On Monday, the All-ACC teams were announced. Two Duke football players were named to the first team.
Punter Will Monday leads the ACC and is ranked 14th nationally in punting average (44.12 yards).
*Two more Blue Devils were named to the second team.
Wide receiver Conner Vernon became the ACC’s all-time leader in pass receptions and receiving yards. He currently has 273 catches in 47 career games for 3,630 yards and 20 touchdowns. During the 2012 season, Vernon leads the team with 75 receptions. He has totaled 955 yards and seven touchdowns. It is the third time he has received this honor.
Safety Walt Canty, who is a co-captain, has 102 tackles on the season, 5.5 for a loss. He averages 8.5 tackles a game.
*Five more Blue Devils were named honorable mentions.
Defensive end Kenny Anunike has 42 tackles on the season, six for a loss. He also has five sacks.
Wide receiver Jamison Crowder has 70 receptions on the season for 1,025 yards and eight touchdowns. I am surprised that he did not at least make the second team.
Offensive guard Dave Harding started all 12 games and helped Duke to rank second in the conference in sacks allowed per pass attempt. Offensive tackle Perry Simmons also started all 12 games and helped Duke to an average of 31.33 points per game.
Kicker Ross Martin made 18-of-20 field goal attempts. He made all 44 of his extra points.
Duke will only lose two of the above nine players for the 2013 season (Vernon and Canty). For a complete list of all the ACC players honored, click HERE.