North Carolina's defense, which finished sixth nationally last year in total defense, had all five of the UNC players selected to the preseason All-ACC squad in defensive end Robert Quinn (Ladson, S.C.), defensive tackle Marvin Austin (Washington, D.C.), linebacker Quan Sturdivant (Oakboro, N.C.), cornerback Kendric Burney (Jacksonville, N.C.) and safety Deunta Williams (Jacksonville, N.C.).
Boston College was next with four players chosen in tailback Montel Harris (Jacksonville, Fla.), offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), offensive guard Thomas Claiborne (Randolph, Mass.) and linebacker Luke Kuechly (Cincinnati, Ohio).
Clemson and Miami each had three players honored, followed by Maryland and Florida State with two and Duke, Georgia Tech, NC State and Virginia Tech with one each. Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel (Tallahassee, Fla.) garnered the most votes, being named on 48 of the 52 ballots while North Carolina defensive end Robert Quinn (47 votes) and Virginia Tech tailback Ryan Williams (45) were the next highest.
Though Florida State had just two players chosen, they were quarterback Christian Ponder (Colleyville, Tex.), the media pick for ACC Preseason Player of the Year, and offensive guard Rodney Hudson (Mobile, Ala.), who is seeking to become only the seventh player in ACC history--and only the fourth position player--to be selected to the All-ACC Football Team for four consecutive seasons. Hudson was a second-team All-ACC choice as a freshman in 2007 and earned first-team honors in 2008 and 2009.
Miami's Matt Bosher (Jupiter, Fla.), who earned first-team All-ACC honors as a placekicker and second team as a punter last year, was named to the preseason team at both positions.
Maryland's Torrey Smith (Colonial Beach, Va.), who set ACC single-season kickoff return yardage records in each of the last two seasons, was also named to the preseason team at two positions--specialist and wide receiver. Smith was a second-team All-ACC choice at both positions last year.
Those who were chosen first-team All-ACC last fall included Robert Quinn, Quan Sturdivant, Kendric Burney and Deunta Williams of North Carolina; Allen Bailey, Matt Bosher and Brandon Harris of Miami; Anthony Castonzo and Luke Kuechly of Boston College; DeAndre McDaniel of Clemson, Donovan Varner of Duke, Rodney Hudson of Florida State, Sean Bedford of Georgia Tech, Alex Wujciak of Maryland, George Bryan of NC State and Ryan Williams of Virginia Tech.
Boston College's Montel Harris, Clemson's Chris Hairston, Maryland's Torrey Smith, Miami's Matt Bosher and North Carolina's Marvin Austin were selected to the 2009 All-ACC second team, while Boston College's Thomas Claiborne, Clemson's Jarvis Jenkins and Florida State's Christian Ponder were honorable mention All-ACC last fall.
Ten of the ACC's 12 teams were represented on the team, and a total of 52 ballots were cast at the Kickoff for the preseason all-conference football team.
2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Preseason Team
|WR||Donovan Varner, Duke (27)||5-9||170||Junior||Miami, Fla.|
|WR||Torrey Smith, Maryland (19)||6-1||200||Junior||Colonial Beach, Va.|
|TE||George Bryan, NC State (21)||6-5||265||Junior||Castle Hayne, N.C.|
|T||Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (43)||6-7||295||Senior||Hawthorn Woods, Ill.|
|T||Chris Hairston, Clemson (21)||6-7||325||Senior||Winston-Salem, N.C.|
|G||Rodney Hudson, Florida State (43)||6-2||282||Senior||Mobile, Ala.|
|G||Thomas Claiborne, Boston College (21)||6-3||325||Senior||Randolph, Mass.|
|C||Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech (25)||6-1||274||Senior||Gainesville, Fla.|
|QB||Christian Ponder, Florida State (35)||6-3||227||Senior||Colleyville, Tex.|
|RB||Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech (45)||5-10||211||Sophomore||Manassas, Va.|
|RB||Montel Harris, Boston College (30)||5-10||200||Junior||Jacksonville, Fla.|
|DE||Robert Quinn, North Carolina (47)||6-5||270||Junior||Ladson, S.C.|
|DE||Allen Bailey, Miami (31)||6-4||288||Senior||Sapelo, Ga.|
|DT||Marvin Austin, North Carolina (32)||6-3||305||Senior||Washington, D.C.|
|DT||Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson (27)||6-4||310||Senior||Clemson, S.C.|
|LB||Alex Wujciak, Maryland (34)||6-3||245||Senior||West Caldwell, N.J.|
|LB||Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina (32)||6-2||235||Senior||Oakboro, N.C.|
|LB||Luke Kuechly, Boston College (25)||6-3||225||Sophomore||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|CB||Kendric Burney, North Carolina (27)||5-9||190||Senior||Jacksonville, N.C.|
|CB||Brandon Harris, Miami (26)||5-11||195||Junior||Miami, Fla.|
|S||DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson (48)||6-1||215||Senior||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|S||Deunta Williams, North Carolina (41)||6-2||210||Senior||Jacksonville, N.C.|
|PK||Matt Bosher, Miami (32)||6-0||205||Senior||Jupiter, Fla.|
|P||Matt Bosher, Miami (20)||6-0||205||Senior||Jupiter, Fla.|
|SP||Torrey Smith, Maryland (24)||6-1||210||Junior||Colonial Beach, Va.|