2012 ACC Roundup
ACC 2012 Fearless Predictions, Game Stories,
Game of the Week, Player of the Week, Roundup & Standings
CFN 2012 All-ACC Team
2012 ACC Preview
- 2012 CFN
Preseason All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players
2012 CFN All-ACC Offense
QB – Tajh Boyd, Jr. Clemson
RB – Giovani Bernard, Soph. UNC
RB – Andre Ellington, Sr. Clemson
WR – Alex Amidon, Jr. BC
WR – DeAndre Hopkins, Jr. Clemson
TE – Eric Ebron, Soph. UNC
OL – Oday Aboushi, Sr. Virginia
OL – Jonathan Cooper, Sr. UNC
OL – Dalton Freeman, Sr. Clemson
OL – James Hurst, Jr. UNC
OL – Omoregie Uzzi, Sr. GT
PK – Dustin Hopkins, Sr. FSU
KR – Duke Johnson, Fr. Miami
2012 CFN All-ACC Defense
DL – Cornellius Carradine, Sr. FS
DL – Joe Vellano, Sr. Maryland
DL – Bjoern Werner, Jr. FSU
DL – Sylvester Williams, Sr. UNC
LB – Jeremiah Attaochu, Jr. GT
LB – Nick Clancy, Sr. BC
LB – Kevin Reddick, Sr. UNC
DB – David Amerson, Jr. NC St
DB – Ross Cockrell, Jr. Duke
DB – Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. FSU
DB – Xavier Rhodes, Jr. FSU
P – Tommy Hibbard, Soph. UNC
PR – Giovani Bernard, Soph. UNC
The Best ACC Players of 2012
1. QB Tajh Boyd, Jr. Clemson
2. RB Giovani Bernard, Soph. North Carolina
3. DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. Florida State
4. WR DeAndre Hopkins, Jr. Clemson
5. OG Jonathan Cooper, Sr. North Carolina
6. DE Cornellius Carradine, Sr. Florida State
7. DE Joe Vellano, Sr. Maryland
8. CB Xavier Rhodes, Jr. Florida State
9. LB Kevin Reddick, Sr. North Carolina
10. C Dalton Freeman, Sr. Clemson
11. LB Nick Clancy, Sr. Boston College
12. RB Andre Ellington, Sr. Clemson
13. RB Duke Johnson, Fr. Miami
14. QB EJ Manuel, Sr. Florida State
15. QB Bryn Renner, Jr. North Carolina
16. S Lamarcus Joyner, Jr. Florida State
17. DT Sylvester Williams, Sr. North Carolina
18. DE Kareem Martin, Jr. North Carolina
19. PK Dustin Hopkins, Sr. Florida State
20. WR Alex Amidon, Jr. Boston College
21. WR Jamison Crowder, Soph. Duke
22. OG Omoregie Uzzi, Sr. Georgia Tech
23. RB Chris Thompson, Sr. Florida State
24. CB Ross Cockrell, Jr. Duke
25. LB Jeremiah Attaochu, Jr. Maryland
26. LB Steve Greer, Sr. Virginia
27. WR Stefon Diggs, Fr. Maryland
28. WR Sammy Watkins, Soph. Clemson
29. CB David Amerson, Jr. NC State
30. QB Mike Glennon, Sr. NC State
2012 CFN ACC Off.
Player of the Year
QB Tajh Boyd, Jr. Clemson
The performance against South Carolina doesn't matter in terms of what he did to the rest of the ACC. Red hot over the final month, he threw five touchdown passes in three of his last four games to finish with 34 touchdown passes with 3,550 yards and nine rushing scores. While Clemson might have lost to Florida State, Boyd was solid throwing for 237 yards and three touchdowns with a pick - the D was the issue, not Boyd.
2012 CFN ACC Def.
Player of the Year
DE Bjoern Werner, Jr. Florida State
Werner needed to step up his play with the loss of Brandon Jenkins, and he came through by leading the ACC and finishing seventh in the nation in sacks with 11 to go along with 18 tackles for loss and 40 tackles. Also strong at batting down passes, he was tough to throw over and was always finding ways to be disruptive. He had to be accounted for on every play.
3 Biggest Surprises
1. Duke finally winning the six games, including three in league play, needed to earn a bowl bid for the first time since 1994.
2. The unexpected emergence of Boston College senior LB Nick Clancy, a career journeyman who picked up the slack left by Luke Kuechly with an ACC-best 145 tackles.
3. The terrific debut of Miami rookie Duke Johnson, an instant smash hit with more than 2,000 all-purpose yards during the regular season.
3 Biggest Disappointments
1. The play of Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas. A fringe Heisman contender when the season began, he regressed in all phases, finishing 87th nationally in passer rating.
2. The rest of the Hokies. From top 15 in the preseason to 6-6, Virginia Tech is about to wrap up its worst season in two decades in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
3. Sammy Watkins. The Clemson receiver is an elite athlete, but he never got on track after being suspended for the first two games, and has accounted for just five touchdowns.
Best ACC Game of the Season
Sept. 22 Florida State 49 … Clemson 37
The game of the year in the ACC lived up to the hype. The league’s two best teams traded blows on offense, accounting for well over 1,000 yards combined. Clemson jumped out to a 31-21 cushion midway through the third quarter, but the ‘Noles roared back in front of the home crowd for four unanswered touchdowns. Florida State took a lead in the Atlantic Division that it would never relinquish, capturing its first ACC crown in seven years with a win over Georgia Tech in the league title game.
Second Best Game : Oct. 6 NC State 17 … Florida State 16
Third Best Game : Oct. 27 North Carolina 43 … NC State 35
Coach of the Year
1) David Cutcliffe, Duke
2) Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
3) Larry Fedora, North Carolina
Performances of the Year
1) Oct. 27 – His team trailing rival NC State by 10 points at the start of the fourth, North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard decided to hoist his Heels on his shoulders. Not only did the sophomore rush for 135 yards and two scores, and caught eight balls for 95 more yards, but he also scored the game-winner on a 74-yard punt return with 13 seconds left.
2) Sept. 22 – In what will likely go down as the signature moment of an up-and-down career, QB EJ Manuel led his Seminoles to a crucial comeback win over Clemson. The senior rose to the occasion by producing a career-best 482 yards and two scores in the win.
3) Nov. 17 – Clemson QB Tajh Boyd showcased all of his myriad skills in a 62-48 pounding of NC State, accounting for 529 yards and an ACC-record eight touchdowns, five by air and three by ground.
1) RB Duke Johnson, Miami
2) WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland
3) RB Shadrach Thornton, NC State