Virginia Tech was the first ACC team in a decade to march through its conference schedule without a loss, so it should come as no surprise that the Hokies dominate the Rivals.com All-ACC team.
The Hokies lead all teams with 11 overall all-conference selections, including four first-team picks. Virginia Tech's contingent is headlined by ACC most valuable player Tyrod Taylor, a senior quarterback who helped the Hokies win three ACC titles in his four seasons on campus.
Virginia Tech rebounded from a 0-2 start to win 11 consecutive games, and the Hokies were the first ACC team since the 2000 Florida State squad to go unbeaten in conference play.
Our ACC most valuable defensive player is Clemson end Da'Quan Bowers, who leads all FBS players with 15.5 sacks.
Our coach of the year is Maryland's Ralph Friedgen, who directed the Terrapins to an 8-4 record one season after a 2-10 finish.
Our ACC freshman of the year is Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien, who threw for 21 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The ACC coordinator of the year is Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops, who took over a defense that ranked among the nation's worst last season and helped it compile an FBS-high 46 sacks.
While Virginia Tech had the most overall All-ACC picks, Miami actually had the most first-team selections with five. Clemson and Virginia Tech had four each. Miami also had the second-most overall picks with 10.
Particulars: 6-1/210, Sr.; Hampton (Va.) High
Buzz: Taylor has thrown for 2,521 yards and 23 touchdowns with only four interceptions to lead the ACC and rank 13th nationally in passing efficiency. He also has rushed for 637 yards and five touchdowns. Taylor, Auburn's Cam Newton, Nevada's Colin Kaepernick and Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor are the only FBS quarterbacks to throw 20 touchdown passes and rush for 600 yards this season.
Particulars: 6-0/229, Sr.; Louisville transfer, preceded by Tampa Jesuit
Buzz: Allen has rushed for 1,225 yards and six touchdowns on 217 carries, and he ranks second in the ACC with 102.1 rushing yards per game. He has reached the 100-yard mark five times and closed the regular season by rushing for 165 yards against Duke and 166 yards against Georgia.
Particulars: 5-10/200, Jr.; Jacksonville Trinity Christian
Buzz: Harris has run for an ACC-leading 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns on 269 carries. He gained at least 109 yards in each of his last six games before missing the regular-season finale at Syracuse with a knee injury.
Particulars: 6-3/205, Sr.; Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Buzz: Hankerson has caught 66 passes for 1,085 yards to lead the ACC in both categories. His 12 touchdown catches, which give him a share of the conference lead, broke the school single-season record previously held by Michael Irvin
Particulars: 6-1/205, Jr.; Falmouth (Va.) Stafford
Buzz: Smith has caught 12 touchdown passes to share the ACC lead with Miami's Leonard Hankerson. He also has 65 receptions for 1,045 yards to rank second in the league in both categories. He caught 14 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns to carry the Terps past North Carolina State in their regular-season finale.
Particulars: 6-5/265, Jr.; Wilmington (N.C.) New Hanover
Buzz: Bryan has 32 receptions for 344 yards and three touchdowns. He scored against Western Carolina, Virginia Tech and Florida State. He caught at least one pass in each of the Wolfpack's regular-season games.
Particulars: 6-7/308, Sr.; Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy, preceded by Lake Zurich (Ill.) High
Buzz: Castonzo has made 53 consecutive starts over the past four years to tie a school record. Castonzo has started every game since his arrival on campus, and he is considered a potential first-round draft pick. Castonzo, a biochemistry major, owns a 3.60 grade-point average.
Particulars: 6-7/325, Sr.; Winston-Salem (N.C.) Carver
Buzz: Hairston is the best performer on a Clemson line that has allowed just 16 sacks. The only ACC team to allow a lower sack total was Georgia Tech, which has attempted 214 fewer passes than Clemson.
Particulars: 6-2/282, Sr.; Mobile (Ala.) B.C. Rain
Buzz: This four-year starter has won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy given annually to the conference's top offensive lineman each of the last two seasons. Hudson, an Outland Trophy finalist, was named the ACC offensive lineman of the week for his performances in victories over BYU and Miami.
Particulars: 6-4/330, Soph.; Milford (N.Y.) Milford Academy, preceded by Miami Northwestern
Buzz: Washington graded out above 90 percent in 11 of Miami's 12 regular-season games. He was named the ACC offensive lineman of the week after Miami's games with Duke and Virginia Tech.
Particulars: 6-5/284, Sr.; Rome (Ga.) Darlington School
Buzz: McMahon has made 52 consecutive starts over the past four years while teaming with Rodney Hudson to help give the Seminoles one of the nation's top lines.
Particulars: 6-4/275, Jr.; Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Buzz: Bowers leads the nation with 15.5 sacks -- 2.5 more than anyone else -- and ranks second nationally with 25 tackles for loss. He also has 67 overall tackles, an unusually high number for a lineman.
Particulars: 6-6/245, Jr.; Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, preceded by Kinston (N.C.) High
Buzz: Coples is the ACC's only defensive tackle to rank among the league's top 10 performers in both sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (14). Coples, who lacks the typical bulk associated with a tackle, also has 53 overall tackles and 10 quarterback pressures.
Particulars: 6-4/315, Sr.; Central (S.C.) D.W. Daniel
Buzz: Jenkins has 51 tackles -- nine for loss -- and 16 quarterback pressures this season to help give Clemson the nation's ninth-ranked scoring defense. He recorded three tackles for loss against North Texas and two more against North Carolina.
Particulars: 6-3/234, Soph.; Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida
Buzz: Jenkins has 55 overall tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks this season. He is tied for third nationally in sacks per game and is tied for 11th in tackles for loss per game. He recorded two sacks each against BYU, Wake Forest, Boston College, North Carolina and Florida.
Particulars: 6-1/231, Sr.; Teachey (N.C.) Wallace-Rose
Buzz: After missing the 2009 season to recover from a car wreck that left him with multiple injuries, Irving made a triumphant return this season. He has 88 overall tackles and 20.5 tackles for loss. He set an FBS single-game record with eight tackles for loss in a victory over Wake Forest.
Particulars: 6-3/235, Soph.; Cincinnati St. Xavier
Buzz: Kuechly leads the nation in solo tackles (102) and total tackles (171) while spearheading the nation's top-ranked run defense. He has recorded at least 10 tackles in 21 consecutive games, which is the nation's longest current streak in that category.
Particulars: 6-0/220, Jr.; Miami Northwestern
Buzz: Spence has recorded at least nine tackles in eight games this season and closed the regular season with 100 total tackles, including 16 behind the line of scrimmage. He recorded 6.5 tackles for loss in the Hurricanes' final three regular-season games.
Particulars: 5-11/195, Jr.; Miami Booker T. Washington
Buzz: One year after he ranked second nationally in passes defended, Harris has recorded just one interception all season because teams rarely have thrown his way. But his reputation as a shutdown corner has helped Miami rank third in the nation in pass efficiency defense. The Hurricanes have allowed just seven touchdown passes this season.
Particulars: 5-11/170, Soph.; Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic
Buzz: Hosley has picked off eight passes to lead the nation in interceptions per game. He also has 1.25 passes defended per game, putting him in a tie for sixth nationally. Hosley had three interceptions against North Carolina State and two more against North Carolina.
Particulars: 6-4/220, Jr.; Hyattsville (Md.) DaMatha Catholic
Buzz: Tate teams with Antwine Perez to give Maryland one of the nation's top safety tandems. He has 94 tackles to lead all ACC defensive backs and rank sixth among all players in the conference. He has a league-high four forced fumbles to go along with three interceptions.
Particulars: 6-1/215, Sr.; Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby
Buzz: McDaniel has 74 tackles and four interceptions this season to lead Clemson in both categories. He ranks third among all active FBS players with 15 career interceptions.
Particulars: 6-1/196, Sr.; West Chester (Pa.) Henderson
Buzz: Hazley is 20-of-21 on field-goal attempts and has made 20 in a row since missing his first attempt of the season. He is 7-of-7 from at least 40 yards out, with a long of 52. He made four field goals each against Boston College and North Carolina.
Particulars: 6-0/205, Sr.; Jupiter (Fla.) High
Buzz: Bosher has averaged 44.3 yards per punt while helping Miami lead the ACC in net punting. He has placed 14 of his 47 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line while recording just six touchbacks. Bosher also serves as the Hurricanes' main kicker.
Particulars: 5-11/200, Soph.; Danville (Va.) George Washington
Buzz: Wilson leads the ACC and ranks 29th nationally with his average of 26.5 yards per return. He scored the go-ahead touchdown with a 90-yard return against Georgia Tech and also reached the end zone on a 92-yard return against North Carolina State.
Particulars: 5-10/180, Jr.; Piscataway (N.J.) High
Buzz: Logan ranks third nationally with an average of 18.8 yards per punt return, and he scored touchdowns in back-to-back games. He reached the end zone from 85 yards out against Florida International and scored on an 84-yard return against Duke the following week.