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Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 11/28/2011

CB Chase Minnifield, DT Matt Conrath, OG Austin Pasztor earn first team all-ACC honors

Five Virginia football players earned first or second team all-ACC honors for their performance this season, and three other Cavaliers were honorable mention selections. That marks the highest number of all-conference picks for the Virginia program since 2004. 

Senior cornerback Chase Minnifield, fifth-year senior defensive tackle Matt Conrath and senior offensive guard Austin Pasztor were named to the all-ACC first team. Minnifield also was a first team all-conference selection in 2010. 

Junior offensive tackle Oday Aboushi and redshirt junior middle linebacker Steve Greer earned second team all-ACC honors. Greer was an all-ACC honorable mention selection in 2009. 

Honorable mention honors were given to junior tailback Perry Jones, senior strong safety Rodney McLeod and fifth-year senior center Anthony Mihota.

Minnifield – who is second on the team with three interceptions and tied for second on the team with seven tackles for a loss this season – becomes the first Virginia player to earn consecutive all-conference first team honors since offensive tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson in 2004 and 2005. 

Conrath leads the team in tackles for a loss with 11, has blocked three field goals and has forced two fumbles this season. He was named ACC defensive lineman of the week twice. 

Pasztor anchors an offensive line that helped the Cavaliers produce the fourth-ranked run game (165.3 ypg) in the ACC. Virginia has rushed for 1,984 yards this season, the most by a Cavaliers squad since 2004. Pasztor did not allow a sack in 781 offensive plays. 

Aboushi twice was named ACC offensive lineman of the week. Greer leads the team in tackles with 103. 

Jones ranked No. 9 in the ACC in all purpose yards (112.2 ypg), McLeod lead the team with four interceptions and Mihota earned ACC offensive lineman of the week honors twice this season.

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