Sporting News Lists Andrews, Vallos As First Team Preseason All-ACC

May 11, 2006

St. Louis, Mo. - Junior running back Micah Andrews and senior offensive tackle Steve Vallos were selected to The Sporting News' first team preseason All-ACC team, the magazine announced Thursday. Junior linebacker Jon Abbate and senior safety Josh Gattis were chosen to the second team.

The publication also listed its top players at each position nationally and six Deacons warranted mentioning. Gattis was listed as the seventh-best free safety nationally while Vallos checked as the number 12 offensive tackle. Senior Damon McWhite ranked 13th at fullback. Sophomore Sam Swank, a Lou Groza semifinalist as a rookie last year, was listed as the nation's 14th-best kicker. Andrews rated as the 17th-best running back and Abbate rounded out the inside linebacker checklist at number 20.

Pos. 	Name, School 	                Ht. 	Wt. 	Cl.
QB 	Kyle Wright, Miami 	        6-4 	220 	Jr.
RB 	Micah Andrews, Wake Forest 	5-10 	215 	Jr.
RB 	James Davis, Clemson 	        5-11 	210 	So.
WR 	Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech 	6-4 	235 	Jr.
WR 	Greg Carr, Florida State 	6-6 	200 	So.
TE 	Greg Olsen, Miami 	        6-5 	252 	Jr.
C 	Leroy Harris, N.C. State 	6-3 	300 	Sr.
G 	Josh Beekman, Boston College	6-2 	325 	Sr.
G 	Roman Fry, Clemson 	        6-4 	295 	Sr.
T 	Jared Gaither, Maryland 	6-9 	330 	So.
T 	Steve Vallos, Wake Forest 	6-3 	290 	Sr.

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DE Gaines Adams, Clemson 6-5 265 Sr. DE Baraka Atkins, Miami 6-4 264 Sr. DT Andre Fluellen, Florida State 6-4 286 Jr. LB Buster Davis, Florida State 5-10 240 Sr. LB KaMichael Hall, Georgia Tech 6-0 225 Sr. LB Vince Hall, Virginia Tech 6-0 236 Jr. LB Anthony Waters, Clemson 6-3 240 Sr. CB Kenny Scott, Georgia Tech 6-2 185 Sr. CB John Talley, Duke 5-11 180 Sr. S Brandon Meriweather, Miami 6-0 188 Sr. S Aaron Rouse, Virginia Tech 6-4 221 Sr.

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS K Jad Dean, Clemson 5-11 205 Sr. P Adam Podlesh, Maryland 6-0 192 Sr. KR Darrell Blackman, N.C. State 5-10 209 Jr.

PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Offense: Calvin Johnson, WR, Georgia Tech Defense: Brandon Meriweather, S, Miami

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos. Name, School Ht. Wt. Cl. QB Drew Weatherford, Florida State 6-3 220 So. RB Andre Brown, N.C. State 6-0 232 So. RB Branden Ore, Virginia Tech 5-11 204 So. WR Ryan Moore, Miami 6-3 215 Sr. WR Chansi Stuckey, Clemson 6-0 185 Sr. TE Tom Santi, Virginia 6-5 238 Jr. C Dustin Fry, Clemson 6-3 315 Sr. G James Marten, Boston College 6-8 315 Sr. G Derrick Morse, Miami 6-4 295 Jr. T Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech 6-6 290 So. T Mario Henderson, Florida State 6-7 304 Sr.

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DE Chris Ellis, Virginia Tech 6-5 250 Jr. DE Chris Long, Virginia 6-4 278 Jr. DT Conrad Bolston, Maryland 6-3 285 Sr. LB Jon Abbate, Wake Forest 5-11 245 Jr. LB Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech 6-2 224 Jr. LB Jon Beason, Miami 6-0 225 Jr. LB Brian Toal, Boston College 6-1 238 Jr. CB Josh Wilson, Maryland 5-10 182 Sr. CB Marcus Hamilton, Virginia 5-11 187 Sr. S Josh Gattis, Wake Forest 6-1 212 Sr. S Kenny Phillips, Miami 6-2 200 So.

SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS K Brandon Pace, Virginia Tech 5-10 196 Sr. P Nic Schmitt, Virginia Tech 6-2 273 Sr. KR Brandon Tate, North Carolina 6-1 193 So.

NEWCOMERS OF THE YEAR Offense: Sergio Render, G, Virginia Tech Defense: Myron Rolle, SS, Florida State



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