2012 ACC Preview - All-ACC Team & Top Players
Florida State DE Brandon Jenkins
Florida State DE Brandon Jenkins
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Posted Aug 3, 2012


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ATLANTIC
- 2012 Boston College Preview | 2012 Clemson Preview
- 2012 Florida State Preview | 2012 Maryland Preview
- 2012 NC State Preview | 2012 Wake Forest Preview 
 
COASTAL
- 2012 Duke Preview | 2012 Georgia Tech Preview
- 2012 Miami Preview | 2012 North Carolina Preview 
- 2012 Virginia Preview | 2012 Virginia Tech Preview 

- 2012 ACC Preview
- 2012 ACC Unit Rankings
- 2012 CFN Schedules & Picks
- 2012 CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players
- 2012 ACC Atlantic Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish
- 2012 ACC Coastal Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish  

2012 Preseason ACC Offensive Player of the Year

Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson

No one is surprised that Watkins adjusted quickly to the college game. It was, however, a little shocking at how easily he dominated defensive backs at this level. He’s the new mega-star of this program—if not the entire conference—displaying uncommon explosiveness and precision for such a young athlete. His precocious debut included 82 catches for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns, and a spot on the all-league team as a receiver and kick returner. He has blinding speed. More important, though, he has near flawless ball skills, using his long arms and big mitts to pluck the ball out of the air.

2012 Preseason ACC Defensive Player of the Year
 
Brandon Jenkins, DE Florida State

After finishing the past two seasons on the All-ACC squad, the senior has his sights set on even more prestigious company in his final year in Tallahassee—the All-America Team, for instance. He is one of the nation’s premier pass rushers, explosive off the snap, and refusing to quit until the whistle blows. Jenkins is ideally built to circle around the edge, using his long arms, improving technique and closing speed to whip opposing tackles. Despite seeing frequent double-teams, Jenkins still collected 41 tackles and a team-high 12 stops for loss and eight sacks.

First Team Preseason
All-ACC Offense

QB - Logan Thomas, Jr. Va Tech
RB - Giovani Bernard, Soph. UNC
RB - Andre Ellington, Sr. Clemson
WR - Sammy Watkins, Soph. Clem
WR - Conner Vernon, Sr. Duke
TE - Chris Pantale, Sr. BC
OL - Oday Aboushi, Sr. Virginia
OL - Jonathan Cooper, Sr. UNC
OL - Dalton Freeman, Sr. Clemson
OL - Morgan Moses, Jr. Virginia
OL - Omoregie Uzzi, Sr. Ga Tech
PK – Dustin Hopkins, Sr. Florida St
KR – T.J. Thorpe, Soph. UNC

First Team Preseason
All-ACC Defense

DL - Brandon Jenkins, Sr. Florida St
DL - Joe Vellano, Sr. Maryland
DL - Bjoern Werner, Jr. Florida State
DL - Nikita Whitlock, Jr. Wake Forest
LB - Demetrius Hartsfield, Sr. Maryland
LB - Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jr. BC
LB - Bruce Taylor, Sr. Virginia Tech
DB - David Amerson, Jr. NC State
DB - Kyle Fuller, Jr. Virginia Tech
DB - Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. Florida St
DB - Xavier Rhodes, Jr. Florida State
P - Dalton Botts, Jr. Miami
PR - Michael Campanaro, Jr. Wake Forest

Second Team Preseason
All-ACC Offense

QB - EJ Manuel, Sr. Florida State
RB - Perry Jones, Sr. Virginia
RB - Orwin Smith, Sr. Georgia Tech
WR - WR Michael Campanaro, Jr. Wake Forest
WR - DeAndre Hopkins, Jr. Clemson
TE - Matt Furstenburg, Sr. Maryland
OL - Emmett Cleary, Sr. BC
OL - Will Jackson, Jr. Georgia Tech
OL - Seantrel Henderson, Jr. Miami
OL - R.J. Mattes, Sr. NC State
OL - Andrew Miller, Jr. Virginia Tech
PK - Chandler Catanzaro, Jr. Clemson
KR – Sammy Watkins, Soph. Clemson

Second Team Preseason
All-ACC Defense

DL - Anthony Chickillo, Soph. Miami
DL - Everett Dawkins, Sr. Florida St
DL - Malliciah Goodman, Sr. Clemson
DL - Sylvester Williams, Sr. North Carolina
LB - Jeremiah Attaochu, Jr. Georgia Tech
LB - Steve Greer, Sr. Virginia
LB - Kevin Reddick, Sr. UNC
DB - Eric Franklin, Sr. Maryland
DB - Antone Exum, Jr. Virginia Tech
DB - Merrill Noel, Soph. Wake Forest
DB - Rod Sweeting, Sr. Georgia Tech
P - Alex Wulfeck, Jr. Wake Forest
PR – Bobby Swigert, Jr. BC
Top 30 Preseason ACC Players

1. DE Brandon Jenkins, Sr.
Florida State
2. WR Sammy Watkins, Soph. Clemson
3. QB Logan Thomas, Jr.
Virginia Tech
4. QB EJ Manuel, Sr. Florida State
5. DE Joe Vellano, Sr. Maryland
6. CB David Amerson, Jr. NC State
7. OG Omoregie Uzzi, Sr.
Georgia Tech
8. LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, Jr.
Boston College
9. QB Tajh Boyd, Jr. Clemson
10. DE Bjoern Werner, Jr.
Florida State
11. CB Kyle Fuller, Jr. Virginia Tech
12. LB Bruce Taylor, Sr.
Virginia Tech
13. LB Demetrius Hartsfield, Sr. Maryland
14. LT Oday Aboushi, Sr. Virginia
15. LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Jr. Georgia Tech
16. SS Lamarcus Joyner, Jr.
Florida State
17. RB Giovani Bernard, Soph.
North Carolina
18. CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr.
Florida State
19. QB Bryn Renner, Jr.
North Carolina
20. RB Andre Ellington, Sr. Clemson
21. LB Steve Greer, Sr. Virginia
22. QB Mike Glennon, Sr. NC State
23. NG Nikita Whitlock, Jr.
Wake Forest
24. DT Everett Dawkins, Sr.
Florida State
25. OT James Hurst, Jr.
North Carolina
26. DE Anthony Chickillo, Soph. Miami
27. C Dalton Freeman, Sr. Clemson
28. RB Perry Jones, Sr. Virginia
29. RB Orwin Smith, Sr.
Georgia Tech
30. OG Jonathan Cooper, Sr.
North Carolina
 
ATLANTIC
- 2012 Boston College Preview | 2012 Clemson Preview
- 2012 Florida State Preview | 2012 Maryland Preview
- 2012 NC State Preview | 2012 Wake Forest Preview 
 
COASTAL
- 2012 Duke Preview | 2012 Georgia Tech Preview
- 2012 Miami Preview | 2012 North Carolina Preview 
- 2012 Virginia Preview | 2012 Virginia Tech Preview 

- 2012 ACC Preview
- 2012 ACC Unit Rankings
- 2012 CFN Schedules & Picks
- 2012 CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players
- 2012 ACC Atlantic Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish
- 2012 ACC Coastal Team By Team Looks & Predicted Finish