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Georgia Tech Football: B-back Dedrick Mills named to Preseason All-ACC team

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The sophomore B-back was Tech’s only representative.

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Yesterday, the ACC announced its 2017 Preseason All-ACC team, and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets had one player make an appearance on the team, in the form of B-back Dedrick Mills.

Mills, who was named to the Freshman All-American team last season, has also been named to this year’s Maxwell Award Watch List. Last season, Mills led the Jackets’ rushing attack with 152 carries for 771 yards (5.1 yards/carry) and 12 touchdowns, while only playing in nine games. He also added in a receiving touchdown.

Below is the rest of the Preseason All-ACC team.

Offense

RB Player Year School
RB Player Year School
WR Deon Cain Jr. Clemson
WR Ahmmon Richards So. Miami
WR Cam Phillips Sr. Virginia Tech
TE Cam Serigne R-Sr. Wake Forest
AP Jaylen Samuels Sr. NC State
OT Mitch Hyatt Jr. Clemson
OT Bryan O'Neill R-Jr. Pitt
OG Tyrone Crowder R-Sr. Clemson
OG Wyatt Teller R-Sr. Virginia Tech
C Alec Eberle R-Jr. Florida State
QB Lamar Jackson Jr. Louisville
RB Mark Walton Jr. Miami
RB Dedrick Mills So. Georgia Tech
Other Georgia Tech players receiving votes: OG Parker Braun (16), RB Clinton Lynch (10), WR Ricky Jeune (10), OT Andrew Marshall (6), OG Will Bryan (5) RB Qua Searcy (2), OT Jahaziel Lee (2)

Defense

Position Player Year School
Position Player Year School
DE Harold Landry Sr. Boston College
DE Bradley Chubb Sr. NC State
DT Dexter Lawrence So. Clemson
DT Christian Wilkins Jr. Clemson
LB Micah Kiser R-Sr. Virginia
LB Shaquille Quarterman So. Miami
LB Tremaine Edmunds Jr. Virginia Tech
CB Tavarus McFadden Jr. Florida State
CB Jaire Alexander Jr. Louisville
S Derwin James R-So. Florida State
S Quin Blanding Sr. Virginia
Other Georgia Tech players receiving votes: DE KeShun Freeman (6), CB Lance Austin (5), S Lawrence Austin (4), S Corey Griffin (3), LB Brant Mitchell (2), DE Antonio Simmons (1), S AJ Gray (1)

Special Teams

Position Player Year School
Position Player Year School
PK Michael Badgely Jr. Miami
P A.J. Cole III Jr. NC State
SP Quadree Henderson Jr. Pitt
Other Georgia Tech players receiving votes: SP JJ Green (3)

Were there any snubs?

Though the Yellow Jackets are not as well-represented as fans would like, they only really have a good argument on one player: A-back Clinton Lynch.

NC State’s Jaylen Samuels had a position created for him in order to make the All-ACC team with the new “All-Purpose Back” position. Last season, Samuels lined up at a variety of positions, including quarterback, running back, and wide receiver, all of which he scored touchdowns at. He finished the season with 49 carries for 345 yards (7 yards/carry), 57 catches for 569 yards (10 yards/catch), and 15 touchdowns rushing and receiving. He also added in a 59-yard touchdown pass (his only attempt of the season).

Needless to say, Samuels was absolutely phenomenal last season and should certainly be a member of the preseason All-ACC team. My argument here is not that he shouldn’t be on the team, but rather that Clinton Lynch should have gotten some more votes by being listed at the position.

Last season, Lynch was Tech’s most explosive player, and he should be recognized for his accomplishments. He finished the season with 37 carries for 415 yards (11.2 yards/carry), 16 catches for 490 yards (30.6 yards/catch), and eight total touchdowns.

Comparing total numbers, Samuels had 106 touches for 914 yards (8.6 yards/touch) and 15 touchdowns, while Lynch had 53 touches for 905 yards (17.1 yards/touch). So, while Lynch did not have the touches, nor the touchdowns that Samuels had, he gained almost as many yards total as Samuels in half the attempts. So if you were to adjust Lynch’s stats to the number of attempts that Samuels got, Lynch would have 1,810 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Now, I’m not saying that Samuels shouldn’t be on the preseason All-ACC team, but he shouldn’t have gotten that spot in such an uncontested manner, especially when there are other players who are putting out similar or better numbers, albeit with less attempts.

What do y’all think? Were there any other snubs?