As Rashad Weaver and Patrick Jones continue to rack up All-American Awards, our All-ACC analyst, Richard Hefner, put together a nice run down on the 2020 All-ACC team. I’ve been sitting on this for about a week, so my apologies if some of the data is a little bit dated. – Michaelangelo
The 2020 ALL ACC Team
The 2020 ALL ACC Team and (some) Recruiting Info
by Richard Hefner
The 2020 All ACC Team was announced in late December. Below is a link to the press release. If you have not read the release, I suggest you do. It does add some detail to the first team selections.
For a quicker read, you can also review Mike’s 12/22/2020 article.
If you decided not to read the ACC press release here are a few details you may want to know:
The selections were chosen by a vote of a select 49-member media panel and the league’s 15 head coaches (64 total voters). I have no idea who are included in the media panel. Wish I did. Three points are awarded for each first-team vote, two points for each second team vote and one point for each third-team vote.
On offense, the voters vote for 3 WR’s, 2 each RB’s, OT’s, OG’s, and 1 each QB, TE, C, and AP (all purpose) for each All ACC team. An AP player is normally a RB who also is a pass receiving threat. But WR’s can be honored for being a running threat – think 2019 Maurice FFrench who made 3’rd team All ACC as both a WR and AP.
On defense voters vote for 3 LB’s and 2 each DE’s, DT’s, CB’s S’s for each team.
Voters also pick 1 each P, PK and a SP (special team return specialist) for each team.
That is a total of 27 positions to be filled on each of the 3 team or a total of 81 positions to be filled. That is a total of 10,368 individual points awarded if all ballots are completely filled.
The ACC also has an Honorable Mention (HM) category. This year the cutoff is receiving 20 points, the same as in 2015,2016 and 2019. In 2017 and 2018 the cutoff was 25 points. Those players not selected for any of the 3 teams make the HM group if they receive more than 20 vote points.
There were 2 major changes to the All ACC team presentation in the ACC press release. Obviously, Notre Dame players were included. I expected that to occur. The second was the discontinuance of the players eligibility status. In prior years, the ACC reported if the honoree was a Freshman, RS-freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. It does not really matter but it took me a little while longer to gather data.
The above is my understanding of how the All ACC team is selected. The below starts my observations, comments and opinions.
In total, the 134 players received 20 or more points to fill the 27 positions on the 1’st, 2’nd and 3’rd teams (82 names – there was a tie in one category). The HM group had 52 names. All together the 3 teams and the HM group accounted for 9,677 points of the 10,368 total points. That is 691 points given to players who did not make the HM list.
The 134 total honorees were 12 more than the 122 selected for the 2019. Average number of honorees from 2015 – 19 was 120.6. The additional players selected are due to the addition of Notre Dame.
In Mike’s article Grading the ‘Duzz, he did not include the three Pitt players who made the HM list. I disagree with that decision and I include them. If the ACC puts out an ALL list that has HM’s, it is included for a reason and that is good enough for me. Other conferences have a HM group and others do not. BTW, two PITT players where 1 point away from tying for a 3’rd team position.
In describing the positions that are voted on , I mentioned the AP position. Since this position is normally a combination rusher/receiver, there is a chance for duplicate names being chosen. Like most years I have reviewed we have duplication of names. For 2020 we have this list:
One set of names is different than the others. Can you find the odd set and why?
In the 2019 All ACC team, there was 5 duplicate name sets. The odd quirk was Pitt’s own Maurice French who made the list for 3 different positions WR-3’rd, AP-3’rd and SP-HN.
There were 8 walk-ons who made All ACC.
To decide if a player was a walk-on, I first used 24/7 team roster list. If you click on a name, you receive either his HS recruiting profile or an “end of the internet” message. I think that is cute. If you receive his HS profile, there is either a ranking or not. Sometimes there is a year of commitment. In either case, I go to Rivals (or my downloaded by year commitment list) and check for his name. Lastly, I use Rivals recruit search function and search for his name. If a name does not show up anywhere, he is a walk-on.
While we Pitt fans rightfully honor Jimmy Morrissey for being a walk-on, we forget that Alex Kessman came to Pitt as a walk-on. Blewitt was still on the payroll at that time and Kessman was promised a scholarship once Blewitt graduated.
Overall, 4 of the 8 were either punters or kickers.
Transfers are playing a larger role in the college football world. With the NCAA transfer portal initiated in February 2018, the tracking of players who wish to transfer is easier to track. How did some of the transfers fare on the All ACC team. There were 10.
Would Miami have ended the 2020 season with an 8-2 ACC record without the 5 transfers on this list? IMO, no.
That ends my observations. I truly believe you waded through all this verbiage waiting and hoping for data. Well, here it comes.
First up is slicing & dicing of All ACC selection by school by team. I even put in a subtotals for the Mike crowd who only believe that 1’st, 2’nd and 3’rd teamers are the only ones who matter. Sorry Reed, you will have to do your own 1’st & 2’nd team subtotals.
The below chart breaks down the All ACC by Rivals recruiting rating by year.
The next chart breaks down all the honorees by Rivals rankings and by year.
Note: I removed the duplicate 6 rankings. That is why there is only 128 listed. The color coded blocks where the ones adjusted. FYI, the blocks were all adjusted by 1 except the 2017 5.7 block adjusted by 2.
In a normal year, all of the players in the 2015 and 2016 class would be out of eligibility. (Except for the occasional medical redshirt additional year of eligibility.) I expect most of this 2016 class to move on to take a chance at the wheel of fortune NFL draft or FA. I also expect a number of 2017 and 2018 honorees, especially those in skill positions, to take their shot at the wheel.
My last chart is limited to true ACC players. I am excluding the 17 ND players, the 6 duplicates, the 8 walk-ons and the 10 transfers. (Note: one of the 19 ND selections was a transfer. Another was a duplicate). The last chart summarizes ACC recruiting by Rivals ranking by team over the last 5 years (2016 -20). I also listed the teams alphabetically by division.
The percentage of 5 stars and probably 4-stars is understated. Of the 19 Clemson 5-stars, 6 were from the 2016 and 2017 team. None of them were on the 2020 Clemson roster. Probably the same for 4-stars. But what is interesting is the 5.2 2-stars. 2.8% of all recruits but 13.2% of the All ACC. And it is not all punters and kickers. Just one of the 5 were. One even made first team. A lot of good development and scouting on that 2-star group.
The transfer portal has become a both a bane and a boon to recruiting. I did a quick review of the Florida State and Miami transfer portal activity and those teams combined have lost 11 4-stars to the portal and potentially another 8. (I get my portal data from 24/7 using 24/7 ranking. Recently, I decided to add Rivals ranking to that database. I have not completed all teams.)
It has become a boon also. Review the transfer chart above. Good mixture of stars and obviously impact. Pitt has tried to fill holes in the past. Hopefully Minor & Devonshire have the impact of DJ Turner.
One final thought. There is favoritism in the voting. My most nefarious example is the selection of Florida State 5-star DT Marvin Wilson to the 2’nd Team. He played in 6 of the 9 game FSU played. He started 5. His stat line (per the NCAA site) is 17 tackles (11 solo, 6 assist), 1 sack, 2 solo TFL, 1 fumble recovery, and if I read it right, 3 blocked punts. In homage to Ike, here is Calijah Kancey’s info. He played in all 11 Pitt games. He started 4. His stats line is 27 tackles (12 solo, 15 assist), 1.5 sacks, 5 solo TFL, 4 Assist TFL & 2 PBU’s. I am not saying Kancey is All ACC material, but neither is Wilson. The only reason he made this year’s list is because he was a 2019 1’st teamer (along with Jaylen Twyman).
That end my review. I had more but it is already way to long. I just reviewed my article and notice no mention of THE Citadel. But now I have, and my streak continues.