A total of 10 University of Louisville football players were named All-Atlantic Coast Conference in a vote by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) on Monday. Linebacker Keith Kelsey was the lone first-team selection for the Cardinals after finishing eighth in the ACC in total tackles.
Defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown was a second-team selection, while defensive end Sheldon Rankins and linebacker James Burgess were named to the third-team.
Offensive tackle Geron Christian, outside linebackers Devonte Fields and Trevon Young, cornerbacks Shaq Wiggins and Trumaine Washington, and safety Josh Harvey-Clemons were named honorable mention.
Kelsey, a junior from Gainesville, Fla., led the Cards in tackles with 100, becoming the first player to reach the century mark in stops Preston Brown tallied over 100 in 2012. Playing on the inside, Kelsey registered five double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 15 versus Houston and 14 against Virginia.
Enjoying his best season this year, Brown, a junior from Savannah, Ga., was credited with a career-best 38 tackles playing all 12 games at tackle. Brown also totaled 6.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks.
Rankins and Burgess, a pair of seniors on the defense, were voted to the third team. Rankins also tallied one of his best seasons during his four-year career. Rankins, who started all 13 games, posted a career-best 53 tackles and was tied for second on the team with 12.0 tackles for loss and was third on the squad with 6.0 sacks.
Burgess, a starter in all 12 games at inside linebacker, was second on the team in tackles with a career-best 90 stops and added one interception. He established a new career-high with 15 tackles against Houston and added 10 in a win over Boston College.
Christian was the lone honoree on offense, earning honorable mention accolades. As a true freshman, Christian was the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games on the offensive line.
Young and Fields formed one of the top pass-rushing duos in the conference, combining for 16.5 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss. Young, who had 3.0 sacks versus Boston College and Wake Forest, led the Cards with 8.5 sacks and totaled 10.0 tackles for loss.
Fields has registered a team-high 19.5 tackles for loss and is second on the team in sacks with 8.0. The former TCU Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has been credited with 5.5 sacks in his last three games, including 2.5 in the 38-24 win over Kentucky to close the regular seaon.
Wiggins, who transferred from Georgia, was in his first season as a starter. He was credited with 30 tackles, a pair of interceptions and led the team with 10 pass break-ups.
Washington has been one of the biggest surprises in the secondary this season. After playing sparingly last season as a true freshman, Washington led the Cardinals with four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown in a win over Syracuse. A native of Miami, Fla., Washington has been credited with 48 tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss, while leading the team with three forced fumbles.
A starter in all 13 games, Harvey-Clemons led the secondary with a career-best 80 tackles and also totaled a pair of interceptions. In his first game at UofL, Harvey-Clemons was credited with 14 tackles and a pair of interceptions in a loss to Auburn.
The Cardinals, who finished the regular season at 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC, will learn their bowl fate on Sunday, Dec. 6. The Cardinals will make their sixth-straight bowl appearance and the sixth overall under head coach Bobby Petrino.
The 2015 ACSMA All-ACC Football Team:
|First Team Offense|
|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|
|RB||Dalvin Cook||So.||Florida State||150|
|RB||Elijah Hood||So.||North Carolina||123|
|PK||Roberto Aguayo||Jr.-R||Florida State||86|
First Team Defense
|DT||Luther Maddy||Sr.-R||Virginia Tech||60|
|DT||Connor Wujciak||Sr.-R||Boston College||60|
|LB||Brandon Chubb||Sr.-R||Wake Forest||87|
|CB||Jalen Ramsey||Jr.||Florida State||122|
|Second Team Offense|
|WR||Travis Rudolph||So.||Florida State||96|
|WR||Mack Hollins||Jr.-R||North Carolina||63|
|WR||Kermit Whitfield||Jr.||Florida State||63|
|T||Jon Heck||Jr.-R||North Carolina||79|
|G||Caleb Peterson||Jr.-R||North Carolina||45|
|QB||Marquise Williams||Sr.-R||North Carolina||95|
|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|
|LB||Steven Daniels||Sr.||Boston College||65|
|LB||Reggie Northrup||Sr.||Florida State||60|
|CB||M.J. Stewart||So.||North Carolina||65|
|Third Team Offense|
|WR||Ryan Switzer||Jr.||North Carolina||34|
|WR||Quinshad Davis||Sr.||North Carolina||28|
|TE||Bucky Hodges||So.-R||Virginia Tech||52|
|G||Kareem Are||Jr.-R||Florida State||38|
|C||Lucas Crowley||Jr.||North Carolina||58|
|RB||Travon McMillian||Fr.-R||Virginia Tech||30|
|Third Team Defense|
|DT||Nazair Jones||So.-R||North Carolina||33|
|DT||Derrick Nnadi||So.||Florida State||31|
|LB||Shakeel Rashad||Sr.||North Carolina||58|
|CB||Des Lawrence||Jr.||North Carolina||45|
|S||Derwin James||Fr.||Florida State||30|
|Honorable Mention Offense|
|TE||Cam Serigne||So.-R||Wake Forest||39|
|T||Bryan Chamberlain||Sr.-R||Georgia Tech||29|
|G||Chad Mavety||Jr.-R||Florida State||36|
|G||Trey Braun||Sr.-R||Georgia Tech||25|
|C||Quinton Schooley||Sr.||NC State||23|
|RB||Matt Dayes||Jr.||NC State||29|
|PK||Nick Weiler||Jr.||North Carolina||36|
|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|
|DT||Adam Gotsis||Sr.||Georgia Tech||28|
|DT||Corey Marshall||Sr.-R||Virginia Tech||21|
|LB||Terrance Smith||Sr.-R||Florida State||39|
|LB||Matt Milano||Jr.||Boston College||38|
|LB||Jeff Schoettmer||Sr.-R||North Carolina||25|
|S||Donnie Miles||So.-R||North Carolina||26|
|S||Lamarcus Brutus||Sr.-R||Florida State||20|
|P||Cason Beatty||Sr.||Florida State||27|
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