Five Boston College football players earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference accolades this week. Writers from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) voted on their first, second, and third All-ACC teams and five Eagles were honored.
Senior nose tackle Connor Wujciak was named to the first-team defense, while linebacker Steven Daniels and cornerback Justin Simmons were elected to the second team, and defensive end Matt Milano and punter Alex Howell were honorable mentions.
The four players from the defense helped the unit lead the nation in total defense, holding opposing offenses to 254 yards per game.
Wujciak moved from defensive end to nose tackle, where he started all 12 games. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder notched 31 total tackles, compiling 11 fora loss and 4.5 sacks. Last season, West Caldwell, New Jersey-native earned All-ACC third-team honors by both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association and the league's head coaches. The senior finished his career in Maroon and Gold with 112 tackles, including 21.5 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 49 games.
Daniels was the Eagles' run-stopper on defense. The 6-foot, 243-pound linebacker totaled a team-high 82 tackles in 12 games. Daniels registered 51 solo stops, 16 tackles for a loss, six sacks, and an interception. The Cincinatti, Ohio product ranked sixth in the ACC for tackles for a loss and 20th in the nation. Daniels' biggest game came against Duke in which he totaled a career-high 12 tackles including 2.5 TFL and a sack. In his four-year career, the senior racked up 267 tackles, 30 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, and three interceptions.
Milano, a 6-foot-1, 218-pound linebacker from Orlando, Fla. was constantly in the opposition’s backfield. The junior recorded 60 tackles including 6.5 sacks, 17.5 tackles for a loss. The third-team honoree also helped out on special teams, blocking two punts.
While Wujciak led the defensive line and Daniels and Milano headed the linebackers, Simmons was the anchor of the secondary. The free safety started all 12 games notching 67 tackles including 49 solo. The 6-foot-3, 201-pound senior was second in the ACC with five interceptions and second in the nation in fumble recoveries with three. Against Notre Dame in November, the Stuart, Fla.-native caused three turnovers and recorded eight tackles. In his four year career the defensive back finished with 229 tackles and eight interceptions in 50 games.
And rounding out the Eagles is 6-foot-5, 214-pound punter Alex Howell, who set the Boston College record for punts on the year with 92. The senior totalled 3,828 yards with his leg averaging 41.7 yards per boot. Against Louisville, Howell recorded 12 punts, tying a BC single-game record that was set back in 1980.
For the full list of the players who made the list, click here.
The 2015 All-ACC Teams voted on by the league coaches will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 9.