Four Hokies Make All-ACC First Team
Seven total make first or second team, four make honorable mention
December 7, 2004

BLACKSBURG - Less than a week after clinching the Atlantic Coast Conference championship and accepting an invitation to play in the Nokia Sugar Bowl, the individual honors have started rolling in for members of the Virginia Tech football team as the All-ACC teams were announced Wednesday. Four Hokies were named to the first team, while three were named to the second team. In addition, four others were named honorable mention.

Senior quarterback Bryan Randall leads the way on the first team, picking up 167 points. Also earning first-team honors are defensive lineman Darryl Tapp, defensive back Jimmy Williams and kicker Brandon Pace.

Randall was a key cog in the Hokies' run to the title. He has completed 149-of-268 passes for 1,965 yards and a career-high 19 touchdowns. He also has rushed for 466 yards and three scores. Randall is Tech's all-time leader in consecutive starts by a quarterback, total offense and passing yards. The senior from Williamsburg, Va., is also a finalist for the Dudley Award, given to the state's top collegiate football player, which will be announced Wednesday night, and one of the frontrunners for the ACC Offensive Player of the Year, which will be released at the end of the week.

Tapp, a junior from Chesapeake, Va., was the leading vote-getter among defensive linemen, picking up 142 points. He is third on the team in tackles with 55 and leads the team in sacks (8.5), tackles for loss (16.5) and quarterback hurries (23).

Williams, a junior from Hampton, Va., is tied for the league lead in passes defended with 18. He leads the team with four interceptions, returning one for a score against Maryland. He also has 50 tackles, tops among the secondary. He received 118 points, second only to Miami's Antrel Rolle.

Rounding out the first team selections for Tech is Pace, a former walk-on who is close to two school records. He is 21-for-26 on field goals with a long of 46 yards and is 42-for-43 on PATs. The sophomore from Virginia Beach is two field goals away from a new school single-season record and his 105 points leave him three away from a new school single-season mark for kickers.

Tech also had three players make the second team: tight end Jeff King, offensive tackle Jon Dunn and defensive lineman Jim Davis.

King, a junior from Pulaski, Va., is tied for second on the team with 22 catches and has four touchdowns. Dunn, a senior from Virginia Beach, has started all 12 games at right tackle and has 34 knockdowns. Davis, a senior from Highland Springs, Va., battled back from an injury that kept him out of the 2003 season to record 26 tackles, including 11.0 for loss and 5.0 sacks, five pass break ups and three blocked field goals.

Making honorable mention were offensive tackle Jimmy Martin, center Will Montgomery, defensive lineman Jonathan Lewis and defensive back Vincent Fuller.

2004 ACSMA/AP All-ACC Football Team & Individual Awards
(100 Total Ballots; 200 total points - 30 minimum for HM)

OFFENSEFirst TeamSecond TeamHonorable Mention
QuarterbackBryan Randall, Sr., VT (167)Brock Berlin, Sr., Miami (100)Darian Durant, Sr., UNC (32)
Running BackAlvin Pearman, Sr., UVa (181)Frank Gore, Jr., Miami (87)Chad Scott, Sr., UNC (32)
Chris Barclay, Jr., WF (163)Leon Washington, Jr., FSU (83)
Wide ReceiverAirese Currie, Sr., Clem. (152)Chauncey Stovall, Sr., FSU (125)
Calvin Johnson, Fr., GaT (140)Roscoe Parrish, Jr., Miami (113)
Tight EndHeath Miller, Jr., UVa (186)Jeff King, Jr., VT (33)
TackleAlex Barron, Sr., FSU (157)Chris Myers, Sr., Miami (72)Ray Willis, Sr., FSU (46)
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Jr., UVa (106)Jon Dunn, Sr., VT (47)Jimmy Martin, Jr., VT (43)
Willie McNeill, Sr., UNC (38)
GuardElton Brown, Sr., UVa (196)Steve Vallos, So., WF (85)Cedric Johnson, Sr., Clem. (65)
C.J. Brooks, Sr., Md. (118)Kyle Ralph, Jr., UNC (78)Leroy Harris, So., NCS (48)
CenterJason Brown, Sr., UNC (133)Zac Yarbrough, Sr., UVa (43)Will Montgomery, Jr., VT (37)
Joel Rodriguez, Sr., Miami (37)
DEFENSEFirst TeamSecond TeamHonorable Mention
Defensive LineDarryl Tapp, Jr., VT (142)Manny Lawson, Jr., NCS (106)Orien Harris, Jr., Miami (55)
Shawne Merriman, Jr., Md. (138)Jim Davis, Sr., VT (82)Andrew Hoffman, Sr., UVa (50)
Travis Johnson, Sr., FSU (134)Eric Henderson, Jr., GaT (78)Baraka Atkins, So., Miami (43)
Mario Williams, So., NCS (107)Chauncey Davis, Sr., FSU (67)Eric Moore, Sr., FSU (37)
Jonathan Lewis, Jr., VT (35)
Eric Coleman, Sr., Clem. (34)
LinebackerD'Qwell Jackson, Jr., Md. (148)Darryl Blackstock, Jr., UVa (113)Jonathan Abbate, Fr., WF (58)
Leroy Hill, Sr., Clem. (143)Gerris Wilkinson, Jr., GaT (79)Chris Reis, Jr., GaT (35)
Ahmad Brooks, So., UVa (116)Ernie Sims, So., FSU (68)A.J. Nicholson, Jr., FSU (33)
Roger McIntosh, Jr., Miami (33)
Defensive BackAntrel Rolle, Sr., Miami (160)John Talley, So., Duke (73)Vincent Fuller, Sr., VT (50)
Jimmy Williams, Jr., VT (118)Eric King, Sr., WF (64)Tye Hill, Jr., Clem. (50)
James Butler, Sr., GaT (89)Bryant McFadden, Sr., FSU (58)Chris Kelley, Sr., Md. (43)
Antonio Cromartie, So., FSU (78)Domonique Foxworth, Sr., Md. (57)Pat Watkins, Jr., FSU (42)
Justin Miller, Jr., Clem. (57)
Andre Maddox, Sr., NCS (40)
Gerald Sensabaugh, Sr., UNC (35)
Greg Threat, Jr., Miami (33)
SPECIAL TEAMSFirst TeamSecond TeamHonorable Mention
PlacekickerBrandon Pace, So., VT (135)Travis Bell, Fr., GaT (66)Connor Barth, Fr., UNC (47)
Nick Novak, Sr., Md. (47)
Punter Ryan Plackemeier, Jr., WF (153)Adam Podlesh, So., Md. (111)
SpecialistDevin Hester, So., Miami (158)Justin Miller, Jr., Clem. (101)