State places three on preseason All-ACC team; UNC, Duke shut out

Wake Forest tight end Cam Serigne was also honored with selection to the preseason all-conference team

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NC State coach Dave Doeren is flanked by preseason All-ACCplayers Jaylen Samuels (left) and Bradley Chubb during last week's ACC Football Kickoff event

NC State placed three players on the preseason All-ACC football team to lead the way among state schools. Wake Forest got one selection while North Carolina and Duke were shut out in the voting among members of the conference’s media, which was announced Wednesday. Jaylen Samuels headed Wolfpack contingent by being the first player named to the ACC’s newly created All Purpose position. The senior has played tight end, wide receiver and running back during his three previous seasons at State. He received 124 votes to easily outpoll Pittsburgh’s Quadree Henderson with 43. Defensive end Bradley Chubb, who passed up the NFL draft to return for his senior season with the Wolfpack got 101 votes to earn a spot on the preseason all-conference team alongside Boston College senior and Fayetteville native Harold Landry. State punter A.J. Cole III won the voting at his position with 33 votes, edging out Syracuse’s Sterling Hofrichter with 31 and UNC’s Tommy Sheldon with 25. Wake Forest’s Cam Serigne was the only player from a Big Four school to earn preseason All-ACC recognition. The senior, who is poised to become the Deacon’s all-time leader in both catches and receiving yards by a tight end, picked up 96 votes to easily earn his spot on the team. Cornerback M.J. Stewart and offensive tackle Bentley Spain were the UNC players that came closest to earning preseason all-conference honors. Stewart, with 27 votes, finished a distant third to Florida State’s Tarvarus McFadden (117 votes) and Louisville’s Jaire Alexander (104). Spain also placed third with 32 points, behind All-ACC selections Mitch Hyatt of Clemson (123) and Pittsburgh’s Brian O’Neill (83). The only Duke player to come close to earning a spot on the team was center Austin Davis, whose 32 points place him behind Florida State’s Alec Eberle (54) and Boston College’s Jon Baker (51). Here are all the preseason All-ACC selections with vote totals:OffenseWR — Deon Cain, Jr., ClemsonWR — Ahmmon Richards, So., MiamiWR — Cam Phillips, Sr., Virginia TechTE — Cam Serigne, Sr.-r, Wake ForestAP — Jaylen Samuels, Sr., NC StateOT — Mitch Hyatt, Jr., Clemson OT — Brian O’Neill, Jr.-r, PittOG — Tyrone Crowder, Sr.-r, ClemsonOG — Wyatt Teller, Sr.-r, Virginia TechC — Alec Eberle, Jr.-r, Florida StateQB — Lamar Jackson, Jr., LouisvilleRB — Mark Walton, Jr., MiamiRB — Dedrick Mills, So., Georgia TechDefenseDE — Harold Landry, Sr., Boston CollegeDE — Bradley Chubb, Sr., NC State DT — Dexter Lawrence, So., ClemsonDT — Christian Wilkins, Jr., Clemson LB — Micah Kiser, Sr.-r, VirginiaLB — Shaquille Quarterman, So., MiamiLB — Tremaine Edmunds, Jr., Virginia TechCB — Tarvarus McFadden, Jr., Florida StateCB — Jaire Alexander, Jr., Louisville S — Derwin James, So.-r, Florida StateS — Quin Blanding, Sr., VirginiaSpecial TeamsPK — Michael Badgley, Jr., MiamiP — A.J. Cole III, Jr., NC StateSP — Quadree Henderson, Jr., Pitt2017 All-ACC Preseason Team VotingQuarterbackLamar Jackson, Louisville 132; Deondre Francois, Florida State 29; Eric Dungey, Syracuse 3; Daniel Jones, Duke 2; Ryan Finley, NC State 1.Running BackMark Walton Miami, 127; Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech 75; Jacques Patrick, Florida State 38; Travon McMillian, Virginia Tech 24; Nyheim Hines, NC State 19; Jeremy Smith, Louisville 16; Shaun Wilson, Duke 16; Jon Hilliman, Boston College 10; Clinton Lynch, Georgia Tech 4; Dontae Strickland, Syracuse 2; Qua Searcy, Georgia Tech 2; George Aston, Pitt 1. Wide ReceiverDeon Cain, Clemson 103; Ahmmon Richards, Miami 77; Cam Phillips, Virginia Tech 68; Hunter Renfrow, Clemson 44; Jaylen Smith, Louisville 44; Nyqwan Murray, Florida State 33; Ervin Philips, Syracuse 24; Jester Weah, Pitt 22; Auden Tate, Florida State 22; T.J. Rahming, Duke 13; Austin Proehl, North Carolina 12; Ricky Jeune, Georgia Tech 10; Steve Ishmael, Syracuse 9; Kelvin Harmon, NC State 7; Doni Dowling, Virginia 4; Stephen Louis, NC State 3; Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia 3; Thomas Jackson, North Carolina 2; Jeff Smith, Boston College 1. Tight EndCam Serigne, Wake Forest 96; Chris Herndon IV, Miami 29; Ryan Izzo, Florida State 23; Brandon Fritts, North Carolina 6; Daniel Helm, Duke 5; Tommy Sweeney, Boston College 4; Carl Tucker, North Carolina 4. All-PurposeJaylen Samuels, NC State 124; Quadree Henderson, Pitt 43. Offensive TackleMitch Hyatt, Clemson 123; Brian O’Neill, Pitt 83; Bentley Spain, North Carolina 32; Rick Leonard, Florida State 20; Geron Christian, Louisville 14; Brock Ruble, Florida State 13; Tyler Jones, NC State 9; Evan Lisle, Duke 8; Sean Po