A graduate of Phoebus High, Boyd easily outdistanced Florida State’s EJ Manuel for first-team honors in voting by 46 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. He is the fourth former Peninsula high school quarterback to make All-ACC in the last nine seasons, joining Bryan Randall (Bruton), Marcus Vick (Warwick) and Tyrod Taylor (Hampton), all of whom played at Virginia Tech.
Virginia linebacker Steve Greer and offensive tackle Oday Aboushi made first team. Tight end Jake McGee, linebacker LaRoy Reynolds and cornerback Demetrious Nicholson were honorable mention.
For the first time since joining the ACC in 2004, indeed for the first time since joining the Big East in 1991, Virginia Tech had no players make first-team all-conference. Linebacker Jack Tyler, cornerback Antone Exum and end James Gayle, a Bethel High graduate, made second team.
Honorable mention Hokies include defensive tackles Derrick and Antoine Hopkins, linebacker Bruce Taylor, cornerback Kyle Fuller.
North Carolina tailback Gio Bernard was the leading vote-getter at any position with 91 points. Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner had 89, Boyd 86. Two points were awarded for a first-team vote, one for a second-team nod, meaning Bernard was one shy of unanimous for first team.
Here’s a link to my ballot, which pretty much mirrors the actual results.
Individual awards will be announced Tuesday and Wednesday.
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