Hokies place three on All-ACC Preseason Football Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia Tech senior wide receiver Cam Phillips, redshirt senior guard Wyatt Teller and junior linebacker Tremaine Edmunds have been named to the All-ACC Preseason Football Team, the conference office announced Wednesday.

The team was selected by a vote of 167 media members who were credentialed for last week’s ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte.

The Hokies tied with Florida State, the preseason favorite to win the ACC, and NC State for the third-most selections on the preseason team. Miami placed four players on the squad, while Clemson had five honorees.

After playing alongside Bucky Hodges and Isaiah Ford the last three seasons, Phillips looks to step into the spotlight as the veteran pass catcher in the receiving corps. As a junior, he finished second on the team with 76 receptions and 983 receiving yards, single-season totals that rank second and third, respectively, in Tech history. He was named the MVP of the Belk Bowl where posted a career-high 115 receiving yards on six catches.

Teller was a 2016 All-ACC honorable mention pick by both ACSMA and the league’s coaches. Pro Football Focus also named Teller to their all-conference team and ranked him as the seventh-best guard in the nation at the end of season. The Bealeton, Virginia native played in all 14 games and registered 12 starts as a redshirt junior.

A consensus second-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore, Edmunds ranked second on the team with 106 total tackles last season and tied for the team lead with 18.5 tackles for loss. His TFL total tied for the most by a Tech player since Cols Colas collected 19.0 tackles for loss in 2002.

The Hokies were picked to finish second in the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason poll that was released on Monday.

WR – Deon Cain, Jr., Clemson
WR – Ahmmon Richards, So., Miami
WR – Cam Phillips, Sr., Virginia Tech
TE – Cam Serigne, Sr.-r, Wake Forest
AP – Jaylen Samuels, Sr., NC State
OT – Mitch Hyatt, Jr., Clemson
OT – Brian O’Neill, Jr.-r, Pitt
OG – Tyrone Crowder, Sr.-r, Clemson
OG – Wyatt Teller, Sr.-r, Virginia Tech
C – Alec Eberle, Jr.-r, Florida State
QB – Lamar Jackson, Jr., Louisville
RB – Mark Walton, Jr., Miami
RB – Dedrick Mills, So., Georgia Tech

DE – Harold Landry, Sr., Boston College
DE – Bradley Chubb, Sr., NC State
DT – Dexter Lawrence, So., Clemson
DT – Christian Wilkins, Jr., Clemson
LB – Micah Kiser, Sr.-r, Virginia
LB – Shaquille Quarterman, So., Miami
LB – Tremaine Edmunds, Jr., Virginia Tech
CB – Tarvarus McFadden, Jr., Florida State
CB – Jaire Alexander, Jr., Louisville
S – Derwin James, So.-r, Florida State
S – Quin Blanding, Sr., Virginia

Special Teams
PK – Michael Badgley, Jr., Miami
P – A.J. Cole III, Jr., NC State
SP – Quadree Henderson, Jr., Pitt

Fuente named to Dodd Trophy Watch List

Second-year Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente has been anmed to the Dodd Tophy Watch List, the award's committee announced on Wednesday.

The Dodd Trophy, college football’s most coveted coaching award, celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity – the three pillars of legendary coach Bobby Dodd’s philosophy.

Fuente is one of four ACC head coaches on the list and 19 total. He was the consensus ACC Coach of the Year after leading the Hokies to a 10-4 overall record and the ACC Coastal Division title.

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