Midseason All-ACC team: Finley, Willis lead the way

Get ready to get angry! After consulting with the far more insightful Andrea Adelson, here are our midseason All-ACC selections. Keep in mind, we based this exclusively on production thus far, not accounting for preseason expectations or predictions on where things will end. Some spots are obviously tougher to judge than others, and some teams look underrepresented largely because they had a lot of runners-up. In the end, this is what we came up with, so feel free to mock us at your leisure.

And if you’re interested, ESPN’s midseason All-America team is HERE and our all-Freshman team is HERE.

QB: Ryan Finley, NC State
RB: Travis Etienne, Clemson
RB: A.J. Dillon, Boston College
WR: Kelvin Harmon, NC State
WR: Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia
TE: Brevin Jordan, Miami
OT: Mitch Hyatt, Clemson
OG: Chris Glaser, Virginia
C: Justin Falcinelli, Clemson
OG: Parker Braun, Georgia Tech
OT: Tyler Jones, NC State

DE: Brian Burns, Florida State
DT: Christian Wilkins, Clemson
DT: Gerald Willis, Miami
DE: Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
LB: Shaq Quarterman, Miami
LB: Joe Giles-Harris, Duke
LB: Germaine Pratt, NC State
S: Juan Thornhill, Virginia
S: Jaquan Johnson, Miami
CB: Levonta Taylor, Florida State
CB: Bryce Hall, Virginia

K: Andre Szmyt, Syracuse
P: Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse
AP: Greg Dortch, Wake Forest
We went with Dillon by a hair over Jordan Ellis as our No. 2 back, despite his absence for the better chunk of the past three games. His 652 rushing yards still rank second in the league, and he’s averaging more yards per carry than Ellis, Qadree Ollison, or Travis Homer.

Putting Dortch at all-purpose makes sense given his success in the return game, and it also gives us an out at receiver, where it would’ve otherwise been a tough call after Harmon. But Zaccheaus belongs in the conversation in his own right. His 36 catches rank second (behind Dortch) and his six TDs are tops. And while Dortch has been great, he’s also been targeted 19 more times. And Zaccheaus is averaging 8.6 yards after catch per reception, which is the second-most in the ACC for receivers with 20+ catches.

Glaser is arguably the surprise pick on our O-line, but he’s done a terrific job at opening up running lanes. Virginia is averaging 6.8 yards per carry when running between the tackles to the left side, which is tops in the ACC and fourth in the Power 5.

We knew going in that defensive end would be the toughest position to narrow down. The fact is, we get two spots, and there are about 10 guys worthy of discussion. In the end, we took Ferrell narrowly over Jonathan Garvin, Wyatt Ray, Alton Robinson, Kendall Coleman and Zach Allen due to the impact he’s made in some huge wins, and the fact that his overall sack totals are incredibly impressive given that he’s faced three option offenses so far.

Safety was a shockingly tough selection, too. Johnson had to make the list. He’s been exceptional, as usual, and Miami is allowing just 8.32 yards per drop back on passes of 15+ yards downfield and is fourth overall in yards-per-attempt. Thornhill is arguably the most under appreciated player in the ACC, and his two picks against Miami last week spurred one of the league’s big upsets of the season. We only wish there was space for Reggie Floyd, Dylan Singleton, Andre Cisco and Lukas Denis.

Team totals:
Clemson – 5
Virginia – 4
Miami – 4
NC State – 4
Syracuse – 2
Florida State – 2

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