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Blanding and Kiser Highlight All-ACC Honorees

Micah Kiser leads the ACC with 117 tackles.

Nov. 30, 2015

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Free safety Quin Blanding and inside linebacker Micah Kiser highlight Virginia’s seven players named to the 2015 All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Football team, as announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA). Blanding and Kiser were named to the first team. Wide receiver Canaan Severin was named to the second team, while running back Taquan Mizzell was named to the third team. Offensive guard Ross Burbank, defensive tackle David Dean and punter Nicholas Conte were named honorable-mention honorees.

The All-ACC accolades are the second career nods for Blanding and Dean. Blanding was a second-team honoree in 2014 and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year. Dean earned honorable mention honors in 2014.

First-Team Honorees
Blanding (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC and No. 20 in the nation with 115 tackles. It’s the second year in a row Blanding finished No. 2 in the ACC in tackles after posting 123 as a true freshman in 2014. Blanding registered double-digit tackles in seven of 12 games and led UVA with 38 tackles on passing plays. The sophomore also recorded 76 of his tackles on rushing plays. He was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week after leading UVA with 15 stops against Georgia Tech.


 

 

Kiser (So., Baltimore, Md.) finished the regular season No. 1 in the ACC and No. 17 in the nation with 117 tackles. Kiser led UVA with 82 tackles on rushing plays and recorded double-digit tackles in seven of 12 games. He was named ACC Player of the Week after setting a career high with 17 tackles against Duke.

Blanding and Kiser the only teammates in all 10 FBS conferences to finish the regular season ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in tackles in their respective leagues.

Blanding and Kiser are the first UVA sophomores to be named first-team All-ACC since Heath Miller in 2003. They are the first defensive Cavaliers to be named first-team All-ACC as sophomores since Anthony Poindexter in 1996. They are the first Cavalier sophomore duo to be named first-team All-ACC since Terry Kirby and Chris Slade in 1990.

Second-Team Honoree
Severin (Sr., Marlborough, Mass.) led UVA with 759 receiving yards, which ranks No. 3 in the ACC this year and No. 15 all-time in the UVA record book for a season. Severin caught 54 passes and eight touchdowns. The 54 receptions tie him with Herman Moore (1990) for No. 11 all-time in the UVA annals for catches in a season. In 2015 Severin became the 20th player in program history with 100 receptions and finishes his career No. 19 all-time with 102 catches, 96 of which came over the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Severin finishes his career with 1,383 receiving yards, which ranks No. 15 all-time in the UVA record book.

Third-Team Honoree
Mizzell (Jr., Virginia Beach, Va.) broke the ACC record for receiving yards in a season by a running back with 721. His 75 receptions rank No. 2 all-time in ACC history for catches by a running back, just one off the record by Boston College’s Andrew Callender in 2007. Mizzell’s 75 receptions also rank No. 2 all-time in UVA history for catches in a season, trailing only Billy McMullen’s 83 receptions in 2001. Mizzell finished the regular season No. 2 in the ACC with 1,488 all-purpose yards, No. 3 in the ACC with 75 receptions and No. 5 with 721 receiving yards. He also led UVA with 671 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. Mizzell also scored four times via the pass. In 2015 Mizzell became only the fifth Cavalier to reach 1,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards.

Honorable Mention Honorees
Burbank (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) allowed zero sacks in 2015 on 413 passing plays. He started all 12 games, including eight games at left guard and four games at right guard.

Conte (Jr., Roanoke, Va.) through the regular season led the ACC in punting with a 44.7 punting average. He booted 14 balls of 50 yards or more and placed 15 kicks inside the 20.

Dean (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va.) was a key cog in the middle of UVA’s defensive front seven. He led all UVA defensive linemen with 49 tackles and collected 4.5 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss.

2015 All-ACC Football Team

(As voted upon by ACSMA; Listed by position and total points)

 

First Team Offense

 

 

 

WR

Tyler Boyd

Jr.

Pitt

147

WR

Artavis Scott

So.

Clemson

130

WR

Isaiah Ford

So.

Virginia Tech

124

TE

Jaylen Samuels

So.

NC State

93

T

Roderick Johnson

So.

Florida State

102

T

Joe Thuney

Sr.-R

NC State

82

G

Landon Turner

Sr.-R

North Carolina

132

G

Eric Mac Lain

Sr.-R

Clemson

113

C

Matt Skura

Sr.-R

Duke

94

QB

Deshaun Watson

So.

Clemson

150

RB

Dalvin Cook

So.

Florida State

150

RB

Elijah Hood

So.

North Carolina

123

PK

Roberto Aguayo

Jr.-R

Florida State

86

Sp.

DeVon Edwards

Jr.-R

Duke

103

 

First Team Defense

 

 

 

DE

Shaq Lawson

Jr.

Clemson

132

DE

Ejuan Price

Sr.-R

Pitt

111

DT

Carlos Watkins

Jr.-R

Clemson

101

DT

Luther Maddy

Sr.-R

Virginia Tech

60

DT

Connor Wujciak

Sr.-R

Boston College

60

LB

Micah Kiser

So.-R

Virginia

93

LB

Brandon Chubb

Sr.-R

Wake Forest

87

LB

Keith Kelsey

Jr.

Louisville

78

CB

Jalen Ramsey

Jr.

Florida State

122

CB

Mackensie Alexander

So.-R

Clemson

81

S

Jeremy Cash

Sr.-R

Duke

122

S

Quin Blanding

So.

Virginia

88

P

Riley Dixon

Sr.

Syracuse

77

 

 

 

 

 

Second Team Offense

 

 

 

WR

Travis Rudolph

So.

Florida State

96

WR

Canaan Severin

Sr.

Virginia

88

WR

Mack Hollins

Jr.-R

North Carolina

63

WR

Kermit Whitfield

Jr.

Florida State

63

TE

Jordan Leggett

Jr.

Clemson

77

T

Jon Heck

Jr.-R

North Carolina

79

T

Adam Bisnowaty

Jr.-R

Pitt

77

G

Dorian Johnson

Jr.

Pitt

49

G

Caleb Peterson

Jr.-R

North Carolina

45

C

Jay Guillermo

Jr.-R

Clemson

88

QB

Marquise Williams

Sr.-R

North Carolina

95

RB

Wayne Gallman

So.-R

Clemson

115

RB

Qadree Ollison

Fr.-R

Pitt

69

PK

Greg Huegel

Fr.-R

Clemson

77

Sp.

Ryan Switzer

Jr.

North Carolina

83

 

Second Team Defense

 

 

 

DE

Mike Rose

Sr.-R

NC State

96

DE

DeMarcus Walker

Jr.

Florida State

81

DT

Nile Lawrence-Stample

Sr.-R

Florida State

58

DT

DeAngelo Brown

Jr.-R

Louisville

46

LB

Steven Daniels

Sr.

Boston College

65

LB

Ben Boulware

Jr.

Clemson

60

LB

B.J. Goodson

Sr.-R

Clemson

60

LB

Reggie Northrup

Sr.

Florida State

60

CB

M.J. Stewart

So.

North Carolina

65

CB

Artie Burns

Jr.

Miami

51

S

Jayron Kearse

Jr.

Clemson

69

S

Justin Simmons

Sr.

Boston College

47

P

Alex Kinal

Sr.-R

Wake Forest

75

 

 

 

Third Team Offense

 

 

 

WR

Stacy Coley

Jr.

Miami

58

WR

Ryan Switzer

Jr.

North Carolina

34

WR

Quinshad Davis

Sr.

North Carolina

28

TE

Bucky Hodges

So.-R

Virginia Tech

52

T

Mitch Hyatt

Fr.

Clemson

66

T

Joe Gore

Sr.-R

Clemson

59

G

Tyrone Crowder

So.-R

Clemson

39

G

Kareem Are

Jr.-R

Florida State

38

C

Lucas Crowley

Jr.

North Carolina

58

QB

Brad Kaaya

So.

Miami

30

RB

Taquan Mizzell

Jr.

Virginia

43

RB

Travon McMillian

Fr.-R

Virginia Tech

30

PK

Ross Martin

Sr.

Duke

56

Sp.

Brisly Estime

Jr.

Syracuse

34

 

Third Team Defense

 

 

 

DE

Sheldon Rankins

Sr.

Louisville

47

DE

Ron Thompson

Jr.

Syracuse

24

DT

Nazair Jones

So.-R

North Carolina

33

DT

Derrick Nnadi

So.

Florida State

31

DT

Darryl Render

Sr.

Pitt

31

LB

Shakeel Rashad

Sr.

North Carolina

58

LB

James Burgess

Sr.

Louisville

53

LB

Dwayne Norman

Sr.

Duke

43

CB

Cordrea Tankersly

Jr.

Clemson

47

CB

Des Lawrence

Jr.

North Carolina

45

S

Jordan Whitehead

Fr.

Pitt

41

S

Derwin James

Fr.

Florida State

30

P

Will Monday

Sr.-R

Duke

39

 

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mention Offense

 

 

 

TE

Cam Serigne

So.-R

Wake Forest

39

T

Bryan Chamberlain

Sr.-R

Georgia Tech

29

T

Casey Blaser

Jr.-R

Duke

23

T

Geron Christian

Fr.

Louisville

20

G

Chad Mavety

Jr.-R

Florida State

36

G

Lucas Patrick

Sr.-R

Duke

35

G

Ross Burbank

Sr.-R

Virginia

28

G

Trey Braun

Sr.-R

Georgia Tech

25

C

Quinton Schooley

Sr.

NC State

23

RB

Matt Dayes

Jr.

NC State

29

RB

Joe Yearby

So.

Miami

26

PK

Nick Weiler

Jr.

North Carolina

36

PK

Michael Badgley

So.

Miami

27

Sp.

Nyheim Hines

Fr.

NC State

25

Sp.

Kermit Whitfield

Jr.

Florida State

23

Sp.

Bra'Lon Cherry

Jr.

NC State

22

 

Honorable Mention Defense

 

 

 

DE

Kevin Dodd

Jr.-R

Clemson

22

DT

Adam Gotsis

Sr.

Georgia Tech

28

DT

David Dean

Sr.-R

Virginia

28

DT

Corey Marshall

Sr.-R

Virginia Tech

21

LB

Trevon Young

Jr.

Louisville

41

LB

Terrance Smith

Sr.-R

Florida State

39

LB

Devonte Fields

Jr.

Louisville

39

LB

Matt Milano

Jr.

Boston College

38

LB

Jeff Schoettmer

Sr.-R

North Carolina

25

CB

Trumaine Washington

So.

Louisville

38

CB

Shaq Wiggins

So.-R

Louisville

23

CB

Avonte Maddox

So.

Pitt

21

S

Deon Bush

Sr.

Miami

29

S

DeVon Edwards

Jr.-R

Duke

27

S

Donnie Miles

So.-R

North Carolina

26

S

Josh Harvey-Clemons

Jr.-R

Louisville

21

S

Lamarcus Brutus

Sr.-R

Florida State

20

P

Nicholas Conte

Jr.-R

Virginia

31

P

Cason Beatty

Sr.

Florida State

27

P

Alex Howell

Sr.-R

Boston College

24

 

 

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