A second-team All-ACC pick in 2007, Nicks enters 2008 just 64 receptions shy of Carolina's career mark of 177. Over the last two seasons, Nicks has 113 receptions, which is more than ACC career record holder Desmond Clark of Wake Forest (85) had at this stage of his career.
A senior from Burlington, N.C., Tate already owns the ACC career record for kickoff return yardage with 2,383 yards. He is the nation's active career leader in kickoff return yards and is on pace to break the NCAA record set by Jeff Liggon of Tulane who had 2,922 kickoff return yards from 1933-96.
Tate also blossomed into one of the ACC's top big play receivers last season and led the Tar Heels with 19.2 yards per catch and five touchdowns. He led the ACC in all-purpose yards in 2007 with 147.1 per game.
2008 Preseason All-ACC Football Team
(Offense) QB - Cullen Harper, Clemson RB - Josh Adams, Wake Forest RB - James Davis, Clemson WR - Aaron Kelly, Clemson WR - Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina TE - Ryan Purvis, Boston College T - Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech T - Eugene Monroe, Virginia G - Rodney Hudson, Florida State G - Sergio Render, Virginia Tech C - Edwin Williams, Maryland (Defense) DE - Everette Brown, Florida State DE - Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech DT - Ron Brace, Boston College DT - Vance Walker, Georgia Tech LB - Aaron Curry, Wake Forest LB - Clint Sintim, Virginia LB - Brian Toal, Boston College CB - Victor Harris, Virginia Tech CB - Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest S - Michael Hamlin, Clemson S - Myron Rolle, Florida State (Specialists) PK - Sam Swank, Wake Forest P - Graham Gano, Florida State RET - Brandon Tate, North Carolina