PRO FOOTBALL FOCUS: 2015 All-ACC Teams
Pro Football Focus, a service that grades film of every college football game, released their All-ACC football teams this week, and NC State placed four players on the first team with two others taking home second-team honors.
Leading the way was sophomore Jaylen Samuels, a first-team selection at tight end. Samuels ranks third in the ACC with 14 touchdowns in 2015, tied as the fourth-highest single season mark in school history. He leads the Wolfpack with 64 receptions, also the fourth-highest mark in the league. Samuels leads all tight ends nationally in receptions, and is tied for fourth nationally among tight ends with seven TD catches - he also has seven rushing scores this season. The Charlotte native finished third on the team in rushing (by a single yard), averaging 5.9 yards per rush.
PFF had this to say about Samuels: "No tight end in the conference had more yards than Samuels, who rather handily also graded positively with his blocking. His march to the top can largely be attributed to his after-the-catch ability where his 13 forced missed tackles are third most of all tight ends."
Joining Samuels on the first-team offense was senior tackle Joe Thuney. Like Samuels, Thuney was named first-team All-ACC by the league's media, and he was recently tabbed a first-team All-American by USA Today.
"It’s really a case of Thuney and the rest [at tackle], with the NC State tackle the cream of the ACC’s crop," wrote Pro Football Focus. "He more than held his own in pass protection, but it was his run blocking (top seven in the nation) that really caught our eye."
NC State sophomore right guard Tony Adams was named a second-team All-ACC guard by Pro Football Focus. Adams didn't make any of the teams voted on by the league's media.
Defensively, sophomore defensive tackle B.J. Hill was the Wolfpack's lone first-team selection. Hill, who totaled 47 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, and 3.5 sacks made the first-team at nose tackle. Like Adams, Hill didn't make any of the teams voted on by the league's media.
"Hill is more than that just a guy who can disrupt in the running game, producing a healthy 25 quarterback disruptions to complement his 28 run stops,' wrote Pro Football Focus.
Defensive end Mike Rose was named second-team All-ACC at edge rusher (defensive end) by Pro Football Focus. Rose totaled 10.5 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss during his senior campaign.
Here is PFF's full write-up on the edge rushers:
Lawson is the real standout in this conference with his ability to get to the passer unmatched, as evidenced by 38 quarterback disruptions. The Cardinals’ Fields didn’t quite have that impact, but despite earning a lower pass rushing grade than Rose, his body of work (see: run defense) carries him through to a first team selection.
The Wolfpack's final first-team selection was junior punt returner Bra'lon Cherry. Cherry led the ACC in punt return yards (358), punt return yards per game (29.8), and was third in average (13.26).
Cherry was tabbed an honorable mention All-ACC specialist by the media.
|NC State's All-ACC Picks (PFF)|
|Tight End||Jaylen Samuels||1st Team|
|Tackle||Joe Thuney||1st Team|
|Guard||Tony Adams||2nd Team|
|Interior Nose||B.J. Hill||1st Team|
|Edge Rusher||Mike Rose||2nd Team|
|Punt Returner||Bra'lon Cherry||1st Team|