2013 All-@theACCFootball Academic Football Team Announced

Duke’s Perry Simmons, Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Boston College’s Andre Williams Headline Team

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke offensive tackle Perry Simmons, who was named the winner of the 2013 Jim Tatum Award as ACC’s top scholar-athlete, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the 2013 Heisman Trophy Winner and Boston College tailback Andre Williams, who captured the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back, headline the 67-member 2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team, announced Monday by Commissioner John Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. A student-athlete in graduate school must maintain a 3.5 grade point average. The ACC has selected an All-ACC Academic Football team every year since 1954.

The team was chosen from a pool of 122 ACC football student-athletes who were nominated by their schools.

Duke’s Simmons (Raleigh, N.C.) was named the ACC’s Jim Tatum Award-winner last December as the conference’s top football scholar-athlete. He was also honored as a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete and was a third-team All-ACC selection by both ACSMA and the ACC Coaches.

Florida State’s Winston (Bessemer, Ala.), became only the second freshman in history to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate football player, and the first freshman to both win the Heisman and guide his team to the national championship. Winston was also named the Walter Camp Player of the Year and winner of the Davey O’Brien and Manning Awards, which are presented to the nation’s top quarterback. He also continued an ACC tradition as each of the conference’s previous Heisman winners, Charlie Ward in 1993 and Chris Weinke in 2000, were also chosen to the All-ACC Academic football team.

Boston College’s Williams (Schnecksville, Pa.) set ACC single-season (2,177 yds) and single game (339 yds) rushing records in becoming the first ACC player to capture the prestigious Doak Walker Award. Williams’ total of 2,177 yards was the fifth-best single season mark in NCAA history. He was also named a unanimous first-team All-America.          

Simmons was named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth time in his career and he was joined by a pair of Duke teammates in cornerback Ross Cockrell (Waxhaw, N.C.) and guard David Harding (Orlando, Fla.) in becoming only the 15th, 16th and 17th  four-time All-ACC Academic Football Team honorees in history.

In all, 16 members of the All-ACC Academic team earned some kind of All-ACC Football recognition including six first-team honorees including Winston, Williams and four players from Duke in record-setting junior wide receiver Jamison Crowder (Monroe, N.C.),  junior linebacker Kelby Brown (Matthews, N.C.), senior cornerback Ross Cockrell (Waxhaw, N.C.) and junior guard Laken Tomlinson (Chicago, Ill.).

Crowder set an ACC single-season pass reception record this season with 108 catches, breaking the old mark of 98 set by Wake Forest’s Kenneth Moore in 2007.

Six All-ACC Academic honorees earned third-team All-ACC selection in Simmons, Duke sophomore punter Will Monday (Flowery Branch, Ga.), Florida State freshman safety Nate Andrews (Fairhope, Ala.), Clemson senior placekicker Chandler Catanzaro (Greenville, S.C.), Clemson senior guard Tyler Shatley (Icard, N.C.) and Virginia Tech freshman cornerback Brandon Facyson (Newnan, Ga.). Four more honorees earned Honorable Mention All-ACC in Maryland junior linebacker Cole Farrand (Sparta, N.J.), Pitt junior safety Ray Vinopal (Youngstown, Ohio) and Wake Forest freshman safety Ryan Janvion (Pembroke Pines, Fla.).

A total of 25 of this year’s selections are repeat choices with seven earning a spot on the All-ACC Academic team for the third time in Catanzaro, Tomlinson, Duke senior wide receiver Brandon Braxton (Charlotte, N.C.), Duke junior linebacker David Helton (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Duke junior defensive end Dezmond Johnson (Nashville, Tenn.), Duke senior running back Juwan Thompson (Fairburn, Ga.), and Wake Forest senior quarterback Tanner Price (Austin, Tex.).

Helton led the ACC in tackles per game, averaging 9.5 a contest, while Price concluded his career throwing for 8,904 yards and finishing 14th on the ACC career passing yards list.

Earning selection to the All-ACC Academic team for the second time were Brown, Farrand, Monday, Shatley; Boston College running back David Dudeck (Princeton, N.J.), Duke sophomore linebacker Kyler Brown (Matthews, N.C.), Duke sophomore placekicker Ross Martin (Solon, Ohio), Duke sophomore running back Shaq Powell (Las Vegas, Nev.), Duke senior defensive tackle Sydney Sarmiento (Florence, S.C.), Georgia Tech  senior offensive guard Ray Beno (Newnan, Ga.), Maryland senior cornerback Dexter McDougle (Falmouth, Va.),  Maryland sophomore punter Nathan Renfro (Brentwood, Tenn.), NC State senior linebacker Zach Gentry (Raleigh, N.C.), Virginia junior linebacker Henry Coley (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Virginia senior defensive end Jake Snyder (Glen Allen, Va.).  

In addition to Winston and Williams earning first-team All-America honors, Duke’s Crowder was named a second-team All-America by the FWAA, Phil Steele and SI.com; while Duke redshirt freshman DeVon Edwards (Covington, Ga.) was named a 2nd-team All-America by Walter Camp for his kickoff return abilities.

Eight others earned some form of Freshman All-America honors as Florida State’s Winston was a consensus first-team selection and Duke’s DeVon Edwards was also a first-team honoree. Florida State safety Nate Andrews, Maryland safety William Likely (Belle Glade, Fla.), Virginia Tech cornerback Brandon Facyson and Wake Forest safety Ryan Janvion, all earned 2nd-team accolades. Pitt offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and NC State defensive back Jack Tocho (Charlotte, N.C.) earned Honorable Mention Freshman All-America recognition.

Duke led all ACC schools with 21 All-ACC Academic team selections, followed by Maryland, NC State and Pitt with six each. Clemson and Virginia had four selections, while Boston College, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest each had three players chosen. Florida State, Miami, North Carolina and Syracuse had two players selected.

2013 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Football Team
Player School Class Pos. Major Hometown
Nate Andrews Florida State Fr. S Exploratory Fairhope, Ala.
Ray Beno Georgia Tech Sr.-R G Economics Newnan, Ga.
Adam Bisnowaty Pitt Fr. T School of Arts & Sciences Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ben Boulware Clemson Fr. LB Pre-Business Anderson, S.C.
Trey Braun Georgia Tech So.-R T Mechanical Engineering Tallahassee, Fla.
Brandon Braxton Duke Sr. WR Cultural Anthropology/Theatre Charlotte, N.C.
Kelby Brown Duke Jr.-R LB Evolutionary Anthropology Matthews, N.C.
Kyler Brown Duke So.-R LB Computer Science/Visual Arts Matthews, N.C.
Harrison Butker Georgia Tech Fr. PK Industrial Engineering Decatur, Ga.
Chandler Catanzaro Clemson Sr. PK Biological Sciences Greenville, S.C.
Ross Cockrell Duke Sr.-R CB Political Science Waxhaw, N.C.
Henry Coley Virginia Jr.-R LB African American Studies Virginia Beach, Va.
Sal Conaboy Maryland Jr. C Criminal Justice Clarks Summit, Pa.
Brad Craddock Maryland So. PK Letters & Sciences Adelaide, Australia
Jamison Crowder Duke Jr. WR Sociology Monroe, N.C.
Riley Dixon Syracuse So. P Accounting Blossvale, N.Y.
David Dudeck Boston College So. RB Management Princeton, N.J.
Trey Edmunds Virginia Tech Fr.-R TB Communications/Multimedia Journ. Danville, Va.
DeVon Edwards Duke Fr.-R CB Psychology Covington, Ga.
Cole Farrand Maryland Jr.. LB Economics Sparta, N.J.
Brandon Facyson Virginia Tech Fr. CB Biology Newnan, Ga.
Bryon Fields Duke Fr. CB Undecided Charlotte, N.C.
Jordan Garside Wake Forest So.-R FB Religion/Economics Jacksonville, Fla.
Zack Gentry NC State Sr.-R LB Business Administration Raleigh, N.C.
Matt Goudis Miami So.-R PK Accounting West Hills, Calif.
Dave Harding Duke Sr-R. G Political Science Orlando, Fla.
David Helton Duke Jr.. LB Psychology Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ryan Janvion Wake Forest Fr.-R SS Undeclared Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Dezmond Johnson Duke Jr.-R DE Cultural Anthropology Nashville, Tenn.
Andrew Jomantas NC State Jr.-R T Sport Management Dayton, Ohio
William Likely Maryland Fr. CB-PR Communications Belle Glade, Fla.
Ross Martin Duke So. PK Psychology Solon, Ohio
Max McCaffrey Duke So. WR Psychology Castle Rock, Col.
Dexter McDougle Maryland Sr.-R CB Criminal Justice Falmouth, Va.
Brandon Mitchell NC State Sr.-R QB Graduate Cert./Family & Youth Dev. Amite, La.
Will Monday Duke So.-R P Sociology Flowery Branch, Ga.
Thomas Moore North Carolina Jr.-R PK Management/Communications Chapel Hill, N.C.
Scott Orndoff Pitt Fr. TE School of Arts & Sciences Waynesburg, Pa.
Garett Patterson Duke Sr.-R CB Sociology Richmond, Va.
Shaq Powell Duke So. RB Psychology Las Vegas, Nev.
Tanner Price Wake Forest Sr. QB Economics Austin, Tex.
Tyler Purvis NC State Jr.-R FB Economics Reinholds, Pa.
David Reeves Duke So.-R TE Sociology Greensboro, Ala.
Nathan Renfro Maryland So.-R P Criminal Justice Brentwood, Tenn.
Justin Renfrow Miami Sr.-R DT Graduate, Liberal Studies Morrisville, Pa.
Daniel Rodriguez Clemson So.-R WR Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt, Stafford, Va.
Sam Rogers Virginia Tech Fr. FB Universal Studies Mechanicsville, Va.
Sidney Sarmiento Duke Sr.-R DT Divinity Florence, S.C.
Tom Savage Pitt Sr.-R QB Communications/Economics Springfield, Pa.
Tyler Shatley Clemson Sr.-R G Civil Engineering Icard, N.C.
Bryant Shirreffs NC State Fr. QB Business Administration Jefferson, Ga.
Perry Simmons Duke Sr.-R. T Engineering Raleigh, N.C.
Jake Snyder Virginia Sr.-R DE Environmental Sciences Glen Allen, Va.
Nathan Staub North Carolina Fr.-R LB Undecided Chestnut Mountain, Ga.
Juwan Thompson Duke Sr. RB Sociology Fairburn, Ga.
Jack Tocho NC State Fr. CB Business Administration Charlotte, N.C.
Laken Tomlinson Duke Jr.-R T Psychology Chicago, Ill.
Rob Trudo Syracuse So. G Economics Farrell, Pa.
Ray Vinopal Pitt Jr.-R S Finance Youngstown, Ohio
James Vozenilek Virginia Jr.-R P/PK Sociology Richmond, Va.
Rijo Walker Virginia Sr. SS Sociology Hampton, Va.
Terrish Webb Pitt Fr. DB School of Arts & Sciences Clairton, Pa.
Andre Williams Boston College Sr. RB Applied Psychology & HD. Schnecksville, Pa.
Deion Williams Duke So. LB Undecided Long Beach, Calif.
Harris Williams Boston College Jr.-R T Computer Science Lynn, Mass.
Jameis Winston Florida State Fr.-R QB Exploratory Bessemer, Ala.
Matt Yoklic Pitt Sr.-R P Comm./Adm. & Policy Studies Gibsonia, Pa.