Boston College RB Montel Harris, OT Anthony Castonzo and LB Luke Kuechly were all named to the first team All-ACC Football Team, the conference announced on Monday. The teams were voted on by members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Montel Harris led all offensive players in total votes (122), and was the conference's lone unanimous first-team selection. Despite not playing in the season-finale against Syracuse, Harris averaged an ACC-best 104 yards rushing. Castonzo received 79 votes and was the conference's top offensive tackle, edging out Clemson's Chris Hairston.
On defense, Kuechly was the Eagles' lone representative, receiving 112 of a possible 122 votes. Only Clemson's DE Da'Quan Bowers received more votes. If you use the All-ACC Football Team vote totals as a barometer for who will end up winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year, it would appear that Kuechly will get edged out by Bowers.
Both Castonzo and Kuechly were repeat selections to the first team.
Only one other Eagle received All-ACC honors. OG Thomas Claiborne was listed as an honorable mention, finishing just one vote short of the All-ACC second team.
As an aside, what does a BC true freshman kicker gotta do to get noticed around here? Despite making 20 field goals this year (20-23 for 87%) -- the second most of any ACC kicker -- BC's Nate Freese didn't even receive All-ACC honorable mention. His FG percentage wasn't amazing or anything, but when you consider that one of those attempts was blocked, and factor in the sheer percentage of BC's total points Freese was responsible for this season (83 of 227, or 36% of the Eagles' total points), that's gotta be good for something, no?