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Three Wolfpack players earn first-team All-ACC

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NC State senior defensive end Bradley Chubb was the top vote getter on the All-ACC defensive first team.
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NCSU senior defensive end Bradley Chubb earned the most voting points of any defender from the 45 designated media members and ACC’s 14 head coaches of any player for the 2017 All-ACC team.

Chubb accumulated 168 points from the voters en route to first-team All-ACC honors. He was joined on the first team by NCSU senior H-back Jaylen Samuels, who earned a spot at the all-purpose position, and junior running back Nyheim Hines.

NC State sophomore wide receiver Kelvin Harmon, redshirt junior right tackle Will Richardson and senior right guard Tony Adams were named second-team All-ACC on offense.

Redshirt junior quarterback Ryan Finley and Hines, as a return man, added third-team honors. Redshirt junior center Garrett Bradbury, senior defensive tackle B.J. Hill and junior punter A.J. Cole III earned honorable mention.

The number of NC State players voted first-team All-ACC is the most since three were chosen in 2005 (defensive ends Mario Williams and Manny Lawson, and linebacker Stephen Tulloch). Six on the first three teams is the most since the Wolfpack placed nine in 2002.

Chubb led the ACC with 25 tackles for loss and 10 sacks, and was third on the Wolfpack with 73 tackles. He added two passes broken up, three forced fumbles and blocked a kick this season. He earned ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week for his efforts against Florida State, Syracuse and Boston College, when he amassed a combined 6.5 sacks and 11.5 tackles for loss in the three wins.

Hines rushed 181 times for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns, despite missing parts of three different games due to injury. He finished third in the ACC in rushing yards — second among running backs — and was fifth with 86.7 rushing yards per game. He added 25 catches for 124 yards. Hines reached 100 yards in five different games during his first year at running back. He also averaged 22.3 yards on 21 kick returns, with a long of 50, and 14.1 yards on 10 punt returns, including a 92-yard touchdown.

Samuels lined up at slot receiver, running back, fullback, tight end and Wildcat quarterback. The one-of-a-kind weapon finished fifth in the ACC with 69 catches, which gained 551 yards and four touchdowns. On the ground, he added 70 carries for 384 yards and 11 scores, and he completed one pass for 25 yards.

Samuels had a season-high 104 yards on seven catches against Louisville, had 15 catches for 85 yards and a score against South Carolina, and rushed for a season-high 74 yards and a touchdown on nine carries against Syracuse.

NC State’s offensive line allowed only 12 sacks on the season and paved the way for 177.4 rushing yards and 271.8 passing yards per game. The five main starters collectively allowed one sack out of the 12, and Adams, Bradbury and Richardson went unscathed.

Harmon led the Wolfpack in receiving yards, catching 65 passes for 993 yards and four touchdowns. If he can gain seven yards in the bowl game he’ll become the first Wolfpack receiver to reach 1,000 receiving yards since Jerricho Cotchery in 2003. Harmon finished sixth in the ACC in receptions, second in receiving yards and fourth in receiving yards per game (82.8).

Finley earned third-team honors after he passed for 3,200 yards and 16 touchdowns. He completed 288 of 450 throws (64.0 percent) and had just six interceptions. He added 63 carries for 195 yards and three touchdowns.

Finley ranked second in the ACC in passing yardage and completion percentage, third in passing yards per game (266.7) and sixth in passing touchdowns.

2017 All-ACC football teams

First Team Offense

Pos. - Name, Year, School (Points)

WR - Steve Ishmael, Sr., Syracuse (164)

WR - Cam Phillips, Sr., Virginia Tech (136)

WR - Jaylen Smith, Jr., Louisville (114)

TE - Cam Serigne, Sr., Wake Forest (147)

OT - Mitch Hyatt, Jr., Clemson (163)

OT - Brian O'Neill, Jr., Pittsburgh (109)

OG - Tyrone Crowder, Sr., Clemson (131)

OG - Wyatt Teller, Sr., Virginia Tech (107)

C - Justin Falcinelli, Jr., Clemson (59)

QB - Lamar Jackson, Jr., Louisville (171)

RB - AJ Dillon, Fr., Boston College (171)

RB - Nyheim Hines, Jr., NC State (148)

AP - Jaylen Samuels, Sr., NC State (147)

PK - Michael Badgley, Sr., Miami (98)

SP - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, So., North Carolina (58)

First Team Defense

Pos. - Name, Year, School (Points)

DE - Bradley Chubb, Sr., NC State (168)

DE - Clelin Ferrell, So., Clemson (123)

DT - Christian Wilkins, Jr., Clemson (153)

DT - Dexter Lawrence, So., Clemson (108)

LB - Micah Kiser, Sr., Virginia (155)

LB - Tremaine Edmunds, Jr., Virginia Tech (135)

LB - Joe Giles-Harris, So., Duke (114)

CB - Mark Gilbert, So., Duke (97)

CB - Greg Stroman, Sr., Virginia Tech (89)

S - Quin Blanding, Sr., Virginia (151)

S - Derwin James, So., Florida State (109)

P - Ryan Winslow, Sr., Pittsburgh (99)

Second Team Offense

Pos. - Name, Year, School (Points)

WR - Kelvin Harmon, So., NC State (108)

WR - Olamide Zaccheaus, Jr., Virginia (92)

WR - Ervin Philips, Sr., Syracuse (91)

TE - Christopher Herndon IV, Sr., Miami (123)

OT - Will Richardson, Jr., NC State (87)

OT - Chris Lindstrom, Jr., Boston College (55)

OG - Tony Adams, Sr., NC State (81)

OG - Parker Braun, So., Georgia Tech (64)

C - Ryan Anderson, Jr., Wake Forest (45)

C - Alec Eberle, Jr., Florida State (45)

QB - John Wolford, Sr., Wake Forest (77)

RB - KirVonte Benson, So., Georgia Tech (98)

RB - Travis Homer, So., Miami (87)

AP - Greg Dortch, Fr., Wake Forest (54)

PK - Mike Weaver, Sr., Wake Forest (73)

SP - Quadree Henderson, Jr., Pittsburgh (52)

Second Team Defense

Pos. - Name, Year, School (Points)

DE - Austin Bryant, Jr., Clemson (85)

DE - Duke Ejiofor, Sr., Wake Forest (78)

DT - Tim Settle, So., Virginia Tech (83)

DT - RJ McIntosh, Jr., Miami (79)

LB - Dorian O'Daniel, Sr., Clemson (102)

LB - Shaquille Quarterman, So., Miami (79)

LB - Parris Bennett, Sr., Syracuse (72)

CB - Michael Jackson, Jr., Miami (70)

CB - Tarvarus McFadden, Jr., Florida State (59)

S - Jaquan Johnson, Jr., Miami (98)

S - Lukas Denis, Jr., Boston College (94)

P - Lester Coleman, Jr., Virginia (66)

Third Team Offense

Pos. - Name, Year, School (Points)

WR - Braxton Berrios, Sr., Miami (70)

WR - Hunter Renfrow, Jr., Clemson (52)

WR - Deon Cain, Jr., Clemson (50)

TE - Tommy Sweeney, Jr., Boston College (41)

OT - Kc McDermott, Sr., Miami (51)

OT - Justin Herron, Jr., Wake Forest (43)

OG - Taylor Hearn, Jr., Clemson (57)

OG - Phil Haynes, Jr., Wake Forest (47)

C - Austin Davis, Sr., Duke (44)

QB - Ryan Finley, Jr., NC State (37)

RB - Travis Etienne, Fr., Clemson (80)

RB - Cam Akers, Fr., Florida State (61)

AP - Anthony Ratliff-Williams, So., North Carolina (46)

PK - Cole Murphy, Sr., Syracuse (65)

SP - Nyheim Hines, Jr., NC State (45)

SP - Michael Walker, Jr., Boston College (45)

Third Team Defense

Pos. - Name, Year, School (Points)

DE - Harold Landry, Sr., Boston College (61)

DE - Trent Harris, Sr., Miami (41)

DT - Derrick Nnadi, Sr., Florida State (53)

DT - Mike Ramsay, Sr., Duke (52)

LB - Kendall Joseph, Jr., Clemson (57)

LB - Ty Schwab, Sr., Boston College (53)

LB - Andrew Motuapuaka, Sr., Virginia Tech (42)

CB - Avonte Maddox, Sr., Pittsburgh (55)

CB - Juan Thornhill, Jr., Virginia (51)

S - Terrell Edmunds, Jr., Virginia Tech (44)

S - Jeremy McDuffie, Jr., Duke (36)

P - Pressley Harvin III, Fr., Georgia Tech (43)

Honorable Mention (25 points or more)

WR - Dez Fitzpatrick, Fr., Louisville (43)

WR - T.J. Rahming, Jr., Duke (40)

OT - Geron Christian, Jr., Louisville (32)

OT - Sean Pollard, So., Clemson (29)

OG - Shamire Devine, Sr., Georgia Tech (40)

OG - Sam Schmal, Sr., Boston College (36)

OG - Alex Bookser, Jr., Pittsburgh (30)

OG - Navaughn Donaldson, Fr., Miami (28)

OG - Alex Officer, Sr., Pittsburgh (28)

OG - Trevor Darling, Sr., Miami (25)

C - Eric Gallo, Sr., Virginia Tech (42)

C - Tyler Gauthier, Jr., Miami (36)

C - Garrett Bradbury, Jr., NC State (30)

AP - Quadree Henderson, Jr., Pittsburgh (33)

AP - Ray-Ray McCloud, Jr., Clemson (31)

AP - Shaun Wilson, Sr., Duke (31)

PK - Blanton Creque, So., Louisville (49)

PK - Ricky Aguayo, So., Florida State (46)

SP - Joe Reed, So., Virginia (38)

SP - Greg Stroman, Sr., Virginia Tech (31)

SP - Ray-Ray McCloud, Jr., Clemson (27)

SP - Braxton Berrios, Sr., Miami (26)

SP - Greg Dortch, Fr., Wake Forest (25)

DE - Zach Allen, Jr., Boston College (38)

DT - Ricky Walker, Jr., Virginia Tech (47)

DT - B.J. Hill, Sr., NC State (36)

DT - Kendrick Norton, Jr., Miami (25)

LB - Michael Pinckney, So., Miami (39)

LB - Oluwaseun Idowu, Jr., Pittsburgh (38)

LB - Chris Peace, Jr., Virginia (35)

LB - Zaire Franklin, Sr., Syracuse (31)

CB - Ryan Carter, Sr., Clemson (44)

CB - Essang Bassey, So., Wake Forest (40)

CB - Jaire Alexander, Jr., Louisville (38)

CB - M.J. Stewart, Sr., North Carolina (30)

CB - Malek Young, So., Miami (26)

CB - Trumaine Washington, Sr., Louisville (28)

CB - Trayvon Mullen, So., Clemson (25)

S - Jordan Whitehead, Jr., Pittsburgh (34)

S - Jessie Bates III, So., Wake Forest (25)

P - AJ Cole III, Jr., NC State (38)

P - Dom Maggio, So., Wake Forest (33)

P - Tom Sheldon, So., North Carolina (30)

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