Preseason All-ACC Ballot: Defense

Here is a look at the defensive selections on Pack Pride's 2015 Preseason All-ACC ballot, which we've submitted to the ACC Football Office.

Here is a look at the defensive selections on Pack Pride's 2015 Preseason All-ACC ballot, which we've submitted to the ACC Football Office.

Dadi Nicolas (SR), Virginia Tech: Nicolas totaled 8.5 sacks last year, earning second-team All-ACC honors.

Stout against the run, Nicolas also totaled 18 tackles for a loss, the most of any returning player in the league.

Ken Ekanem (JR), Virginia Tech: A third-team All-ACC pick in 2014, Ekanem finished second in the ACC last season in sacks (10.5) and third in tackles for a loss (15.5).

He'll join Nicolas to form arguably the top pass-rushing tandem in the country.

Adam Gotsis (SR), Georgia Tech: A second-team All-ACC pick, Gotsis is disruptive in the interior for the Yellow Jackets.

Last year he totaled 36 tackles, including 23 solo, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, one interception, and a blocked field goal.

He played Australian Rules Football for eight years before coming to the United States.

Connor Wujciak (SR), Boston College: A third-team All-ACC pick in 2014, Wujciak totaled 33 tackles and 7.5 tackles for a loss as a junior.

He anchored the BC front seven that was one of the best in the country against the run.

Terrance Smith (SR), Florida State: Smith runs sideline-to-sideline for the Seminoles and is a great athlete.

Last year he wracked up 87 tackles while missing two games, earning second-team All-ACC honors.

Reggie Northrup (SR), Florida State: A third-team All-ACC pick last year, Northrup totaled 122 tackles, the most tackles by a Seminole in 12 years... since Kendyll Pope’s 133 stops in 2002.

He is expected to be fully recovered from an ACL injury he sustained in the bowl loss to Oregon.

P.J. Davis (JR), Georgia Tech: Davis flies all over the field for Tech and is extremely productive.

An honorable mention pick, Davis only trails Northrup in tackles by returning ACC players.

Kendall Fuller (JR), Virginia Tech: A second-team All-American and first-team All-ACC pick last season, Fuller should be a unanimous preseason pick.

He finished his sophomore campaign with 54 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks, two interceptions, 15 pass breakups and a forced fumble.

Jalen Ramsey (JR), Florida State: A first-team All-American in 2014, Ramsey is one of the mos versatile players in the country.

He was the first true freshman to start at cornerback since Deion Sanders before moving to safety. He's now back at boundary corner where he'll be attempting to lock up that side of the field.

Last year Ramsey totaled 79 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, and 12 pass breakups.

Quin Blanding (SO), Virginia: Blanding, a second-team All-ACC pick in 2014, was outstanding as a freshman. Outstanding.

All he did was start every game and finish the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 12 nationally with 123 tackles.

Jeremy Cash (JR), Duke: An Ohio State transfer, Cash is an impact player for the Blue Devils.

Cash registered 111 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 5.5 quarterback sacks, two INTs, seven PBUs, four caused fumbles, one fumble recovery and five QB pressures.

Alex Kinal (SR), Wake Forest: A second-team All-ACC pick in 2014, Kinal is heading into his fourth year as the starter.

The program's all-time record-holder in punting, Kinal averaged 43.6 yards per boot and placed 27 inside opponents' 20-yard lines.

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