Coaches name Beasley Defensive Player of the Year

Coaches name Beasley Defensive Player of the Year

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Coaches name Beasley Defensive Player of the Year

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Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches on Wednesday, while defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, linebacker Stephone Anthony and cornerback Garry Peters joined Beasley as All-ACC First-Team selections.

This is the second time this season Beasley has won ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Last week, the media that covers the ACC named the senior their player of the year as well on the defensive side of the football.

Under the auspices of the ACC, the league’s 14 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team, as well as Players of the Year, Rookies of the Year and a Coach of the Year award. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players and ballots were worth three points for each first-team, two points for each second-team and one point for each third-team selection. James Conner of Pitt took home ACC Player of the Year honors, while Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson was named Coach of the Year.

Overall and Offensive Rookie of the Year accolades went to Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, while Virginia safety Quin Blanding was voted the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Beasley is coming off a 2014 regular season in which he continued to establish himself as one of the league’s all-time top pass rushers and front line enforcers. The senior, who received seven votes to lead the voting for ACC Defensive Player of the Year, leads the ACC in quarterback sacks with 11 as Clemson (9-3) prepares to meet Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.

His 18.5 total tackles for loss also lead the conference. Seventeen of Beasley’s tackles for loss have been solo stops. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound native of Adairsville, Georgia, holds the Clemson school record and leads all active FBS players with 32 career sacks. A finalist for the Bednarik Award and Lombardi Trophy, Beasley’s 52 career tackles for loss have accounted for 292 negative yards, also the most of any active FBS player.

Florida State’s Jameis Winston, Rashad Greene and placekicker Roberto Aguayo lead a group of 18 members of the ACC champion and College Football Playoff-bound Seminoles that were voted to the  2014 Coaches All-ACC team (nine first-team, two second-team and seven third-team selections).

Virginia followed with nine total selections, while Miami had eight, and Duke and Georgia Tech each placed seven members on the squad.

Twenty-three of the 26 first-team selections to the 2014 ACC Coaches’ All-ACC team were also first-team selections to the ACSMA All-ACC announced on Dec. 1. Miami center Shane McDermott earned a first-team spot on the Coaches’ All-ACC team after earning honorable mention from ACSMA.

On the defensive side, Clemson’s Peters and Louisville linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin received first-team nods from the ACC Coaches after being voted to ACSMA’s second team.

2014 ACC Coaches’ Award Winners and All-ACC Team

Coach of the Year 

Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech (10)

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State (2)

David Cutcliffe, Duke (2)

Player of the Year                           

James Conner, RB, So.,Pitt (6)

Jameis Winston, QB, So., FSU (2)

Rashad Greene, WR, Sr., FSU (2)

Vic Beasley, DE, Sr., Clemson (1)

Jamison Crowder, WR, Sr., Duke (1)

Gerod Holliman, S, So.-R, Louisville, (1) Duke Johnson, RB, Jr., Miami (1)

Offensive Player of the Year      

James Conner, RB, So., Pitt (8)

Jameis Winston, QB, So.-R, FSU (3)

Rashad Greene, WR, FSU (2)

Jamison Crowder, WR, Sr., Duke (1)

Defensive Player of the Year     

Vic Beasley, DE, Sr., Clemson (7)

Gerod Holliman, S, So.-R, Louisville (5) Denzel Perryman, LB, Sr., Miami, (2)

Rookie of the Year                          

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (7)

Quin Blanding, S, Virginia (4)

Dalvin Cook, RB, FSU (2)

Shaun Wilson, Duke (1)

Offensive Rookie of the Year     

Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami (10)

Jon Hilliman, RB, Boston College (1)

Shaun Wilson, RB, Duke (1)

Dalvin Cook, RB FSU (1)

Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson (1)

Defensive Rookie of the Year    

Quin Blanding, S, Virginia  (8)

Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (6)

 1st Team Offense

WR         Rashad Greene, Sr., Florida State*           39

WR         Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke*                      35

WR         Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt*                                      31

TE           Nick O’Leary, Sr., Florida State*                 36

T              Cameron Erving, Sr.-R., Florida State*    38

T              T.J. Clemmings, Sr.-R, Pitt                             34

G             Laken Tomlinson, Sr.-R, Duke*                  30

G             Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State *                28

C             Shane McDermott, Sr., Miami*                 22

QB          Jameis Winston, So.-R, Florida State*     39

RB           James Conner, So., Pitt                                 39

RB           Duke Johnson, Jr., Miami*                           38

K             Roberto Aguayo, So.-R, Florida State*    39

Sp.          Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke*                      25

1st Team Defense

DE           Vic Beasley, Sr.-R, Clemson*                       39

DE           Mario Edwards Jr., Jr., Florida State *      29

DT           Grady Jarrett, Sr., Clemson                          38

DT           Eddie Goldman, Jr., Florida State              30

LB           Denzel Perryman, Sr., Miami*                    36

LB           Stephone Anthony, Sr., Clemson*           31

LB           Lorenzo Mauldin, Sr., Louisville                  25

CB           Kendall Fuller, So., Virginia Tech*             35

CB           Garry Peters, Sr., Clemson                           24

S              Gerod Holliman, So.-R, Louisville               37

S              Jalen Ramsey, So., Florida State                25

P             Wil Baumann, Sr., NC State                          30

2nd Team Offense

WR         DeVante Parker, Sr., Louisville                   28

WR         Phillip Dorsett, Sr., Miami                             24

WR         DeAndre Smelter, Sr., Georgia Tech        22

TE           Clive Walford, Sr.-R, Miami                          25

T              Ereck Flowers, Jr., Miami                              21

T              Jamon Brown, Sr., Louisville                        18

G             Shaquille Mason, Sr., Georgia Tech*       21

G             Matt Rotheram, Sr.-R, Pitt                           19

C             Andy Gallik, Sr.-R, Boston College             21

QB          Justin Thomas, So., Georgia Tech              18

RB           Kevin Parks, Sr.-R, Virginia*                         18

RB           Zach Laskey, Sr., Georgia Tech                   16

K             Ian Frye, Jr.-R, Virginia                                   17

Sp.          Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt                                         19

2nd Team Defense

DE           Dadi Nicolas, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech                25

DE           Eli Harold, Jr., Virginia                                     20

DT           Adam Gotsis, Jr., Georgia Tech                  16

DT           Corey Marshall, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech          13

LB           David Helton, Sr., Duke                                 22

LB           Terrance Smith, Jr.-R, Florida State          20

LB           Henry Coley, Sr.-R, Virginia                          15

CB           P.J. Williams, Jr., Florida State                     23

CB           Kevin Johnson, Sr.-R, Wake Forest           21

S              Quin Blanding, Fr., Virginia                           21

S              Jeremy Cash, Jr.-R, Duke*                           17

P             Alex Kinal, Jr.-R, Wake Forest                     21

3rd Team Offense

WR         Mike Williams, So., Clemson                       21

WR         Artavis Scott, Fr., Clemson                           15

WR         Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina*           11

TE           Gerald Christian, Sr.-R, Louisville               9

T              Bobby Hart, Sr., Florida State                      13

T              Sean Hickey, Sr., Syracuse                            11

G             Bobby Vardaro, Sr.-R, Boston College     15

G             Josue Matias, Sr., Florida State*                15

C             Cameron Erving, Sr.-R, Florida State        16

QB          Marquise Williams, Jr., North Carolina    8

RB           Dalvin Cook, Fr., Florida State                     15

RB           Jon Hilliman, Fr., Boston College                10

K             Ross Martin, Jr., Duke                                    14

Sp.          Rashad Greene, Sr., Florida State             17

3rd Team Defense

DE           Sheldon Rankins, Jr., Louisville                   17

DE           Anthony Chickillo, Sr., Miami                      12

DT           David Dean, Jr.-R, Virginia                            12

DT           Connor Wujciak, Jr., Boston College        12

LB           Max Valles, So., Virginia                                13

LB           Quayshawn Nealy, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech  12

LB(tie)   Josh Keyes, Sr., Boston College                 10

LB(tie)   Reggie Northrup, Jr., Florida State            10

LB(tie)   Cameron Lynch,  Sr., Syracuse                    10

LB(tie)   Brandon Chubb, Jr.-R, Wake Forest         10

CB           Maurice Canady, Jr., Virginia                       12

CB(tie)  Merrill Noel, Sr.-R, Wake Forest                11

CB(tie)  Ronald Darby, Jr., Florida State                  11

S              Jamal Golden, Jr., Georgia Tech                 16

S              Anthony Harris, Sr., Virginia                         10

P(tie)     Justin Vogel, So., Miami                                12

P(tie)     Will Monday, Jr.-R, Duke                              12

 * Selected to the 1st, 2nd or 3rd Coaches’ All-ACC Team in 2013

 Honorable Mention: Offense (7 or more points):

QB–Anthony Boone, Sr.-R, Duke (7); RB–Shadrach Thornton, Jr., NC State (9); Karlos Williams, Sr., Florida State (8); Synjyn Days, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech (7); WR–Mack Hollins, So.-R, North Carolina (7); Isaiah Ford, Fr., Virginia Tech (7); T–Ian Silberman, Sr.-R, Boston College (9); Rob Crisp, Sr.-R, NC State (7);  G–Jon Feliciano, Sr.-R, Miami (13); David Beasley, Sr.-R, Clemson (11); John Miller, Sr., Louisville (7). C–Matt Skura, Jr.-R, Duke; PK-Ammon Lakip, Jr., Clemson (9). SP–Darius Jennings, Sr., Virginia (7).

Honorable Mention: Defense:  (7 or more points) DT–Tylor Harris, Jr., Wake Forest (11); Luther Maddy, Sr., Virginia Tech (11); Olsen Pierre, Sr., Miami (7); LB–Anthony Gonzalez, Sr.-R, Pitt (9); CB–Charles Gaines, Jr.-R, Louisville (10); Artie Burns, So., Miami (9); Mackensie Alexander, Fr.-R, Clemson (7);  S–Robert Smith, Sr., Clemson (8); Deon Bush, Jr., Miami (7).

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