On Monday, the ACC released its 2014 All-ACC teams, including a first, second, and third team, as well as honorable mention players. Unsurprisingly, the team that won the Coastal Division has quite a few players named! Surprisingly, they still didn't get a whole lot of respect.
First Team All-ACC
(No Georgia Tech players)
Second Team All-ACC
Third Team All-ACC
Honorable Mention All-ACC
So, a few points to recap here:
- The best team in one division and second-highest ranked team in the entire conference didn't have a single player named First Team All-ACC. If anyone got robbed there, it was OG Shaquille Mason. On the other hand, that no Yellow Jackets were named First Team says everything about two things: coaching and teamwork. These players are coached very well, and play selfless, team-first football that resulted in 10 wins with 0 players getting even conference-wide recognition.
- Georgia Tech was fourth in the conference with these 7 selections, behind Florida State (17), Duke (9), and...Virginia (8). Yes, a 5-7 team ended with 8 all-conference selections, where a 10-2 team ended with 7. Go ahead and try to make sense of that in your mind.
- KeShun Freeman received more votes than any other underclassman DE in the conference. He was surpassed only by Juniors and Seniors, most of whom will be playing on Sundays by September of 2016. That guy's going to be really good.
- With 4 INT's apiece, D.J. White and Jamal Golden are tied for second in the conference, behind only Louisville's Gerod Holliman and his 14 interceptions. Those 8 combined interceptions were good for a third-team selection and an "honorable mention" selection. Okay.
- Including "honorable mentions", they found 9 safeties that they liked better than Isaiah Johnson. OK then.
So there you have it. The Coastal Champs have no First Team All-ACC caliber players, and they have fewer All-ACC players than a team that hasn't made a bowl game since Roddy Jones graduated. I'm sure that makes sense to somebody, but it doesn't make sense to me. Oh well. Hopefully the results will continue along with the lack of respect and recognition of a great football team.
You can see the full All-ACC results here: link.
Thoughts on the All-ACC teams? Was anyone from Georgia Tech a serious snub? Should Shaq Mason be a First Team honoree?