GREENSBORO, N.C. - Luther Maddy, Kendall Fuller and A.J. Hughes of the Virginia Tech football team have been voted to the 26-man preseason All-ACC team announced Wednesday. The team was selected by the media attending the 2014 ACC Football Kickoff held this past Sunday and Monday at Greensboro’s Grandover Resort.
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Maddy, a senior defensive tackle from Delray Beach, Florida, is on four preseason Watch Lists: the Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year), the Nagurski Award (defensive player of the year), the Outland Trophy (top interior lineman) and the Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker).
A third-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA and the coaches last year, Maddy started all 13 games and totaled 55 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks, and 16 hurries.
Fuller, a sophomore cornerback from Baltimore, is on three watch lists: the Bednarik, the Nagurski and the Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back).
A second-team All-ACC selection by both the coaches and ACSMA, he was the league’s defensive rookie of the year by both groups. He was also named a first-team freshman All-American by the FWAA, Sporting News, 247Sports and College Football News after intercepting six passes and recording 58 tackles in his first season. Fuller was named a Phil Steele’s Preseason All-America second-team selection last month.
Hughes, a junior from Terre Haute, Indiana, is up for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top punter.
A second-team All-ACC selection by ACSMA and the coaches in 2013, Hughes punted 78 times for an average of 44.1 yards, placing 24 inside the 20 with 22 punts of 50 yards or longer. He is currently second all-time at Tech in career punting average (42.3 ypp).
Virginia Tech reports for preseason camp on Sunday, Aug. 3 and begins practice on Aug. 4. The program will hold a Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug. 9 starting at 11:30 a.m. on Worsham Field.
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