2004 and 2005. He was regarded as the nation’s top pass-blocker as a junior and senior.


DL -- Julius Peppers, North Carolina: Peppers was an absolute beast for the Tar Heels, winning the Lombardi and Bednarik awards in 2001, along with unanimous All-America honors. In three years, he compiled 30.5 sacks (including 15 in 2000).

DL -- Mario Williams, NC State: Williams was a force throughout his entire career, but most especially his junior season, when he set single-season school records with 14.5 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss en route to All-ACC honors. He became the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in 2006.

DL -- Aaron Donald, Pitt: Donald spent one season in the ACC but put together an outstanding overall career. In his senior year, he won the Nagurski and Outland trophies, and the Lombardi, Bednarik and ACC Defensive Player of the Year awards after compiling 28.5 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and 16 hurries.

DL -- Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson: Bowers set the Clemson record with 15.5 sacks in 2010, ranking No. 6 on the ACC single-season list. He won the Nagurski Trophy as the top defensive player in the nation that season, along with the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year award, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous All-America honors.

LB -- Luke Kuechly, Boston College: Kuechly left Boston College ranking No. 2 in NCAA history in career total tackles (532). He recorded at least 10 tackles in 34 of 38 career games and was a three-time All-ACC and All-America selection. In 2011, he won the Butkus, Lombardi and Nagurski awards and was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

LB -- E.J. Henderson, Maryland: Henderson was an All-American in 2001 and 2002, setting a single-season school record with 26 tackles for loss in 2001, winning the ACC Player of the Year honor that season. He was selected ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and also won the Bednarik and Butkus awards.

LB -- Aaron Curry, Wake Forest: Curry started virtually every game of his career. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns in 2007 and added 105 tackles in 2008, earning him the Butkus Award and first-team All-ACC status.

CB -- Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest: Smith is one of the most decorated players in school history, earning first-team All-America honors in 2008. Smith finished his career with a school-record 61 passes defended and an ACC-record 21 interceptions and was an All-ACC selection in 2007 and 2008.

CB -- Jimmy Williams, Virginia Tech: Williams was a two-time All-ACC selection in 2004 and 2005. In 2004, he led the ACC with five interceptions and 19 passes defended. He was a consensus All-American in 2005.

S -- Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State: Joyner had an outstanding career as both a safety and cornerback, becoming an All-ACC selection at both positions. Joyner was a finalist for the Thorpe Award in 2013 and a unanimous All-American.

S -- Antrel Rolle, Miami: Like Donald, Rolle spent only one season playing in the ACC, but it was an incredible one. Rolle was a unanimous All-American and became the eighth overall pick in the 2005 draft.


PK -- Sebastian Janikowski, Florida State: Janikowski won the Lou Groza Award twice (1998, 1999) and remains the ACC leader in career scoring for field goal kickers with 1.94 field goals per game.

P -- Ryan Plackemeier, Wake Forest: Plackemeier was a three-time All-ACC selection from 2003 to 2005 and ranks No. 2 in league history with his 45.26-yard average. He won the Ray Guy Award in 2005 and was a consensus All-American.

RS -- Spiller: One of the best return men of all time, Spiller set an ACC single-season record with four kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2009. He led the league in all-purpose yards in 2008 and 2009 and holds the ACC career mark in the category.