The ACC announced its inaugural all-conference teams as selected by the league’s 12 coaches Wednesday, and after being shut out of first-team honors when the media’s all-ACC teams were revealed last week, the Hokies’ defense received some more recognition.
Linebacker Jack Tyler, a former All-Met from Oakton, was named first-team all-ACC after finishing with a team-high 112 tackles this year. Originally a walk-on when he arrived in Blacksburg, Tyler earned 13 of a possible 24 points from the ACC’s coaches. The redshirt junior was a second team all-ACC selection by the media last week.
In addition, defensive end James Gayle and cornerback Antone Exum were named second-team all-ACC by the coaches, with Gayle picking up one vote for defensive player of the year. Both Gayle and Exum were also all-ACC second team selections by the media.
Virginia Tech’s offense didn’t receive any recognition from reporters last week, but wide receiver Marcus Davis, offensive lineman Michael Via and right tackle Vinston Painter were named all-ACC honorable mention by the coaches.
On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle Antoine Hopkins, linebacker Bruce Taylor and cornerback Kyle Fuller earned honorable mention distinction.