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ACC Football 2021 All-Conference Team

Sam Howell, North Carolina Tar Heels Football

Sam Howell, North Carolina Tar Heels Football

The 2021 All-ACC team is led by 15 selections from Clemson, followed by North Carolina at 13 and NC State and Virginia Tech tied with 11 apiece. Miami and Wake Forest (10) are the only other teams to hit double-digit selections on the ACC All-Conference Team for '21. 

Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2021. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2021.

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2021. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2021 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year. Also, team strength does not play a role in selections. These are the best individual players at each position in the league for '21.

ACC Football 2021 All-Conference Team

First-Team Offense  

QB       Sam Howell, North Carolina

RB       Zonovan Knight, NC State

RB       Lyn-J Dixon, Clemson

RB       Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech

WR/AP Zay Flowers, Boston College

WR      Justyn Ross, Clemson

WR      Jaquarii Roberson, Wake Forest

TE       James Mitchell, Virginia Tech

C          Alec Lindstrom, Boston College

OL       Ikem Ekwonu, NC State

OL       Jordan McFadden, Clemson

OL       Zion Johnson, Boston College

OL       Joshua Ezeudu, North Carolina

First-Team Defense 

DL       Bryan Bresee, Clemson

DL       Myles Murphy, Clemson

DL       Tyler Davis, Clemson

DL       Amare Barno, Virginia Tech

LB        James Skalski, Clemson

LB        Payton Wilson, NC State

LB        Isaiah Moore, NC State

CB       Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech

CB       Andrew Booth, Clemson

S          Nolan Turner, Clemson

S          Bubba Bolden, Miami

First-Team Specialists          

K         Nick Sciba, Wake Forest

P          Lou Hedley, Miami

KR       Bam Knight, NC State

PR       Thayer Thomas, NC State

Second-Team Offense         

QB       D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson

RB       Mataeo Durant, Duke

RB       Cam'Ron Harris, Miami

AP/RB Christian Beal-Smith, Wake Forest

WR      Mike Harley, Miami

WR      Emeka Emezie, NC State

TE       Braden Galloway, Clemson

C          Grant Gibson, NC State

OL       Zion Nelson, Miami

OL       Ben Petrula, Boston College

OL       Tyler Vrabel, Boston College

OL       Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech

Second-Team Defense         

DL       Miles Fox, Wake Forest

DL       Nesta Jade Silvera, Miami

DL       Raymond Vohasek, North Carolina

DL       Xavier Thomas, Clemson

LB        SirVocea Dennis, Pitt

LB        Nick Jackson, Virginia

LB        Baylon Spector, Clemson

CB       Tony Grimes, North Carolina

CB       Kei'Trel Clark, Louisville

S          Chamarri Conner, Virginia Tech

S          Nick Andersen, Wake Forest

Second-Team Specialists

K         B.T. Potter, Clemson

P          Kirk Christodoulou, Pitt

KR       Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech

PR       Taylor Morin, Wake Forest

Third-Team Offense

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QB       D'Eriq King, Miami

RB       Ty Chandler, North Carolina

RB       Jashaun Corbin, Florida State

AP/WR Tre Turner, Virginia Tech

WR      Jordan Addison, Pitt

WR      Taj Harris, Syracuse

TE       Marshon Ford, Louisville

C          Cole Bentley, Louisville

OL       Matt Bockhorst, Clemson

OL       Jordan Tucker, North Carolina

OL       Zach Tom, Wake Forest

OL       Luke Tenuta, Virginia Tech

Third-Team Defense  

DL       Jermaine Johnson, Florida State

DL       Calijah Kancey, Pitt

DL       Marcus Valdez, Boston College

DL       Norell Pollard, Virginia Tech

LB        Mikel Jones, Syracuse

LB        C.J. Avery, Louisville

LB        Amari Gainer, Florida State

CB       Tyrique Stevenson, Miami

CB       Ja'Sir Taylor, Wake Forest

S          Trey Morrison, North Carolina

S          Joey Blount, Virginia

Third-Team Specialists     

K         Christopher Dunn, NC State

P          Trenton Gill, NC State

KR       Donavon Greene, Wake Forest

PR       Jaelen Gill, Boston College

Fourth-Team Offense      

QB       Phil Jurkovec, Boston College

RB       Ricky Person, NC State

RB       Sean Tucker, Syracuse

WR      Josh Downs, North Carolina

WR      Donavon Greene, Wake Forest

WR      Billy Kemp, Virginia

WR      Tayvion Robinson, Virginia Tech

TE       Will Mallory, Miami

C          Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia

OL       Brock Hoffman, Virginia Tech

OL       Chris Glaser, Virginia

OL       Navaughn Donaldson, Miami

OL       Brian Anderson, North Carolina

OL       Robert Scott, Florida State

Fourth-Team Defense     

DL       McKinley Williams, Syracuse

DL       Mandy Alonso, Virginia

DL       Tomari Fox, North Carolina

DL       Deslin Alexandre, Pitt

DL       Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech

LB        Quez Jackson, Georgia Tech

LB        Tomon Fox, North Carolina

LB        Shaka Heyward, Duke

CB       Damarri Mathis, Pitt

CB       Garrett Williams, Syracuse

CB         Josh DeBerry, Boston College

CB         Storm Duck, North Carolina

Fourth-Team Specialists   

K         Andre Szymt, Syracuse

P          Ben Kiernan, North Carolina

KR       Trebor Pena, Syracuse

PR       Billy Kemp IV, Virginia

Total Selections on Athlon's 2021 All-ACC Team


Number of Selections

Boston College






Florida State


Georgia Tech






North Carolina


NC State








Virginia Tech


Wake Forest


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