2 Cards on first-team All-ACC

Cardinal Authority is counting down the days until the University of Louisville football team starts the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome. It's 96 days and we have a report on two U of L players have been tabbed to the All-ACC first team preseason team by Phil Steele in his preseason college football magazine.

The University of Louisville football team didn't have a player on the preseason All-American list in Phil Steele's college football preseason magazine, but the Cardinals were all over the All-ACC preseason team.

Two U of L players - defensive end Sheldon Rankins and linebacker James Burgess - were tabbed on the first-team All-ACC team by Steele and six others were on the top four all-conference teams.

Rankins led the Cardinals in tackles for a loss with 13.5 and sacks with eight last season and is expected to be one of the top defensive players in the ACC. He has 17.5 tackles for a loss and 12 sacks in 33 career games for the Cardinals.

Burgess has finished with 71 tackles each of the past two seasons and has 170 tackles during his career, including 95 solos, 21 tackles for a loss and four sacks. Burgess also has six interceptions, including three last season.

U of L linebacker Keith Kelsey made the season-team squad on Steele's All-ACC team. He was second on the team in tackles with 87 last season and also had eight tackles for a loss and six sacks.

The only U of L player on Steele's third-team All-ACC squad is newcomer Devonte Fields. The former TCU standout was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year before leaving TCU and spending last season at a junior college.

Junior wide receiver James Quick, junior running back Brandon Radcliff and secondary transfers Shaq Wiggins and Josh Harvey-Clemons are all on the fourth-team All-ACC team by Steele.

Quick is expected to be the top wide receiver this season after over 500 yards last season, while Radcliff led the Cardinals in rushing a year ago with 737 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Wiggins and Harvey-Clemons are both transfers from Georgia and sat out last season.

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