2006 CFN All-ACC Team & Top 30 Players

Posted Dec 7, 2006

It's time to get the conference honors rolling with CFN's 2006 All-ACC Team, led by Virginia Tech LB Vince Hall, Top 30 Players, Top Position Players, Players of the Year, Biggest Surprises, Top Disappointments, Best Games and more.

ACC Bests, Worsts, and CFN's Team MVP Choices

ACC Player of the Year

OT Steve Vallos, Sr. Wake Forest
Wake Forest lost its starting quarterback and had injury problems with the running backs, but the offense and the running game were effective thanks to the play of the offensive line. Yes, the Demon Deacons won the ACC title mostly due to fantastic defense and a tight kicking game, but Steve Vallos and the Demon Deacon front five turned out to be the rocks that helped make mediocre skill players produce. Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson might have been the best player to play in the ACC this season, but Vallos turned out to be the steadiest and most valuable.

Defensive Player of the Year - DE Gaines Adams, Sr. Clemson
Adams came into the season as the marked man by every offensive coordinator, and he still came through leading the ACC in sacks and finished third in tackles for loss. Double or triple teamed, Adams produced all season long. Beyond the mere stats, he made several big plays in key moments highlighted by the blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown to turn the tide in the win over Wake Forest.

2006 Collegefootballnews.com All-ACC Team
QB - Matt Ryan, Jr. Boston College
RB - Tashard Choice, Jr. Ga Tech
RB - Branden Ore, Soph. Virginia Tech
WR - Calvin Johnson, Jr. Ga Tech
WR - Chansi Stuckey, Sr. Clemson
TE - Greg Olsen, Jr. Miami
OL - Josh Beekman, Sr. Boston Coll.
OL - Nathan Bennett, Sr. Clemson
OL - Dustin Fry, Sr. Clemson
OL - Steve Justice, Jr. Wake Forest
OL - Steve Vallos, Sr. Wake Forest
PK - Brandon Pace, Sr. Virginia Tech
KR - Jeff Smith, Fr. Boston College
DL - Gaines Adams, Sr. Clemson
DL - Joe Anoai, Sr. Georgia Tech
DL - Calais Campbell, Soph. Miami
DL - DeMarcus Tyler, Jr. NC State
LB - Jon Abbate, Jr. Wake Forest
LB - Buster Davis, Sr. Florida St
LB - Vince Hall, Jr. Virginia Tech
DB - Brandon Flowers, Soph. VT
DB - Josh Gattis, Sr. Wake Forest
DB - John Talley, Sr. Duke
DB - DeJuan Tribble, Jr. B. College
P - Durant Brooks, Jr. Maryland
PR - Eddie Royal, Jr. Virginia Tech
Top 30 players regardless of position
Based on the season the player had

1. OT Steve Vallos, Sr.
Wake Forest
2. WR Calvin Johnson, Jr.
Georgia Tech
3. DE Gaines Adams, Sr.
4. LB  Vince Hall, Jr.
Virginia Tech
5. LB Jon Abbate, Jr.
Wake Forest
6. DE Calais Campbell, Soph.
7. QB Matt Ryan, Jr.
Boston College
8. S Josh Gattis, Sr.
Wake Forest
9. RB Branden Ore, Soph.
Virginia Tech
10. OG Josh Beekman, Sr.
Boston College
11. RB Tashard Choice, Jr.
Georgia Tech
12. LB Buster Davis, Sr.
Florida State
13. RB James Davis, Jr.
14. LB Xavier Adibi, Jr.
Virginia Tech
15. RB C.J. Spiller, Fr.
16. CB John Talley, Sr.
17. DT Joe Anoai, Sr.
Georgia Tech
18. G Nathan Bennett, Sr.
19. CB Brandon Flowers, Soph.
Virginia Tech
20. DT DeMarcus Tyler, Jr.
NC State 
21. DT Kareem Brown, Sr.
22. C Steve Justice, Jr.
Wake Forest
23. CB DeJuan Tribble, Jr.
Boston College
24. DE Chris Long, Jr.
25. S Jamal Lewis, Jr.
Georgia Tech
26. S Brandon Meriweather, Sr.
27. C Dustin Fry, Sr.
28. S Kenny Phillips, Soph.
29. P Durant Brooks, Jr.
Georgia Tech
30. TE Greg Olsen, Jr.
Top Quarterbacks
1. Matt Ryan, BC
2. Riley Skinner, WF 
3. Sam Hollenbach, Mary
4. Jameel Sewell, UVa
5. Reggie Ball, GT 

Top Running Backs
1. Branden Ore, VT
2. Tashard Choice, GT 
3. James Davis, Clem. 
4. C.J. Spiller, Clemson 
5. Jason Snelling, UVa

Top Wide Receiver
1. Calvin Johnson, GT
2. Chansi Stuckey, Clem. 
3. Darrius Heyward-Bey, Mary. 
4. Greg Carr, Florida State 
5. Kevin Ogletree, Virginia

Top Offensive Linemen
1. Steve Vallos, Wake F.
2. Josh Beekman, BC 
3. Nathan Bennett, Clemson 
4. Steve Justice, Wake F.
5. Dustin Fry, Clemson 

Top Defensive Line
1. Gaines Adams, Clemson
2. Calais Campbell, Miami 
3. Joe Anoai, Georgia Tech 
4. DeMarcus Tyler, NC State 
5. Kareem Brown, Miami 

Top Linebackers
1. Vince Hall, Virginia Tech
2. Jon Abbate, Wake Forest 
3. Buster Davis, Florida State 
4. Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech 
5. Philip Wheeler, Ga Tech 

Top Defensive Backs
1. Josh Gattis, Wake Forest
2. John Talley, Duke
3. Brandon Flowers, Va Tech 
4. DeJuan Tribble, B. College
5. Jamal Lewis, Georgia Tech 

Top Kickers
1. P Durant Brooks, Ga Tech
2. P Adam Podlesh, Mary. 
3. PK Brandon Pace, VT 
4. PK Sam Swank, Wake F. 
5. PK Dam Ennis, Maryland

ACC Bests, Worsts, and CFN's Team MVP Choices