Nicks, Goddard Named First Team All-ACC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Seven Tar Heels have been named to the 2008 All-ACC team. Trimane Goddard and Hakeem Nicks earned first-team honors, while Mark Paschal, Kendric Burney and Garrett Reynolds were named to the second team.

Calvin Darity and Brandon Tate were honorable mention picks.

A senior safety from Robersonville, N.C, Goddard is tied for the national lead with seven interceptions, which equals the third-best single-season effort by a Tar Heel. Goddard also has 48 tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Three times this season Goddard has ended an opponent's final drive with a turnover. He picked off a pass in the end zone to preserve a 28-24 win at Miami, recovered a fumble on Notre Dame's final offensive possession and stopped Duke's final drive with an interception with less than 20 seconds remaining.

Nicks, a junior wide receiver from Charlotte, N.C., had the second-highest vote total (130) on offense trailing only Georgia Tech tailback Jonathan Dwyer (135). Nicks became the first 1,000-yard single-season receiver in school history, eclipsing the previous single-season record of 990 by Sam Aiken in 2002. Nicks has 60 receptions for 1,005 yards and a school-tying nine touchdown receptions in 2008. In just three season, Nicks is Carolina's all-time leading receiver with 2,623 receiving yards. Nicks was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2007. He is the first Tar Heel wide receiver to earn first-team honors since Earl Winfield in 1985.

Paschal earned second-team honors with a standout senior season. The Charlotte, N.C., product had 103 tackles and played in 47 straight games until a spine injury forced him to miss last week's 28-20 win at Duke. Paschal had four consecutive double-digit tackle games at one point during the season and posted a season-high 13 stops vs. NC State. Paschal also had 6.5 tackles for losses, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups.

Reynolds, a senior for Nashville, Tenn., has been a consistent presence on North Carolina's offensive line, starting the previous 25 games at right tackle. He consistently grades out as the Tar Heels' top offensive lineman and was voted a team captain by him teammates.

Burney is Carolina's third-leading tackler with 71 stops and is second with three interceptions. The Jacksonville, N.C., sophomore also had 5.5 tackles for losses and five pass breakups.

Tate earned honorable-mention honors as a specialist. He was one of the most electrifying players in the country through the first six games of the season and was considered a leading contender for conference player of the year honors until he tore his ACL on a punt return vs. Notre Dame. A senior from Burlington, N.C., Tate finished his career as the NCAA leader in combined kick return yards and is the ACC's all-time leader in kickoff yards. He also set the school record with 397 all-purpose yards in the season opener vs. McNeese State.

Darity was an honorable-mention offensive guard. The Tallahassee, Fla., native started 34 of the last 35 games and was one of the coaches players of the game for his performance vs. Rutgers.

The 2008 Associated Press all-ACC football team as voted on by 67 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. NOTE: A first-team vote was worth two points and second team vote one. An asterisk denotes unanimous selection.


QB_Russell Wilson, N.C. State (106)
RB_Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech (134)*
RB_Da'Rel Scott, Maryland (76)
WR_Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina (130)
WR_D.J. Boldin, Wake Forest (76)
TE_John Phillips, Virginia (88)
OT_Eugene Monroe, Virginia (117)
OT_Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech (107)
OG_Rodney Hudson, Florida State (99)
OG_Cliff Ramsey, Boston College (78)
C_Edwin Williams, Maryland (62)
QB_Thaddeus Lewis, Duke (28)
RB_Darren Evans, Virginia Tech (58)
RB_C.J. Spiller, Clemson (50)
WR_Eron Riley, Duke (57)
WR_Aaron Kelly, Clemson (56)
TE_Ryan Purvis, Boston College (45)
OT_Garrett Reynolds, North Carolina (42)
OT_Anthony Castonzo, Boston College (41)
OG_Sergio Render, Virginia Tech (48)
OG_Cord Howard, Georgia Tech (45)
C_Thomas Austin, Clemson (48)


DE_Everette Brown, Florida State (131)
DE_Michael Johnson, Georgia Tech (99)
DT_B.J. Raji, Boston College (103)
DT_Vance Walker, Georgia Tech (62)
LB_Mark Herzlich, Boston College (118)
LB_Michael Tauiliili, Duke (110)
LB_Aaron Curry, Wake Forest (106)
CB_Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest (134)*
CB_Victor Harris, Virginia Tech (125)
S_Trimane Goddard, North Carolina (105)
S_Michael Hamlin, Clemson (89)
DE_Orion Martin, Virginia Tech (61)
DE_Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech (39)
DT_Ron Brace, Boston College (52)
DT_Darryl Richard, Georgia Tech (50)
LB_Clint Sintim, Virginia (79)
LB_Alex Wujciak, Maryland (43)
LB_Mark Paschal, North Carolina (40)
CB_Ras-I Dowling, Virginia (49)
CB_Tony Carter, Florida State (34)
CB_Kendric Burney, North Carolina (34)
S_Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech (85)
S_Myron Rolle, Florida State (55)


K_Graham Gano, Florida State (127)
P_Travis Baltz, Maryland (105)
Specialist_C.J. Spiller, Clemson (66)
K_Matt Bosher, Miami (34)
P_Matt Bosher, Miami (60)
Specialist_Michael Ray Garvin, Florida State (41)

OFFENSE: Riley Skinner, qb, Wake Forest (26); Antone Smith, rb, Florida State (33); Cedric Peerman, rb, Virginia (30); Darius Heyward-Bey, wr, Maryland (34); Kevin Ogletree, wr, Virginia (32); Dan Gronkowski, te, Maryland (41); Scott Burley, ot, Maryland (34); Thomas Claiborne, og, Boston College (38); Calvin Darity, og, North Carolina (34); Jaimie Thomas, og, Maryland (33); Nick Marshman, og, Virginia Tech (24); Ryan McMahon, c, Florida State (35); Matt Tennant, c, Boston College (33); Ryan Shuman, c, Virginia Tech (23).
DEFENSE: Derrick Morgan, de, Georgia Tech (26); Willie Young, de, N.C. State (25); Vince Oghobaase, dt, Duke (40); Boo Robinson, de, Wake Forest (31); Jeremy Navarre, dt, Maryland (29); Nate Irving, lb, N.C. State (28); Paul Anderson, s, Boston College (35); Anthony Reddick, s, Miami (23).
SPECIAL TEAMS: Dustin Keys, k, Virginia Tech (25); Brandon Tate, spec., North Carolina (33); T.J. Graham, spec., N.C. State (31).

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