On Monday, Phil Steele announced his preseason All-American and All-Conference teams for the 2015 season. Though he left Georgia Tech off of his All-American teams altogether, he had a number of Yellow Jackets scattered across his four All-ACC teams.
Phil Steele Preseason All-ACC Selections
QB - Justin Thomas (R-Jr)
DL - Adam Gotsis (Sr)
C - Freddie Burden (R-Jr)
DL - Jabari Hunt-Days (R-Sr)
DB - Jamal Golden (R-Sr)
OL - Bryan Chamberlain (R-Sr)
DL - KeShun Freeman (So)
LB - P.J. Davis (Jr)
OL - Trey Braun (Sr)
That's a lot of recognition for the reigning Coastal Division champions, and rightfully so. Justin Thomas being named the first team quarterback is very gratifying after the lack of respect he's received on the national level. It's neat, too, to see the recognition of Jabari Hunt-Days -- it seems clear that Steele did his homework. It could be argued that more belong on the list, but there's one that stands out as a glaring omission: senior DB D.J. White.
How on Earth did Steele miss out on White? Steele has 16 DB's listed between his four All-ACC teams, and presumably around 8 of those are cornerbacks. White finished last season tied with Jamal Golden for second in the entire conference with 4 interceptions, and just outside of the top ten with 8 passes defended. White added 52 solo tackles, good for fourth on the team and best among cornerbacks. Long story short, you're going to have a hard time convincing me that there are 8 cornerbacks in the ACC that are more deserving of such recognition than White.
Congratulations to all of the players included in this list!
Is White truly a massive omission, or was he properly left off of the list? Were there any other snubs that you can see?