All-ACC football team announced: Here's who was selected and snubbed for NC State

·8 min read
Oct 30, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Drake Thomas (32) reacts after a tackle during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Drake Thomas (32) reacts after a tackle during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

RALEIGH — The All-ACC football teams were released Tuesday morning with eight N.C. State football players— six on the first team — included on the list.

The All-ACC teams are voted on by participating media, including the USA Today Network.

Pitt, who won the Coastal Division, leads the ACC with 12 total selections. Individual awards have yet to be announced.

Offensive lineman Ikem Ekwonu was the Wolfpack's only first-teamer on offense. Ekwonu, who has yet to decide whether to return to N.C. State or enter the NFL draft, is the winner of the ACC's Jacobs Blocking Award and a finalist for the 2021 Outland Trophy after allowing just two sacks in 819 snaps this season. A two-time ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, he led the team with 67 knockdown blocks.

More: NC State's projected first-round NFL Draft pick Ikem Ekwonu is more than a football player

N.C. State's defense had three players voted to the first team, including linebacker Drake Thomas, – who earned the second-highest vote total on the first-team defense. Thomas led his team and ranked fourth in the ACC with 100 tackles. He also tied for fifth in the league in INTs and was a two-time ACC LB of the Week this season.

Joining Thomas on defense is hard-hitting safety Tanner Ingle, who ranked second on the team with 82 tackles and an interception. Tackle Cory Durden, who began the season playing mostly end but started at nose seven of the last eight games, was also a first-team choice in his first year with the Pack after transferring from Florida State in June.

Related: 'I have to play for him': N.C. State LB Drake Thomas dedicates season to injured teammate

NC State vs. UNC: 'Let's go win this thing': N.C. State changed its narrative with win over UNC

More: Make or break: NC State football needs these 10 players to perform in 2021

On special teams, punter Trenton Gill – who leads the league in punting average for the second time in his career, won first-team honors. He also led the league in punts placed inside the 20 this season with 31 – nine more than any other ACC punter.

Zonovan Knight was honored as the league's first-team specialist player after a season that saw him average 34 yards per kick return – the top mark in the Power 5. He became the first player in school history to post back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns.

Wide receiver Emeka Emezie won second-team honors after a season that saw him set a Wolfpack career record for receptions. He tallied six touchdown receptions for the season, including two in the final two minutes during the comeback win last week over UNC.

Center Grant Gibson was a third-team choice at center, tallying 40 pancake blocks in 829 snaps this season.

Quarterback Devin Leary did not make either three teams but was an honorable mention selection with 18 total votes. Leary finished his sophomore season with 3,433 yards, 35 touchdowns and five interceptions.

UNC QB Sam Howell was also honorable mention, receiving 19 votes.

Despite missing out on its first ACC title game berth, N.C. State (9-3, 6-2) can still win 10 games for only the second time in program history after finishing the regular season undefeated at home for the first time since 1986. Coach Dave Doeren became the first coach in Wolfpack history to win at least nine games in three seasons.

Bowl matchups will be revealed on Sunday, December 5, following the regular season and conference championship games.

More: NC State headed back to Florida for bowl season? It sure looks like it

Want more?

NEW PODCAST: Recap NC State's wild comeback win over UNC and spend some time getting inside the head of OL Ikem Ekwonu as he discusses his football future, his family and his former acting career.

https://bleav.com/shows/nc-state/

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bleav-in-nc-state/id1593058105

https://open.spotify.com/show/0818tvjo5h0hmiaeSHoy4B

2021 All-ACC Football Teams

First-Team Offense

QB - Kenny Pickett, Pitt, 181

RB - Sean Tucker, Syracuse, 187

RB - Mataeo Durant, Duke, 154

WR - Jordan Addison, Pitt, 186

WR - Josh Downs, North Carolina, 161

WR - Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia, 131 (tie)

WR - A.T. Perry, Wake Forest, 131 (tie)

TE - Jelani Woods, Virginia, 134

AP - Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech, 126

OT - Ikem Ekwonu, NC State, 170

OT - Zach Tom, Wake Forest, 104

OG - Zion Johnson, Boston College, 156

OG - Caleb Chandler, Louisville, 65

C - Alec Lindstrom, Boston College, 86

First-Team Defense

DE - Jermaine Johnson II, Florida State, 189

DE - Cody Roscoe, Syracuse, 112

DT - Calijah Kancey, Pitt, 133

DT - Corey Durden, NC State, 78 (tie)

DT - Tyler Davis, Clemson, 78 (tie)

LB - Drake Thomas, NC State, 148

LB - Mikel Jones, Syracuse, 134

LB - James Skalski, Clemson, 128

CB - Mario Goodrich, Clemson, 110

CB - Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson, 105

S - Jammie Robinson, Florida State, 106

S - Tanner Ingle, NC State, 92

First-Team Special Teams

PK - Nick Sciba, Wake Forest, 183

P - Trenton Gill, NC State, 142

SP - Zonovan Knight, NC State, 146

Second-Team Offense

QB - Sam Hartman, Wake Forest, 80

RB - Ty Chandler, North Carolina, 120

RB - Pat Garwo, Boston College, 86

WR - Charleston Rambo, Miami, 126

WR - Emeka Emezie, NC State, 110

WR - Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest, 91

TE - Lucas Krull, Pitt, 80

AP - Keytaon Thompson, Virginia, 77

OT - Jordan McFadden, Clemson, 94

OT - Carter Warren, Pitt, 69

OG - Christian Mahogany, Boston College, 62

OG - DJ Scaife, Miami, 56

C - Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia, 62

Second-Team Defense

DE - Myles Murphy, Clemson, 108

DE - Habakkuk Baldonado, Pitt, 98

DT - Miles Fox, Wake Forest, 72

DT - Myles Murphy, North Carolina, 69

LB - Yasir Addullah, Louisville, 92

LB - Nick Jackson, Virginia, 84

LB - Quez Jackson, Georgia Tech, 71 (tie)

LB - SirVocea Dennis, Pitt, 71 (tie)

CB - Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech, 76

CB - Josh DeBerry, Boston College, 60 (tie)

CB - Kei'Trel Clark, Louisville, 60 (tie)

S - Traveon Redd, Wake Forest, 76

S - Brandon Hill, Pitt, 68

Second-Team Special Teams

PK - B.T. Potter, Clemson, 87

P - Lou Hedley, Miami, 98

SP - Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech, 112

Third-Team Offense

QB - Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, 68

RB - Jashaun Corbin, Florida State, 62

RB - Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech, 54

WR - Zay Flowers, Boston College, 77

WR - Billy Kemp, Virginia, 37

WR - Jake Bobo, Duke, 32

TE - Marshon Ford, Louisville, 72

AP - Jordan Addison, Pitt, 75

OT - Ben Petrula, Boston College, 68

OT - Gabe Houy, Pitt, 44

OG - Marcus Minor, Pitt, 53

OG - Sean Maginn, Wake Forest, 53

C - Grant Gibson, NC State, 53

Third-Team Defense

DE - Keir Thomas, Florida State, 53

DE - Xavier Thomas, Clemson, 52

DT - Bryan Bresee, Clemson, 60

DT - DeWayne Carter, Duke, 51

LB - Shaka Heyward, Duke, 45

LB - Tomon Fox, North Carolina, 40

LB - Jeremiah Gemmel, North Carolina, 39

CB - Brandon Sebastian, Boston College, 58

CB - Duce Chestnut, Syracuse, 40

S - Cam'Ron Kelly, North Carolina, 61

S - Andrew Mukuba, Clemson, 58

Third-Team Special Teams

PK - Sam Scarton, Pitt, 55

P - Peter Moore, Virginia Tech, 83

SP - Tayvion Robinson, Virginia Tech, 57

Honorable Mention

QB - Sam Howell, North Carolina, 19

QB - Devin Leary, NC State, 18

RB - Zonovan Knight, NC State, 45

RB - Jaylan Knighton, Miami, 31

WR - Jake Bobo, Duke, 32

WR - Tre Turner, Virginia Tech, 25

TE - Trae Barry, Boston College, 25

TE - Davis Allen, Clemson, 22

TE - Brandon Chapman, Wake Forest, 18

TE - Gavin Bartholomew, Pitt, 16

AP - Will Shipley, Clemson, 41

AP - Sean Tucker, Syracuse, 38

OT - Zion Nelson, Miami, 41

OT - Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse, 37

OT - Luke Tenuta, Virginia Tech, 27

OT - Tyler Vrabel, Boston College, 25

OT - Bobby Haskins, Virginia, 22

OT - Devin Cochran, Georgia Tech, 15

OG - Will Putnam, Clemson, 45

OG - Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina, 42

OG - Dillan Gibbons, Florida State, 41

OG - Jake Kradel, Pitt, 37

OG - Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech, 30

OG - Marcus McKethan, North Carolina, 28

OG - Jacob Monk, Duke, 24

OG - Devontay Love-Taylor, Florida State, 23

OG - Loic Ngassam Nya, Wake Forest, 21

C - Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke, 43

C - Owen Drexel, Pitt, 41

C - Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest, 38

C - Airon Servais, Syracuse, 20

C - Cole Bentley, Louisville, 19

C - Brock Hoffman, Virginia Tech, 17

DE - Rondell Bothroyd, Wake Forest, 49

DE - Marcus Valdez, Boston College, 23

DE - Daniel Joseph, NC State, 22

DE - Deslin Alexandre, Pitt, 19

DT - Robert Cooper, Florida State, 50

DT - Fabien Lovett, Florida State, 48

DT - Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech, 41

DT - Ray Vohasek, North Carolina, 36

DT - Josh Black, Syracuse, 32

DT - Djimon Brooks, Georgia Tech, 15

LB - Dax Hollifield, Virginia Tech, 38

LB - Luke Masterson, Wake Forest, 37

LB - Isaiah Moore, NC State, 35

LB - Baylon Spector, Clemson, 32

LB - C.J. Avery, Louisville, 31

LB - Phil Campbell III, Pitt, 18

LB - Charlie Thomas, Georgia Tech, 16

LB - John Petrishen, Pitt, 15

CB - Tony Grimes, North Carolina, 39

CB - Damarri Mathis, Pitt, 38

CB - Ja'Sir Taylor, Wake Forest, 38

CB - Tyrique Stevenson, Miami, 35

CB - Garrett Williams, Syracuse, 34

CB - Caelen Carson, Wake Forest, 23

CB - Tyler Baker-Williams, NC State, 22

CB - Shyheim Battle, NC State, 20

S - Nolan Turner, Clemson, 52

S - Jaiden Woodbey, Boston College, 43

S - Erick Hallett II, Pitt, 42

S - Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech, 39

S - Nasir Peoples, Virginia Tech, 37

S - Kenderick Duncan, Louisville, 31

S - Qwynnterrio Cole, Louisville, 23

S - Juanyeh Thomas, Georgia Tech, 23

S - James Williams, Miami, 17

PK - Andy Borregales, Miami, 27

P - Will Spiers, Clemson, 22

SP - Jaylen Stinson, Duke, 43

SP - Cal Adomitis, Pitt, 26

David Thompson is an award-winning reporter for the USA Today Network covering NC State and Duke athletics. He can be reached at dthompson1@gannett.com, at 828-231-1747, or on Twitter at @daveth89.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY NETWORK: NC State players headed to the all-ACC football team

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting