Campanaro and Whitlock Named To Preseason All-ACC Team
Michael Campanaro and Nikita Whitlock
Michael Campanaro and Nikita Whitlock

July 24, 2013

Complete Preseason All-ACC Team

By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Wake Forest seniors Michael Campanaro and Nikita Whitlock have been named to the preseason All-ACC team as voted on by members of the media at this week's ACC Football Kickoff.

For Whitlock, this is the second-straight season he has been named to the preseason squad. Both he and Campanaro earned second team All-ACC honors at the end of the 2012 season.

Whitlock has amassed 116 total tackles during his career in addition to 30 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks. He enters the 2013 season just two tackles for loss shy of entering the school's career top-10 list. He is also 2.5 sacks shy of the all-time sacks list.

The Wylie, Texas native has also been named to a total of three preseason watch lists this summer. Whitlock was named to the Nagurski (Best Defensive Player) Outland (Top Interior Lineman) and the Bednarik (Defensive Player of the Year) Watch Lists.

Campanaro has caught 152 passes over the past two seasons. In just 10 games last season, he hauled in 79 receptions for 763 yards and six touchdowns while garnering second team All-ACC honors.

Campanaro enters the 2013 season with a streak of 21 straight games with at least one reception. He ranks fifth in school history with 162 career receptions and needs just 55 receptions to break Desmond Clark's school record of 216 catches, set from 1995-98.

Like Whitlock, Campanaro was also named to multiple watch lists this year. He is on the Biletnikoff Award list which honors the country's top wide receiver and the Paul Hornung Award Watch list which is given annually to the most versatile player in college football.

2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team

Offense Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson (57) 6-1 205 Jr. Fort Myers, Fla. WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest (20) 5-11 190 Sr. Clarksville, Md. TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina (35) 6-4 245 Jr. Greensboro, N.C. T James Hurst, North Carolina (37) 6-7 305 Sr. Plainfield, Ind. T Morgan Moses, Virginia (35) 6-6 325 Sr. Richmond, Va. G Tre' Jackson, Florida State (36) 6-4 330 Jr. Jesuup, Ga. G Brandon Linder, Miami (28) 6-6 317 Sr. Southwest Ranches, Fla. C Bryan Stork, Florida State (29) 6-4 298 Sr. Vero Beach, Fla. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (59) 6-1 225 Sr. Hampton, Va. RB Duke Johnson, Miami (58) 5-9 194 So. Miami, Fla. RB James Wilder Jr., Florida State (23) 6-2 229 Jr. Tampa, Fla.

 

 

Defense Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown DE Jeremiah, Attaochu, Georgia Tech (39) 6-3 242 Sr. Washington, D.C. DE Kareem Martin, North Carolina (37) 6-6 265 Sr. Roanoke Rapids, N.C. DT Nikita Whitlock, Wake Forest (35) 5-11 250 Sr. Wylie, Texas DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (34) 6-2 294 Jr. Lake City, Fla. LB Jack Tyler, Virginia Tech (42) 6-1 236 Sr. Oakton, Va. LB Christian Jones, Florida State (38) 6-4 232 Sr. Winter Park, Fla. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Boston College (21) 6-1 215 Sr. Norwalk, Conn. CB Ross Cockrell, Duke (48) 6-0 180 Sr. Waxhaw, N.C. CB Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (32) * 5-8 190 Sr. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. S Tre Boston, North Carolina (30) 6-1 205 Sr. Ft. Myers, Fla. S Jason Hendricks, Pitt (18) 6-0 180 Sr. Brooklyn, N.Y.

Specialists Pos. Name (Votes) Ht Wt Class Hometown PK Chandler Catanzaro, Clemson (41) 6-2 195 Grad. Greenville, S.C. P Will Monday, Duke (41) 6-4 210 So. Flowery Branch, Ga. SP Stefon Diggs, Maryland (34) 6-1 185 So. Gaithersburg, Md.

* Florida State's Joyner also received 11 votes at the safety position

 

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