Two On Preseason All-ACC Team

Will Snyderwine & Conner Vernon Named To Pre-season honor roll.

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke placekicker Will Snyderwine and wide receiver Conner Vernon have been named to the 2011 pre-season All-ACC unit as voted on by media members in attendance at the ACC Kickoff in Pinehurst earlier this week.

Duke is one of seven schools with multiple selections to the squad. Florida State and Miami led conference teams with four selections apiece.

Snyderwine, a 5-11, 190-pound redshirt senior from Potomac, Md., earned first team All-America honors last fall after totaling 95 points on a school single-season record 21 field goals along with 32 extra points. He enters his final season with the Blue Devils ranking first among active kickers nationally in career field goals per game (1.65) and third in field goal percentage (.864).

Vernon, a 6-1, 195-pound junior from Miami, Fla., brings two-year totals of 128 receptions for 1,719 yards and seven touchdowns into his third campaign in Durham. Last season, he led the ACC in catches per game (6.08) while ranking third in receiving yards per game (81.1) and fifth in all-purpose yards per contest (96.3). His 73 receptions a season ago fell one catch shy of the school single-season standard set by Wes Chesson in 1970.

The pre-season All-ACC offensive team includes Vernon, quarterback EJ Manual (Florida State), wide receiver Dwight Jones (North Carolina), running backs Montel Harris (Boston College) and Andre Ellington (Clemson), tight end George Bryan (N.C. State), center Tyler Horn (Miami), tackles Blake DeChristopher (Virginia Tech) and Andrew Datko (Florida State), and guards Brandon Washington (Miami), and Omoregie Uzzi (Georgia Tech).

The defensive unit includes tackles Tydreke Powell (North Carolina) and Brandon Thompson (Clemson), ends Brandon Jenkins (Florida State) and Quinton Coples (North Carolina), linebackers Sean Spence (Miami), Luke Kuechley (Boston College) and Kenny Tate (Maryland), cornerbacks Chase Minnifield (Virginia) and Jayron Hosely (Virginia Tech) and safeties Ray-Ray Armstrong (Miami) and Eddie Whitley (Virginia Tech).

Snyderwine was joined by fellow specialists punter Dawson Zimmerman (Clemson) and kick returner Greg Reid (Florida State).

Duke opens the season on September 3 at home versus Richmond. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. Season tickets may be purchased online at www.GoDuke.com/tickets.


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