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Monday, November 30, 2009

Six Triangle players make first team all-ACC

Posted by on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 11:16 PM

click to enlarge Thaddeus Lewis earned second-team honors over several other worthy ACC quarterbacks.  (File photo by Rob Rowe)
  • Thaddeus Lewis earned second-team honors over several other worthy ACC quarterbacks. (File photo by Rob Rowe)

With the ACC regular season wrapped up, the first and second all-ACC teams were announced Monday, including 13 players from the Triangle.


The Blue Devils' high-octane offense was led by quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who was voted on the second team. Lewis' primary target, Donovan Varner, made first team and led the league with 5.4 catchers per game.

Kicker Will Snyderwine made the second team as well as linebacker Vincent Rey.

N.C. State

Glaringly absent from the selections is quarterback Russell Wilson, who led the Wolfpack to a dramatic win over UNC Saturday and accounted for 35 touchdowns on the season.

Tight end George Bryan made the first team, and defensive end Willie Young, who recorded eight sacks this season, was on the second team.

North Carolina

Four North Carolina players, the most of any school, earned first-team honors as voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Defensive end Robert Quinn, linebacker Quan Sturdivant, cornerback Kendric Burney and safety Deunta Williams were all selected to the first team.

Burney picked off five passes this season and racked up 200 return yards to reach second in interception return yardage in ACC history.

Defensive tackle Marvin Austin, who is considering turning pro after this season, and linebacker Bruce Carter, who told the media he would be returning for his senior season, both made the second defensive team.

UNC's only offensive selection came in kicker Casey Barth, and the Tar Heels' four first-team selections are the most since the 1997 season (six).

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