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Blanding, Conte and Kiser Highlight All-ACC Honorees

Quin Blanding, Nicholas Conte and Micah Kiser earned first-team All-ACC honors.

Nov. 28, 2016

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Free safety Quin Blanding, punter Nicholas Conte and inside linebacker Micah Kiser highlight Virginia’s four players named to 2016 All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Football team, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Blanding, Conte and Kiser were named to the first team. Running back Taquan Mizzell earned honorable mention honors.

This is the second year in a row that Blanding and Kiser have earned first-team All-ACC honors. It is also the first time since 2011 UVA has had three players earn first-team honors (Matt Conrath, Chase Minnifield, Austin Pasztor). Blanding and Kiser are the first Cavaliers since Minnifield (2010 and 2011) to earn first-team All-ACC honors in back-to-back seasons. They are the first UVA duo to accomplish the feat since Thomas Jones and Noel LaMontagne in 1998 and 1999.

Conte is the first UVA punter to earn first-team All-ACC honors since Will Brice in 1996.

This is the third career All-ACC honor for Blanding, which includes second-team accolades in 2014. The All-ACC accolades is the second career nods for Conte, Kiser and Mizzell. Conte was an honorable mention selection in 2015 and Mizzell earned third-team honors.

Blanding (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) ranks No. 2 in the ACC and No. 10 in the nation with 10.0 tackles per game. Blanding recorded 120 tackles in 2016, which ranks No. 7 in the nation. His 10.0 tackles per game average and 120 total tackles are the most in the nation by a defensive back. Blanding has finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles three seasons in a row, twice behind Kiser.


 

 

Conte (Sr., Roanoke, Va.) ranks No. 1 in the ACC and No. 17 in the nation with a 44.3-yard punting average. He currently ranks No. 1 in the nation with 34 punts inside the 20 and No. 3 in the nation with 23 punts of 50 yards or more. Conte’s career punting average of 44.45 yards per punt is a UVA career record and ranks No. 3 all-time in the ACC record book. Conte was a Ray Guy Award semifinalist and a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s Campbell Award. Conte is a member of CoSIDA’s Academic All-District team.

Kiser (Jr., Baltimore, Md.) ranks No. 1 in the ACC and is tied for No. 3 in the nation with 11.2 tackles per game. His 134 total stops rank No. 2 in the nation and is tied with Wali Rainer for the fourth-most single-season tackles in program history. Kiser also ranks No. 4 in the nation in forced fumbles (5) and No. 2 in the ACC and No. 10 in the nation in sacks by a linebacker (6.5). Kiser is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy.

For the second year in a row Blanding and Kiser finished No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles in the ACC. They were the only duo in 2015 to accomplish the feat among the 10 FBS conferences. TCU’s Travin Howard (10.82) and Ty Summers (9.55) join Blanding and Kiser in 2016 as they lead the Big 12 in tackles.

Mizzell (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) is the only player in ACC history with 1,500 career rushing and 1,500 career receiving yards. He ranks No. 7 in the ACC with 114.67 all-purpose yards per game and No. 7 in the ACC with 940 rushing yards. His 52 receptions led all UVA receivers. He is one of four players in the nation to lead his team in rushing yards and receptions, joining TCU’s Kyle Hicks, Texas State’s Stedman Mayberry and San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey. Mizzell concludes his career as the ACC record holder for career receptions by a running back with 195. Mizzell concludes his UVA career No. 16 all-time in rushing (2,075) and No. 12 all-time in career receiving (1,560).

The 2016 ACSMA All-ACC Football Team:

 

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

WR

Mike Williams

R-Jr.

Clemson

131 pts

WR

Amba Etta-Tawo

R-Sr.

Syracuse

125

WR

Ryan Switzer

Sr.

North Carolina

107

TE

Jordan Leggett

Sr.

Clemson

95

T

Roderick Johnson

Jr.

Florida State

118

T

Mitch Hyatt

So.

Clemson

104

G

Tyrone Crowder

R-Jr.

Clemson

104

G

Dorian Johnson

Sr.

Pittsburgh

88

C

Jay Guillermo

R-Sr.

Clemson

86

QB

Lamar Jackson

So.

Louisville

125

RB

Dalvin Cook

Jr.

Florida State

139

RB

James Conner

R-Jr.

Pittsburgh

119

PK

Mike Weaver

R-Jr.

Wake Forest

47

Sp.

Quadree Henderson

So.

Pittsburgh

103

 

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DE

DeMarcus Walker

Sr.

Florida State

125

DE

Ejuan Price

R-Sr.

Pittsburgh

107

DT

Carlos Watkins

R-Sr.

Clemson

113

DT

Woody Baron

Sr.

Virginia Tech

79

LB

Ben Boulware

Sr.

Clemson

131

LB

Micah Kiser

Jr.

Virginia

99

LB

Devonte Fields

Sr.

Louisville

70

CB

Tarvarus McFadden

So.

Florida State

113

CB

Cordrea Tankersley

Sr.

Clemson

97

S

Quin Blanding

Jr.

Virginia

100

S

Jadar Johnson

Sr.

Clemson

94

P

Nicholas Conte

Sr.

Virginia

118

 

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

WR

Isaiah Ford

Jr.

Virginia Tech

103

WR

Travis Rudolph

Jr.

Florida State

81

WR

Ahmmon Richards

Fr.

Miami 

50

TE

Cole Hikutini

Sr.

Louisville

62

T

Adam Bisnowaty

R-Sr.

Pittsburgh

88

T

Jon Heck

Sr.

North Carolina

57

G

Tony Adams

Jr.

NC State

54

G

Kareem Are

R-Sr.

Florida State

54

C

Lucas Crowley

Sr.

North Carolina

64

QB

Deshaun Watson

Jr.

Clemson

102

RB

Matthew Dayes

Sr.

NC State

79

RB

Wayne Gallman

R-Jr.

Clemson

73

PK

Greg Huegel

R-So.

Clemson

39

Sp.

T.J. Logan

Sr.

North Carolina

57

 

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DE

Harold Landry

Jr.

Boston College

92

DE

Christian Wilkins

So.

Clemson

72

DT

Dexter Lawrence

Fr.

Clemson

67

DT

DeAngelo Brown

Sr.

Louisville

66

LB

Marquel Lee

Sr.

Wake Forest

64

LB

Keith Kelsey

Sr.

Louisville

56

LB

Tremaine Edmunds

So.

Virginia Tech

47

CB

Jaire Alexander

So.

Louisville

80

CB

Corn Elder

Sr.

Miami 

53

S

Jordan Whitehead

So.

Pittsburgh

54

S

Jessie Bates

Fr.

Wake Forest

42

P

Justin Vogel

Sr.

Miami 

78

 

THIRD TEAM OFFENSE

WR

Artavis Scott

Jr.

Clemson

46

WR

James Quick

Sr.

Louisville

44

WR

Stacy Coley

Sr.

Miami

30

TE

Bucky Hodges

R-Jr.

Virginia Tech

52

T

Brian O’Neill

R-So.

Pittsburgh

35

T

Jonathan McLaughlin

Sr.

Virginia Tech

33

G

Augie Conte

R-Sr.

Virginia Tech

48

G

Danny Isidora

Sr.

Miami 

43

C

Freddie Burden

R-Sr.

Georgia Tech

27

QB

Mitch Trubisky

Jr.

North Carolina

29

RB

Mark Walton

So.

Miami 

59

RB

Elijah Hood

Jr.

North Carolina

40

PK

Joey Slye

Jr.

Virginia Tech

37

Sp.

Brisly Estime

Sr.

Syracuse

32

 

THIRD TEAM DEFENSE

DE

Bradley Chubb

Jr.

NC State

64

DE

Duke Ejiofor

R-Jr.

Wake Forest

37

DT

Derrick Nnadi

Jr.

Florida State

65

DT

Nazair Jones

Jr.

North Carolina

33

LB

Ben Humphreys

So.

Duke

46

LB

Andrew Motuapuaka

R-Jr.

Virginia Tech

41

LB

Zaire Franklin

Jr.

Syracuse

40

CB

Greg Stroman

Jr.

Virginia Tech

45

CB

Breon Borders

Sr.

Duke

37

S

Josh Harvey-Clemons

Sr.

Louisville

38

S

Chucky Williams

Jr.

Louisville

34

P

Sterling Hofrichter

Fr.-R

Syracuse

30

 

HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

WR

Ervin Philips

Jr.

Syracuse

29

WR

Quadree Henderson

So.

Pittsburgh

22

WR

Bug Howard

Sr.

North Carolina

20

TE

Jaylen Samuels

Jr.

NC State

24

TE

David Njoku

R-So.

Miami 

22

T

Geron Christian

So.

Louisville

31

G

Wilson Bell

R-Jr.

Florida State

33

G

Wyatt Teller

R-Jr.

Virginia Tech

23

G

Khalil Hunter

Sr.

Louisville

21

C

Alec Eberle

R-So.

Florida State

24

C

Joe Scelfo

Gr-Tfr.

NC State

22

RB

Taquan Mizzell

Sr.

Virginia

30

PK

Harrison Butker

Sr.

Georgia Tech

34

PK

Chris Blewitt

Sr.

Pittsburgh

34

PK

Michael Badgley

Jr.

Miami 

31

PK

Ricky Aguayo

Fr.

Florida State

30

PK

Nick Weiler

Sr.

North Carolina

27

Sp.

Ryan Switzer

Sr.

North Carolina

26

Sp.

Ray-Ray McCloud

So.

Clemson

20

 

HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

DE

Ken Ekanem

Sr.

Virginia Tech

25

DE

James Hearns

R-Jr.

Louisville

22

DT

Demarcus Christmas

R-So.

Florida State

25

DT

Patrick Gamble

R-Sr.

Georgia Tech

23

DT

Tyrique Jarrett

Sr.

Pittsburgh

21

LB

Andre Smith

So.

North Carolina

37

LB

Matt Milano

Sr.

Boston College

37

LB

Kendall Joseph

R-So.

Clemson

32

LB

Connor Strachan

Jr.

Boston College

31

LB

Joe Giles-Harris

Fr.

Duke

25

LB

Shaquille Quarterman

R-Fr.

Miami 

24

LB

Parris Bennett

Jr.

Syracuse

23

CB

Marquez White

Sr.

Florida State

28

CB

Des Lawrence

Sr.

North Carolina

27

CB

M.J. Stewart

Jr.

North Carolina

24

S

Josh Jones

Jr.

NC State

28

S

Terrell Edmunds

R-So.

Virginia Tech

28

S

Chuck Clark

Sr.

Virginia Tech

23

S

Rayshawn Jenkins

R-Sr.

Miami 

23

S

Van Smith

So.

Clemson

21

P

Dom Maggio

Fr.

Wake Forest

23

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