Patrick and Talley Named First Team ACC Rookies

Duke rookie tight end Ben Patrick has been named Third Team Freshman All-America by <i>The Sporting News</i>, announced this week by the national publication. Patrick is joined by teammate John Talley on the magazine's Freshman All-ACC squad.

Patrick caught 17 passes in 2003 for 218 yards and one touchdown despite missing two games due to injury. The Savannah, Ga., native ranked fifth on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, and caught a season-best three passes against both Virginia and Clemson.

Talley, a rookie cornerback from Duncan, S.C., finished the year with 32 tackles while tying for the team lead with his two interceptions. Both of his interceptions came in Week 11 at Clemson while his high-tackle game of the season was six versus Rice.

THE SPORTING NEWS -- FRESHMAN ALL-ACC

OFFENSE

WR -- Mike Mason, North Carolina
WR -- Willie Idlette, Wake Forest
TE -- Ben Patrick , Duke
OL -- Cory Niblock, Florida State
OL -- Ian-Yates Cunningham, Virginia
OL -- Steve Vallos, Wake Forest
OL -- Leroy Harris, N.C. State
OL -- John Frady, Florida State
QB -- Reggie Ball, Georgia Tech
RB -- Ronnie McGill, North Carolina
RB -- Lorenzo Booker, Florida State

DEFENSE

E -- Mario Williams, N.C. State
E -- Alden Blizzard, North Carolina
T -- John McCargo, N.C. State
T -- Mansfield Wrotto, Georgia Tech
LB -- Larry Edwards, North Carolina
LB -- Ahmad Brooks, Virginia
LB -- Kai Parham, Virginia
DB -- Riley Swanson, Wake Forest
DB -- John Talley , Duke
DB -- Tony Franklin, Virginia
DB -- Josh Gattis, Wake Forest

SPECIAL TEAMS

K -- None
P -- Adam Podlesh, Maryland
KR -- Willie Idlette, Wake Forest

Offensive freshman of the year: Reggie Ball, QB, Georgia Tech
Defensive freshman of the year: Ahmad Brooks, LB, Virginia


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