Perkins Shares Second-Team All-ACC QB Honors With His Teammates

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Bryce Perkins leaves three FSU defenders behind on a first-down carry (Photo by John Markon).

Most any other year, Virginia’s Bryce Perkins would likely be an easy choice for first-team All-ACC quarterback. This year, however, Perkins had the unfortunate experience of competing against Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, who was second-team last year, and was bumped to first team in voting this time around.

Perkins, a senior, led the ACC in total offense with 3,636 yards, breaking his own Virginia record of 3,603 set last season. Lawrence finished fourth in total offense with 3,253 yards and had less passing yardage (2,870 to Perkins’ 2,949), but Lawrence plays for the No. 3 ranked team in the nation.

The UVA quarterback wasn’t even aware of the honor until just before media interviews Tuesday morning at the McCue Center, having been informed by Coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Instead of being dejected by the news, Perkins was excited.

“It’s a reflection of our team,” the former junior-college All-American QB said. “The second half of the season, we really picked things up as a team. We started 4-0 but the offense wasn’t really clicking then. [The honor] is a testament to how hard the offensive line, receivers and running backs played.

“I received the award, but without them, I might as well have played tennis or some one-on-one sport of that nature.”

The Cavaliers’ quarterback wanted to share his good fortune with the entire offense.

“It’s an award to me, but it’s an award for the team. We’re the second-team ACC offense. The second half of the season, I don’t think many offenses have played as well as we have. It’s an honor to get that award,” Perkins said.

Meanwhile, Perkins’ teammate and fellow senior Joe Reed was the only Cavalier player to earn first-team honors, at both the kickoff return specialist position and all-purpose (receiver/runner/returner). Reed is only the second player in ACC history to pass 3,000 yards in career kickoff returns.

Two UVA players made the third team, linebacker Jordan Mack and safety Joey Blount.

Six Cavaliers were named honorable mention: wide receiver Hasise Dubois, center Olusegun Oluwatimi, defensive end Eli Hanback, linebacker Charles Snowden, linebacker Zane Zandier and kicker Brian Delaney.

The entire All-ACC teams and honorable mention, along with voting points, appear below. A voting panel of 46 media members and the league’s 14 head coaches voted on the teams.

First-Team Offense

QB – Trevor Lawrence, Clemson; 150
RB – Travis Etienne, Clemson; 176
RB – AJ Dillon, Boston College; 168
WR – Sage Surratt, Wake Forest; 167
WR – Tee Higgins, Clemson; 153
WR – Tutu Atwell, Louisville; 153
TE – Brevin Jordan, Miami; 115
AP – Joe Reed, Virginia; 142
OT – Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson; 136
OT – Mehki Becton, Louisville; 126
OG – John Simpson, Clemson; 160
OG – John Phillips, Boston College; 114
C – Jimmy Morrissey, Pitt; 92
First-Team Defense
DE – Gregory Rousseau, Miami; 152
DE – Carlos Basham, Wake Forest; 142
DT – Jaylen Twyman, Pitt; 146
DT – Marvin Wilson, Florida State; 136
LB – Isaiah Simmons, Clemson; 157
LB – Chazz Surratt, North Carolina; 144
LB – Shaquille Quarterman, Miami; 129
CB – Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech; 136
CB – A.J. Terrell, Clemson; 100
S – Paris Ford, Pitt; 130
S – Tanner Muse, Clemson; 122
First-Team Specialists
PK – Nick Sciba, Wake Forest; 156
P – Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse; 103
SP – Joe Reed, Virginia; 156
Second-Team Offense
QB – Bryce Perkins, Virginia; 102
RB – Cam Akers, Florida State; 123
RB – Javian Hawkins, Louisville; 103
WR – Dazz Newsome, North Carolina; 96
WR – Tamorrion Terry, Florida State; 90
WR – Trishton Jackson, Syracuse; 86
TE – Noah Gray, Duke; 75
AP – Hassan Hall, Louisville; 59
OT – Charlie Heck, North Carolina; 117
OT – Ben Petrula, Boston College; 85
OG – Gage Cervenka, Clemson; 103
OG – Zion Johnson, Boston College; 98
C – Sean Pollard, Clemson; 90
Second-Team Defense
DE – Patrick Jones II, Pitt; 103
DE – Victor Dimukeje, Duke; 88
DT – Larrell Murchison, NC State; 89
DT – Tyler Davis, Clemson; 79
LB – Rayshard Ashby, Virginia Tech; 120
LB – Max Richardson, Boston College; 90
LB – Michael Pinckney, Miami (FL); 55
CB – Dane Jackson, Pitt; 87
CB  – Derion Kendrick, Clemson; 77
S – Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State; 102
S – Andre Cisco, Syracuse; 99
Second-Team Specialists
PK – Christopher Dunn, NC State; 87
P – Dom Maggio, Wake Forest; 76
SP – Damond Philyaw-Johnson, Duke; 69
Third-Team Offense
QB – Sam Howell, North Carolina; 76
RB – Jordan Mason, Georgia Tech; 42
RB – Michael Carter, North Carolina; 39
WR – Kendall Hinton, Wake Forest; 64
WR – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 61
WR – Dyami Brown, North Carolina; 57
TE – Hunter Long, Boston College; 63
AP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 34
OT – Justin Herron, Wake Forest; 83
OT – Jackson Carman, Clemson; 52
OG – Bryce Hargrove, Pitt; 88
OG – Nate Gilliam, Wake Forest; 81
C – Alec Lindstrom, Boston College; 72
Third-Team Defense
DE – Xavier Thomas, Clemson; 49
DE – Chris Rumph II, Duke; 38
DT – Jason Strowbridge, North Carolina; 60
DT – Nyles Pinckney, Clemson; 59
LB – Jordan Mack, Virginia; 53
LB – Lakiem Williams, Syracuse; 51
LB – Koby Quansah, Duke; 49
CB – Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State; 74
CB – Essang Bassey, Wake Forest; 61
S – K’Von Wallace, Clemson; 80
S – Joey Blount, Virginia; 38
Third-Team Specialists
PK – Andre Szmyt, Syracuse; 59
P – Trenton Gill, NC State; 61
SP – Hassan Hall, Louisville; 68
Honorable Mention Offense
QB – Jamie Newman, Wake Forest; 27
RB – Javonte Williams, North Carolina; 22
RB – David Bailey, Boston College; 20
WR – Justyn Ross, Clemson; 48
WR – Hasise Dubois, Virginia; 24
WR – Amari Rodgers, Clemson; 20
WR – Damon Hazelton, Virginia Tech; 20
TE – Cary Angeline, NC State; 32
TE – Jack Freudenthal, Wake Forest; 23
AP – Michael Carter, North Carolina; 32
AP – Amari Rodgers, Clemson; 31
OT – Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech; 36
OT – Tyler Vrabel, Boston College; 29
OT – Jake Benzinger, Wake Forest; 24
OG – Lecitus Smith, Virginia Tech; 38
OG – Jack DeFoor, Georgia Tech; 20
C – Zach Tom, Wake Forest; 40
C – Jack Wohlabaugh, Duke; 29
C – Olusegun Oluwatimi, Virginia; 25

Honorable Mention Defense

DE – Justin Foster, Clemson; 33
DE – Alton Robinson, Syracuse; 33
DE – Eli Hanback, Virginia; 21
DT – Aaron Crawford, North Carolina; 42
DT – Amir Watts, Pitt; 34
DT – Jarrod Hewitt, Virginia Tech; 33
LB – Justin Strnad, Wake Forest; 43
LB – Charles Snowden, Virginia; 38
LB – David Curry, Georgia Tech; 25
LB – Zane Zandier, Virginia; 23
LB – Kylan Johnson, Pitt; 23
CB – Tre Swilling, Georgia Tech; 55
CB – Jermaine Waller, Virginia Tech; 54
CB – Stanford Samuels III, Florida State; 32
CB – Trajan Bandy, Miami (FL); 30
S – Myles Dorn, North Carolina; 23
S – Nasir Greer, Wake Forest; 23

Honorable Mention Specialists

P – Oscar Bradburn, Virginia Tech; 59
P – Austin Parker, Duke; 29
SP – Maurice Ffrench, Pitt; 28
PK – Brian Delaney, Virginia; 22
PK – AJ Reed, Duke; 21

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